With 3 GSE participants on the board of the new Rotary Club of Lake Macquarie it was a matter of time before they stepped up to promote the program and experiences that they had on their GSE to other young professional people around the district.
 
Erin Marney said ‘the club is holding a GSE information session on Wednesday the 30th of July from 6pm at Evolution Advisers Unit 1 B2, 335 Hillsborough Road, Warners Bay. The idea is for GSE hopefuls to learn about the program from those who have been on the most recent exchange and make a decision if it’s something that they would like to do’.
 
Erin went on to say ‘the information event will also be set up to go on Skype so those people from other areas of the district are not left out’.
Interested parties are asked to RSVP to erin.marney444@gmail.com or call Erin Marney on 0419 900 898.
 
What is Group Study Exchange (GSE)
 
The Group Study Exchange (GSE) program through Rotary District 9670 is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for young professional men and women aged 25 to 40 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 approximately 4 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. Teams are hosted by Rotarian families in the receiving district, and have the opportunity to share a range of experiences with these families.
 
In late May 2015, our District will exchange with District 1900 in Germany (www.rotary1900.de) The district includes areas in the Rhur - Rhine region such as Essen and Dortmund. The area has a long history with industrial activity, stemming from steel works established more than a century ago. This district will host a team from Germany in March 2015.
 
This 4 week exchange will provide opportunities for both professional and personal growth through immersion in a new culture, vocational visits as well as developing relationships abroad. This is no holiday! The 4 week program keeps team members on their toes with social, cultural and vocational commitments whilst in the host country, in addition to home hosting. It provides a unique opportunity to engage on a level not experienced by other visitors.
 
Candidates need to submit a formal application. There is support and advice available. Applications close 22 August 2014.