GSE Report on Turkey Today from the Perspective of Young Americans

Posted By Marc Friedland


On August 8 Charlotte South Rotary welcomed  immediate Past President and Group Study Exchange (GSE) Team Leader Mary Staton and her outbound GSE team as they present their GSE Report on Turkey Today from the Perspective of Young Americans. The group spent 35 days in Turkey and reported on their findings and perspectives in areas of culture, food, rotary projects, and new friendships.  The team all shared in the presentation as they presented lots of fun and interesting information and photographs from their trip.

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.

Please visit the Rotary International website here for more information including how to apply.

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