Rotary Youth Exchange Australia provides an opportunity of a lifetime for Australian high school students to live & study abroad.

You'll spend up to 12 months living and studying in a foreign country, learning a lot about yourself and the culture of your adopted host families.

During your exchange, you will grow considerably in self-confidence, tolerance and self-reliance.

You’ll also learn to accept greater responsibility in your everyday life.

You will have to adapt to unfamiliar and different surroundings and ways of life that are different from home.

For some this will be the first extended period of separation from their family. This will bring about many trials and tribulations which you will need to overcome and by so doing develop many “survival skills”.

To live away from home for the 50 weeks duration of the exchange is a demanding yet rewarding experience. It is not always smooth sailing and requires a great strength of character, tolerance and an understanding of the acceptance personal responsibility.

The exchange provides a unique opportunity for young Australians to experience at first hand the many cultures of a different country, a new way of life and in some instances another language. Often, the friendships they make will be life long and important in achieving the aims of the exchange – the building of goodwill and understanding between countries.

Apply here, or my contact with the Youth Exchange Chair, Paul Thomas at youthexchange@rotary9510.org

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