As a Rotary
Youth Exchange student, you will spend a year living with host families
in a country other than your own. You may learn a new language; you will
learn a new way of living – and a great deal about yourself. While
you’re busy learning, the people you meet will be learning too – about
your country, your culture, and your ideas.
You will be a young
You will be helping to bring the world closer
together as an ambassador for Rotary and your country – and you’ll be
making some good friends in the process.
What does the Program cost?
The 2010 Rotary District 9600 package is likely to
cost each family between $8,000 and $9,000 + fuel surcharge, paid in
instalments. The first instalment is a $500 application fee, $2,500
acceptance fee and the remaining balance in two equal
instalments which will be required on 1st August and 1st October
. The fuel surcharge is paid separately.
Host Rotary Clubs usually provide students with an
allowance to cover incidentals, but your family will need to supplement
this, with the major expenses being host country safari and clothing.
Plan on a minimum of $6,000. Although some students spend more than this
during their exchange year, they are expected to budget
The Program provides the following:-
1. Airfare from
to your host country. Transport to Australian departure point.
2. 12 months accommodation and monthly allowance.
3. Comprehensive travel and health insurance.
8. Uniform, badges, and business cards.
4. Administration and support service for your year
5. Selection weekend.
6. Two orientation weekends. Briefing, accommodation,
7. One week Sunshine Safari tour with other exchange
9. Gift starter pack for host families
What doesn’t the program cost include?
1. Spending money (apart from the monthly allowance).
2. Bus tour organised by host country.
3. Special clothing.
4. Departure Tax on return.
5. Additional gifts, souvenirs, postage.
What requirements are there?
_ Age between 16 and 18 years.
_ Academic record.
_ Maturity and strength of character.
_ Degree of adaptability.
_ Participation in community activities.
_ Family relationships.
_ Ability to communicate well with people.
_ Knowledge of foreign
Exchange Student Sarah from
Where can I go?
Students will be asked to list the following
countries in order of preference –
are considered, but can not always be acceded to.
How the selection process works.
Nominations close with Rotary Clubs in late March
After your local Rotary Club interviews you and
your application, you will be asked to fill out your application
forms (4 copies, on line) and send them to the D9600 Rotary Youth
Exchange Committee together with a $500.00 application fee.
Applications close with the D9600 Youth
Exchange Committee 16th
Selection weekend are held in May
students, accompanied by a parent, are required to attend Orientation
Students are also required to go on the Sunshine
Safari in December .
If you are ready for the challenge please click here and download the
full brochure and initial interest form.