Friendship Exchange Co-ordinator:

 

PP John Willing (Lois) Orange Daybreak
6366 5033 (home) 0418 223 007
john.willing@bigpond.com

 

The Rotary Friendship Exchange program is an activity of Rotary International that gives Rotarians and their families the opportunity to host and visit Rotarians around the world.   

 

In June 2017 a Rotary Friendship Exchange Team of 14 people representing District 9700 travelled to District 1200 Somerset, West Dorset and West Wiltshire, in  England. The team spent two weeks in District 1200 visiting several clubs, experiencing towns and villages and visiting Rotary clubs, tourist sites and having a wonderful time.
 
 
The Rotary Friendship Friendship Exchange is an international exchange programme for Rotarians and their partners that provides participants with the opportunity to experience other cultures by staying in the homes of Rotarians in other countries.
 
The aims of the program are:
• Advance international understanding and peace through personal contact across borders.
• Meet Rotarians from other countries and learn about their culture first-hand
• Arrange international service projects directly with Rotarians in another country
• Develop personal and long-lasting club and personal relationships
 
The exchange from the UK  to Australia and return involved over thirty Rotarians who not only had a wonderful time but in keeping with the ideals of Rotary passed on and received information on projects and initiatives within their districts that have benefited all concerned.
 
In later 2017 a team of Rotarians is travelling to Vancouver under the leadership of Rotarian Geoff Beecher from Leeton. This should be a wonderful experience.
 
2018 holds promise of at least one Rotary Friendship Exchange with another in planning. Rotarians are invited to send an expression of interest to be involved in an Exchange between District 9700 and District 9940 in New Zealand. At this stage a team from New Zealand will come to District 9700 in September 2018 with a return team following.  
 
In 2019 an exchange is being planned  to visit from India, District 3011 to District 9700 in April / May 2019 with a return visit from District 9700 to India, District 3011 in November 2019.
 
These trips are usually filled early so Rotarians and their partners are invited to contact John Willing to indicate their interest or enquire for further information at john.willing@bigpond.com or 0418 223 007 
 
The Rotary Friendship Exchange Program is an opportunity to share a wonderful experience with fellow Rotarians. If you are interested in being involved please act soon.