Youth Exchange District 9700

The Rotary International Youth Exchange program provides school students with an opportunity to study and be hosted overseas for a year. The program furthers international goodwill and understanding and enables students to advance their education and broaden their own outlook.

Rotary D9700 2016 Outbound Students

The program has high public recognition and extends Rotary to a wider community, crossing boundaries of age, race, nationality and religion. Students act as ambassadors while they study and live in another culture. Outbound students and their parents receive detailed preparation in the several months prior to the exchange that occurs over one calendar year, followed by debriefing on their return.  Rotary Clubs need to identify and screen candidates, with final selection, training and debriefing conducted by the Rotary D9700 Youth Exchange Committee.                                         

Potential students should be identified several months before applications are due with screening at the Rotary Club level occurring in April, when the candidates are generally in Years 9, 10 or 11.  Students who complete their Higher School Certificate Examination after 2014 will no longer be accepted into the program under new guidelines issued by the NSW Department of Education and Communities which excludes Year 13 students from future reciprocal exchange programs.

Rotary Club members or prospective applicants should contact the D9700 Youth Exchange Committee for information or advice relating to the program. Detailed information and Student Application forms are on the web site. Where a Club sponsors an outbound student they will be expected to reciprocate by hosting an inbound student. Inbound students from Europe and other northern hemisphere countries usually arrive in July, and southern hemisphere countries in January.

Rotary D9700 2015 Inbound Students   


Building International Peace and Understanding

During 2014/2015 the Rotary Club of Griffith Avanti hosted an Inbound Exchange Student from Rotary District 3500 Taiwan.  Johnson Chang attended Wade High School in Griffith and returned to Taiwan in July 2015.

Recently the older Rotary Clubs in Taiwan held a celebration which was attended by Rotary International Past President Gary Huang.  During the celebration dinner, Johnson had the opportunity to meet and speak to PP Gary.

This is only one example of how a year as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student can enable a teenage boy to grow into a young man and enable him to speak with confidence to such a world leader.

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Rotary D9700 Youth Exchange Committee

Judith Hall   Chair Young
Sue Gordon    Secretary   Young
Robert Campbell   Country Coordinator Griffith Avanti
Mark Hillis   Country Coordinator Wollundry - Wagga Wagga
Scott Kable   Country Coordinator Orange
Adam Reinhard    Country Coordinator Lockhart
Robynn Sargent   Committee member Murrumburrah-Harden
George Thomas   Committee member