Nominated by the Rotary Club of Camrose, Nathalie Stanley is excited about her upcoming GSE trip to New Zealand.

Five members of a Group Study Exchange are set to depart for New Zealand, and all agree it’s the opportunity of a lifetime.   The team will depart March 30th for the 4 week exchange.  Camrose participant Nathalie Stanley, the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Battle River Watershed Alliance says “It’s an amazing opportunity to learn about watershed management and environmental education on the other side of the world.  Plus we can enjoy the opportunity to travel and network.”

The Group Study Exchange (GSE) program of The Rotary Foundation is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for young business and professional men and women between the ages of 25 and 40 and in the early years of their professional lives.  “It’s an opportunity for the participants to further their career by spending vocational days with managers in comparable workplaces in New Zealand.  Everyone benefits from time to share programs, common problems, challenges and solutions.” says Mary Drader, Rotarian and GSE Team leader from Drayton Valley.

The Group Study Exchange program has made ambassadors of thousands of people around the world since 1965.   A total of 565 GSE groups travelled this past year. These ambassadors are our key to a world of greater peace and understanding.  

“I feel so privileged to have been chosen to represent Camrose, our local Rotary clubs and the Rotary District and to work with such a supportive organization.” comments Nathalie.  Other team members include an RCMP officer, an instructor from Norquest College, and an Alberta Agriculture employee specializing in Agro-environmental Policy. Nathalie will be presenting on her experiences and lessons from New Zealand to local Rotary clubs and by invitation.  

You can follow the experience through the group’s blog at: