Become a Host Family

You do not need to be a Rotarian or have a child participating in the program to be considered as a suitable host family. All families are welcome to host – there is no perfect family! Your family might have small children, older children or no children living at home. All that is expected is a that your family is caring and friendly and willing to support a student. Exchange students are typically between the ages of 15 years and 18 years and attending a secondary school in the area of the host club. Host families voluntarily open their homes to these students for periods of approximately three to four months. This time provides an opportunity for everyone to develop a lifetime of friendships, to learn a different culture and to gain many other rewarding experiences.

Why Rotary?

Rotary has a well-earned reputation and is recognized second to none as an excellent student exchange program. Rotary provides a well-managed infrastructure which supports the student, the host family and everyone involved in the exchange. A student will commonly live with 3-4 families in the 12 month period. This shorter hosting period gives more opportunities to share the experience of being a host family. The student is supported by a counselor appointed by their sponsor Rotary club. The District Committee supports host families.

How To Apply

To register your families interest please email the District Chair at who will then contact you directly with further information. All host families and participants are interviewed first and are then subject to the relevant Queensland legislative requirements for persons working or volunteering with children/young persons. There is no commitment on either yourself, or by Rotary for you to host a student at the application time. All members of a host family will need to meet certain mandatory requirements regarding personal checks, followed by a personal interview process to further discuss all aspects of the program before any further commitment is sought.