Vocational Training Teams / Group Study Exchange

Vocational Training Teams

Under Future Vision, a Vocational Training Team has become the new method of providing education and training for outbound groups of professional people into towns and communities in a District in another country.

The Rotary Foundation found there was a more sustainable exchange of knowledge than existed under the previous Group Study Exchange model.

Generally funded by a Global Grant, a VTT is sponsored by Rotary Clubs or Districts from two countries, and aligning with one or more of the six Areas of Focus, to build capacity of the team members or the community in a sustainable and measureable way.

A VTT consists of at least two members, whether they are Rotarians or not, The members must have at least two years professional experience in the designated Area of Focus. There is no age limit. The length of the visit is determined by the sponsors and has a minimum spend of $ 30 000 USD

In 2014, District 9550 sent out a Team as a follow up to a previous Team that went to Detroit in District 6400 in 2011, concentrating on the low levels of adult literacy in the city. The purpose of the follow up visit was to conduct additional workshops for tutors, set up a database management system, deliver computer training and tutoring of the learners

Vocational Training Team Co-Ordinator    VTTChair@d9550rotary.org.au

About the GSE program

The Rotary Foundation’s Group Study Exchange (GSE) 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 Foundation 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.

There have been significant changes to the GSE program, now funded from District Funds. District Governor canvassed for a partner district at his San Diego meeting but was unable to find a partner district.

District Chair for GSE is  Rotary Foundation       FoundChair@d9550rotary.org.au