Group Study Exchange

The Group Study Exchange (GSE) Program of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is an educational Exchange which promotes international understanding through person-to-person contact. The programme provides for teams of professional men and women to exchange vocational visits between paired Rotary Districts in different countries.

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

Reciprocity is the key to GSE. Each of the paired Districts sends and receives 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 selects a team of outstanding people who represent a cross-section of the district's businesses and professions. The team then travels to a district in another country for a study programme of about four weeks. Districts may on occasions select single-vocation teams.

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


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


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 Cance 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

As well as hosting GSE Corowa has also provided three member of GSE sent overseas.  Those members were:


 - James Curtis-Smith - 1974 - USA

 - Tamara Feehan - 2002 - Brazil

 - Stephen Apps - 2008 - Finland/Estonia

The photos below are from various GSE visits as well as the one to Finland and Estonia by Stephen Apps in 2008