The Group Study Exchange (GSE) team from District 1900 (Germany), consisting of Karl Rabb (team leader), Jana Haase, Felix Harms, Anna Schewe, and Kerstin Schroder, have wrapped up their tour of District 9670 and have arrived back in their respected home towns safely.
 
However, their adventures all began around 20 September 2014, when four individuals and one Rotarian applied for an experience to learn their vocations in Australia.
 
These five people, who were originally strangers, then communicated via emails and phone calls to prepare for their upcoming experience. It wasn't until Frankfurt airport on departure, around March 6, that the team finally met personally.
 
After 30 hours of travel, with a stop-over in Dubai, they finally arrived in Sydney and were greeted by Graeme and Sue Hooper from the Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise. The Hooper's took the team to the usual Sydney tourist location, the Opera House, before bringing the team to the District, starting in Toronto.
 
There was a massive crowd, including District Governor Gerard McMillan, who gathered at their Welcoming Dinner, and wanted to hear from the team. 
 
Over the next few weeks, the Germans visited many places such as coal mines, bakery's, wineries, factories, art gallery's, hospital and rehabilitation centres, theatres, national parks, military museum, convent and libraries.
 
They have also been socialising and having relaxing times on yachts, many barbeques, swimming and hanging out at the beach, tried golf and lawn bowls, met several mayor's, saw heaps of wildlife (and got to experience some of these really up close, paddling at Dunn's Swamp, and bushwalking out in nature.  
 
In between the business and pleasure, it was great to have the team present at the District Conference, which was held in Forster. A surprise for them was that their District Governor Hans von DeWall, travelled all the way to Australia to see the team in action.  
 
Before heading home, the German team had one last wonder through Sydney and saw the Museum of Contemporary Art and went on a ferry trip to Manly.
 
Thank you to all clubs and Rotarians who played a part in the success of this years program by welcoming them to their towns. This includes the clubs of Toronto, Cessnock, Nelson Bay, Maitland, Dubbo, Kandos-Rylstone, and Singleton. Also thank you to Rotaract Club of Dubbo City for having the team be special guests at their meeting.
 
We would also like to say a special thank you to all those businesses, who allowed the team to visit, and took the time to show them through during their visits. Without you all, it would not be possible for this program to run.
 
If you would like to read more about what the team got up to as well as some pictures from them, go to their blog by clicking here.