Rotary International / RYLA

2018 RYLA Applications Now Available

Erica Lee Jacinta Hesaie RYLA


The Rota Pacific study tour brings a group of young professionals from the Pacific Islands to Auckland, New Zealand for two weeks in June-July of each year.  The Rotary Club of Suva East is seeking two qualified applicants to nominate for this Study Tour, final selections will be made by the District 9920 Rota Pacific Study Tour Committee.

Rota Pacific is a two week educational study tour to Auckland, New Zealand in June and July of each year, under the sponsorship of Rotary Clubs in District 9920.

Its objectives are:

  1. to encourage young professionals of the Pacific Islands to develop leadership qualities and accept the responsibilities of good citizenship
  2. To develop understanding between countries of the South Pacific by allowing young professionals to meet, talk and live together with each other in a spirit of friendship.
  3. To involve Rotarians in the 33 Auckland clubs with the 19 Island clubs of District 9920.

The costs for RYLA, food, in-home and shared dormitory style accommodation, and associated expenses are met by the Rota Pacific Committee and by Rotarians in Auckland Clubs.  The Rotary Club of Suva East will contribute the cost of airfares for the sponsored awardees. Study tour members are responsible for obtaining leave from their employment between Sunday 24th June and Saturday July 7th 2018, securing a passport, visa, appropriate clothing, full Medical and Travel Insurance, and personal spending money for the two weeks.

In the first week of the study tour, the awardees are given an orientation tour of the City of Auckland and its attractions, including visits to industrial plants and businesses considered to be of interest to them.Jordan Ma RYLA

In the second week, the awardees attend the Rotary-sponsored RYLA seminar.  Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) is a live-in leadership training seminar attended annually by about 100 young professionals from the Pacific Islands and New Zealand.

At the conclusion of RYLA, the awardees depart for home.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be a citizen and resident of their own country.
  2. Have not previously been on a Rota Pacific Study tour.
  3. Have completed at least one year working on a full time basis, and are able to take leave from their job for the two weeks of the programme in June and July OR be in their final year of Tertiary study.
  4. Between 22 and 28 years of age at the time of the application.
  5. Must have a reasonable level of physicall fitness in order to complete the outdoor activities included in the programme. Any medical or physical condition that would impact on either international travel of the ability to complete the outdoor activities must be declared at the time of application.
  6. Applicants should provide on the confidential application form information regarding any medical condition and medications they may have or require whilst they are in New Zealand.Jone Michaela Asen Valerie RYLA

Eligible candidates should complete an application form and demonstrate that in addition to basic eligibility they meet or exceed the following:

  • They have the personality, ability, enthusiasm, ideals, and interest to go on to be leaders in their local community and business environment. Links to awards and expressions of personality, ability, ideals, and interest on social media or in local media are appreciated.
  • They should be mature enough to handle the change of culture and the two weeks away from home and family.
  • They must be able to commit themselves to the programme for two weeks. This is not an opportunity to visit friends and family in NZ nor engage in other activities which may be a distraction.

Kristyn Lobendahn Bhavin Vah RYLAWe seek both
young people who may have had a better education and who may be in good occupations
those have not yet had the opportunity of higher education and /or overseas experience,
both of whom would greatly benefit from the overseas experience and the Vocational Week job training.

The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a week-long leadership development programme for 22-28 year-olds hosted and sponsored by Rotary Clubs in District 9920. This experiential live-in programme designed to help young professionals develop their team work and communication skills and fulfil their potential as leaders.

The programme consists of a combination of:

  • Presentations and workshops facilitated by community and business leaders particularly focusing on leadership development,
  • opportunities for the exchange of ideas, opinions and experiences in discussion groups etc,
  • open sessions, sport and fitness exercises,
  • the opportunity to experience and practice leadership skills in action.
  • involvement in a community activity and with the host Rotary Club.Kristyn Lobendahn RYLA

Applications forms are available now. Complete application forms must be received on or before 13 February 2018. The decision of the Rotary Club of Suva East and the Rota Pacific Study Tour Committee is final and cannot be appealed.

Rotary International is the oldest service organization with 1.2 million members worldwide. District 9920 is a geographic area covering a half of Auckland, New Zealand and the seven Pacific nations of American Samoa, Cook Islands, the Republic of Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Samoa, and Tonga.  This is the largest maritime district in Rotary and this unique Pacific influence provides Rotarians with wide ranging and interesting service opportunities.  In this area there are 53 Rotary clubs of which a third are in the Pacific countries.

For questions or additional information, you can contact any member of the Rotary Club of Suva East (membership list at or contact the President of the Rotary Club of Suva East, Amerika Grewal at +679-508-3753


Sunday 24th June to Saturday July 7th 2018


  • 1 February 2018 or 15 February 2018 5:30 PM Optional 5 minute presentation to RCSE members. Please reserve a slot via email (1st or 3rd Thursday)
  • 13 February 2018 Application Form + CV must be submitted either to a member of the Rotary Club of Suva East (member list at ) or via email to
  • Week of 13-19 February interviews will be conducted. Be prepared to give a 5 minute speech about yourself and your job, etc., suitable for presentation at a Rotary club meeting in New Zealand
  • 20 February 2018 RCSE provides names to Rota Pacific Committee
  • 28 February 2018 Rota Pacific Committee makes final decisions
  • If selected, take leave from Sunday 24th June to Saturday July 7th 2018


  • Completed Application Form submitted by 13 February 2018
  • Up to Date CV
  • Testimonial from Employer (Employer must be aware that this will require you to be away from Sunday 24th June to Saturday July 7th 2018) 
  • Testimonial from someone who has known you for 2 or more years
  • 2 passport sized photos
  • Optional – Presentation at 1 February or 8 February Meeting of RCSE

Rota Pacific – Info Pack for Island Applicants 2018


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