As the seasons change so does Rotary. The Group Study Exchange (GSE) has been an educational program through the Rotary Foundation since 1965. The Foundation has supported 71,300 GSE team members and 1,500 GSE teams in exchanges with 106 countries over the years. These teams were established for cultural experiences, fellowship opportunities, and vocational exchange visits.
The Rotary Foundation has now launched Vocational Training Teams (VTTs) which will provide more Rotarians an international team member opportunity and will provide grant funding to build on the Foundation’s long-standing commitment to vocational training. Unlike the GSEs, any number of Rotarians can be on the team and the VTTs have no age, size, or travel time restrictions. All participants on a team must have skills linked to the goals of the VTT grant, but any number of Rotarians can be on a VTT if they have professional skills in the VTT area(s) of focus. VTTS will be able to have an impact by providing or receiving training to ensure that knowledge is passed on to the greatest number of individuals.
The District 6040 teams must have one or more of the Six Areas of Focus as follows:
In addition to having one or more of the Six Areas of Focus, the Rotary Foundation requires that the VTT have sustainability and measurability.
Got a VTT idea? Want to train farmers to produce crops with a higher market value. Want to instruct elementary school teachers on methods of teaching. Want to combat disease or improve water and sanitation? Get involved with a Rotary VTT. Contact Bill or Debbie Cosgrove, District 6040 VTT Co-chairs at email@example.com or 816 665-7686 to learn more.
Vocational Training Teams Application Evaluation Criteria
Effective – July 1, 2013
Area(s) of Focus – Does the project address one or more areas of focus of the Rotary Foundation?
Assessed Need – Does the project address a quantified and officially assessed need by appropriate
entities in the beneficiary community?
Lasting Value – Will the project create something that will last within the community. Is there a strong
training core to the proposed VTT that ensures an ongoing transfer of knowledge and benefit to the
community? Are the results sustainable?
Measurable Outcomes – Can the impact of the project on the community be measured? What
quantifiable metrics have been incorporated into the project?
High Profile – Can the project promote and display the Rotary logo via signage or other means? (Note:
Rotary publicity activities are not eligible expenses for Rotary funding.)
PR Value – Does the grant request have a plan for letting the community know the project was
sponsored by Rotarians?
Direct Involvement – Is the sponsoring club/district involved in the project through “sweat equity”?
How many members of the proposing club are actively involved in the project (or what percentage of
the membership is actively involved)? Has the proposer set up a project committee and/or selected a
Financial – Is Rotary’s participation essential to making the project happen?
District and International Financial Obligations –
Does the club have a record of contributing to the Annual Fund of the Rotary Foundation?
Does the proposing club have any outstanding Foundation Grant projects (i.e., projects on which
a grant has not been closed)?
Has the proposing club had difficulty in closing out Grants projects in the past?
Is the club up-to-date on district financial obligations such as dues?
International Partner – Does the proposer have an international partner for the project? If so:
Have the partners worked together previously?
•What is the nature of the relationship?
Were members of the local community (host area) involved in the planning?
Does the partner have a history of difficulty in closing grants, or have outstanding grants?
Partner Clubs – Are clubs other than the host district or club area participating in the project? If so,
which clubs are they and what is the extent of their participation?
Team Training/Orientation – What training/orientation will be required for the inbound/outbound team
and who will provide that training? Include objectives educational and hands-on components.