Serving as liaison between the student, Rotary club, host family, and community at large, the Rotarian counselor plays a crucial role in the success of the Youth Exchange program. The counselor serves as the student’s primary Rotary contact, easing his or her transition into the country and the community through regular personal contact throughout the year.
The counselor should enjoy working with young people and be prepared to advocate on behalf of the student should any issues arise during the exchange. Members of a student’s host family are not eligible. Also, if possible, the Rotarian counselor should not be a close friend or relative of other volunteers involved with a particular student (e.g., school principal or host family).
The counselor has the following additional responsibilities:
Establishing contact with the student before departure or arrival, explaining the expectations of the club and the district and maintaining and documenting
regular contact (at least once a month)
Counseling the student in matters such as choosing classes, making friends, and participating in activities
Helping the student adapt to the culture and language
Working with the community and the student’s school to ensure that the student is involved in positive activities and community life
Informing the student about abuse and harassment prevention and creating a supportive atmosphere in which the student feels comfortable discussing any concerns
Serving as an advocate for the student in any matter
The Rotarian counselor should be trained to respond to problems or concerns that may arise during the exchange, including allegations of abuse or harassment.
Counselors should be assigned to every outbound and inbound student in all exchange programs. Outbound counselors prepare students for the exchange and maintain regular contact while the student is abroad
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