What is it and how to!
is Rotary Friendship Exchange?
The main aims of Rotary Friendship Exchange can be summed up
International Exchange Programme for Rotarians, families and friends.
participants with the opportunity to experience other cultures by staying in
the homes of Rotarians, visiting their clubs and participating in the lifestyle
and activities of their communities. To see a country from the perspective of
those who live there, rather than just as a tourist.
opportunity to advance international understanding and peace through visits
across borders, as well as to promote interclub relationships, fellowships and
participation is open to individual Rotary members, couples, families, or
groups. Prospective partners communicate with one another in advance to decide
on the format, timing, and duration of each visit. The host District will plan
an interesting schedule of visits, including places of interest, Rotary projects,
club meetings etc. Party members are hosted by local Rotarians. All exchanges
are funded by the participants, and hosts are not expected to assume a
significant financial burden. Visitors pay their own way, but are rewarded with
warm hospitality and an international travel experience unlike any other.
starting point for a long-term international relationship between two clubs.
Participants often use their new friendships as the basis for partnering
service projects that create lasting change.
Friendship Officers arrange exchange visits from Districts throughout the world
who show an interest in visiting another district and their willingness to host
an incoming team. When an exchange has been agreed in principle all clubs in
the district are notified, and host families are sought.
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