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

Tapping into our network of experts

By Kiki Melonides, Rotary Service and Engagement Staff  Passion and dedication to service unite Rotary and Rotaract members worldwide. Rotary is rich with energy, and rich with diverse members from all professional backgrounds representing hundreds of cultures, customs and traditions. But clubs don’t always have the professional skills amongst their members to design and implement … More Tapping into our network of experts

Attend the upcoming Virtual West Africa Project Fair

By Rotary Service and Engagement Staff Getting involved in international service can often be a challenge, especially during a pandemic when international travel is limited. Project Fairs are a great opportunity to immerse yourself in a new culture and make new friends while meeting project sponsors and finding international projects for your clubs and district … More Attend the upcoming Virtual West Africa Project Fair

Tapping into opportunities for international service

By Jon Gresley, member of Rotary Club of Truckee, California, USA Since 2000, I have attended 20 project fairs, 16 in Central American and four in Colombia. Attendance at project fairs provides Rotary members with opportunities for international travel and engagement in service with fellow members.  The first ever project fair was a gathering of Rotary … More Tapping into opportunities for international service

Increasing clubs’ participation in international service projects

By Elva Heyge, District International Service Chair and member of the Rotary Club of Kentville, (Nova Scotia) Canada When I was appointed as District International Service Chair (DISC) in District 7820, my first task was to reach out to the district’s leadership team to work collaboratively on a strategy to increase clubs’ involvement in projects. … More Increasing clubs’ participation in international service projects

Connecting virtually at the Ecuador Project Fair

By Amparo Albuja, member of the Rotary Club of Quito, Ecuador After fourteen years of hosting our annual Ecuador Project Fair where local clubs’ projects were presented to Rotarians from the United States, Canada and Europe, lifelong friendships have been built and a huge number of projects have been successfully carried out with the support of … More Connecting virtually at the Ecuador Project Fair

Developing international friendships through the Open World Program

By Carolyn Feuille, District 5190 International Service Chair and member of the Rotary Club of Nevada City, California                         In September 2014, when my Rotary Club of Nevada City decided to apply for the Open World program and host a visiting delegation from Kazakhstan in 2015, we really didn’t know what we were getting into. … More Developing international friendships through the Open World Program

Leveraging experts to bring sustainable water to Timor-Leste, Australia

By David Alexander, District 9810’s International Service Chair and member of the Rotary Club of Manningham, Australia When our club first met with partnering clubs to discuss a global grant project to bring clean water to a remote municipality in Timor-Leste in partnership with Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Australia, the challenges seemed insurmountable. The Rotary … More Leveraging experts to bring sustainable water to Timor-Leste, Australia

Join service-related July breakout sessions

By Rotary Service and Engagement Staff Thousands of Rotary and Rotaract members around the world came together in late June for the first-ever Rotary Virtual Convention to connect, learn, and share their passion for doing good in the world. Through the general and featured breakout sessions, members connected with the family of Rotary to discover … More Join service-related July breakout sessions

Rotaractors unite to support ocean conservation

By Giovanni Cappa, member of the Rotaract Club of Pavia, Italy Two Rotaract districts on two continents, Italy and Africa, joined forces to help defend the oceans. Over several months, Rotaract members from District 2050, Italy and District 9150, Africa worked with pharmaceuticals and industry professionals to collect medications and medical instruments to be brought … More Rotaractors unite to support ocean conservation