Exchange Program

Short Term Youth Exchange

This program is aimed at year 9 and 10 students. It involves spending one school term in New Zealand, and then the matched New Zealand student spending one school term in Australia (reciprocal). It is a family-to-family exchange.

This program is also called the Rotary Australia and New Zealand Student Exchange (RANZSE). It is a program run by some Rotary Districts in Australia, but not all of them. Each year it alternates as which country hosts first. Roughly 60 students are involved with this program each year. It lasts six months in total.

Families are very carefully matched using a lot of accumulated data to ensure compatibility. Students are matched, where possible, with students of similar interests in the other country.

The costs of the exchange are mainly covered by the participating families. Sponsoring Rotary Clubs in Australia provide a Mentor for both the outbound and inbound student and also supply a Student Exchange uniform for the outbound student.

Application Process

The Expression of Interest Form (see link below) must be filled in before the end of June of the year prior to attending program, or be presented at an Interest Meeting.

A full application form will either be sent out or handed to the applicant at the Interest Meeting. The full application form must be returned by 31st July. A non-refundable administration fee of A$200 must be returned with the form.

  • Click Here to download the Expression of Interest Form (.PDF)
  • Click Here to download the Application Instructions (.PDF)
  • Click Here to download the Application Form (.DOCX)

For more information click here

This website is a dedicated website for District 9520 which covers 53 clubs in four states of Australia: South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

For a list of Rotary Clubs in District 9520, see District 9520 Clubs

If you live or go to school near one of these locations, then we can help you. If you live in other areas, then you can find out your District by going to "I live somewhere else".  To qualify, applicants should be good students who have demonstrated leadership in their community.
Applicants and their parents will be interviewed in the family home by members of the sponsoring Rotary clubs. Suitable students are recommended to the District Selection Committees. The District Selection Committee will then arrange to interview all recommended applicants and their parents to select students to participate in the programme. Acceptance to the exchange will depend on a suitable student match being available. It may not be possible to match up every successful applicant. There is a matching conference held in late October each year (this is for District Selection Committees only).

Students are notified if their application is successful on 1st December each year.

If you are a successful applicant you will be invited along to:

  • First briefing day/opportunity to meet returning RANSZE attendees = October
  • Final briefing day = February

Rotary District 9520
Youth Exchange

Each year thousands of young people worldwide are given an opportunity to experience the cultures and accomplishments of people in other countries.

During your exchange, you will grow considerably in self-confidence, tolerance and self-reliance.

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