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Youth Exchange

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Long-term Rotary Youth Exchange

Why participate in an exchange?
Exposure to different cultures ranks as one of the most powerful ways to promote international understanding and peace. The Rotary Youth Exchange program provides thousands of young students with the opportunity to meet people from other countries and to experience new cultures, planting the seeds for a lifetime of international understanding.
The program offers numerous benefits to its young participants and their Rotarian hosts and mentors, as well as to the community at large. Through Youth Exchange, students learn firsthand about all aspects of life in another country. As their concept of the world expands, they mature and develop a deeper understanding of themselves. Immersion in another country’s educational system enhances their academic and personal growth. Host clubs and families and the entire community are enriched by extended, friendly contact with someone from a different culture.

What to expect
More than 80 countries and over 8000 students each year participate in the program, which is administered at the regional level by Rotary districts and at the local level by Rotary Clubs. Long term exchange involves students aged 15-18 and is 12 months of cultural immersion. Students live with a few host families and attend a local school.
The students who are accepted for Rotary Youth Exchange are above-average students, who demonstrate openness to new experiences and cultural differences, and must be sponsored by a local Rotary Club. The student’s parents typically cover the following expenses: round-trip airfare, health and accident insurance, spending money, travel documents, clothing and other necessities, emergency funds for unpredicted expenses, ancillary travel and tours. Sharing in the costs are host families who pay for room and board, the host community who cover school tuition and arrangements, and the host Rotary Club who offer pocket-money. Host families aren’t compensated financially. The program is run entirely by dedicated volunteers, which helps keep costs low.

Countries we exchange with in District 9800:

Meet Anna Lande, our Inbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student for 2011-12

Meet Eliza Pettit, our Outbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student for 2011-12

If you would like to participate please contact:

Rotary Club of Bendigo Sandhurst
New Generations Director Kate Jelliff
Mail: P.O. Box 1122, Bendigo 3552
Mobile: 0417 113 915

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