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As a Rotary Exchange student you will spend one year living as a full time student in another country.youth_exchange1

Our students depart in January of each year and return the following January. We do not do mid-year exchanges.

You will have a Sponsor (Australian) Rotary Club and a Host (Overseas) Rotary Club. Your Host Rotary Club will arrange things for you, such as host families, a counsellor (mentor) and your schooling.

Every Rotary Exchange student will have a Host Club Counsellor (mentor). This person is there to assist you with your exchange (eg enrolling you in school, making sure you get your Rotary pocket money). Your Counsellor will be a volunteer who has been screened for suitability.

You will normally have three or four host families. Each of these families will have been interviewed and assessed for their suitability before you stay with them. The host families are volunteers who will welcome you into their home, supervise your year and introduce you to their culture and lifestyle.

You will also have the support of many other Rotarians – at Club and District level both in Australia and in your Host country.