Group Cultural Exchange

About the Group Cultural Exchange program

The Group Cultural Exchange (GCE) program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for businesspeople 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.

In a typical four-week tour, applicants participate in five full days of vocational visits, 15 to 20 club presentations, 10 to 15 formal visits and social events, two to three days at the district conference, three to four hours per day of cultural and site tours, and three to four hours per day of free time with host families.

For each team member, the Rotary District provides the most economical round-trip airline ticket between the home and host countries. Rotarians in the host area provide for meals, lodging, and group travel within their district.

To be eligible, Team Members must:
• Be between the ages of 25 and 40
• Be fully employed with at least two years of work experience in their chosen field
• Reside in or be employed in the Rotary District 9640 (SE Qld & Nthn NSW) and be Australian citizens - Link to District map
• Be personable, articulate, cooperative, motivated team players, and enthusiastic about their vocations
• Seek to gain a maximum educational value from the program, as well as be able to fulfil the rigorous demands of international living and active participation in an extensive itinerary
• Be prepared to share the experience on returning home, including at the Rotary conference
What is exchange experience about?
You will be part of a team of 4 non-Rotarians usually of various business and professional backgrounds, and one Rotarian team leader.
While away you will be treated as special guests and enjoy the showcasing of local businesses, government offices, and community organisations in the host district.
You will be provided amazing tours of historical and cultural sites, stay with Rotarian host families, and provide presentations about Australia, our local region and your professions.
Benefit experienced by past participants?
• Promotions on return to work through gained confidence and skill
• Enhanced and/or diversified career paths within their workplaces
• Improved status at work through new initatives
• Life changing relationships that open numerous opportunities