HOW IT WORKS:
Each Rotary club has a Youth Committee that keeps a list of interested young people. You need to get your name on the list. So make sure you make a contact with your local Rotary club.
Whatever scheme you are interested in there will be offers for places which, in many cases, are over-subscribed. They are then awarded as the result of a draw or interview.
THE OPTIONS AVAILABLE:
TALKS TO ROTARY CLUBS:
If you are successful and go on one of these exchanges you should be prepared to say a few words of greetings to any Rotary Club you are taken to, and also give a report to those Rotarians who sponsored your journey of a lifetime.
Your attitude to these duties may well affect the Rotarians' attitudes towards future similar opportunities for other young people.
Your trip is being made possible by Rotary International and should serve the fundamental objectives of friendship and understanding. If you are successful you will be going abroad as an ambassador of your country and you, your country and your sponsoring Rotary club will be judged by the way in which you conduct yourself.
Further information about these and other Youth Exchange programmes may be obtained through your local Rotary Club, by contacting Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland, Kinwarton Road, Alcester, Warwickshire B49 6BP (01789 765411), and can be found in the RIBI web site
We have not tried to cover all the details here, but the Melton Clubs are always looking for enthusiastic young people to participate in youth exchanges, either short term or longer - perhaps as a gap year opportunity. Please contact any member of the club, or email the web master of this web site.
Rotary's Friendship Exchange Programme
Rotary Friendship Exchange is Rotary's international exchange program for Rotarians and their families. Friendship Exchange provides participants the opportunity to experience other cultures by staying in the homes of Rotarians in other countries. The program aims to advance international understanding and peace through personal contact across borders while developing interclub relationships for fellowship and service projects.
There are three types of Friendship Exchanges:
- Visitor Programme: Individual Rotarians, who may be accompanied by family members, spend a few days in the home of a Rotarian in another country.
- Team Programme: Rotarian couples, typically four to six, visit several communities in a host district for up to one month.
- Uni-vocational: Host and guest Rotarians of the same occupation observe how their job is done in other countries.
To find out more read the information on the Rotary International web site - click here.
District 1070 participates in Friendship Exchange programmes across the world. Should any Rotarians wish to find out more, then please visit the web site for Rotary in the East Midlands.