Now, with the worst of COVID hopefully behind us, you can experience new cultures, expand your global understanding, and immerse yourself in travel and service opportunities while building lifelong friendships by starting or resuming a Rotary Friendship Exchange program in your District. Friendship Exchange is an international exchange program for Rotary members and friends that allows participants to take turns hosting one another in their homes and clubs. Participants may travel as individuals, couples, families, or groups, and may be Rotary members or not.
Benefits of an exchange include:
Broaden international understanding
Explore a profession or job in a different context
Build enduring friendships
Establish a foundation for peace and service
Gain opportunities for active project involvement and support
Learn about a region’s people, food, languages, customs, and history
Find partners for grants
Every year, Rotary International offers the Rotary Friendship Exchange Photo Award as an opportunity for participants to share images from their recent experiences with the program. This year’s theme was, “Reimagining Rotary Friendship Exchange”. Congratulations to Districts 9210 (Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Northern Mozambique) and 7010 (Ontario, Canada) for being selected as the winners.
If you’re interested in the Friendship Exchange program, learn how to get started with Friendship Exchange.