What is RANZSE ?
The Rotary Australia and New Zealand Student Exchange (RANZSE) program is run by some Rotary Districts in Australia and all districts in New Zealand. It is designed for 14 to 16 year old students to experience a true “exchange” with a family in the other country.
In 2017 New Zealand students arrive in Australia and attend school with their matched student during Term 2. Both students return to New Zealand and attend the New Zealand student’s school during Term 3. Each year it alternates as which country goes first. In 2016 there are 60 students from Australia and New Zealand participating in the program. In the past 10 years more than 1550 students have participated in this life-changing experience.
When is the Exchange ?
In 2017 Australian students will fly to New Zealand and attend school with their matched student during Term 2. Both students will return to Australia at the end of June and attend the Australian student’s school during Term 3.
The Australia/New Zealand Student Exchanges offer an opportunity to be away from home and be “independent” in a supervised environment, building confidence and maturity as well as developing lifelong friendships between individual students and families.
Does it cost much?
Students are matched where possible, with students of similar interests in the other country. The costs of the exchange are mainly covered by the participating families. This is typically about $A3,500 – $A4500 (depending on the rate of exchange in each country) covering costs such as air travel, passport, weekend camps, a week-long Safari in either Australia or New Zealand for the visiting student as well as spending money.
Sponsoring Rotary Clubs in Australia and New Zealand provide a Mentor for both the outbound and inbound student as well as supplying a Student Exchange uniform for the outbound student. Rotary Club sponsorship is $350 per student.
Long Lasting Friendship
It is one of the aims of Rotary International throughout the world to bring about better understanding between people. How better can this be done than through Youth Exchanges where each student has an opportunity to experience another country’s way of life, the people, their outlook and beliefs? Much as there is a need for this among people of different nationalities, there is a growing importance for Australians and New Zealanders to understand one another better. Student Exchanges are one of the best ways to help achieve this and also develop lifelong friendships between individual students and families.