The Rotary Youth Exchange Program commenced in 1929. Thousands of young people each year go on exchange all over the world.
The long-term exchange program is when a student spends 12 months in another country, hosted by a Rotary club.
If you go on exchange, you will experience a different country, culture and environment.
You can make life long friendships, increase your global awareness, knowledge and confidence.
Rotary District 9630 offers numerous countries as options for your exchange year. The District Youth Exchange Program Committee will endeavor to meet wishes of applicants by sending them to a country of preference; however, this is dependent on the availability of countries at the time of application and placement. Think outside the box – maybe you might love life in Slovakia or Taiwan after all!
Who Is Eligible:
- You must have completed year 10 and be aged less than 18 years when you leave Australia.
- You will depart in January and return in January the following year.
- You must be an above average student, have an outgoing and pleasant personality so that you fit the role as an Ambassador for Australia.
- You must have the ability to accept discipline and be capable of adjusting to new and strange conditions.
- If your parents are Rotarians you are eligible for Youth Exchange, but receive no special preference in selection. All applicants are selected solely on merit.
- You must hold a current Australian passport on departure.
- You are required to obey the laws of the host country at all times and accept the discipline of the host school and the host parents. You are required to adapt to the home environment of the host families – host families are under no obligation to adapt themselves to the student.
- You must return to Australia on completion of the exchange by the most direct route as arranged by the District Youth Exchange Committee (we know you will want to stay but you need to come home!)
- Your parents are required to provide the cost of transporting you to and from the host country. This cost varies and depends on your final destination. This travel is arranged by Rotary and the cost is included in the overall fee charged by Rotary.
- An approved comprehensive Travel Insurance Policy will cover you for the duration of your exchange. The policy is included in the overall fee.
- You will need to pay for your own personal living expenses including clothing, telephone, postage, and travel on organised tours etc. when overseas.
Rotary Youth Exchange Program Applications:
- Applications for an exchange must be lodged in writing using the Initial Application Form on the Prospective Students page.
- Applications should be lodged with the Rotary 9630 Youth Exchange Program District Committee.
- All applicants must attend the Interview Camp weekend. Dates TBA.
- The overseas Rotary Club arranges board and lodging with approved host families for the duration of the exchange.
- Students will as a general rule, depart from Australia in January. The period of exchange will be between 48 and 50 weeks.
- Note: no student is regarded as an Exchange Student until officially accepted by a host Rotary Club in another country.