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Group Study Exchange

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20100128_GT_253Rotary features many exciting international projects, and one that the Denver/Lake Norman club enthusiastically gets involved in each year is GSE.

The Rotary Foundation’s Group Study Exchange (GSE) program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for business people 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.

Our district, which covers western North Carolina, pairs with districts in other countries to provide this wonderful opportunity. In the last 4 years, we have hosted visiting teams from the Czech Republic, Nigeria and India and exposed them to as much of the local cultural and business environment as we can. This year, we expect to be hosting a group from the Philippines.