Posted by Pete Leenhouts on Aug 07, 2018
New Generations Service Exchange is a short-term, customizable program for university students and young professionals.

University students and professionals up to age 30 — including current and former Rotaractors and former Interactors, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) participants, and Youth Exchange students — are encouraged to apply. You don’t have to be a member of Rotary to participate in an exchange.

Participants can design exchanges that combine their professional goals with a humanitarian project.  Activities may be planned that include networking, relationship building, humanitarian service, professional development, and leadership training.

Benefits include the opportunity to make connections with service-minded community leaders in another country, learn another language, build professional skills and gain international experience, and travel and explore a new culture while giving back through service

Exchanges can last from a few weeks to six months, may be arranged for individuals or groups, and need not be reciprocal.

Costs vary by Rotary club or district. To reduce expenses, Rotary members often provide homestay options, arrange no-cost internship or job-shadowing programs, and offer other financial assistance.

Each Rotary club determines its own eligibility criteria. All participants should demonstrate a strong commitment to service and the ideals of Rotary.

Hosting a New Generations Service Exchange participant brings an international experience directly into your home and can be incredibly rewarding. Host families, who need not be members of Rotary, provide room and board and share their lives with exchange participants, involving them in family, community, professional, and cultural activities.

For more information, see the Rotary International New Generations website page, which includes links to the New Generations Exchange Newsletter and online discussion group, or talk to Pete Leenhouts, Chair of the Club’s Foundation Committee.

 

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