Rotary offer Australian visit

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THE Rotary Club of Inverurie are seeking nominations for the 2012 Group Study Exchange Programme.

The Club is looking for a team of five individuals, male or female, to visit New South Wales in Australia in March next year for one month. Individuals must be aged 25-40 and work or live in the Inverurie area. They must be employed full-time in a recognised profession, not be a Rotarian or a relation of a Rotarian, be enthusiastic about their chosen vocation and be comfortable working as part of a team.

All air and land travel expenses and uniforms will be provided. The only costs for successful applicants will be for private medical insurance and a medical certificate stating that the person is in good health.

The Group Study Exchange (GSE) programme is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for business people and professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 who are in the early stages of their careers. The programme 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.

Suceessful applicants will stay with Rotarians over the geographical area visited and at least six days are provided for individuals to be placed in such companies, agencies and / or local government related to their present occupation. These opportunities offer new experiences and different approaches along with a chance to see how others work in their profession.

Team members can come from large organisations, small businesses, community organisations, medical and educational facilities, government offices and non-profit organisations.

Commitments prior to the trip involve two meetings at a central point as the team needs to have time to prepare a powerpoint presentation to at least four Rotarian groups while in Australia.

Local Interviews will be held at the end of August.

Anyone interested should contact Mike Barron on (01467) 6243333333 or via e-mail at Michael.barron1@btopenworld.com as soon as possible. Applications must be in by the end of August.

* Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) is an association of Rotary members, clubs and districts. It is part of Rotary International, a worldwide organisation with 1.2 million business professionals and community leaders in over 200 countries and geographical areas.

Rotary clubs are based in local communities across the world with its members meeting on a regular basis for fun and friendship, and to plan projects that will benefit the lives of others.