Exchange Program

Long Term Youth Exchange (LTYE)

This program is for students aged between 15 and 17. As a Long Term Rotary Youth Exchange (LTYE) student, you'll spend up to twelve months living and studying overseas. The exchange is between a Rotary Club in Australia and a Rotary Club in the corresponding country. District 9520 currently exchanges with these countries:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • USA

Three or four host families normally host students over the period of their exchange. Some with children at home, some older families with more time to devote to the student. All families have been interviewed and approved by the hosting Rotary Club.-

All students will attend secondary school whilst in their host school, as they are on a residential student visa. This will often involve taking lessons in a foreign language.

Each student is supplied a home counselor (from the sponsoring Rotary Club) and also a host counselor (from the hosting Rotary Club). These counselors are put in place to ensure each student has avenues of contact if needed. The District Youth Exchange Committee also allocate a District Country Coordinator who ensures your exchange is as problem-free as possible.

Applications close at the end of April in the year proceeding to departure.

Application Process

Is open to enrolled students aged between 15 and 17. Students depart in January.

The first step is completing an Online Expression of Interest Form by April 30th of the year prior the youth exchange year — Apply Now!

All applicants and their parents are interviewed by the District Youth Exchange Committee, and usually take place in mid June. 

The available countries are listed on the homepage on this website, and under the LTYE tab. While we ask you to nominate your preferred countries, there is no guarantee that you will get your first choice. There is a lot of communication between clubs, districts and countries to ensure students are matched correctly. It is not uncommon for some students to know exactly where they are going until December, although most know earlier.

We take a number of factors into account in deciding which country to allocate you. The factors include your age, your language skills and your personality as well as Host country requirements.

This website is a dedicated website for District 9520, which covers 53 clubs in four states of Australia: South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

For a list of Rotary Clubs in District 9520, see District 9520 Clubs

If you live or go to school near one of these locations, then we can help you. If you live in other areas, then you can find out your District by going to "I live somewhere else".  To qualify, applicants should be good students who have demonstrated leadership in their community.

Candidates should also possess qualities such as flexibility and a willingness to try new things that will enable them to fully experience life in another country and become excellent cultural ambassadors.

If you are a successful applicant, you will be invited along to:

  •  First briefing day = late August
  •  Final briefing day = early December

Rotary District 9520
Youth Exchange

Each year thousands of young people worldwide are given an opportunity to experience the cultures and accomplishments of people in other countries.

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

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