Rotary Youth Exchange Program

The Rotary Youth Exchange Program (YEP) provides secondary school students aged 15 to 17, sponsored by a Rotary Club, with the opportunity to live and study abroad with host families for one academic year, to learn a new language, a new way of living and a great deal about themselves. Exchange students form part of the ambassadorial team of Rotary International promoting international goodwill, peace and understanding. The students also have opportunities for personal development and making international friends and contacts that can have positive benefits for their future lives.

The District 9810 Youth Exchange Committee that oversees the program comprises the following persons:

Chairman: Bob Prosser

Committee:  Stuart McDonald (Secretary), Helen Wilkie (Treasurer),  Tim Bray, Malcolm Ferguson, Penny Mentiplay and Colleen Rooth.

To contact the committee secretary by email: click here

Information for Rotary Clubs planning to sponsor a student

General information for clubs wishing to participate in YEP is available on the following link: click here

To download a YEP poster: click here

More detailed guide books for inbound and outbound students, inbound and outbound counsellors and host families are available for download by clicking on the following links:

Inbound students

Outbound students

Inbound counsellors

Outbound counsellors

Host families

General Information on Rotary Youth Exchange

All applicants to take part in the program must be current students in years 9, 10 or 11 and be sponsored by a local Rotary Club. The Rotary Youth Exchange Australia website provides a vast amount of generic information with the ability to be referred back to districts by completing an enquiry form in the “What to do Now” button for direct follow up. This is post code linked to each Rotary district in Australia.


** Downloadable documents **

District 9810 YEP brochure containing more information on eligibility and the selection and training process:  click here

Preliminary Application Form: click here

Information sheet for prospective host parentsclick here

YE Host Family Nomination Formclick here


Students participating in the Youth Exchange Program depart in January each year.
Applications are made to a Rotary club and close 31 March of the year prior.

Stuart McDonald has prepared a comprehensive paper setting out the history and background of Rotary Youth Exchange on the following linked page:  click here