The New Generations Service Exchange (NGSE) program provides students with the opportunity to meet people from other countries and to experience new cultures and career opportunities through the lens of Rotary, planting the seeds for a lifetime of international understanding and fostering future Rotarians!
Current College/University students ages 18 to 25 may apply to participate in a New Generations Service Exchange for 3 weeks to 3 months, and each customized opportunity between our District/Club and a District/Club overseas must have a vocational service component – one or more unpaid internships – or unpaid humanitarian service work supporting one or more of The Rotary Foundation’s six areas of focus.
INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING?
University students and professionals up to age 30 are encouraged to apply. You don’t have to be a member of Rotary to participate. Contact your local Rotary Club to see what exchange opportunities are available and what the application process involves.
How to develop a service exchange program
Rotary cubs can design great programs by matching members’ skills and passions with professionals from different cultures. These steps can help you get started:
- Organize a group of interested Rotary members in your club or district.
- Find out what skills, interests, and networks your group can offer to create a meaningful exchange.
- Ask young professionals what type of service could improve their professional skills.
- Decide on your goals for the program.
- Craft a program that lasts from a few weeks to six months. It could be one-way or reciprocal, or for individuals or small groups.
- To reduce expenses, consider providing homestay options, arranging no-cost internships or job-shadowing opportunities, and offering other financial assistance.
- Promote your program and find districts to partner in an exchange.
How to emphasize service
A good exchange gives participants an opportunity to learn new skills and put them into action.
- Invite participants to join your community service projects to develop their skills and create new relationships.
- Expand a vocational training program to include international participants, and design ways for them to practice their skills through community service.
- Incorporate an exchange activity into your next global grant project. Invite young professionals from the community to help out and receive training or learn about project management.
- Plan a reciprocal exchange of younger professionals or Rotaract club members as part of an international service project. Ask participants to speak to your club about ways to develop stronger international partnerships.