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Rotary Foundation's Group Study Exchange (GSE) Program

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The Rotary Foundation's Group Study Exchange (GSE) program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for businesspeople and professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 who are in the early stages of their careers.

The four- to six-week program provides travel grants for teams to exchange visits in paired areas of different countries. Team members experience the host country's culture and institutions, observe how their vocations are practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships, and exchange ideas.

The team consists of one Rotarian group leader and four non-Rotarian team members who typically represent various professional fields. Team members receive orientation and cultural preparation before departing for the host country. The team also works together before departure to plan for their program abroad and to prepare a presentation to be given at host clubs during the tour.

In a typical four-week tour, participants live with host families and engage in four to five full days of vocational visits, make 15 to 20 club presentations, participate in 10 to 15 formal visits and social events, spend two to three days at the district conference, enjoy three to four hours per day of cultural and site tours, and have three to four hours per day of free time with host families.

What is Provided?

For each team member, the Foundation provides the most economical round-trip airline ticket between the home and host countries. Rotarians in the host country provide for meals, lodging, and group travel within their district. Each team member is responsible for all personal and incidental expenses incurred before, during, and after the study tour, including any personal travel arranged after the exchange program ends. Incidentals could include costs for a passport, travel visa, immunizations, and medical insurance.

2012 GSE Program Between
Rotary District 7870 (Southern Vermont/New Hampshire)
and Rotary District 4060 (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic)

The Brattleboro Rotary Club is one of 60 clubs in Rotary District 7870 (Southern Vermont and New Hampshire). This year, the district has paired with Rotary District 4060 (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) to exchange GSE teams. The U.S. team will be traveling to the Dominican Republic from September 21 to October 20, 2012. To learn more about Rotary District 4060, please visit their website.

Application Process

All interested candidates must first apply to a Rotary Club near their home or workplace to be endorsed for candidacy. From there, endorsed applications are considered at the district level. Club and district application deadlines vary, but they often fall six months before travel. Applications sent to The Rotary Foundation without club and district endorsement will be returned. To download a copy of the team member application form, please click on this link to the Rotary Foundation website.

Application Deadline

The District must receive the applications of all club-endorsed GSE candidates no later than March 31, 2012. The Brattleboro Rotary Club application deadline is March 23, 2012. The club will complete all interviews and recommend the successful finalist to the district level before March 31. DEADLINE EXTENDED INTO MAY!

Eligibility Criteria

Team members must:

- Be between the ages of 25 and 40.
- Be employed full time in a recognized profession, with at least two years of work experience.
- Reside in or be employed in the sending Rotary district, and be a citizen of the country.
- Be proficient in the language of the country being visited.
- Be a personable, articulate, cooperative, and motivated team player.
- Be able to fulfill the rigorous demands of international travel and active participation in an extensive itinerary.
- Not be a Rotarian, honorary Rotarian, or Rotary employee.
- Not be a lineal descendant of a Rotarian, honorary Rotarian, or Rotary employee, or the lineal descendant's spouse.
- Not be the spouse of another team member. (Note: Spouses/partners/significant others may not accompany teams.)
- Not be an ex-Rotarian who resigned less than 36 months before the time of application.
- Not be a lineal descendant of an ex-Rotarian or ex-Rotary employee who resigned less than 36 months before the time of application, or the lineal descendant's spouse.

More Information

For more information about GSE, visit Rotary International's website.

Or contact Brattleboro Rotarian Donna McElligott. Thank you!