Content about rotary youth exchange

Content Item - Rotary Making a Difference

By President Del King, Rotary Club of Flemington

This year’s Conference highlighted that opportunities such as Youth Exchange can make a huge impact upon a young person’s life and kick start them to look for opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others as they mature. One of the keynote speakers at the conference was Kristen Hilton the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner.

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Content Item - Youth Services - Developing Leaders for the Next Generation

By District Governor Neville John,

Rotary has a special responsibility towards youth, and a number of initiatives must be directed to the youth of today because they become the citizens of tomorrow”. – RI President - Sir Angus Mitchell

In 1948 while preparing for his year as RI President, prominent Melbourne Rotarian, Sir Angus Mitchell had the foresight to see the importance of investing in the next generation. Rotary District 9800 Youth Service Committees offer clubs a wide range of opportunities to nominate students to participate in various programs. Leadership is a pivotal aspect of Rotary and we offer a number of very effective programs to help young people develop their leadership skills, show them how to serve their communities, build friendships, and increase their world understanding. It’s worth iterating the programs offered and their purpose:

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Content Item - Birth for Humankind

3 years ago, Olivia Mei Swan returned to Melbourne with the idea of establishing an organisation to assist young pregnant women.  Through her research, she learnt about DOULAs (A doula (doo-lah) is a trained support companion for women and their families during pregnancy, labour and the weeks following birth.)

This concept appealed strongly to her so after much research and training, and with the assistance of 2 philanthropists, Olivia established Birth for Humankind.  This is a charitable organisation which supports young pregnant women lacking family support.  She gained the backing of staff at the Royal Women’s Hospital as well as several community organisations working with disadvantaged women in the inner Melbourne area.

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Content Item - District Conference 2017 – Connecting Communities – Serving Humanity

Summary by District Governor Neville John       

The conference theme ‘Connecting Communities – Serving Humanity’ focused on social cohesion, inclusion and community resilience. We know why these things are so fundamentally important to the wellbeing of our society, and we know that generations of Australians have worked hard over many years to build a reputation for being inclusive, welcoming people who give others a fair go and are generous in helping those less fortunate.

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Content Item - Rotary Youth Exchange gave me hope for peace 

By Kate Roff, a former Rotary Youth Exchange student

Being lost in the middle of the bustling, hazy, city of Bangkok, Thailand, is not ideal for a 17-year-old Australian girl. But, it was a moment that changed my life.

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Content Item - Peta Credlin’s Rotary History

By Tony Thomas, Networker Correspondent

Peta Credlin in Spectator Australia’s Christmas issue sets out memories of her stint as a 1988  Rotary Exchange student. Peta became famous/controversial in her role as Chief of Staff to then Prime Minister Tony Abbott from 2013-15.

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Content Item - Win for Exchange Student

By Tony Thomas, Rotary Club of Central Melbourne

Ariana (Ari)  Fornageura-Castro, a Rotary Exchange Student from Lloret del Mar in Spain, has taken only two months to become a member of a State championship winning team in the Calisthenics Victoria State Championships.

Ari, 17, is doing Year 11 at Bendigo Senior Secondary College.  She is a member of the Bendigo Calisthenics Club and one of 11 members of the Intermediates team. A rhythmic gymnastics coach in Spain, Ari  is with Eaglehawk Rotary hosts  Richard and Kylie Epskamp.

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Content Item - Pray for Paris

At the recent Youth Exchange Camp at Anglesea, our French inbound student Cassandre Esquerre showed this video she produced about the recent attacks in Paris.

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Content Item - Wanted! Youth Exchange Host Families

Rotary Youth Exchange is a study-abroad opportunity for young people between the ages of 16 and 17 years of age who spend a full year as an international student hosted by local Rotary clubs.  

You can help by encouraging host families amongst Members and Friends

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Content Item - Hungary for a taste of Oz

Bendigo Advertiser

Anna Kollar arrived on Bendigo soil in August of 2013 and hails from Dabas in Hungary.

After a whirlwind three-week tour of tourist icons she settled into a "real" Australian lifestyle as part of the Rotary Student Exchange program.

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Content Item - Rotary Blazers for 2014 Outbounds

Twenty very excited and well prepared students, along with their families, friends, Sponsor Club representatives and the D9800 Youth Exchange Committee recently gathered at International House in Parkville.  It was the occasion of the final briefing and Blazer Presentation Dinner for our 2014 outbound Rotary Youth Exchange students, prior to their departure for 12 months.

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