Group Study Exchange

D6040, through the generous giving of D6040 Rotarians contributing to the Annual Fund/SHARE of The Rotary Foundation (TRF) instituted a New Model Group Study Exchange (GSE).  The New Model emphasizes training and experience in humanitarian service and vocational service for team members.
GSE provides travel grants for teams to exchange visits in paired areas of different countries.  Teams are comprised a Rotarian Team Leader and three to four team members who may be Rotarians or non-Rotarians.  All team members must commit to assist in humanitarian service projects and district education upon completion of the GSE experience.  The team leader is required to be a Rotarian in good standing. 
GSE exchanges consist of three to four weeks, team members observe and participate in the Rotary District and Club humanitarian service projects and observe how their vocations are practiced abroad. They develop personal and professional relationships, and exchange ideas.   The teams are home hosted for lodging, meals and group travel within the host country.  District 6040 pays for round-trip airfare to the host country.
District 6040 Rotarians host the inbound/visiting team by establishing the schedule according to guidelines agreed upon by both countries and providing home hosting and in-district transportation.  
The 2018-19 GSE is with District 4060 in the Dominican Republic.  GSEs are under development for 2019-20 in District 9210 in Zambia/Mozambique.
Information on qualifications, travel dates, applications, deadlines and interviews are in the downloadable files:
For more information contact:
    Rolfe McCoy,, GSE Chair
    Melissa Koch,, GSE Inbound Chair
    The outbound team leader (with GSE Chair) will serve as the GSE Outbound Chair.