Each spring, High School juniors from Rotary International District 5320 (Orange County and parts of Los Angeles County) strengthen their leadership skills at a three-day camp set in the mountains at Idyllwild. Students participate in experimental learning activities, including active leadership workshops, team building, and a talent show. RYLA focuses on Leadership, Communication Skills, Personal Qualities (including time management and handling stress), and Problem-Solving Strategies.
Each year, the Rotary Club of Anaheim sends 6 students from its sponsored Interact Clubs to the intensive three-day outdoor camp. The Club covers all costs and transportation.
For more information, please visit the District 5320 RYLA website.
Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens. Exchanges for students ages 15-19 are sponsored by Rotary clubs in more than 100 countries.
Long-term exchanges last a full academic year, and students attend local schools and live with multiple host families.
Short-term exchanges last from several days to three months and are often structured as camps, tours, or homestays that take place when school is not in session.