Hosting an exchange student can be incredibly rewarding for your family, bringing an international experience directly into your home. Host families provide room and board and share their lives with exchange students, involving them in family, community, and cultural activities. All host families are screened and trained.
Home hosting a Rotary Youth Exchange Student is an opportunity to be part of this most exciting and rewarding Rotary program. You do not need to be a Rotarian or have a sibling participating in the program to be considered as a suitable host family.
There is no typical family structure required. An acceptable family might have small children, older children or no children living at home. All that is expected is a that a caring and friendly family and home atmosphere is provided.
Exchange students are typically between the ages of 15 years and 18 years and will be 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 six 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.
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 else involved in the exchange.
The shorter hosting period gives more opportunities to share the experience. With the support of a counselor appointed by the local Rotary club everyone is involved in this.
ALL host families and participants in the program are interviewed first and are then subject to the relevant state legislative requirements for persons working or volunteering with children.
ROTARY DISTRICT 9600 YOUTH EXCHANGE
Rotary Youth Exchange provides an opportunity of a lifetime for young Australians currently studying Year 9 to 12 to study abroad for the following year.
They’ll spend up to 12 months living and studying in a foreign country, learning a lot about themselves and the culture of their adopted host families.
It’s an amazing, life-changing experience you can give your kids that they will never regret.
Rotary Youth Exchange District 9600 is a Student Exchange Organisation registered in Queensland by the Department of Education & Training (DET) International Quality Unit, Mary St, (LMB 827), Brisbane QLD 4001 - Ph: 07 3513 6748