GROUP STUDY EXCHANGE
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The purpose of a Group Study Exchange is to promote international understanding and goodwill through person-to-person contact. While in the host district, team members will stay in the homes of Rotarians and may have the opportunity to meet their professional counterparts. They will also give presentations to Rotary clubs and other groups about their home country.
The Rotary Foundation provides each team member with a round-trip air ticket, and local Rotarians in the host country provide meals, lodging and travel within their district. The four team members pay only for their own passport and personal expenses which may include inoculations, team uniforms, medical insurance during the trip, and mementos for host families.
In prior years our District has had exchanges with Japan, Italy, France, Brazil, France, Korea, Poland, India, Bolivia, Scotland, Chile and Indonesia. Participants in those exchanges have included a non-profit director, a VP at United Way, college and middle school teachers, a media expert, an attorney, a hospital government affairs person, a minister, a city/county government manager, a public radio reporter, an IT specialist, a hospital government affairs expert, and many others.
Downloadable application forms and additional information is available from Rotary International.
GROUP STUDY EXCHANGE HISTORY
The GSE program began in 1955 as the idea of a New Zealand district. Originally known as the Rotary Overseas Travel Award (ROTA), it was adopted by the Trustees as an official educational program in 1965. As of the end of the 1999-2000 Rotary year, 8,063 teams had traveled, with another 587 scheduled for 2000-01. Through 1999-2000, 42,209 participants had taken advantage of the program, with 2,935 more alumni presumed for 2000-01. For 2001-02, more than 590 teams were paired, adding nearly 3,000 more participants to the total.
Expenditures through 1999-2000 were more than US$73 million. In 1999-2000 alone, the Foundation spent US$3,825,111.81 for the program.
GROUP STUDY EXCHANGE PURPOSE
The purpose of a Group Study Exchange (GSE) is to promote international understanding and goodwill through person-to-person contact. While in Italy, team members will stay in the homes of Rotarians and will have the opportunity to meet their professional counterparts. They will also give presentations to Rotary clubs and other groups about their home country. The team will also attend the annual conference of our pairing district.
TEAM MEMBER APPLICATION PROCESS
All interested applicants must first have their candidacy endorsed by a Rotary club in the district where the applicant works or lives. From there, endorsed applications are sent on for consideration at the district level. The deadline is generally six months before travel which in most years is schedule for one month between April and June.
Spring of 2011 - New Zealand District 9930
Spring 2012 - Turkey District 2440
116 W. Bolton Street
Savannah, Ga. 31401
All applications will be reviewed by the Rotary District 6920 GSE committee which includes the District Governor.
TEAM MEMBER ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
Team Members Must:
· Be between the ages of 25-40.
· Be employed full-time in a recognized profession.
· Not be a Rotarian, honorary Rotarian, or the lineal descendant or spouse of a lineal descendant of a Rotarian
· Not be the spouse of another team member.
· Not be an ex-Rotarian or the lineal descendant or spouse of a lineal descendant of an ex-Rotarian or ex-Rotary employee who resigned less than 36 months before the time of application.
Ideal Candidates Are:
· In good health.
· Able to express themselves clearly and logically.
· Of a sound, general educational background.
· Interested in and clearly enthusiastic about their chosen vocation and in possession of outstanding vocational skills.
· Open-minded, tolerant, and flexible.
· Some basic conversational ability in the language of the host district
· Comfortable working as part of a team with a schedule that is physically and emotionally demanding.
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