Rotary Programs We Support
Group Study Exchange (GSE)
The Group Study Exchange program provides grants for teams of men and women in the early stages of their business and professional careers to travel abroad and share vocational information with the representatives of their respective professions in another country.
The GSE teams, comprising one Rotarian leader and four non-Rotarians engaged in different businesses and professions, spend four to six weeks studying the host country's institutions, economy, and culture, while observing how their own professions are practiced abroad. More than 500 exchanges between paired Rotary districts occur each year, advancing the program's ultimate goal of promoting international understanding and goodwill.
Usually, the GSE team from our District 6330 heads to the other district early in the year, with the other district's GSE team returning here to Ontario & Michigan in the late Spring/early Summer.
For more information about Group Study Exchange, contact us here at Thornbury-Clarksburg Rotary, or visit the Rotary International website.
Rotary Youth Exchange
Rotary's Youth Exchange program is an outstanding opportunity for young people from around the world to get to know another culture. And in the process, they really come to understand themselves!
Thornbury-Clarksburg Rotary Club has been actively involved in Youth Exchange for almost 3 decades. Each year, the club agrees to host a student (between the ages of 16 and 18) for a year. The inbound student is hosted by 3 or 4 families, usually Rotarian, and he or she will attend Georgian Bay Secondary School in Meaford.
As a consequence of "signing up" for the program, we have the privilege of nominating a young person from our own community to become our "outbound" student in the program. If successful, he or she will be off to one of dozens of foreign destinations for a year. The outbounds usually depart in August each year and return usually the following July.
This outstanding program provides an incredible opportunity for self-growth for the young persons involved. In the process, they truly become "ambassadors" for their countries, their communities and their families, and in so doing further world understanding and peace.
For more information, contact Youth Exchange Chair, Rick Offord at email@example.com or check out the information on the Rotary International website (the large Rotary wheel emblem at the left of this page...)