The Rotary Club of Ashburn is looking for a few good men and women, ages 25 to 40, with an interest in world travel and learning about how their vocations are practiced in another country.  No, we’re not recruiting for the Marine Corps.  We’re looking for young professionals who are not in Rotary who would like to participate in a four-week vocational exchange to the Philippines from April 11 to May 9, 2011, with all travel and accommodations paid by Rotary International.  The application deadline has been extended.

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.