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Student Exchange

The Rotary Club of Wodonga West is proud to be actively involved in developing our youth through Rotary Youth Exchange. With RYE, Students between the age of 15 and 17 get the opportunity to spend a year in another country, living and learning (often dealing with a language other than their native language).

The R stands for Rotary – the organisation that hosts the students through its worldwide membership.

The Y stands for Youth – the young people who get to experience an amazing year of growth in a foreign country.

The E stands for Exchange – When the Rotary Club of West Wodonga sponsors a young adult to go overseas, we commit to hosting a Student who is visiting Australia.

Every student chosen for RYE by Rotary is an ambassador for their country, their youth, and the clubs that sponsor and host them. It is a large responsibility, and one that the young ambassadors rise to. They return home to find themselves changed, expanded in their thinking, and a lot more mature than when they left a year previously.

Do I need to be a member of Rotary for my child to be considered for Rotary Student Exchange?
No. Anyone can apply.
How long do students go overseas for?
12 months
Where do they stay?
They are hosted by members of the local Rotary Club.
Do they attend school?
Yes. And since it is often in a foreign language, this is the first big challenge they face.
What else do they do?
Anything a normal family would do. Plus there are often excursions and trips that they can be involved in.
How do I find our more?
Get in touch with your local Rotary Club or contact us here at the Rotary Club of Wodonga West.
When should I start thinking about this?
At least a year ahead. The interviews for the following year are generally held in March.


2018 Young Ambassador
Hannah Ingram
Where are you from?
Wodonga, North East Victoria
Where are you going to in 2018? Italy
Why are you going on Rotary Exchange?  I have always wanted to go overseas to learn all about another country and culture. Rotary Exchange gives me the opportunity to learn a language, culture and develop my skills whilst living abroad..
Do you speak the language? I am learning Italian, but only know some basic words. It’s a bit confusing sometimes, but I think I’m getting better at it.