Group Study Exchange

The Group Study Exchange (GSE) Program of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International has now ceased. It was an educational Exchange program which aimed to promote international understanding through person-to-person contact. The programme provided for teams of professional men and women to exchange vocational visits between paired Rotary Districts in different countries.

Team members studied their vocations, cultures and ways of life in each other's countries, developed personal acquaintances and exchanged ideas. During the Exchange, GSE teams were expected to travel with a sense of mission, sharing personal knowledge of their own country with those they met and observing the customs, vocations and lifestyles of the country they were visiting

Reciprocity was the key to GSE. Each of the paired Districts sent and received a team at designated times, usually during the same one-year period (between 1 July and 30 June) and coinciding where possible with each District's Annual Conference. Each District first selected a team of outstanding people who represented a cross-section of the District's businesses and professions. The team then travelled to a District in another country for a study programme of about four weeks. Districts may on occasions have selected single-vocation teams.

While visiting the paired District, each team followed a carefully planned itinerary. Team members may also have  visited government and legal institutions, schools and colleges, and historical and scenic points of interest. They observed social practices and were welcome to participate in religious, cultural and recreational activities. Each team member was also required to spend at least five days studying his or her profession or related activities in the host district. Wherever possible, accommodation was in local homes thus allowing team members to personally experience family lifestyles in their host countries.


This program has now been replaced by Vocational Training Teams with the team focused on a specific vocation.



Corowa Rotary Club has ssponsored three members of GSE Teams send overseas.


Those members were:

 - 1974 - James Curtis-Smith - USA

 - 2002 - Tamara Feehan - Brazil

 - 2008 - Stephen Apps - Finland/Estonia

May 2008 -  Finland/Estonia


Team Members were:


Rtn Clive Faul (Wodonga West)   Team Leader

Stephen Apps (Corowa)               Secondary Art Teacher            

2 x police women

2 x female HR managers

Corowa Rotary Club has hosted a number of visiting GSE Teams over the years and these have been:

March 2003 - District 2380, Sweden


Team Members were:


Dan Stille                  Team Leader

Carina Anderson      Police Service

Karl Tribatt                Manufacturing

Nina Wallgren           Education

Per Eklund                Purchasing

March 2008 - District 2380 - Finland/Estonia


Team Members were:


Pekka                   Team Leader

Pille                       Marketing Project Manager

Catherine              Skin Cancer Nurse

Suvi                       Secondary School Teacher

Mihkel                   Supply Chain Manager

Mikko                    Banking

March 2009 - District 5610 South Dakota, USA


Team Members were:


Chris Paustian           Team Leader

Ryan Jensen              Banking Officer

Kim Anderson             Occupational Therapist

Jacqui Scoular            Math Teacher

Marcy Martinson         Operations Manager

March 2010 - District 6000 Iowa, USA


Team Members were:


Rita Pearce                       Team Leader

Julie Plollock                     International Program University of Iowa

Cara George                     Insurance Supervisor

Kyla Kiester                       Senior Operations Manager

Natasha Wilson-Boland     International Program University of Iowa