Youth Exchange provides thousands of young people with the opportunity to meet people from many other lands and to experience their cultures. This plants the seeds for a lifetime of international understanding.

The program provides Rotary Clubs with the opportunity to host an overseas secondary school student (aged between 16 and 18) for a year to experience life and culture in a foreign country to further their education and personal development and also provides the same opportunity for a Kiwi student to travel overseas for twelve months. Kiwi students leave in January for their twelve month exchanges.

Without question, this programme not only creates friendships between students, hosts, and clubs lasting a lifetime, but also enables young men and women to realise their potential and start them on a journey for roles as Rotarians and community leaders.

The program


application dates

Program on hold Due to COVID restrictions


Selection weekend

Program on hold Due to COVID restrictions


further information

Further information can be found on the Rotary District 9940 website

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Objectives of the Program

To enable Students to:

  • advance their education by studying at a Secondary School for a year. In an environment different from their own and in courses not normally available in them In schools In their home country.
  • broaden their outlook by living with and meeting people of different cultures, creeds and backgrounds and by having to cope with day-to-day problems In an environment completely different from their home experience. The Exchange permits them to see the problems of people In other countries from the perspective of those people.
  • act as Ambassadors for their own country by addressing Rotary Clubs, community organisations and youth groups In their host country and by Imparting as much knowledge as they can of their own country and its current issues.
  • study and observe all facets of life and culture in the country where they are hosted and on their return to their home country, to discuss their experiences and knowledge gained with Rotary Clubs, schools, youth groups and community organisations.