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The Open World program brings current and future leaders from post-Soviet countries to the United
States. Delegates complete an intensive, short-term program that relates to their professional or civic
work. Observing their professional counterparts in the U.S., they get a firsthand look at the American
system of democracy and free enterprise.
Rotary clubs in the United States can participate in the program, which is managed by the Open World
Leadership Center and funded by Congress. Rotary districts or clubs prepare an eight-day program that’s
designed around an Open World civic theme, such as:
• Accountable governance
• NGO development
• Higher education and innovation
• Social issues, focusing on health care provision and social services including special education
• Entrepreneurship and Innovation
The program emphasizes professional development, exchange, and cooperation. Key concepts include
transparency, accountability, civic initiative, and volunteerism.
WHAT DOES A HOST ROTARY CLUB DO?
The host club coordinates all on-the-ground logistics and prepares a program schedule:
1. Provides a homestay for six Open World participants and an interpreter for eight days and nights
2. Meets participants at the airport, and provides transportation between scheduled events,
activities, Rotary club meetings, etc.
3. Prepares a substantive program schedule that includes professional meetings for a minimum of
four full working days (32 hours), meals, cultural activities, and opportunities for participants and
hosts to get to know each other and share ideas
4. Submits a final report (host narrative, final agenda, cost share form, articles, etc.) and the
Expense Reimbursement Report/Request Form with corresponding materials to Rotary (both
submitted by a host coordinator)
Delegates and their American hosts and presenters often stay in touch and collaborate after the visit.
WHO ARE THE OPEN WORLD PARTICIPANTS?
The group of participants includes five delegates and one facilitator. Delegates are young professionals
(aged 23-35 and for some delegations 23-30) from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Russia,
Serbia, Tajikistan, and Ukraine. Delegates are civic leaders in the fields of health, economics,
environment, education, business, local government, law, journalism, NGOs (nongovernmental
Rotary forges partnerships with like-minded groups – from community nonprofits to the United Nations – that make us stronger and more successful at what we do.
Rotary collaborates with international, governmental, and university groups to tackle global humanitarian issues.
- Polio: Rotary is a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative to end polio, along with the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
- Peace and conflict resolution: The Rotary Peace Centers program develops leaders who are catalysts for peace and conflict resolution locally and globally. Rotary Peace Fellows receive a master’s degree or complete a certificate program at one of our six partner universities.
- Water and sanitation: Rotary and the U.S. Agency for International Development work together to support water and sanitation projects through the RI/USAID International H2O Collaboration.
Rotary’s relationship with the following partners opens the door for Rotarians to work with them directly:
- Dollywood Foundation's Imagination Library for literacy
- Global FoodBanking Network for hunger
- Peace Corps for promoting peace
- ShelterBox for disaster relief
- YSA (Youth Service America) for youth involvement
Our strategic partners
Rotary has formed strategic partnerships with the following organizations to offer service opportunities:
- UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education
- World Vision
United Nations and Nongovernmental Organizations
Rotary appoints representatives each year to UN bodies and NGOs worldwide. Rotary’s representatives meet regularly with officers and staff from international agencies to:
- Discuss parallel concerns and potential areas for cooperation
- Inform organizations about Rotary’s programs
- Gather information about the developments and programs of other groups
Resources & Reference
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteers who dedicate their time and talent to tackle
the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members from more
than 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and
international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a
Rotary also offers expanded service opportunities including:
• Interact: a service organization organized and sponsored by Rotary clubs for young adults
aged 12-18. There are more than 12,300 Interact clubs in 133 countries.
• Rotaract: groups organized by Rotary clubs to promote leadership, professional development,
and service among young adults aged 18-30. There are more than 8,000 Rotaract clubs in 167
• Rotary Community Corps (RCCs): groups of non-Rotary members who work to improve
their communities. There are more than 7,500 RCCs in 80 countries, all organized and
sponsored by Rotary clubs.
Who: Rotary brings together the kind of people who step forward to take on important issues for
local communities worldwide. Rotary members hail from a range of professional backgrounds;
doctors, artists, small business owners and executives all call themselves Rotarians. Rotary connects
these unique perspectives, and helps leverage its members’ expertise to improve lives everywhere.
Where: From Haiti and Greenland to Nigeria and Singapore, Rotary unites a truly diverse set of
leaders from across the world. Currently, the largest number of clubs comes from the United States,
India, Japan and Brazil. The fastest growing Rotary regions include Southeast Asia and Africa.
What: Rotarians contribute their time, energy and passion to sustainable, long-term projects in local
communities across the globe. Projects focus on important issues like peace and conflict resolution,
disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education
and literacy and economic and community development.
Polio Eradication Rotary is close to eliminating the second human disease in history after
smallpox, with a 99.9 percent reduction in polio cases worldwide since 1985, when Rotary launched
its PolioPlus program. In 1988, Rotary spearheaded the creation of the Global Polio Eradication
Initiative with the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention. Polio eradication remains Rotary’s top priority. To date, Rotary has contributed more
than US$1.5 billion and countless volunteer hours to help immunize more than two billion children
against polio in 122 countries. Currently, Rotary is working to raise $35 million per year through 2018
for polio eradication, which will be matched 2 to 1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Rotary Global Rewards
The good you do comes back to you.
Rotary's new member benefits program gives Rotary members access to discounts on a variety of products and services selected with their interests in mind.
Discounts & special offers
Rotary Global Rewards offers discounts on car rentals, hotels, dining, and entertainment. More products and services from companies around the world will be added throughout the year. Check back often to see what’s new in Rotary Global Rewards.
How to redeem offers
Anyone can view the offers and discounts on Rotary Global Rewards. But only Rotary club members who are signed in to their My Rotary accounts can redeem them. You can access and redeem rewards from your computer, smartphone, or tablet.
Create a My Rotary account now to take advantage of the new member benefits program. If you need help creating an account, see the How to Create a My Rotary Account quick guide (PDF).
Add your own offer
Rotary club members can now offer Rotary Global Rewards discounts on products and services from their own businesses. You can choose to make your offer available to people in your community, your region, or around the world.
Resources & reference
For questions related to a specific offer, please contact the company directly using the contact information in the offer. If you're unable to resolve the issue with the company, please tell us so we can troubleshoot the problem. Select the flagged link under Claim Offer.
All offers are subject to availability and may change or be withdrawn at any time. Additional restrictions may apply. See the provider’s terms and conditions for more information.
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New free Rotary Club Locator iPhone app available
You can now search for a Rotary club with RI's free iPhone app. In the Apple app store it's called the Rotary Club Locator from Rotary International. The app also will soon be offered for Android phones.
If you have questions or feedback, please let RI know by e-mailing the Contact Center at email@example.com.
For years, Rotary's commitment to Service Above Self has been channeled through the Avenues of Service, which form the foundation of club activity. To get started on a project, think broadly about how your club and its members could contribute within each avenue.
Vocational Service involves club members serving others through their professions and aspiring to high ethical standards. Rotarians, as business leaders, share skills and expertise through their vocations, and they inspire others in the process. Learn more.
Community Service is the opportunity Rotary clubs have to implement club projects and activities that improve life in the local community.
Learn more about community service and assessing your community.
International Service encompasses efforts to expand Rotary's humanitarian reach around the world and to promote world understanding and peace. It includes everything from contributing to PolioPlus to helping Rotary Youth Exchange students adjust to their host countries.
Learn more about participating in World Community Service.
New Generations Service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities such as RYLA, Rotaract and Interact club service projects, and creating international understanding with Rotary Youth Exchange.