Congratulations on your interest in becoming a Rotary Youth Exchange Student! You will join thousands of young people every year who set off on what almost every one of them defines as "The BEST year of my life!"
As a Rotary Exchange Student, you will live overseas with one to four host families, attend a local school, and immerse yourself in a totally new culture. You will probably learn a new language, and make life-long friends across the world. It won’t be easy! Every day you will be faced with new challenges that will test your limits and at the same time expand your horizons. But you will learn and grow from these challenges and they will dramatically transform your life.
Every student's experience is unique but the one common theme seen in all successful students is that their year abroad profoundly impacts them. In many cases it defines their lives forever.
You can read about the experience of the returned Students (rebounders)
"Looking back on my time in Austria, it really has been a year that I wouldn’t trade for the world. I’m not saying that it hasn’t been a year that has also been filled with ups and downs, no it’s been far from that, but rather its also been a year filled with excitement, new friendships, and obscure experiences.
It’s actually just been a chance to step out of your normal life, and effectively step into somebody else’s for just a year."
Chris Inglis Austria
Who would have thought I have had some of the best moments of my life with a group of people I hadn’t even met this time last year!!!
Bianca Gibson Germany
"My exchange to Sweden has been the best year of my life so far. It’s been filled with challenges, growth and adventure. I’ve done things I’ve never thought possible; visiting an hotel made solely out of ice, hiking in the alps, watching the northern lights dance and gone to a lunch with the Australian ambassador. And all of this was organized by Rotary. For the past year I’ve been living on the set of a very beautiful fairytale. If I look outside my window right now it’s snowing and there are Christmas trees lined up along the pavement waiting to be sold. I’ve come a long way from my suburban house in Brisbane.
Morgan Biggar Sweden
"I had such an amazing time on Rotary Exchange last year. I have only recently returned, and some say you don’t realise how good something is until it’s gone. Although honestly each time I was invited or involved in something great in Switzerland I knew how lucky I was, and was so appreciative."
Emily Winn Switzerland
Who Are We
Rotary International is the world's oldest and most international service organization, with over 1.2 million members in 32,000 clubs in almost 200 countries. The official Rotary motto is, "Service Above Self", and Rotarians live their lives in accordance with the Four Way Test. You can find out more about our wonderful organization and its many programs and projects by visiting the Rotary International website.
Each year, over 8,000 high school students participate in the Rotary Youth Exchange program worldwide, learning a new language and experiencing a new culture, through the efforts of Rotary volunteers around the globe. The Youth Exchange (YEP) programs in Australia are growing, through the efforts of the newly energized multi-district organization.
As you explore this website, you will find much information on District 9600's YE program. District 9600 has built a dynamic, highly respected Youth Exchange program. That same excitement, enthusiasm, and commitment to excellence is now spreading throughout District clubs.
To learn about program options, requirements, costs, and more, visit our Rotary Youth Exchange A to Z page.
If you think you might want to be a Rotary Youth Exchange student, this page would be a good place to start: our How to Apply page. Or complete our Contact Us page and a representative of Rotary Youth Exchange in your area will contact you.