Program Costs

The total cost of your Exchange varies depending on the country of Exchange, your departure location and your personal budget.

The cost of a Rotary Exchange also varies between each District (see to the right) around Australia. To get a more detailed idea of the costs of an Exchange from your local Rotary District, use the District locator to the right. Some Districts offer a package price for many of the obligatory cost items.

Below is a broad outline of costs, to give you a general idea.

The student’s natural parents or guardian provide for all of the following costs:

  • An administration fee
  • Return airfare, as arranged by Rotary, to the country of exchange
  • Personal insurance, as defined by Rotary International
  • Internal travel in overseas country including Rotary organised tours
  • Day to day living expenses of the student, postage, phone calls, personal items, clothing, footwear etc.
  • A small emergency fund (redeemable at conclusion of exchange, if unused)

Rotary provides:

  • Rotary approved host families who provide a family environment for the student
  • Schooling and the payment of normal school fees and expenses
  • A monthly allowance of approximately US$100 to the student
  • A student counselor, both here and in the host country
  • Back up support and counseling for the family of the student

Amounts vary but we suggest you allow approximately $5,000 to $10,000 for additional expenses throughout the year.

Naturally, you have to consider these amounts against what it normally costs to keep you for 12 months living at home.

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