Project Leader: David Cleary
Documented: Yes (RYE Manuals)
Funds Required: $4,000 pa
Project Team: 4 (plus 3-4 host families)
Total Hours pa: ~3,000 (plus host families)
Members Involvement: Hosting RYE student to dinners and outings
Approved: Oct 2013
|Description||Rotary Youth Exchange involves Heirisson choosing a bright, well- adjusted young person (typically 16-17) and organizing for them to spend a year abroad living with a series of Rotary-sponsored host families in another country (“outbound”).
Similarly Heirisson hosts a young person from another country by finding them a school and accommodation in Perth for a year with a series of host families (“inbound”).
Rotary undertakes to give these young people a wide exposure to the culture and lifestyle of the host country.
The principal purpose for the Australian going abroad is to act as a Youth Ambassador for Australia. They are also to inform their host community of the Australian way of life and build better international understanding and goodwill. Similarly for inbound exchanges.
|Heirisson’s role and criticality to success||· Heirisson selects an Australian outbound student every year and accepts an inbound from a participating country
· Heirisson finds a school and families to host an inbound student
· Were Heirisson not to do this, there would be one less outbound and one less inbound student every year.
|Part of a strategic relationship or partnering/alliance?||No strategic relationship involved (ongoing interaction with various districts in Europe, Scandinavia, Asia and the Americas through District RYE committee)
|What difference will the Project/Program make?||The main difference is that future leaders who have been involved in RYE will have empathy with other cultures, a strong social conscience, a desire to make the world a better place and an international network of like-minded people to call upon in this endeavour.|
|Other Benefits (Include sustainability of benefits, fun to do, recognition for Heirisson)||Heirisson host families and indeed all club members have the opportunity to learn about the culture and lifestyle of the other country from the inbound student.|