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Group Study Exchange

Details Directorate: Vocational (& Youth)

Project Leader: Carolyn Earle

Documented: Yes (in RI/TRF & District material ???)

Funds Required: $500 pa

Project Team: 3 (incl. Hosting)

Total Hours pa: 170

Member Involvement: 2 additional hosting families plus drivers

Approved: Oct 2013

Status: Terminated




Group Study Exchange involved District 9455 hosting a group of five young high achieving business people plus a Rotary leader from another country for a period of 4-6 weeks every year. A similar group of young Perth business people visited the other country for the same period.


The business people were usually at the early part of their careers – typically aged 25-40. The purpose was to provide a cultural and vocational exchange, split roughly one day/week vocational and the rest cultural.


Appropriate appointments are made for the group in the metro and surrounding area to achieve this. Different clubs in the district host the group for 4-5 days at a time.


Note: From 2014 the plan was to shift to a wholly vocational focus for these exchanges, but by mid 2014 RI-TRF changes resulted in a district decision to reprioritise District funding and the program was terminated.


Heirisson’s role and criticality to success ·     Heirisson was one of the clubs that hosted the group for 4-5 days. This required finding host families for six people and three drivers for each day.

·     Heirisson’s role was not critical to the success of the exchange – if we didn’t host the group, another club in the district would do so. However Heirisson had hosted a group in each of the previous 23 years. (This was the club’s second longest continuous commitment after Rotary Youth Exchange.)


Part of a strategic relationship or partnering/alliance? No strategic relationship involved (but GSE helped establish ongoing professional contacts internationally with other GSE districts)


What difference will the Project/Program make?


The Exchange resulted in a sharing of cultural and vocational understanding – the other country’s young business leaders were exposed to Western Australian culture and our leaders to their culture, as well as vocational enrichment.


Other Benefits (Include sustainability of benefits, fun to do, recognition for Heirisson) Heirisson host families have the opportunity to learn about the other country and also to occasionally sit in with the exchange group during their appointments.