A unique exchange experience!
Online student orientation program
Before coming to Brazil, students undergo orientation through video modules available on this site, with a simple assessment system at the end, in such a way that students' knowledge about Rotary program rules; additional district rules; district disciplinary procedure; travel policy; expectations of students; Rotary support system; cultural adaptation; sexual abuse and harassment; and any other topic required by law can be assessed.
Although the online orientation training module can help ease this transition, the inbound students will be full of questions and apprehensions.
So shortly after they arrive at their homes in our district, in about 2 or 3 weeks, students are invited to attend our annual RYE conference. Many things happen at the same time at this event, including the complementary training to the online orientation, where students have the opportunity to interact with other exchange students, participate in workshops and discuss questions.
The event takes place annually in a farm hotel with all the facilities and entertainment that students love. There, they experience moments of learning and fun, to facilitate the adaptation process.
First night questions
Students and host families are always particularly apprehensive about exchanging information about family rules and the Interactive First Night Questions can help the host family and the inbound students work through some of the practicalities of the exchange. These questions will introduce the issue of house rules and other important topics that should be addressed early in an exchange. The questions will probably be provided in both the student’s native language and Portuguese.
Inbound Student Orientation Program
General Information about Brazil
Getting Ready for the Exchange
Making Things Easier
Overcoming The Obstacles I
Overcoming The Obstacles II
District 4510 is awesome at its work
The RYE of the distict 4510 has been providing, for 40 years, opportunities for thousands of students from Brazil to study abroad as well as for foreign students from all over the world to study here in Brazil, and live this wonderful experience.
Our Former Exchange Students Say
Two former exchange students couldn’t be more grateful for this unique opportunity to learn and grow in such a multicultural and stimulating environment. See their opinions about their exchange program and the hints they will give you for a successful experience.
Providing Orientation for Outbounds
Where are we?
Our district is located in the Midwest region of the interior of the State of São Paulo. This area is heavily industrialized and characterized by its large and highly diversified economy, making it one of the richest regions in Latin America.
The interior of São Paulo stands out for having a good infrastructure, becoming a hub of investment attraction, and has increasingly attracted companies from the capital and other states seeking lower costs, space to grow and a logistical system that favors the production flow, without the chronic traffic jams in the city of São Paulo. Our district has 37 cities, most of them small, and the three largest cities are, Assis (around 105,000 inhabitants), Presidente Prudente (around 231,000 inhabitants), Marília (around 241,000 inhabitants) and Bauru (380.000 inhabitants). The main feature of this region is that it is one of the safest regions in Brazil, with crime rates much lower than cities of similar size.
The interior of São Paulo is responsible for about one quarter of all national scientific production. The region has important Brazilian higher education institutions.
In the ranking of the best universities in the world, the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities classified the University of São Paulo as the best Brazilian university and the 61st best university in the world; the Universidade Estadual Paulista, as the 3rd best Brazilian university and the 102nd best in the world.
With the University of São Paulo placed in front of renowned universities, such as Oxford University and Princeton University, it highlights Brazil among the best in the world - and the two Brazilian universities that were mentioned in the ranking are public state universities located in the interior of São Paulo.
Outbound selection process
In order to choose places that our partner districts offer us, Brazilian students go through a selection process, which takes into account, among other aspects, basically their academic performance in the last year attended. The students and their parents or guardians are also screened and interviewed.
We will only send students who have the commitment, maturity, emotional stability, adaptability, academic motivation, and personal characteristics to not only succeed on an exchange but also to serve as ambassadors.
Each outbound student we send to a district will meet Rotary International certification requirements for sending an outbound student.
Preparing our outbounds for the great experience of their lives and making it as smooth and fruitful as possible is one of the pillars that has always supported our exchange program, in more than 40 years of good services, and made it a success, being highly respected by the community and pride of our district.
Over the course of approximately 18 months, our outbounds and parents undergo 6 orientation training meetings, where all the bureaucratic aspects of enrolling these students are addressed and a video is provided to them with help to complete the Application Form. The orientation program also covers conduct procedures, relevant cultural aspects of each of the countries of the partner districts that must be taken into account; Rotary program rules; expectations of students and their parents and guardians; Rotary support system; and sexual abuse and harassment.
These 6 orientation training meetings are carefully spaced so those who are still candidates may have homework assignments. We believe that learning by doing is much better than learning by listening to other people, so in those time gaps between face-to-face orientations, our students receive assignments through an e-learning platform.
The purpose of starting our orientations so early is that we want our candidates to receive the three types of content necessary to prepare for the exchange and become peacemakers: skills, concepts and procedures.
Therefore, during the training period, our candidates are encouraged to develop volunteer projects by joining Interact clubs in their cities, participating in the events of their sponsor Rotary Club, in addition to studying the language and culture of their host countries, learning to cook, and so on.
Rotary trips & Tours
Our district offers both LTEP and STEP students the possibility of fantastic trips to the most beautiful places in the world located within Brazil, as well as in our neighboring countries such as Peru and Paraguay. These are optional trips, but, with rare exceptions, everyone who comes to Brazil for our exchange program participates. Places like the interior of the Amazon, which has a rich diversity of flora and fauna and has beautiful, long rivers that cut through the forest. For those who want a closer contact with nature and better know the culture of the Brazilian people who live in this region, this tour is a must! In a single 15-day trip, the grand trip, students get to know the Amazon, Brasilia, which by the end of the 19th century Brazil had decided upon creating a new utopian capital city. Construction began in the 1950’s and was heavily influenced by the writing of the Italian monk, Don Bosco, who dreamed of a utopian capital city in the New World. The city officially became Brazil’s capital in the 1960s and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city of Salvador, which was our first capital, is another beautiful city on our coast that students have the opportunity to discover and enjoy, and the lush beaches of the state of Ceará. We also offer other travel options to places like Rio de Janeiro, during carnival and Foz de Iguaçu.