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SUSPENSION OF EXCHANGE PROGRAM UPDATE: It had been hoped that the District 9455 Rotary Youth Exchange Program could resume in some format by 2021. Regretfully, with all considerations taken into account the Program has had to be postponed once again. The D9455 RYE Committee remains committed to the Program and will continue working behind the scenes to ensure that when the time is right the Program will be ready to recommence. Rotary Youth Exchange has long been recognised as one of the premier Youth Programs within Rotary International. The benefits are numerous including the sharing of languages and culture across the globe, promoting youth leadership and understanding of other countries, lifelong international friendships and an introduction to the Rotary community for younger generations. RYE can be a springboard to other Rotary programs including Rotex, Rotaract and RYLA. At this stage we are hoping to welcome a new group of Inbound students in July 2022 and sending a new group of Outbound students overseas in January 2023. We aim to be recruiting for new Outbound students in 2022. The D9455 RYE Committee is grateful for the support it has received from the District and Clubs within D9455 as well as our Exchange Partners overseas, and looks forward to resuming the Rotary Youth Exchange Program when it is considered safe to do so. Please visit our website for further information: https://youthexchange.asn.au/

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Outbound Update: Jasmine (sponsored by the Rotary Club of Subiaco) has provided some fabulous photos with her update on her exchange experiences in Sweden 🇸🇪. “Despite the chilliness of Autumn and the onset of Winter, I’ve been having a wonderful time in Sweden as I near the end of my exchange year. As pictured below, watching the Autumnal colours progress throughout the season was a magical experience for me, and made for many beautiful walks through the forest (with occasional mushroom picking as well!). I am really looking forward to experiencing a Swedish Christmas and learning more about the accompanying traditions, and spending time with my lovely host families and friends. Best wishes to everyone back home for the holiday season!" 1. The first snow of Winter. 2. Members of the school choir (and myself as ‘Lucia’) performing traditional Lucia and Christmas carols at local retirement homes. 3. Swedish ‘fika’ - cinnamon bun and coffee. 4. Family home from the Viking era. 5. Local castle. #rotaryyear #rotaryexchange #rotaryyouthexchange #lifeinayear #exchangestudent #ryep #sweden

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And then there were none😥 For the first time in... how long?... there are no Inbound students present here in District 9455 and none expected anytime soon. Milan has arrived safely home in Italy 🇮🇹 and is in quarantine, but very happy to be reunited with his family. He was able to be photographed with them but could not stand in close proximity. He was farewelled in Perth 🇦🇺 by present and past RYE Committee Chairs David Cleary and Joanne Bowen, as well as members of host club the Rotary Club of Mindarie and host parents Tracey Roberts (the Mayor of the City of Wanneroo) and Peter Roberts. #homesafely #lifeinayear #ryep #coviddidntstopus #movingon #timetosaygoodbye #whatsnext #exchangestudents #rotaryexchangeyear #rotaryouthexchange #rotaryaustralia #rotarywesternaustralia #highachiever

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Outbound student Caitlin is on her way home from Japan 🇯🇵, having been sponsored for a great year of personal growth and education by the Rotary Club of Perth. Caitlin's host district looks forward to her returning in the future to complete some of the exploration of their country that she was denied by the Corona virus pandemic. Caitlin was farewelled by two of our past Inbound students, Keika (2019/20) and Koki (2018/19) as well as host District Rotarians and host family. #rotaryexchangeyear #timetocomehome #rotaryexchangestudent #ryep #coviddidntstopus #lifeinayear #rotaryyouthexchangeaustralia #rotaryjapan #rotaryyouthexchangejapan #ryejapan

