Explore new cultures and discover diverse perspectives by participating in a Friendship Exchange, Rotary’s international exchange program for Rotary members and their families. Not only will you help advance peace and international understanding, but your friendship can lead to future service projects.

Choose from the following types of exchange programs:

  • Visitor: Individual Rotary members and their families spend up to a week in a Rotary member’s home abroad.
  • Team: Several Rotary members or couples visit communities in the host area for up to one month.
  • Univocational: Rotary members who share the same profession see how their job is done in another country.
  • Volunteer/service: Rotary members take part in a service activity while visiting their host club.

Learn more in the Rotary Friendship Exchange Handbook. 

Learn more about Rotary Friendship Exchange at the Rotary International website.

General Information for Rotary Friendship Exchange Participants

 

ROTARY District 9640 Australia

D9640 is a very beautiful part of Australia straddling two states – southern Queensland and north eastern  New South Wales. Comprising  1240 Rotarians in 54 clubs our district is 250km from north to south and 400km east to west covering a total area of 80 000 sq km.

Our district includes a diversity of landscapes, climate, industries and of course, Rotary clubs. On the east, it is bound by the south Pacific coastal strip of some of the best surf beaches in Australia from the famous Gold Coast in the north to Grafton in the Northern Rivers region of NSW.

The adjacent hinterland contains subtropical rainforests in world heritage listed National Parks. Our district includes tablelands of the Great Dividing Range, New England tablelands and Granite Belt and contain peaks to 1200 metres. Western slopes extend to Goondiwindi and contain the headwaters of the giant Murray-Darling River system.

The District 9640 Chair of Rotary Friendship Exchange is PDG Wendy Scarlett and Deputy Chair is PP Reg Norvill.
Wendy Scarlett -   Reg Norvill -

A map of the location of Rotary District 9640 clubs is available here

ROTARY FRIENDSHIP EXCHANGE - Exchanges under planning
Applications are open for team members to
 
Arizona     District 5495  October 20th – 31st 2020   HURRY, LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE
 
OR
 
Pennsylvania District 7430  May / July or Sept 2021  (dates to be decided when team is selected)
 
Rotary Friendship Exchange is open to all Rotarians and partners. The exchange is for 2 weeks, with the team members being home hosted with Rotarians. Expenses include flights, tour admissions and lunch or dinner out. 
 
Apply to be part of a team of up to twelve, to participate in this great Rotary experience of culture, friendship and hospitality.
 
ARIZONA
Arizona USA exchange includes the Grand Canyon, Indian Cliff Dwellings, Sedona with spectacular red rock spires and mountains, home of the world’s oldest rodeo, “Old Tucson” Movie Studios and more. 
 
What a great opportunity to other parts of the USA or South America either before or after the exchange.
 
PENNSYLVANIA
District 7430 is the south eastern part of Pennsylvania, bordering on New Jersey. It is a mixture of urban and agricultural areas which creates a diversity of life styles and vocations and is in the middle of the extensive metro region between Washington DC and Boston, MA. Highlights of the visit may include Longwood Gardens, one of the premier gardens in the US 1000 acres 2 acres under glass, Lancaster and the Amish country, tour of Martin Guitar and museum famous custom guitars of many famous musicians, tour of Moravian Tile Works on the national register part of arts and crafts movement.
 
The exchange could provide a great opportunity to visit Washington DC, New York City, Philadelphia or other parts of the USA either before or after the exchange.
 
Rotary travel insurance will cover the exchange plus up to 60 days private travel.
 
Incoming visits to our District by Rotarians are:
Arizona  -          April / May 2021
Pennsylvania - February / March 2021(dates to be confirmed)
Outbound team members clubs are expected to host the inbound team, during their 14 - 15 days experience within District 9640 so please discuss your desire to be part of the team with your club to obtain their consent to possibly host the inbound team.
 
Requests for a Team Membership Application should be directed to
RFE Chair Wendy Scarlett on 07 5524 4368 or 0400 715207 or email: wendy.scarlett51@gmail.com