What's Expected of Me?

As a Rotary Youth Exchange student, you will be an ambassador for yourself, your family, Australia and your sponsor Rotary Club and District.

You will attend school full-time in your host country. It is not a gap year.

Because of visa, tax and insurance issues, you generally cannot work while you are abroad.

The Rotary Youth Exchange program has some basic rules which are designed to keep you safe and well for the entire year:

  • No driving of motorised vehicles
  • No drinking of alcohol (unless your host Rotary District state it's permissable in some circumstances and you are over the country's legal drinking age)
  • No illegal drugs
  • No serious romantic relationships.

You will attend Rotary arranged functions and events. How many will depend on your host Club and host District. Many Rotary Clubs enjoy seeing their host student attend Club meetings each week where, in turn, you'll get to know the Club members. In District 9710, our inbound students get together 4 or 5 times during the year. These are always great opportunites to meet with all the other Rotary Youth Exchange students living in your host country.

You will be expected to help your host families with housework and chores. You'll live in a home environment, so you will be expected to pull your weight.

Have a fun and rewarding experience abroad!

We do need your help!

We ask, as part of your commitment to us, to help Australian Rotary Clubs meet an expectation to host inbound students as part of the exchange process. To do that, we and your sponsor Rotary Club will need your help to identify any families who can be approached to host an inbound student for 3-4 months, typically August-November, December-March or April-July. Your sponsor Rotary Club will supply the other host family/ies for the inbound student.

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