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Outbound Update: Claire returned home due to the impact COVID19 earlier this year from her exchange in Brazil 🇧🇷, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kununurra. Here are her reflections of her experiences: "Like many people my year has been extremely impacted due to Covid 19, I started the year off in Brazil where I was welcomed with open arms. It didn’t take me long to fall in love with the country as straight off the plane I was brought to a carnival party and immediately introduced to a huge part of Brazilian culture, their love for music and dancing. I was fortunate enough to live in a small town called Tarumã with two different families. My families treated me as one of their own and wanted me to see and experience all that Brazil has to offer. I had the opportunity to travel to Rio with exchange students from all across the world and experience the final night of Carnival which was incredible. It didn’t take long and Brazil was in isolation and I sadly returned to Australia. Since returning I have had so much work including packing fruit, waitressing and a teacher’s aide. Next year I will go to university and study primary teaching which I realised I was interested in after helping teach english in my school in Tarumã and my host mum being a primary teacher. Whilst it hasn’t been the year I expected or planned I have learnt so much and made so many unforgettable memories so now I am just waiting until I can return to my families in Brazil and eat acai again." #rotaryexchangeyear #rotarywesternaustralia #ryep #rotaryoutbounds #rotarybrazil #rotaryexchangestudent #cutshortbycovid #rotaryyouthexchangeprogram #rotaryyouthexchangeaustralia #returnedhome #rotarykununurra

Tandil, Bs. As.

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Outbound Update: Madeleine shares some of her thoughts and experiences as she nears the end of her exchange year in Argentina 🇦🇷, sponsored by the Rotary Club of North Perth. "Although daily life for everyone in Argentina is still being very impacted by the virus, this hasn’t stopped me from really making the most of the last few months of my exchange. Most of my time is spent with my amazing family (including four teenage siblings), going on walks to enjoy Tandil’s beautiful nature, watching movies, cuddling with my cat and studying Spanish! Its bittersweet to think that my exchange is coming to an end, because while I really don’t want this amazing experience to end I am also looking forward to seeing my family and friends as well as starting the next phase of my life when I commence university next year." #rotaryexchangeyear #rotaryoutbounds #endofexchangeyear #lifeinayear #rotaryexchangestudent #ryep #tandilargentina #exchangelife #makingthemostofit #rotaryyouthexchangeaustralia #rotaryyouthexchange #rotarynorthperth

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The monthly RYE Committee meeting had a special guest visitor at its conclusion on Saturday morning. Inbound student Milan (Italy 🇮🇹, hosted by the Rotary Club of Mindarie) has almost completed his extended exchange and was presented with his Certificate of Exchange Completion and gift bag by District Governor Jon Bilson. Milan is currently sitting his University Entrance ATAR exams and is looking forward to being reunited with his family at the end of the month (and especially hopes that he's grown taller than his father!😁). #rotaryexchangeyear #rotarydistrict9455 #endofexchangeyear #rotaryexchange #ryep #rotaryaustralia #ajobwelldone #exchangestudent #examtime #atar #endofschool #districtgovernor

Trigg Beach

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As we say farewell to October it's time to reminisce about the activity eagerly awaited by Inbounds in that month each year - Surfing Lessons - an opportunity to tick ✔️ off a bucket wish list item in Australia 🇦🇺 🌞🏄🌊 #rotaryexchangeyear #exchangestudents #sunandsand #rotaryyouthexchangeprogram #ryep #bucketlist #surfing #sunandsurf #exchangeachievements #exchangeadventures #ozlife #learntosurf #itsapieceofcake #getyourtoeswet #rotarywesternaustralia

Perth, Western Australia

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RC Mindarie and District 9455 could not be any prouder of their Inbound exchange student Milan 🇮🇹. On his 18th birthday receiving the honour of EQUAL JOINT DUX of Mindarie Senior College. What a sensational achievement for Milan. Recognition well deserved for his hard work & dedication to his studies in an extended Rotary exchange year due to Covid. Congratulations Milan. Super proud of you 👏👏👏👨‍🎓🏆 #graduation2020 #legend #ryep #rotaryexchangeyear #exchangestudent #rotaryexchangestudent #rotaryyouthexchangeprogram #dreambig #workhardpaysoff #dux #heearntit #couldnthappentoanicerbloke #exchangeachievements #nomoreschool #highschoolgraduation

Perth, Western Australia

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We wish our only remaining Inbound student Milan 🇮🇹 (hosted by the Rotary Club of Mindarie) a very happy 18th birthday today. 🎂🎈🎉 It's also his Year 12 Graduation Ceremony this evening so it's a day that he will surely remember! Good luck for the upcoming ATAR exams too, Milan! 👨‍🎓 #exchangebirthday #rotaryexchangestudent #ryep #rotaryexchangeyear #rotarydistrict9455 #rotaryaustralia #happybirthday #rotaryyouthexchangeaustralia

