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Rotary Youth Exchange programs are generally open to enrolled students who are between the ages of 15 and 17 at the date of departure (mid-January in each year) and who have at least one further year to complete in their secondary school studies. Some countries have tighter age limits.
The available countries are listed on the “Who Do We Exchange With” page on this website. While we ask you to nominate your preferred countries, there is no guarantee that you will get your first choice

We take a number of factors into account in deciding which country to allocate you. The factors include your age, your language skills and your personality as well as Host country requirements.

This website is a dedicated website for District 9800 Southern Melbourne to Echuca and including the Bendigo region.

We have Rotary Clubs located in the following areas:


Albert Park Altona Altona City
Balwyn Brighton Brighton North
Brimbank Central Brunswick Tullamarine Camberwell
Canterbury Carlton Caroline Springs
Caulfield Central Melbourne Chadstone/East Malvern
Collingwood E-Club of Melbourne Essendon
Essendon North Fitzroy Flemington
Footscray Glen Eira Glenferrie
Hawthorn Hoppers Crossing Keilor
Keilor East Kew Laverton Point Cook
Malvern Melbourne Melbourne Park
Melbourne South Melton Melton Valley
North Balwyn North Melbourne Point Gellibrand
Port Melbourne Prahran Richmond
Southbank Toorak Werribee
West Footscray Williamstown Wyndham
Yarra Bend Yarraville


Bacchus Marsh Bendigo Bendigo Next Gemeration
Bendigo Sandhurst Bendigo South Bendigo-Strathdale
Castlemaine Daylesford Eaglehawk
Echuca-Moama Gisborne Kangaroo Flat
Kyneton Rochester Woodend


If you live or go to school near one of these locations, then we can help you. If you live in other areas, then you can find out your District by going to “I live somewhere else”.  To qualify, applicants should be above-average students who have demonstrated leadership in their community.

Candidates should also possess qualities such as flexibility and a willingness to try new things that will enable them to fully experience life in another country and become excellent cultural ambassadors.