Enthusiastic young business and professional people sought for a Vocational and Cultural study tour to
Rotary District 6980 Florida USA in 2018.
Rotary clubs are seeking enthusiastic business and professional people for a vocational and cultural study tour to visit Rotary District 6980 Central Florida for four weeks from 20th April to 20th May 2018 through the Group Cultural Exchange Program of the Rotary Foundation. 
The program strives to improve international understanding by enabling people from different countries to learn from each other on a personal level. While abroad, team members stay with Rotarians to observe their host's way of life and study the nation's economic, social and cultural characteristics through travel and discussions within participating Rotary districts. Team members also have an opportunity to meet their professional counterparts. Travel and accommodation is fully funded by the Rotary District, local Rotary Clubs and Rotarians.
Applicants need to be: Australian citizens; aged between 25 and 40; committed and enthusiastic business people or professionals; personable, articulate, cooperative and able to fulfill the rigorous demands of international travel; and, able to participate in an intensive itinerary. Applicants need also to be employed or reside in Rotary District 9640 and have been employed in their business or profession for a minimum of two years. Rotarians and relatives of Rotarians are not eligible to apply. 
Applications and further information can be obtained by contacting your local Rotary club, downloading the appropriate forms from the choices at the left of this page, or  Sue Lea at
TEAM MEMBER APPLICANTS   applications close 25th September 2017
Interviews will be held October 7/8  2017
Forms and other information are available through the links on the left of this page.
Team Member applicants must be:
• Citizens of Australia and be employed or reside in our Rotary District 9640.
• Have good health, of neat appearance and be able to express themselves clearly and logically.
• Have a sound educational background and be academically well qualified.
• Interested in and clearly enthusiastic about their chosen vocations and have recognised vocational skills.
• Employed in a full time recognised business or profession for at least two years prior to this application and aged between 25 and 40 years. Candidates who turn 25 before the end of the exchange are eligible. A candidate who has not turned 41 before the start of travel on the exchange is also eligible.

Each Group Cultural Exchange (GCE) team will be made up of one (1) Rotarian Team Leader and four (4) Team Members.

Please Note: A person is not eligible to be a member of a GCE Team if they are a Rotarian, an employee of a Rotary Club, District or other Rotary entity of Rotary International, a Rotarian’s or a Rotary employee’s spouse, ancestor (parent or grandparent by blood relation) or lineal descendant (child or grandchild by blood and any legally adopted children) and a spouse of a lineal descendent.
TEAM LEADER APPLICANTS  applications close 4th September 2017
Interviews will be held on 16th September 2017

Team Leader applicants must be:
• Experienced Rotarians, especially in International Service.
• Well informed on Rotary and Australia.
• Available and responsible for team preparation and training prior to departure.
• Able to assume complete charge of their team, possess outstanding interpersonal communication skills to enable them to act as advisor and counsellor when the need arises, and be able to liaise between host clubs, the host district at large and their team.
• Prepared to remain with their team for the duration of the study tour.
• Willing and able, physically and otherwise, to keep pace with the vigorous program of study planned for the team members.

How To Submit Group Cultural Exchange Applications

Applicants for Team Leader must fill out the appropriate application forms -
Applicants for Member must fill out the appropriate application forms -
Submit them to their own Rotary Club for Rotarian Team Leaders or for Team Members to the nearest Rotary Club for processing.
Rotary Club's are to process the applications and submit supporting detail to the GCE Committee by the closing date.
The applications will be reviewed by the District GCE Committee and the applicant will be contacted direct to advise times and dates for Committee Interviews.

Hosting of Inbound Group Cultural Exchange Team

Rotary Clubs wishing to host the visiting Group Cultural Exchange Team should complete the application form -

Sue Lea
GCE Chairman