The short term exchange program (STEP) is a fantastic opportunity for young students to gain independence and experience life in a different country or region without the commitment of a 12 month exchange.
You can spend up to three months living and studying in another state of Australia or overseas (in the past we have done STEP with New Zealand and the USA), doing a direct exchange with a student your own age. This is a family to family/school to school exchange where two students of similar age and interests are matched and agree to spend up to three months living with each other’s family in the family home and studying with them at their school.
Once the students are matched by Rotary, the students start to communicate with the matched student and their family and then Rotary will arrange an orientation for both students and families and will assist you to make your travel arrangements for the exchange.
The District 9640 STEP is for students aged between 14 – 16 years that are currently enrolled in secondary school within the district. Check ‘Who can apply?’ for more details on your eligibility.
Hear from Georgia Howe who went to Portland, USA, in 2019 on a short term Rotary Youth Exchange.
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