Incoming Exchange Students:

Martina is from Sicily, Italy and is currently staying with Judy McQuinn.

If you would like to get to know Martina, please don't hesitate to give her a call. She is looking forward to meeting all the club members and experiencing as much of Canada as she can.

Outbound Exchange Student:

Teri-Rose Davis left for Genova, Italy on Sept. 3. Read her blog at

Rotary Youth Exchange Program:

This one year cultural exchange is an incredible opportunity available to all above average students in Squamish that will be between 16 and 17.5 years old at the time of their departure in August. Students will spend one school year overseas being hosted by a Rotary Club and staying in the homes of Rotarians. It is a rare opportunity to be completely immersed in the daily life of another culture while being supported by friendly and helpful Rotarians and their families. If you are interested in participating contact a local Rotarian or a guidance counsellor at Howe Sound Secondary School. Maximum two students per year are selected based on application and interviews and the exchange program may not be available every year. Students will be required to cover certain costs including travel and insurance, specific details will be available with applications. Application process usually starts in October and is completed in December.

Short Term Exchange Program (STEP):

For students aged 15 to 19 this is a direct "one-to-one" exchange program, meaning that a student from Squamish goes to stay with a family in another country for a month during the summer and then the student from that family comes to stay with the student from Squamish for a month. The exchange takes place in July and August and is co-ordinated by the Rotary Club. Participating students are responsible for all their expenses and for hosting an incoming student for one month. If you are interested in participating contact a local Rotarian or guidance counsellor at Howe Sound Secondary School.

Adventures In Citizenship:

This 4 day program for students age 16 to 19 is designed to develop their potential as leaders in their communities and in Canadian society. Students travel to Ottawa, stay with local host families, visit the parliament buildings and other significant landmarks in Ottawa as well as participate in forums and discussions with about 200 other students from across Canada about what it means to be Canadian. Travel and accommodation are provided for a maximum of one student each year chosen through application and interviews.

For other examples of "Adventure" programs that our club sponsors, see the links at the left.

If you are interested in participating contact a local Rotarian or guidance counsellor at Howe Sound Secondary School.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA):

RYLA is an intensive training program for community youth leaders. Young people chosen for their leadership potential attend one of three RYLA camps offered throughout the province.

RYLA North takes place in August in Prince George. It is open to young people aged 18-25.

RYLA South takes place during spring break at Camp Jubilee in Indian Arm in the Lower Mainland. It is open to students aged 16-18.

RYLA Lakelse is our District's newest RYLA. It takes place in Terrace in July, and is open to students aged 14-15.

Contact a Rotarian, or listen for announcements at your school for more information.