Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE)                                                                                                         

The Rotary Youth Exchange Program provides for the selection and sponsorship of students in the 15 -18 year age group to travel to another country to spend twelve months attending a secondary school and living with host families in that country.  Rotary Youth Exchange students must be at least 15 years and have not yet turned 19 years on the date of departure from Australia which is generally mid-January of each year.


  1. Rotary Youth Exchange students must be  between the ages of 15 and 18 years as of  1 January of the year of departure from Australia.
  2. Applicants must have above average academic ability and must have an outgoing and pleasant personality to fit them for the role as an Ambassador for Australia. They must have the ability to accept discipline and be capable of adjusting to new and strange conditions.
  3. Applicants must be of good character and reputation.
  4. Sons and daughters of Rotarians are eligible for Youth Exchange but receive no special preference in selection. All applicants are selected solely on merit.


All exchange students on the School Year Youth Exchange program will be required to pay a fee of approximately AUD$6,800 (Figure subject to air fare confirmation). This fee has been carefully worked out to give maximum benefit to the majority of students involved and to make the administration of the program easier.

The fee will cover the following aspects of the exchange;

  • Air fare
  • Visa costs
  • Business cards and group photograph
  • Briefing sessions both before and on return from exchange
  • Group clothing items and accessories
  • Insurance
  • Youth Exchange medallion and certificate presented upon return at Rebound De-Briefing meeting

This fee is payable as follows:

  • Upon receipt of letter of acceptance from District Committee: $1,000
  • Balance due 30th September: $5,800
  • Total: $6,800
Deadline for application:  Applications must be submitted to the nearest Rotary Club by 31st March in the year prior to exchange.

NOTE: Applicants should be aware that the total cost of the overseas exchange could potentially be upwards of AUD$12,000, but can vary significantly depending on spending preferences and exchange rates. This potential total cost includes optional Rotary travel and personal expenses.

The WA RYE web site is
RYE Australia web site
Chair: David Cleary (Perth City East)