Vocational training teams (VTT’s) are groups of professionals who travel abroad either to teach local professionals about a particular field or to learn more about their own.

 
 

While the team leader must be a Rotarian, team members need not be. Teams are usually funded by global grants, but may be funded by district community grants as well. Learn more, here.

This older Rotary International video shows a VTT supported by a Rotary Club in San Jose CA and a Rotary Club in Thailand, providing technical assistance in water quality to a village in Thailand.  Clubs need not be in the same Rotary District to join together to support a VTT. 

VTTs build on The Rotary Foundation’s long-standing commitment to vocational training. A successful VTT increases the capacity of the host community to solve problems and improve the quality of life. Activities vary from one team to the next. Examples include training medical professionals on cardiac surgery and care, sharing best practices on early childhood education, or explaining new irrigation techniques to farmers. Members of a VTT may be Rotarians and non-Rotarians - professional expertise is what matters.  

Visiting Training Teams should be considered when developing a global grant; e.g., can we provide training to enhance the effect of the grant, or can the supported community provide a VTT to enable us to better support the grant are questions that should be addressed. 

District 5020 maintains a Visiting Training Team point of contact who can address these questions and provide more information as needed.   Check with Service Project Committee chair Pete Leenhouts for details.