The events of Christchurch brought it home to me that we always need to be thinking of changing the way people think and act for the better.  It reinforced the work that myself and the Rotary Youth Exchange committee undertake to support NZ young people to have the experience of a lifetime and to make the world a more united place by participating in a Rotary Youth Exchange. 
The RYE programme changes lives and creates cultural diversity, world understanding, enhanced maturity, confident decision making and friends forever worldwide.
Applications are now open for 15 - 18 year old NZ students that would depart in January 2020.   The exchange is for 12 months and countries that we exchange with include:
●     Germany
●     France
●     Italy
●     Switzerland
●     Austria
●     USA
●     Canada
●     Taiwan
●     Spain
●     Chile
●     Argentina
You can help to make a difference by talking to a young person about the Rotary Exchange Programme and if they think it is for them - contact the RYE committee.
Applications are about to close on the 30th April  - for an application form or if you need further information please visit our website, or contact our Outbound Coordinator, Caroline Campbell - 021.02142227 or
Lynne Phillips
Rotary D9940 Youth Exchange Committee