Last Updated: 4/19/19
Rotary Friendship Exchange – A Fun Way to Experience the International Part of Rotary
The Rotary Friendship Exchange program gives Rotarians and their families the opportunity to host and visit Rotarians around the world. In addition to experiencing other cultures and making lasting friendships, an exchange provides a strong foundation for carrying out other international activities and service projects. The primary goal of a Friendship Exchange is to build greater international understanding and goodwill among Rotarians and their families. In addition, exchange participants can:
- Learn how their vocations are practiced in other parts of the world
- Observe new customs and cultures
- Promote an appreciation of cultural diversity worldwide
Types of Friendship Exchange
The two main types of Friendship Exchanges are the visitor exchange and the team exchange. In both types, the participating districts agree upon the number of people or couples participating, length of stay, and other details. Rotary Friendship Exchanges are expected to be reciprocal.
The team exchange allows several Rotarians or Rotary couples to travel to different communities in a host district for a period of up to one month.
Volunteer or service exchanges include opportunities for visiting Rotarians to participate in the service activities of a host club during an exchange.
Note: This is not a Rotary Foundation program and as such does not qualify for a District or TRF grant. Those interested in grant opportunities for a vocational exchange should talk with the District Grants Chair about a Vocational Training Team.
Do you like to travel? Are you curious about other people and cultures? Do you want to meet Rotarians in another part of the world? Rotary Friendship Exchange might be for you! To learn more about the Guidelines for Exchanges and dates of travel please see either DACdb Files – Friendship Exchange or District 5110 website under programs.
The Nova Scotia team goes out :
Aug 8 – 24 Outbound team to Nova Scotia/Newfoundland (Halifax 2 days then fly to French St Pierre then Wed to St John, Labrador).
The Pennsylvania team goes out:
October 15-26 Outbound team to Pennsylvania.
From the applications received, the District Friendship Exchange committee will select 8-12 people to represent District 5110. Applicants are responsible for their airfare, plus $150 per person to help fund hosting incoming teams. Participants pay for restaurant meals and admission costs for activities. Applications are available on both DACdb (under Files) and the District (under Programs) websites.
APPLY NOW FOR EITHER THE NOVA SCOTIA OR PENNSYLVANIA OUTGOING TEAM. APPLICATIONS ARE DUE MARCH 22 and can be emailed to CamilleRonzio at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RFE Hosting Opportunity
Interested in meeting Rotarians from other parts of the country? Curious about the Rotary Friendship Exchange program? Want to support the RFE program? Southtowne will be hosting a 10-member team from Pennsylvania from July 26-30. The team is comprised of 4 couples, a single man, and a single woman. We’re looking for host homes as well as assistance in planning, transportation, and organizing events. If any part of this is appealing to you, please get in touch with Susie Hanner. The RFE program provides a structure for districts to ‘trade’ teams, with the host district providing homes and arranging activities for the guests. It’s self-funded (i.e. guests pay their own way), so it’s not a big financial commitment to host. It typically involves providing breakfast each day, transportation to meet-up locations, and one or two dinners. I’m happy to send more details to any interested person.