International Youth Exchange

Ever year students from around the world travel to other countries for a year through the Rotary International Youth Exchange program. During their year the students stay with four Rotary families, three months with each family, attend the local school and Rotary Club meetings – and get to do some fairly amazing activities.

Those students hosted in our District have various weekend camps, a three week South Island tour and attend our Rotary District Challenge Camp – amongst other things.

Waitakere Rotary have both hosted students and sponsored local students to other parts of the world for many years.

Rotary Year

Incoming Students

Outgoing Students

2017 to 2018

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Gustavo Echeverria
Chile

Hosts: Bob & Sue Benzie
Susan and John Vujcich
Counsellor: Patrick Howard


2016 to 2017

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Max Christensen
Denmark

Hosts: Bob & Sue Benzie
Luke & Dallas Wilson
Neil & Liz Norton
Counsellor: Luke Wilson

2015 to 2016

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Rodrigo Curi
Brazil

Hosts: Bob & Sue Benzie
Cath and Mike Simpson
David and Denise Oliphant
Counsellor: Monique Bridge
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Hailey Powell
OHIO – USA
Hosts: Monique & Theo Van Lier
Bob & Sue Benzie
Counsellor: Ella Howard

2014 to 2015

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Victor Vieira Da Silva
France
Hosts: Cath &Mike Simpson
Joy & Gus Thomson
Monique & Theo Van Lier
Bob & Sue Benzie
Counsellor: Luke Wilson

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Daniel Haynes Austria

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Marcus Benzie Kentucky, USA

2013 to 2014

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Vincent Nikles
Switzerland
Hosts: Cath and Mike Simpson
Graham & Karyn Nicholson
Mark & Vivian Mallabar
Bob & Sue Benzie
Counsellor: Craiger Hargesheimer
Derek Gee's Poem

Jan 2013 to May 2013

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Morgan Lester
California, USA
July 2012 to December 2012
Co-Host: Kerikeri Rotary
January 2013 to May 2013
Hosts: Bob & Sue Benzie
Counsellor: Craiger Hargesheimer

2012 to 2013

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Gabriel Almeida
St Paul Park Continental
Brazil
March 2012 to May 2012
Co-Host: Norfolk Island Rotary
June 2012 to January 2013
Hosts: Linda & Noel Cooper
Bob & Sue Benzie
Counsellor: John Riddell

2011 to 2012

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Cecile Struvay
Belgium
July 2011 to June 2012
Hosts: Linda & Noel Cooper
Bob & Sue Benzie
Sheena Spittles
Counsellor: Patrick Howard
South Island Trip

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Elise Nother
Chile
Western Leader Article

2009 to 2010

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Jack Young
Sweden

2008 to 2009

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Beatrix Troeira
Brazil
Hosts: Craiger Hargesheimer
& Joanne Hurley
Bob & Sue Benzie
co-hosted with: Norfolk Island Rotary

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Jack Young
3 month exchange to Canada

2006 to 2007

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Gabriel Cortez
Brazil
Hosts: Bob & Sue Benzie
Kent & Emma Favel
Christine Fletcher / John Riddell
co-hosted with Norfolk Island
The Norfolk Story

2005 to 2006

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Elsa Bourget
France
Hosts: Bob & Sue Benzie
Theo & Monique Van Lier
Karen & Graham Nicholson

2003 to 2004

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Adela Ferrer
Argentina
Hosts: Bob & Sue Benzie
Karen & Graham Nicholson
Taya & Lance Hinton
Western Leader Article

2002 to 2003

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Juliana Gonzalez
Brazil
Hosts: Bob & Sue Benzie
Emma & Richard Thompson
co-hosted with Henderson Rotary

1999 to 2000

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Mikal Davies
Colorado, USA
Hosts: Lance & Tanya Hinton
Craig & Sarah Rogers
Mike & Sue Angland
Councillor: Bob Benzie

1998 to 1999

Katsuki Okuno
Osaka-Utsubo Rotary
Japan
Hosts: Jan & Peter
Ken & Robyn Dixon

1993 to 1994

Jill Johnson
USA
Hosts: Jim Wakeling
Carol Stevens
Mike & Sue Angland

1991 to 1992

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Dewi Wirahadikusumahi
Bandang
Indonesia

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Deidre Harmon
Hamburg
USA

1990 to 1991

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Stephanie Bastin
Oregon
USA
Hosts: Rod Stephens
Martin Tinsley
Denis Bolland
Robert Cawley

Cathy Roberts
Adelaide
South Pacific Twin Match Program

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Clare Tinsely
Moncton
Canada

198 to 1990

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Ilona Vehkaoja
Finland
Hosts: Peter & Patricia Beale
Kevin & Dianne Warneford
Tom & Beryl Pearce
Don & Marilyn Page

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Simone Moors
Texas
USA

1987 to 1988

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Andrew Willeke
Ohio
USA
Hosts: Barbara & Graham Maddren

Erica Clark
Germany

1986 to 1987

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Eric Bertheau
Ahus
Sweden

Rebecca Curtis
Redlands, California

1985 to 1986

Lori Daniels
Canada

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Dianne Wicks
Yakima
WA
USA

1984 to 1985

Jennifer Dent
Tecoma
USA

1983 to 1984

Donita Marakovits
Pennsylvania
USA

Dale Spencer
Seattle
WA
USA

1982 to 1983

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Sandra Kerr
Transvaal
South Africa
Counsellors: Don & Marilyn Page

Alison Parker
Corinth
New York
USA

1981 to 1982

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Hisayo Manji
Funabashi
Japan
Hosts: Ken and Patricia
Barry and Jean Chiplin

Jackie Chiplin
Ambler
Pennsylvania
USA

1980 to 1981

Rogerio Migliorini
Sao Paulo
Brazil

1979 to 1980

Sue Watson
Langley
Canada

1978 to 1979

Sue Beaumont
Shoemakesville
USA

1977 to 1978

Sherri Hills
Sydney
British Columbia
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Michelle Stewart
Foothill-Highlands
Calefornia
USA

1976 to 1977

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Barbara Woolfe
Tavistock
Ontario
Canada

Jeneane Smith
Shoemakersville
Pennsylvania
USA

1975 to 1976

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Sue Reeves
Kutztown
Pennsylvania
Hosts: Bill Beattie
Western Leader Article

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Susan Hudson
Emmaus
Pennsylvania
USA

1974 to 1975

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Adrian Weiss
Lilydale, Victoria
Australia

Pamela Jennings
Rotary Club of Lilydale
Melbourne, Australia

1973 to 1974

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Ruth Anderson
Hatboro
Massachusetts
USA
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Kathie Beattie
Horsham
USA

1971 to 1972

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Becky Blankenagel
Moab
Utah
USA
Hosts: Peter Hansen
Tom Pearce

Newspaper Article - Arrival
Newspaper Article - Departure

Peter Boxall
Rotary Club of Lilydale
Melbourne, Australia

NOTES: Our Rotary year is from July to June. Dates shown are the Rotary year (which may not be the calendar year if they arrived in January)
Waitakere Rotary have also had a hand in organizing the IYE program at times.

  • Past President Warren Osborne was on the IYE committee from July 1987 to June 1988 and Chairman of it from July 1988 to June 1992
  • Past President Bob Benzie is currently on the committee,Was in Committee/Inbound Team from 2006-20111 & Inbound Coordinator from 2014-2016

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