International Youth Exchange
Rotary Hutt Valley sponsors senior high school students in an exchange program thats gives them a year experiencing another contry, another culture and sometimes even another language.  
Rotary's International Youth Exchange Programme is:
  • a year's study at school abroad with the purpose of promoting international understanding and goodwill
  • the opportunity for students to meet, mix with and participate in activities with people of their own age
  • the opportunity to live with several families and experience the culture and language of that country first hand
NZ-Australia Matched Student Exchange
This programme is designed to foster international understanding between Australia and New Zealand.
The committee administers the programme of match exchanges whereby secondary school students from our District, between the ages of 13½ and 16 years, on 1 January each year, exchange with Australian students. Our New Zealand student travels to Australia mid-April, lives with the family of his/her matched Australian student and attends the same school, returning 12 weeks later in mid-June. This is then reciprocated back in New Zealand until mid-September for a further 12 weeks.
Clubs are responsible for accessing student applications from High Schools, initial interviews, forwarding applications to the District Committee and providing a Rotarian mentor/counsellor for each selected student.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary's leadership training program for young people. RYLA participants can be ages 14-30, but most clubs and districts choose to focus on a narrower age range, such as 14-18 or 19-30.
RYLA emphasises leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to
  • Demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth
  • Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders
  • Encourage leadership of youth by youth
  • Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities
To find out more about RYLA or download the application form go to the New Zealand RYLA Website
Youth Leadership Day
Each year, we seek nominations from all the local high schools for year 11 students to attend our Youth Leadership Development Day.
During the day, up to 24 students learn and develop their leadership skills with team-building activities, instruction in public speaking, listening to a motivational and inspirational speaker, and doing 'random acts of kindness' in the Lower Hutt community. Their day ends by running an evening meeting for the Club members.