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The benefits of an exchange are many and varied. Students will grow considerably in self-confidence, tolerance and self-reliance through having to accept greater responsibility for themselves and their own actions.
They have to adapt to unfamiliar and different surroundings and ways of life that are different from home. For some it will be the first extended period of separation from their own family. This will bring about many trials and tribulations which they will need to overcome and by so doing develop many "survival skills".
To live away from home for the 50 weeks duration of the exchange is a demanding yet rewarding experience. It is not always smooth sailing and requires a great strength of character, tolerance and an understanding of the acceptance personal responsibility.
The exchange provides a unique opportunity for young Australians to experience at first hand the many cultures of a different country, a new way of life and in some instances another language. Often, the friendships they make will be life long and important in achieving the aims of the exchange - the building of goodwill and understanding between countries.
Rotary Youth Exchange, Australia
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