The Outbound Handbook is published and updated annually by SCANEX, a multi-district organization which facilitates Rotary Youth Exchange. The purpose of the handbook is to give Outbound students and their parents an instruction manual which will help the process of exchange along. There are more things that need doing than are in the handbook, but reading this information source will take the reader a long way into the process. Below is the table of contents for the handbook. 
 
                                   Table Of Contents

Objectives Of The Program ........................................................................ 4
Guidelines And Information for Outbound Exchange Students ....................... 5
Preparing To Be An Exchange Student – What To Expect .............................. 5
Preparing Yourself ......................................................................................5
Passport and Visa ...................................................................................... 5
Travel Reservations (Airlines) ...................................................................... 5
Finances ....................................................................................................5
Making Contact With Host Club And Host Family ........................................... 6
Banners, Business Cards, Pins ......................................................................7
Picture Album & Slides ................................................................................7
Gifts ..........................................................................................................7
Insurance .................................................................................................. 7
Learning Your Target Language ................................................................... 7
Prepare To Be An Ambassador ..................................................................... 8
Other Preparation Tips ................................................................................ 8
Arrival And Settling In..................................................................................9
Facing the Challenges ..................................................................................9
Your Rotary Counselor .................................................................................9
Host Families ..............................................................................................9
Homesickness.............................................................................................10
Participation ............................................................................................. 10
Be Prepared To Adapt .................................................................................11
Language ..................................................................................................11
Letter Writing, Telephone & E-mail ...............................................................11
Visiting .................................................................................................... 12
Returning Home ........................................................................................ 12
Desiderata ................................................................................................ 13
Appendix A – What is Rotary? ..................................................................... 14
The History of Rotary ................................................................................. 14
Rotary Motto and Themes ........................................................................... 14
Rotary YES/SCANEX ................................................................................... 14
The Rotary Foundation .................................................................................14
Rotary at the Local Level -- The Rotary Club ...................................................15
Appendix B – Program Rules and Conditions of Exchange .................................16
Appendix C – Travel Policy for Inbound Exchange Students...............................18
Appendix D – Exchange Student Jitters: Stress – It’s Time to Board the Plane ... 20
Appendix E – Questions for “First Night” with Host Family .................................22
Appendix F – Tough Questions .......................................................................24
Appendix G – How to Cope with Culture Shock ................................................26
It’s OK ........................................................................................................29
Appendix H – Student Security Procedures ......................................................30
Appendix I – How to File an Insurance Claim ...................................................31
Appendix J – Gift Suggestions ........................................................................32
Appendix K – It's Time To Go Home ...............................................................33
Appendix L – So You Think You’re Home Again ................................................37
Appendix M – Rotary Support System Matrix ...................................................40
Appendix N - Rotary Youth Exchange Outbound Adaptation Calendar ..................41
Checklist for Outbounds .................................................................................42
The Exchange Cycle....................................................................................... 44
List of Resources and Publications for Outbounds.............................................. 45
Guidelines & Obligations - The 4-D's................................................................ 46
Outbound Student Agreement..................................................................... ...47
Outbound Fee Structure................................................................................. 48
Glossary of Rotary and Youth Exchange terms ..................................................49
The 6 Bs .......................................................................................................50
Learning a Foreign Language.......................................................................…  52
Notes and Youth Exchange Goals................................................................58, 59
Rotary Youth Abuse & Harassment Protection Policy...........................................60