Group Study Exchange
This programme closed at end June 2013. It was a unique short-term cultural and vocational exchange programme between districts in different countries for non-Rotarian business and professional men and women between the ages of 25 and 40 who were in the early stages of their careers. The GSE programme was designed to develop skills among young adults, so that they could address the needs of their communities in an increasingly global workplace.
Rotary districts in different countries were paired and travel grants provided for teams to exchange visits. For four to six weeks, a Rotarian team leader and 4-6 non-Rotarian team members experienced the host country's culture and institutions, observed how their vocations were practiced abroad, developed personal and professional relationships and exchanged ideas. In a typical four-week tour, applicants participated in five full days of vocational visits, 15 to 20 club presentations, 10 to 15 formal visits and social events, two to three days at the District Conference and free time with host families who were Rotarians in the local area.
At a District level the Club has always been active in the Group Study Exchange Programme and most years has acted as host for part of their visits. This has included teams from the USA, Australia, Japan and Canada and some of these have resulted in long term friendships developing.
The Club has also identified and nominated outgoing members of Irish Group Study Exchange Teams.
Recent Exchanges (click on image for more details)
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