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Shu-Min is one of our returned Outbound students, whose exchange in Spain🇪🇸 was impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. She recently made a great presentation to her sponsor club, the Rotary Club of Perth City East about her exchange experiences. "There were a lot of times where I felt like I had the worst luck in the world, but that’s far from the truth. Firstly, I had Rotary and all its lovely members, who helped me every step of the way and never failed to put my mind at ease, and for that I’m forever thankful, especially to David and Turtle travel. Secondly, both my host families were always there for me to help in any way possible even though I felt that I didn’t deserve such kindness. The friends I had made, either Spanish or exchange friends, helped me pass my exchange happily both before and during the challenges of this year and they have taught me a lot about what it means to be a good friend. And lastly, of course, my family were always quick to reassure and address my worries, and are the reason why I went on this exchange in the first place. It was the efforts of many people that I had my exchange and arrived home safely. I could’ve chosen to see my exchange as a failure, sometimes I felt that it really was but that would be a great injustice to all the people that made it possible. I will always look back on my exchange with gratitude. Thank you! Shu-Min" #rotaryoutbounds #rotaryexchangeyear #rotarydistrict9455 #ryep #homesafely #rotaryexchangestudent #rotaryaustralia #exchangeyear #exchangespain #exchangeblessings #goodluckbadluck #damncoronavirus #timenotwasted

Livigno

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Past Inbound student Katrine (Denmark 🇩🇰 2017/18, hosted by the Rotary Club of Kalamunda) has sent in photos of her recent get-together with Beatrice (Italy 🇮🇹, hosted by the Rotary Club of Ellenbrook) and Claudine (Switzerland 🇨🇭, hosted by the Rotary Club of West Perth) at stunningly beautiful Livigno, Italy. She wrote: "Bea is studying biology at university in Milan, Claudine is going to start studying pharmaceuticals in Bern and I am finishing my last year of high school at UWC in the Netherlands ❤️ We’re very grateful for all that our exchange year brought us, including the many wonderful friendships between the exchange students 🥰 we miss all of the rotarians a lot and send you all of our love x" #rotaryfriends #exchangestudents #friendsforever #rotaryexchangestudent #rotaryyouthexchange #happycatchup #exchangeblessings #bffs #rotaryexchangeprogram #livigno

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A great photo and news from Caitlin who is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Perth for her exchange year in Japan 🇯🇵, when she recently caught up with past 2019/20 Inbound student Keika (hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Cambridge and Scarborough). "Every year Iki holds a fireworks display during the Summer Obon season. Keika, our friends Momo and Aiyuna and I went to see the fireworks together and wear our yukatas. It was nice to see the fireworks, and we got to see many other friends from school there." (Yukata is a traditional Japanese summer costume ☀️) #rotaryoutbounds #rotaryjapan #rotaryexchangestudent #ryep #rotaryyouthexchange #rotaryfriends #exchangelife #summerobon #obon #yukata #aussiegirlinjapan

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Our exchange program is on hold for the time being but the wheels of the committee machinations keep on turning as there is still much to do! The new Rotary year brings with it a changeover in the Chair position as Joanne Bowen steps down from her three year tenure and David Cleary takes up the leadership role. At Saturday's meeting Joanne presented David with his Chair's name badge and welcomed him to his new position. David thanked Joanne for the time and effort she gave in doing a wonderful job as Chair leading a cohesive and very busy, productive committee of twelve members. Joanne will remain on the committee as a Placement Coordinator and Tour Organiser. Thank you Joanne, and congratulations David!💐👏👏 #serviceaboveself #rotarydistrict9455 #rotaryserviceaboveself #ryecommittee #rotaryinternational #rotaryaustralia #rotaryyouthexchangeaustralia #rotarywesternaustralia #ryep #rotaryyouthexchange #rotaryleaders #rotaryfamily #rotarychair #greatpeople #changingoftheguard #rotarychangeover

