On Friday morning, Rotarians Lee and Vicki Dilley, Rick Estenson, and Jean Wakely had coffee at GBM with members of Rotary District 4550 from Bahia, Brazil.
The Brazilians are part of a Group Study Exchange (GSE) with Northfield Rotary.
This Rotary blog post from last summer has more details:
Group Study Exchange (GSE) is a unique educational experience that furthers international understanding by providing an opportunity for outstanding business and professional people to study another country, its people, its culture and its institutions. Each GSE team visits a Rotary district in another country for four weeks. Team members stay in the homes of Rotarians, if possible, and follow an itinerary of educational and cultural points of interest. Travel and living expenses are covered during the exchange by The Rotary Foundation, Rotarians and Rotary District 5960.
A Rotary District 5960 GSE team will visit Rotary District 4550 in Bahia, Brazil, from April 8, 2012 – May 5, 2012. The focus of the exchange will be public policy, public health and economic development. Rotary offers this opportunity to spend a month living with local Rotarians and seeing the country in a way few will ever experience.
Gail Rosenblum’s column in today’s Strib, Endangered species: U.S. teenagers studying abroad, sounds the alarm:
New figures confirm that we are creating a generation of homebodies. Sure they’re interested in how the rest of the world lives, as long as they can observe the goings-on from their iPads. How dire is it? More than 28,000 exchange students from around the world studied in American high schools during the 2009-10 academic year, reports the Washington, D.C.-based Council on Standards for International Educational Travel. American students going abroad the same year: 1,980. That’s the lowest number in seven years.
The Northfield Rotary Club’s Youth Exchange program got a paragraph:
At a recent gathering in Northfield, students came to learn about the Rotary youth exchange, or to say thank you. "Students often say it’s the best year of their lives," said Youth Exchange officer Vicki Dilley. "They have a new passion for a different part of the world. The experience sets them off into a course of study."
Northfield Youth Exchange Student Blogs: