Rotary Youth Exchange


“An exchange is when a stranger becomes family, foreigners become friends, a second language becomes like your first and a year suddenly becomes a day.”

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The Rotary Youth Exchange is an International exchange for young people between the ages of 15 and 18. The exchange is for a 12 month period during which time the student is hosted by three or four families, experiencing different lifestyles.

During your exchange you'll learn a lot about yourself, the culture of your adopted host families and the diversity of your host country. Rotary Youth Exchange provides a unique opportunity to experience first-hand the many cultures of a different country and a new way of life.

Often, you will make life-long friendships with the families, Rotarians and fellow Exchange students you meet, helping build goodwill and understanding between countries. In your host country you will experience different foods, study different subjects, enjoy a new culture and a new way of living and most likely learn a new language. During your Exchange you’ll learn a lot about yourself and become more confident, mature and independent.                                                                  

Chair: PDG Gerard Blizzard Smithton


For Students

Rotary Exchange students on their Tassie tour

Rotary Exchange students on their Tassie tour

It is a reciprocal educational exchange, therefore students must attend school.

Spending time abroad as a Rotary Exchange Student is a great opportunity for students to experience a new culture, a new language, to be an ambassador for Rotary and Tasmania and to build lifelong friendships.

Inbound students arrive in July/August ; outbound students depart in January. 

The Youth Exchange Program committee conducts three orientation days and camps to assist inbound students to become acclimatised and to prepare outbound students for their twelve months abroad.

A Scholarship is available to assist students who are unable to participate due to financial difficulties.


For Parents


For Alumni

Rotex Rebound

An organisation for Rotary Exchange students returning to Tasmania.

The group exists to support Tasmanian Exchange students and families once the student returns home after a year of immense change. Rotex members also provide valuable advice at camps to students preparing to go overseas.

Four founding members of Rotex Rebound: Ashley Cashburn, Rose Findlater, Gen VanDen Bosch and Aisling McCullough

Four founding members of Rotex Rebound: Ashley Cashburn, Rose Findlater, Gen VanDen Bosch and Aisling McCullough

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