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Happy Catch-Ups! It's always nice to hear from and see the faces of past students. Past Inbound student Katrine (2017/18 from Denmark 🇩🇰, hosted by the Rotary Club of Kalamunda) sent photos of herself with Sian (2019/20 Outbound to Finland 🇫🇮, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Mundaring), Kaisla (2017/18 Inbound from Finland 🇫🇮, hosted by the Rotary Club of Mindarie), Lindford (2017/18 Inbound from Belgium 🇧🇪, hosted by the Rotary Club of Hillarys) and Kaapo (2017/18 Inbound from Finland 🇫🇮 hosted by the Rotary Club of Mosman Park). #rotaryexchangeyear #ryep #rotaryexchangestudent #rotaryoutbounds #rotaryyouthexchangeaustralia #rotaryinternational #rotaryfamily #happycatchups #rotaryyouthexchange #foreverfriends #itsasmallworld

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Henrike, who was hosted by the Rotary Club of Batavia Coast for her 2019/20 exchange, has sent news to her Placement Coordinator David of what she has been up to since returning home to Germany 🇩🇪: "Luckily I didn't have to isolate. I guess I am settleing in alright, eventhogh I really miss Geraldton and my families and friends there (of course you and the other chair members as well). I just finished painting my cupboard and next week I am going to start the theory lessons for my drivers licence. I was welcomed verry warmly by my family and friends (I attatched a picture. I am sure it explains why walking through the Airport, wearing three hats doesn't embarras me at all😜)" #rotaryexchangeyear #ryep #rotaryexchangestudent #rotaryyouthexchangeaustralia #rotaryexchangeprogram #exchangestudent #homesweethome #rotaryinternational #rotaryaustralia #missingmyotherhome #tornbetweentwocountries #lifebackhome

Kyoto, Japan

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Outbound student Caitlin (sponsored by the Rotary Club of Perth) describes one of the most memorable highlights of her exchange experiences in Japan 🇯🇵: "Kinkaku-ji (the golden temple), Arashiyama bamboo grove and Fushimi Inari Taisha (the red torii gates) are 3 of the many places I was able to visit on my recent trip to Kyoto with my host family. It was an amazing experience and truly one of the biggest highlights of my time in Japan." #rotaryoutbounds #rotaryexchangeyear #rotaryinternational #rotaryaustralia #rotaryexchangestudent #ryep #rotaryyouthexchangeaustralia #rotaryexchangeprogram #kyoto #exchangehighlights #lifeinayear #exchangestudent

Tandil, Argentina

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Even with the world in pandemic induced disarray, our remaining Outbound students are having the time of their lives and learning valuable life lessons. Madeleine (sponsored by the Rotary Club of North Perth) has sent this from Argentina 🇦🇷: “Tandil is a beautiful city and I feel so blessed to be spending my exchange here. I’ve made so many incredibly special friendships this year, it’s crazy for me to think that if I hadn’t taken this opportunity and stepped out of my comfort zone I never would have crossed paths with any of them. Exchange has taught me the value of broadening your horizons and how much joy and growth can come from doing so.” #livingtheirbestlife #rotaryoutbounds #ryep #rotaryexchangeyear #rotaryyouthexchangeaustralia #rotaryexchangeprogram #argentina #getoutofyourcomfortzone #exchangestudent #alifeinayear #rotaryaustralia #tandil #tandilargentina

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OUTBOUNDS PHOTO COMPETITION Round 8 (Interesting Feature of Host Family's Home) WINNER 🏆 CONGRATULATIONS TO CAITLIN (Japan 🇯🇵 sponsored by the RC of Perth): Photo 1: "This is my host family's washitsu, or tatami room. Tatami rooms are a traditional Japanese room known for their spaciousness and straw tatami mats. They are quite multipurpose, but are often used to entertain visitors, house religeous altars and perform tea ceremonies. This was the room my family and I worked on our puzzle in, which has now been completed!" #rotaryoutbounds #ryep #homeiswheretheheartis #rotaryexchangestudent #rotaryyouthexchangeaustralia #rotaryexchangeprogram #rotarydistrict9455 #hostcountry #home #theirhomeismyhome #homeawayfromhome

