Ethical dilemma discussion: What would you do?

You are excited to embark on a Rotary Friendship Exchange in another country, organized by your district, and are looking forward to immersing yourself in the local culture. Once you arrive, you find out that your host team has prepared a surprise welcome dinner of local delicacies. You want to be respectful and show appreciation … More Ethical dilemma discussion: What would you do?

How to get involved in Rotary Friendship Exchange

By Gianna Consalvo, Rotary Service & Engagement staff Rotary Friendship Exchanges (RFEs) allow us to experience new cultures, expand our global understanding and perspectives, and immerse ourselves in unparalleled travel and service opportunities while building life-long friendships. Exchanges can be structured around cultural, service, or vocational experiences and often lead to long-term relationships between districts. … More How to get involved in Rotary Friendship Exchange

Fun and friendship through the International Skiing Fellowship of Rotarians

Each year, International Skiing Fellowship of Rotarians (ISFR) members travel to different ski resorts to meet up and ski together. ISFR partners with local clubs to organize activities for both skiers and non-skiers, including mountain tours, dinners hosted by Rotary members, and visits to local and historical sites. We talked to ISFR President Allyson Walter about what the fellowship means to her. … More Fun and friendship through the International Skiing Fellowship of Rotarians

Rotary Friendship Exchange Photo Award highlights memorable exchanges

By Kholiwe Mkandawire, Rotary Service and Engagement Staff The Rotary Friendship Exchange program gives Rotary members and their families the opportunity to host and visit Rotary members around the world. In addition to experiencing other cultures and making lasting friendships, an exchange provides a strong foundation for carrying out international activities and service projects. While … More Rotary Friendship Exchange Photo Award highlights memorable exchanges

Connecting the World through Rotary Friendship Exchange

By Rita Kalra, member of the Rotary Club of Chandigarh Mid Town, India The Rotary Friendship Exchange program gives Rotary members 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 international activities … More Connecting the World through Rotary Friendship Exchange

Promoting world peace through the Open World Program

By Natalia Kunzer, Open World Program Officer Rotarians from Parker, Colorado, recently participated in the Open World Program by hosting six delegates from Ukraine. Ukrainian visitors explored the Fire Department, EMT Management and Volunteerism hosting theme during their 8-day stay in Parker. Rotarian Alvaro Pizoni, a long-time supporter of the Open World Program, lead the … More Promoting world peace through the Open World Program

Rotary programs offer opportunities to advance world peace

By Rotary Service and Engagement Staff February is Rotary’s Peace and Conflict Resolution Month, a great time to take action in promoting peace worldwide. Rotary offers a variety of programs that allow members to discover new cultures, exchange ideas, promote global understanding, and develop leaders who become catalysts for peace. Here are a few ways you … More Rotary programs offer opportunities to advance world peace

Service and Rotary Friendship Exchanges: growing from meaningful experiences

By Camille Ronzio, member of Rotary Club of Eugene Southtowne, OR, USA, and District 5110 Rotary Friendship Exchange Chair What happens when we incorporate service into our Rotary Friendship Exchanges? Last year we began incorporating half day service projects into our Rotary Friendship Exchanges.  Rather than just observe how our Rotarian friends exemplify Service above … More Service and Rotary Friendship Exchanges: growing from meaningful experiences