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Rotary Youth Exchange District 9600
Australia, Papua New Guinea, Nauru and the Solomon Islands
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Welcome to Rotary Youth Secondary Study Exchange Program
The situation with COVID-19 is being taken seriously by Rotary District 9600.
The decision was made to suspend the Exchange for 2020-2021
i.e. at the current time No overseas students will be accepted in July 2020 and No Students will be going out in January 2021.
The safety and well-being of the exchange students is our priority.
Yours in Rotary Service,
Ossama El-Saadi
D9600 YOUTH EXCHANGE CHAIRMAN    
Welcome to the Rotary District 9600 Youth Exchange Program


The program is backed by the world's largest and finest service organization, Rotary International.


The Rotary Youth Exchange Program provides a unique opportunity for young Australians to experience at first hand the many cultures of different countries, a new way of life and in some instances another language. Often, the friendships made will be life long as a result of the building of goodwill and understanding between countries.

They’ll spend up to 12 months living and studying in a foreign country, learning a lot about themselves and the culture of your adopted host families.
Students will grow considerably in self-confidence, tolerance and self-reliance through having to accept greater responsibility for themselves and their own actions.

Not to forget the element of adventure and fun.
 
The situation with COVID-19 is being taken seriously by the Australian government and a number of restrictions have been put in place to slow the spread of the virus.

Qld is in border lock down, travel within the QLD is discouraged.  

The Term 1 break will begin on Monday 30 March 2020 for all state school students. Five student free days have been declared for Monday 30 March – Friday 3 April 2020.

Schools will reopen to students and staff on Monday, 20 April 2020 unless health authorities advise otherwise.
During the period 30 March to 3 April, schools will continue to provide a program of care and supervision for children of essential workers.

Our advice has not changed, the best interest of students is to stay where they are. This applies to both students who are currently on exchange in D9600 in Queensland, Australia, as well as D9600 students abroad. There may be more risk for students if they attempt to travel home at this stage. Rotary Youth Exchange D9600 recommends that the in-bound students stay in D9600 and finish their exchange year here.
 
We are following the advise published by Qld health https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19. If there are any changes to this advice, I will advise students and clubs.
 
 The safety and well-being of the exchange students is our priority. I know Rotary Clubs, Counsellors and host families will take good care of the student.
 
We will update you immediately if we feel the situation has changed
  
Yours in Rotary Service,
 Ossama El-Saadi
D9600 YOUTH EXCHANGE CHAIRMAN    
ROTARY DISTRICT 9600 YOUTH EXCHANGE
Rotary Youth Exchange provides an opportunity of a lifetime for young Australians currently studying Year 9 to 12 to study abroad for the following year.
They’ll spend up to 12 months living and studying in a foreign country, learning a lot about themselves and the culture of their adopted host families.
It’s an amazing, life-changing experience you can give your kids that they will never regret.
Rotary Youth Exchange District 9600 is a Student Exchange Organisation registered in Queensland by the Department of Education & Training (DET) International Quality Unit, Mary St, (LMB 827), Brisbane QLD 4001 - Ph: 07 3513 6748
http://education.qld.gov.au/schools/cricos/student-exchange.html cricosreg@dete.qld.gov.au
10/05/2020
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