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INBOUNDS PHOTO COMPETITION Round 7 (What Makes My Host Country Special) WINNER 🏆 MADELEINE (Argentina 🇦🇷 sponsored by the RC of North Perth). Maddy's Polaroid photo captured the essence of why we take photos - to record however imperfectly - special people, places and memories that are precious to us. The dusk colours are beautiful and through the blur the details are still visible. #photocompetition #exchangememories #rotaryoutbounds #hostcountry #rotaryyouthexchangeaustralia #rotaryexchangestudent #polaroid #rotaryinternational #ryep #exchangestudent #specialmemories

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The Rotary Club of Heirisson farewelled their Inbound student Nils (Switzerland 🇨🇭) and also Rasmus (Denmark 🇩🇰, hosted by the Rotary Club of Mt Lawley) at a party held at the home of Nils'host family whose own son James is currently an Outbound student in Poland 🇵🇱. Rasmus has been hosted by the same family along with Nils, which has been great fun for the two students living together as brothers. Thanks to RC Heirisson and past RYE committee member @worthington.doug for the great photos. #rotaryyouthexchangestudent #rotaryyouthexchange #ryep #endofexchangeyear #rotaryaustralia #exchangeparty #rotarydistrict9455 #rotaryexchangeprogram #farewellparty #rotaryconnectstheworld

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Keika (from Japan 🇯🇵) made a great farewell presentation about her exchange year to a combined meeting of her two host Rotary clubs, Scarborough and Cambridge. She has endeared herself to the club members and her host families, working hard to improve her English speaking skills and making the most of every opportunity to learn about Australia and enjoy the exchange experience. She was presented with an Akubra hat as a parting gift, which looks fabulous on her! #rotaryexchangeyear #ryep #rotaryyouthexchangeaustralia #rotaryexchangestudent #endofexchangeyear #finalpresentation #timetosaygoodbye #australiaandjapan #rotaryexchangeprogram

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Outbounds Photo Competition Round 6: "Occupying My Time" WINNER 🏆 Congratulations to CAITLIN (Japan 🇯🇵 sponsored by the Rotary Club of Perth) Her photo captured the essence of time well spent with her host family, which is crucial for forging the bonds of togetherness as they chat and relax together whilst accomplishing a task. On a different level the incomplete puzzle could also represent the experience of an exchange student endeavouring to put together the puzzle pieces of language and lifestyle in a foreign country so that by the end of the year away they are living the completed picture. #rotarydistrict9455 #rotaryaustralia #rotaryexchangestudent #lifeisapuzzle #timewellspent #occupyingmytime #exchangelife #ryep #rotaryexchange #hiking #jigsawpuzzle #familytime #rotaryyouthexchange

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INBOUNDS PHOTO COMPETITION (Round 5 Best Food In My Host Country) WINNER🏆: MADELEINE (Argentina 🇦🇷 Sponsored by the Rotary Club of North Perth). Well done everyone, great photos! #rotaryexchangeprogram #rotaryyouthexchange #ryep #rotaryexchangestudent #eatyourwayaroundtheworld #foodsoftheworld #foodphoto

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A very kind and thoughtful gesture from the Rotary Club of Taipei Fuling in Taiwan 🇹🇼, who have sent cloth facemasks for our Inbound students to use during their trip back to their home countries in a few weeks time. Thank you, your generosity is very much appreciated!🥰 #rotaryinternational #ryep #rotaryexchangestudent #rotaryyouthexchangeaustralia #rotaryserviceaboveself #covid19 #exchangestudents #kindnessmatters

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Members of the RYE committee attended a very special Zoom meeting of the Rotary Club of Northam to honour one of our past Chairs, Ian Gibbs. He was awarded a Three Sapphire PHF pin in recognition of forty years service to Rotary, with at least thirty six years on RYE committees of both districts as Chair and other roles. His 40 year anniversary date was the 1st of June, the day after his 75th birthday. Ian has been a much loved father- and grandfather-figure for exchange students and has been wonderfully passionate about Rotary Youth Exchange. His contributions to the program are irreplaceable and he leaves very big shoes to fill. He retired from the committee at the end of 2018. #rotaryexchange #rotaryyouthexchange #rotaryinternational #ryep #rotaryexchangestudent #rotaryserviceaboveself #rotaryservice #rotaryaustralia #rotarywesternaustralia #rotarydistrict9455 #rotaryexchangeprogram #internationalexchange