Rotary Youth Exchange
For more than 75 years, students and host families have broadened their horizons through Rotary Youth Exchange. More than 80 countries and over 8,000 students each year participate in the program, which is administered at the regional level by Rotary districts and the local level by Rotary clubs.
As a Rotary Youth Exchange student, you’ll spend up to a year living with host families and attending school in a different country.
Whether you participate in Rotary’s long-term or short-term Youth Exchange programs, you’ll learn a new way of living, a great deal about yourself, and maybe even a new language. You’ll be an ambassador, teaching people you meet about your country, culture and ideas. You can help bring the world closer – and make some good friends in the process.
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2015 Outbound and 2016 Inbound Experiences
Broome Rotarians were lucky to receive presentations from exchange students this week. Lillian Tait spent last year in Denmark, Abbey Ford who was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ellenbrook returned from Japan and Paul Richartz is half way through his exchange from Germany and is loving his time in Broome. It was wonderful to hear of their experiences and as one Rotarian pointed out these young people are excellent ambassadors.
Jacob’s Argentine Experience
Broome Rotary’s sponsored youth exchange student for 2012 was Jacob Watters, a graduate from St Mary’s College in Broome. Jacob returned to Broome in January 2013 after a 12-month cultural exchange visit to Argentina.
“I feel privileged that I’ve experienced what I’ve experienced and seen what I’ve seen, and the fact that I now have a greater knowledge of the world we live in”, said Jacob on his return to Broome.
“I left Australia with a burning desire to return with new characteristics and a changed sense of the world, and I believe that’s exactly what I got.
“I would recommend a Rotary exchange year to anyone interested in experiencing another culture, as it enriches so many lives: Not just the visiting student, but also of the host families, friends and the wider community.”
Inbound and Outbound
Our 2013 Outbound Youth Exchange Student is Eva Mitchell, who completed Year 12 at Broome Senior High School in 2012. Eva commenced her 12-month exchange to Germany in January 2013.
Inbound student, Antonio Guerra (pictured with Eva) arrived in Broome in July 2012. Antonio is from Londrina, Brazil and is attending Broome Senior High School during his year-long exchange to Broome.