Rules and Obligations

While Rotary Districts run their programs in accordance with Rotary International’s policy, each will have their own specific rules that may vary slightly, which students are required to follow.

Students are required to adhere to the laws of the host country at all times, and the rules of the program, as defined by the hosting and sponsoring Districts.

These are based on common sense and relate to personal behavior, safety and the expectations of being an ambassador for their country, their family, themselves and Rotary.

Students must return to Australia on completion of the exchange by the most direct route as arranged by the Rotary District’s program.

Program Rules

  • Obey the laws of the host country.
  • Abide by the rules and conditions of the host Rotary District including travel rules. Parents or legal guardians must not authorise any extra activities directly to their child. Any relatives living in the host country will not have any authority.
  • No operating of motorised vehicles, including but not limited to cars, trucks, motorcycles, aircraft, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, boats and other watercraft, or participate in driver education programs.
  • No drinking of alcoholic beverages (unless the host Rotary District state it’s permissible in some circumstances and you are over the country’s legal drinking age).
  • No possession or use of illegal drugs.
  • No romantic relationships or sexual activity.
  • No body piercing or obtaining tattoos while on the exchange.

Attendance at school

All students are required to attend a secondary level school for the duration of the exchange, this is a requirement of the student visa.

Rotary Policy

Rotary International, in line with its objective to provide the best student exchange program, has developed a worldwide Certification process for all participating clubs and the necessary infrastructure of the program.

As part of its working with youth policy, the Board of Rotary International has made the following statement as a Code of Conduct:

Rotary International strives to create and maintain a safe environment for all youth who participate in Rotary activities. Rotary members, members’ spouses and partners, and other volunteers must safeguard the children and young people they come into contact with and protect them from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.

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