Youth (Student) Exchange Programme

As a Rotary Youth Exchange student, you will spend up to a year living with (Rotary) host families and attend High School (normally Year 12 equivalent) in a different country.

You will learn a new way of living/culture, a great deal about yourself and maybe learn a new language or improve/hone your current LOTE.

Importantly, you will also be an ambassador, teaching people you meet about your country, our heritage, and ideas. With an aim of bringing the world a lot closer, making some good friends (and maybe life-long) in the process.

The programme began around 1939. More than 80 countries and over 8,000 students per annum participate. Students and host families have broaden their horizons through this programme.

The programme is administered at the Regional level through District zones and at local club level.

Links for further information:

Rotary International YEP site:

Rotary International YEP Brochure:

District 9550 (our district) YEP Committee:

Below is our club’s history of participation:-

Position 1990/91 1991/92 1992/93 1993/94 1994/95 1995/96
Youth Exchange Student, inbound Ray Hall, USA Sylvia Thone, Germany Brede Abbedissen, Norway Sorowan Jencharoenwattana, Thailand (ret’d early) Josephine LeFebvre from Belgium,  andTomoko Katagiri, Japan Martin Camperweale, Argentina andMary Jean from South Africa
Youth Exchange Student, outbound Paul Healy, toGermany Leith Hawkins to Alaska, and Sara Gibberd to Norway Ngaio Spencer to Belgium Wendy Purchase to Finland Heidi Erkkila to Finland and Raechelle Weston to Norway
Ambassadorial Scholar Molly Cummings from USA,Colleen Young to USA Nicole Lee to UKMaria Stevens and Paul Bisset both from USA Janice Sarinci and Helen Wycherley


Position 1996/97 1997/98 1998/99 1999/2000 2000/01 2001/02
Youth Exchange Student, inbound Juliana Viera, BrazilTomoko Suzuki from Japan Michael Larsen from Denmark, Melanie Donald from Zimbabwe Molly Baen from USA, Eiko Zamaguchi from Japan and JuJaa (aka Sue) from Hungary Sebastien Verbeke from Belgium Steve Smith from Canada Masimba Kuchera from Zimbabwe
Youth Exchange Student, outbound Kathy Rowe to Thailand, Katie Robinson to Denmark, Susan Gough to Belgium Tiffany Patrick to Norway Samantha Hawke to Brazil, Amanda Threfall to Germany Alison Neal to Zimbabwe, Jackie Clarke to Canada, andTamara Hogan to Zimbabwe Kimberley Orr to Denmark Nicole Smith to USA
Ambassadorial Scholar Irene Jacovos to India Jedadiah (Jed) Gilchrist from USA Mariko Abu from JapanJanelle Gibson-Hughes to Austria


Position 2002/03 2003/04 2004/05 2005/06 2006/07 2007/08
Youth Exchange Student, inbound Marian Bobillo from France,Jose Alonso Arce Valdivia from Peru Marissa Van Druten from Holland, Huang Yu (aka FanFan or Telstra) from Japan, who came back to study at JCU Nicole Brulhart from Switzerland, Merryn Skea from South Africa Aaron Fritsch from USA, andDanilo Roque from Brazil,

Ame`lie Bataille from France

Ana Coaguila from Peru Tamami Miyakoshi from Japan
Youth Exchange Student, outbound Janelle Scheuber to Denmark, and Cara Gillman to Brazil Emma Bearne to Netherlands Aisley Duff to Peru, and Katie Greenwell to Germany Natasha Lourie and Makula Kiyingi to Belgium Sarah Ashby to Japan, and Kaitlyn Schuck to Slovakia
Ambassadorial Scholar Debra Garneau from USA Brennan Arden from USA


Position 2008/09 2009/2010 2010/11 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14
Youth Exchange Student, inbound Zac Lavender from USA Joao Paulo de Silva (JP) from Brazil Eric Boudesteijn from Holland, and Jordan (Jo) Combs from USA Konstantin (Konsti ) Beuttner from Germany Augusto from Peru Mako from Japan
Youth Exchange Student, outbound Alexandria Weyand to Finland Tristan Symonds to Germany  to Japan Rachael Hobbs to Japan
Ambassadorial Scholar Lindsey Nieralka from USA



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Jodie Darley