Rotary International Student Exchange
The most powerful force in the promotion of international understanding and peace
is exposure to different cultures.
The world becomes a smaller, friendlier place when we learn that all people regardless
of nationality desire the same basic things: a safe, comfortable, environment that
allows for a rich and satisfying life for our children and ourselves. Youth Exchange
provides thousands of young people with the opportunity to meet people from
other lands and to experience their cultures. This plants the seeds for a
lifetime of international understanding.
The programme provides Clubs with 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. While not a
direct exchange clubs can also provide the same opportunity for a Kiwi student to
travel overseas for twelve months.
Students arriving in New Zealand generally commence the exchange in July. Clubs
will need 3-4 host families and a counsellor to advise and support the student during
Kiwi students leave in January for their twelve month exchanges. They need a local
District 9940 club to assess and sponsor them. This has very limited financial implications
for orientation and uniform, but does require that the club appoint a NZ counsellor
and to support the student.
Without question this programme not only creates friendships between students, hosts
and clubs lasting a lifetime, but also enables young men and women to realize their
potential and start them on a journey for roles as Rotarians and community leaders.
Visit the District 9940 Youth Exchange Website
|09 Aug 13||11 Aug 13||IYE Induction Weekend
|21 Sep 13||22 Sep 13||IYE Orientation Weekend
|01 Nov 13|| ||South Island Tour for IYE with District 9910
|02 Nov 13||03 Nov 13||Maree weekend IYE
International Students for Full Year Exchange Requirements:
- Must be aged at least 16 but under 18 before departing in January.
- Above average academic ability and in year 12 or 13 at time of application.
- Be outgoing and of pleasant nature with a good character and reputation to fit the
role as an ambassador for New Zealand and Rotary.
- Are New Zealand citizens (born in New Zealand or Naturalized).
- Are medically fit with no serious medical conditions.
- Are able to accept discipline and are capable of adjusting to new and strange conditions.
- They should be adaptable and capable of conforming to live with up to four different
hosts families in the year away.
Selected students must undertake to abide by Rotary International Youth Exchange
Rules relating to the 4 €œD's ...
- Drinking And
- Serious Dating.
And must accept Host Parents control.
Students are selected solely on merit.
Costs to Parents for Outbound (NZ) students and family
- Application Registration Fee of $500 confirms to Rotary the students acceptance
of Rotary's invitation onto the program. This Registration Fee is non-refundable.
Two further payments to cover the Rotary costs of the exchange year are invoiced
for payment on 20th September ($4,000) and for 20th November ($4,000) prior to departure.
The payments described above cover the following:
- Weekend on Kauwhata Marae, Feilding
- Rotary dress blazer, scarf/tie/name-badge
- Round the world return travel from domestic airport nearest to student's home
- All Visa application costs
- Comprehensive tailored Travel Insurance for 12 months abroad
- Three night stopover in Los Angeles for students travelling to USA, Mexico, Canada
or Europe. Includes day visit passes to Disneyland and Universal Studio's. Visit
and meal following arrival, usually at Venice Beach.
- Three night stopover at Santiago, Chile for students travelling to South America.
Includes tour of Parliament and local tourist attractions.
- Home hosting by Rotarian families in Host District/Country, usually 3-4 families
during the year away
- Monthly allowance paid by Host Rotary Club
- Invited as guest of Rotary to weekly meetings
- Attendance at Debrief Weekend following return home
- Counsellors in both Host Town and Sponsor Rotary Club's
Family costs during the 12 month exchange in addition to the $8,500 paid to Rotary
include spending money, optional tours, possible language course, communication
costs, gifts and souvenirs etc. These costs can vary from country to country and
from student to student, however the average additional costs for the year in recent
years have shown to be $4,000 - $6,000. The overall maximum could reach $20,000,
depending on the financial management abilities of the student.
Costs to Rotary Clubs for Outbound Students
- Students application fee to District, usually $80.00
- The student's parents meet all other costs.
Costs to Rotary Clubs for Inbound Students
The cost to Rotary clubs for inbound students is approximately $2,000-2,500 made
up as follows:
- Monthly allowance
- Conference registration
- Orientation weekend
- Marae weekend
- Debrief weekend
- Students application fee to District
In addition, the club will meet cost of meals at club meetings.
Vetting forms for host families
Rotary is required to undertake a vetting of all its host families.
Form - General
Consent Form - Hosts
If you have any qestions about these forms, contact our District Police Liaison
10 Wright Grove,
Ph:(06) 367 0559 or at
The process for vetting is:-
- the Club completes all forms with proposed Host person/s.
- the Club posts all forms to David, enclosing a stamped envelope
for the Police to use to reply to David.
- David sends all forms to the Police Licensing & Vetting Service
and awaits their reply.
- David replies to Rotary club, only if needed.