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Four Avenues of Service - International Service
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Group Study Exchange

Group Study Exchange is an educational program of The Rotary Foundation wherein Rotary districts in different countries are paired to send and receive professional study groups of non-Rotarian team members and one Rotarian team leader to travel for four to six weeks, staying in the homes of Rotarians when possible. The Group Study Exchange program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for young business and professional men and women in their initial years of professional life. The program is designed to develop professional and leadership skills among young adults so that they can address the needs of their communities and an increasingly global workplace. GSE offers Rotarians the opportunity to participate in sending, receiving, and sharing educational experiences of study teams that will enhance Rotary’s worldwide mission.

 

Global Service funding polio vaccination in the Middle-East and Asia, water-wells in Nicaragua, and solar-LED lamp distribution in Central America

Over the past ten years we have raised approximately $100,000 and used those funds to drill approximately 50 water wells in remote villages in Nicaragua in cooperation with the Rotary Club of Tulsa, OK, and the Metropolitan Rotary Club in Leòn, Nicragua.  Clean water opens so many doors in these remote communities.  Young children can get an education rather than hiking long distances to retrieve water, and surface-water-borne diseases can be avoided.  The club has also begun supporting Grid Earth – a non-profit that produces and distributes solar-powered LED lanterns.  With our support, Grid Earth outfitted a whole village in Belize with solar lamps, which allows the families to avoid the black lung and fire risks of using kerosene lanterns indoors.  There are opportunities for club members to travel to remote locations to serve face-to-face.

 

Rotary Youth Exchange

Youth Exchange is a study-abroad opportunity for young people who spend anywhere from a few weeks to a full year as an international student hosted by local Rotary clubs.  Exchanges are for people ages 15–19 who have demonstrated leadership in their school and community, are flexible and willing to try new things, are open to cultural differences, and can serve as an ambassador for their own country.  Costs vary from country to country. Local Rotary clubs generously host students and provide room and board with a host family and a small monthly stipend. Participants are generally responsible for round-trip airfare, insurance, travel documents (such as passports and visas), and spending money for additional travel and tour fees.