Prepare for a Successful Year

North Star Youth Exchange orientations are mandatory for all outbound students and their parent(s) or guardians. Proper preparation for you year abroad is vital to your success. We want you to have the tools you need for your best possible year.

Orientations are a combination of important information and fun, as you learn more about your host countries, meet the inbounds and Rotex (past North Star students) and learn ways to deal with the ups and downs of a year abroad. The orientations take place at Roseville Middle School in Roseville, Minnesota. (see map)

Orientation Dates

  • January 21, 2017
  • February 25, 2017
  • April 22, 2017
  • Welcome Home Weekend: August 4-5, 2018

Orientation Topics

First Orientation

  • Introduction to Rotary and North Star Youth Exchange
  • Culture Shock
  • 6 B’s
  • Language Learning
  • Managing Your Money
  • Country Group Breakouts

Second Orientation

  • Staying Healthy
  • Detaching From Technology
  • Culture Shock Revisited
  • Be Prepared and Have a Plan
  • Parent Topics
  • Country Group Breakouts with Current Inbound Students

Third Orientation

  • Insurance
  • Travel & Visa Information
  • Reverse Culture Shock
  • Safety Overseas
  • Graduation Ceremony
  • Country Group Breakouts

Welcome Home Weekend Orientation

When you return from your year abroad (August 4-5, 2018)

  • Re-adjusting to life in the US
  • Meet Rotex