Youth Exchange Program


Every year approximately 7,000 students worldwide ages 15 to 18 go abroad under the auspices of the Rotary Youth Exchange program for one academic year.

Rotary Youth Exchange students live with a host family in a country other than their own. They may learn a new language; they will learn a new way of living and a great deal about themselves. Exchange students are part of the ambassador team of Rotary International. The object of the program is to bring the world closer together.

So, each year, local Rotary districts and clubs worldwide arrange thousands of international Youth Exchanges for high school-aged students. It is standard practice for applicants interested in the program to be screened by using detailed applications and interviews. This process helps ensure that only highly responsible and mature students are sent on an exchange. Generally, students are selected based on the following criteria:
a.. Scholastic record
b.. Linguistic aptitude
c.. Community involvement
d.. Potential as a cultural ambassador
e.. Age

Many of the Rotary Clubs in District 9550 are involved in Youth Exchange. The selection of outgoing students generally commences in March/April of each year. If you are interested in finding out more about this exciting “life changing” experience, please contact the Chairman of our District Committee Sandy McEachan   via the link YEPChair@d9550rotary.org.au   or     0408 138 579

Applications are normally received up to end of March each year for the following year departure about 19-20 January, with a formal selection weekend in about end of May and Orientation weekend for successful candidates in early October.

D9550 arranges special one way exchanges for students from Timor Leste.

Youth Exchange in Rotary District 9550 (Northern Australia and Timor Leste) is described in detail here and to obtain a preliminary application form .

Click on the following link to visit the Australian Rotary Youth Exchange portal for specific information on Youth Exchange in Australia: Rotary Youth Exchange in Australia.