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Lots of fun, learn exciting things about radio and alternate forms of communications. Make new friends, talk with Scouts and Guides from all over the world

Locations: all over NSW

Register online at to participate.

For information on how to run a JOTA-JOTI event please download the JOTA-JOTI Handbook

While you're at it, check out the JOTA JOTI Facebook page

NSW International Team Questions? Email either of the addresses below. Karl Humphreys:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or State International Commissioner Carol Cope on  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Scouts International Student Exchange Program (SISEP)

Five Venturer Scouts have left Australia as part of our Exchange Program on an adventure of their lifetime. Four are now living in England and one in Denmark while participating in both scouting and schooling with their host families. Each of the ambassadors received their Australian International Scarf from Doug Menzies as part of their orientation day conducted by Janelle at Pennant Hills prior to leaving Sydney.

We are currently looking for families to host overseas Exchange Students while they stay in NSW. Janelle Southwell our SISEP co-ordinator ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) would like to hear from anyone who would like to participate.

Details regarding the SISEP requirements and expressions of interest for future applications are to be found on the National Scout Website. or by contacting Janelle Southwell.




This program provides a great opportunity for Venturer age youth to experience living with a Scouting family and attending school and weekly meetings. 

We currently have two Youth Members from Denmark staying with families in the Wollongong area. They have been attending school, and the Venturer families have taken them on outings to see some of the sights of NSW.  Their visit is just about finished and they will be departing in the next few days.ISE

Later this year we have three Youth Members from NSW going overseas, one is going to Denmark, one to Japan and one to England. 

Keep a look out for applications which will be opened later in the year, for host families and exchanges overseas.

I have taken over the role of NSW Coordinator for this exciting program.  My role includes interviewing host families and applicants for overseas exchange, running reference checks, meet and greets at airport and departure, training sessions for youth going on exchange overseas and providing information for their parents.

I would like to thank Claire Geary for her support and Bob McDonald for his warm welcome.  I am thrilled at being involved in such a great program!

Janelle Southwell
NSW Coordinator SISEP
Mobile: 0409 301 662
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Scout Association is an international youth organisation with over 25 million Members in more than 180 countries.

International travel and the exchanging of ideas and hope between different people and cultures gives youth and adult Members a broader perspective on Scouting and life.

  • Learn about Australia’s strong involvement in the Asia-Pacific Region (APR).
  • Join an Australian Contingent – an organised group of Scout members led by a Contingent Leader that attends an overseas Scout event, such as the 10th NZ Venture in 2007, the 7th Nippon Venture in 2008 or an International Agoonoree.
  • Attend an exciting international event – there are many overseas events and not all of these will have an official Australian Contingent. Scouts Australia also participates in international aid and development projects around the world, conferences and seminars, and training courses.
  • Apply for a scholarship to fund your overseas travel.
  • Become an exchange student with an overseas Scout Group.
  • Participate in the Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) and the Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) - the world’s biggest Scout event in October each year that connects 500,000 Scouts and Guides from all over the world by means of amateur radio and Internet techniques.
  • Make international friends through the Pen-Pal Program - communicate with overseas Scouts to gain an "international experience" without leaving home.
  • Participate in the Sister Cities Project, established as Scouts Australia’s Gifts for Peace project, which aims to link every Scout Group in Australia with a Scout Group from overseas. The link will facilitate sharing of cultures, stories, artefacts, ideas and creating an understanding of different associations as well as an exchange of young people between the two Groups.

More information
Visit the National Office website for more information about International Scouting and travel funding opportunities.



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