Imagine staying three nights at a game lodge in the Greater Kruger National Park with the northern Drakensberg Mountain as a backdrop. 

Numbers are limited to 20.  Travel March 2018.
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We are planning a Friendship Exchange Trip to the Northern Half of Oregon and the Southwest of Washington State in the USA in June 2018

This area covers Portland and is noted for its stunning natural beauty.  Area covers rugged forested cliffs along the coast, magnificent waterfalls and deep gorges.

This is a home hosting Friendship Exchange.

We are planning to visit in June 2018 (just before the International Convention in Toronto).

Numbers will be limited to 12.

Contact: Lesley Dare  email


Rotary Friendship Exchange is Rotary’s international exchange program for Rotarians and their families. Friendship Exchange provides participants the opportunity to experience other cultures by staying in the homes of Rotarians in other countries. The program aims to advance international understanding and peace through personal contact across borders while developing interclub relationships for fellowship and service projects.

 There are two types of Friendship Exchanges:

Visitor Program Individual Rotarians, who may be accompanied by family members, spend a few days in the home of a Rotarian in another country.

Team Program Rotarian couples, typically four to six, visit several communities in a host district for up to one month.

District 9830 has these Team Programs and you are encouraged to participate.

They also participate in what we’ve termed “Friendship Missions”, groups of Tasmanian Rotarians traveling together touring a country staying in commercial accommodation.





Japan 2016

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Bullet Train


Tea ceremony




Golden Pavilion




Sweden 2015

A group of Swedish Rotarians  toured Tasmania from,23 October 2015  .  Check their Facebook page.

Five Rotarians and three partners from District 9830 (Ulverstone, Hobart, Howrah, Deloraine and Central Launceston) participated on a visit to Sweden in  April  2015.  Another group visited in August 2015.

A return visit of Swedish Rotarians were in Tasmania in November 2015 –


From their Facebook page….


The focus of the visit was the Province of Scania in the south of Sweden. The group was hosted by local Rotarians in three locations in the region – in Simrishamn, Malmo and Landskrona / Helsingborg.

The program included attendance at meetings of the Rotary Clubs of Kivik, Simrishamn and Malmo City and the unique Rotary Oresund Meeting at Sea on the ferry crossing of the Oresund Strait between Helsingborg in Sweden and Helsingor (Elsinore) in Denmark.sweden1

Following the meeting the visitors toured Hamlet’s Kronberg Castle in Helsingor before returning to Sweden.

The Exchange Group accompanied by some hosts also visited Denmark on ANZAC Day to attend the Commemoration which was organised by the Australian Embassy in openhagen. Around 200 local residents with Australian and New Zealand connections attended – including Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. This was a huge thrill for the visiting Tasmanians. Some members of the group were fortunate enough to meet the Crown Princess.

A wide range of sightseeing, historical, educational and leisure activities were arranged which reflected the commitment, time and generosity of the Swedish Rotarians responsible for the program and the local hosts. The Rotarians from District 9830 enjoyed very warm and generous hospitality throughout the visit and were extremely fortunate to have had such a memorable experience.

Edited version Adrian Wood RC Central Launceston

Full version available in DG News July 2015


Nova Scotia 2013

Our team of 11 Rotarians/partners met in Halifax on 23 September to start our two week NovaScotia2exchange with the district encompassing Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

Return visit from Nova Scotia, Canada March 2014

A group arrived in Tasmania from Nova Scotia ion 8 March 2014  for a 2 week exchange

Turkey 2013

This tour of Turkey was a small group private tour.

When 26 Rotarians,partners and friends set off for Turkey, I am not sure any of us knew what to expect. We had been warned of the dangers of the Syrian war and when we arrived, the demonstrations by the Turkish people against their prime minister. What we found was a country of amazing history, remarkable scenery and wonderful friendly people.
We found Turkey to be a fascinating country coping with the demands of a modern world and a place full of surprises. Our guide was not only extremely knowledgeable but was also very compassionate looking out for our health and well being.


Norfolk Island 2013

” A group of 16 Rotarians, partners and friends made a Friendship Exchange visit to Norfolk Island from 19th to 26th April. Wel had a wonderful time and were well looked after by Rotary Club of Norfolk Island and by DG Lindsay and Alison Ford, prior to and at the District 9910 Conference. It was great for us to spend time with each other and to get to meet so many people from the mostly New Zealand district. I am sure that many lasting friendships have been made. “

Rotary District 9910’s 2013 District Conference is taking place on sunny Norfolk Island, an amazing Pacific Island and the stuff of legend with its history as a convict island and, later, the new home of the descendants of the ‘Bounty’ mutineers. And you can join in.


New Zealand 2012

A team of 15 Rotarians from Tasmania led by team leader Lesley Dare visited the south island of New Zealand (district 9980) visiting 8 rotary clubs and traveling south from Christchurch down the east coast to Invercargill and then north on the west coast to Queenstown before returning to Christchurch.

Apart from the spectacular scenery, we were home hosted by extremely friendly Rotarians who welcomed us into their homes.  During our visit we had the opportunity to visit the Otago peninsula (a wildlife haven), Milford Sound, Stewart Island and Mt Cook, to name a few places.  However it is the friendships we made that stay with us and we look forward to their return visit in October 2012.

Our District hosted a return Friendship Exchange in October 2012 . The group of eight was hosted by the Rotary clubs of Deloraine, Devonport North, Howrah, Launceston, St Helens and Wynyard.

Pictured is D9980 Friendship Exchange tour leader Lance Wensley tries the escape tunnel at the Beaconsfield Mining Museum

If you would like to be involved in a friendship exchange, please contact Lesley Dare.

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8 Oct 2017 RT