Rotary seeks exchange candidates

Rotary seeks exchange candidates
A once in a lifetime opportunity! A life-changing learning experience! These are phrases past participants have used to describe Rotary International's Group Study Exchange program.

Group Study Exchange (GSE) is an annual, unique educational experience that furthers international understanding by providing an opportunity for outstanding business and professional people to study another country, its people, its culture and its institutions. Each GSE team visits a Rotary district in another country for four weeks. Team members stay in the homes of Rotarians, if possible, and follow an itinerary of educational and cultural points of interest.

A Rotary District 5610 GSE team will visit District 3700 in South Korea, in and near Daegu City, in April 2007. Each year, Rotary offers this opportunity to spend four weeks living with local Rotarians and seeing the country in a way few will ever experience.

The team will consist of four non-Rotarian professional or business people and a Rotarian team leader. Candidates must be engaged in a recognized business or profession on a full-time basis for at least the past two years. Employers must give permission for the candidate to participate before the interview process. Candidates must be between the ages of 25-40 years and must live or work within the limits of Rotary District 5610 and its clubs (South Dakota, Southwestern Minnesota, Northeast Nebraska and Northeast Iowa). Applicants cannot be spouses or lineal descendants of current Rotary members.

Applications must be received by your local Rotary Clubs by Dec. 15. District level interviews will likely be held on Saturday, Jan 6, 2007. Applicants must be available to participate in the interview, with the time and location to be announced.

GSE information and applications are available at: under the headings – The Rotary Foundation – Educational Programs – Group Study Exchange.

If you have any questions, please contact Rotary GSE contacts, Bert Olson at 605-335-5219 or Kris Swanson at 605-782-5268 or

Please mail completed applications by the designated dates to Bert Olson, 107 E St. Andrews Drive, Sioux Falls, SD 57108.

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