Travel Opportunity for Young Professionals!

Rotary Group Study Exchange (GSE) - Exchange between District 9800 Melbourne & Regional Victoria and District 1080 Cambridge UK

Group Study Exchange is a flagship program of our District and of the Rotary Foundation. 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 23 and 43 and in the early years of their professional lives. The program provides travel grants for teams to exchange visits between paired areas in different countries. For four to six weeks, team members experience the host country’s institutions and ways of life, observe their own vocations as practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships and exchange ideas.

In the Rotary year 2012-13 we will be exchanging Teams with D1080 in the UK which is in the vicinity of the Cambridge-Norwich area. District 1080 will be holding their District Conference in October 2012. Therefore, to enable our Outbound Team to fully prepare for the study tour we will need to select our Outbound Team in this Rotary year.

The Outbound Team will leave on or about the 6th October 2012 and return on or about the 3rd November 2012.
Applications for both the Team Leader and Team Members are now open.

More details can be found on the Rotary District 9800 website

You can also contact the Rotary Club of Southbank for more information via the Home Page / Contact Us section or leave a voice message on 03 9005 6665.


Friday 18th May - Applications close for Team Leader.
Friday 25th May - Applications close for Team Members.
Sunday 27th May - Team Leader selection.
Sunday 3rd June - Team Member selection.
Selection criteria for Team Members.
    •    Age 23‐43 the candidate must not have turned 44 at the date of departure of the Team.
    •    Accept conditions as specified on the application form.
    •    Can be related to a Rotarian, but cannot be a Rotarian.
    •    Candidates for Team selection must be currently employed in any recognized business or profession on a full time basis however the selection panel will give preference to applicants whose vocation is compatible with one or more of the 6 focus areas as listed above.
    •    A Team Member cannot be the partner of another Team Member.

The Rotary Foundation in order to focus on specific objectives has defined 6 areas of focus, they are.
    •    Peace and Conflict prevention/resoluioon.
    •    Maternal and child health.
    •    Water and sanitation.
    •    Economic and community development.
    •    Basic education and literacy.
    •    Disease prevention and treatment

Examples of vocations that would qualify as compatible with the 6 focus areas are:‐
    •    A literacy or numeracy educator.
    •    A medical person involved in maternal and child health.
    •    A person working with disadvantaged and socially isolated people with our community.
    •    A person in government or local council involved in the field of economic/community development 
    •    A Member of the Victorian police involved in peace and conflict resolution.
Engineers involved in water or sanitation.

Contact Rotary Southbank to find out more about how you can apply for the 2012/2013 GSE trip to the UK. Leave a message via the Home Page / Contact Us  section of this website or call us on 03 9005 6665.

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