Left to right Charles, Emily, Hwang, John, and Gon

The 2012 Group Study Exchange went very well this year.  This year we had a great group of South Koreans visit us to learn more about our business, culture, government and Rotary club.

Special thanks to the Rotarians that hosted the group: Jay & Jessica Berube, Chris Cole, Les James, Sue Masters and Sandy Scoggins.

T he Rotary Foundation’s Group Study Exchange (GSE) program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for businesspeople and professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 who are in the early stages of their careers. The program provides travel grants for teams to exchange visits in paired areas of different countries. For four to six weeks, team members experience the host country’s culture and institutions, observe how their vocations are practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships, and exchange ideas.
In a typical four-week tour, applicants participate 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, three to four hours per day of cultural and site tours, and three to four hours per day of free time with host families.
For each team member, the Foundation provides the most economical round-trip airline ticket between the home and host countries. Rotarians in the host area provide for meals, lodging, and group travel within their district.