Map of IndiaThe District 6440 GSE Committee is seeking applications for one Rotarian team leader and four non-Rotarian team members to travel to Rotary District 3230, Chennai, India. The 2013 team will depart January 19 and return February 19. Volunteers to help with the inbound team are also needed (click "more" for more information).
Applicants for team leaders should be seasoned Rotarians with significant leadership experience, deep knowledge of Rotary and the District and be regular attendees and/or participants in District Conferences and Seminars.  

Applications are available here:  Team Leader  Team Member  Employer Endorsement Form

Team member applicants must live or work within District 6440, be between 25 & 40 years of age, have been engaged in their profession / vocation for a minimum of 2 years and not related linearly to a Rotarian.  

Team Leader Applications are due by September 15, 2012, to GSE Committee, PO Box 111, Long Grove, IL 60047.  Team Member Applications are due by September 29.

Team Leader interviews will take place September 22.  Team Member interviews will take place October 6.

 Additional information is available by contacting Jim Runnfeldt, GSE General Chair, 312-259-7906 /

Images of ChennaiAbout Group Study Exchange
The Rotary Foundation’s Group Study Exchange (GSE) program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for businesspeople and professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 who are in the early stages of their careers. The program provides travel grants for teams to exchange visits in paired areas of different countries.

For four to six weeks, team members experience the host country's culture and institutions, observe how their vocations are practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships, and exchange ideas.  In a typical four-week tour, applicants participate in five full days of vocational visits, 15 to 20 club presentations, 10 to 15 formal visits and social events, two to three days at the district conference, three to four hours per day of cultural and site tours, and three to four hours per day of free time with host families.

For each team member, the Foundation provides the most economical round-trip airline ticket between the home and host countries. Rotarians in the host area provide for meals, lodging, and group travel within their district.

About District 3230
Located in southern India, District 3230 is made up of 85 clubs and 4,300 Rotarians. You can get a feel for what's in store for the team by visiting and see the team who visited from D- 3230 a few years ago.  This trip is certain to provide the experience of a lifetime for the participants.

Help Needed Hosting Inbound Team
You can participate in this terrific program by helping host the Inbound team from India.  They will arrive April 14 (in time for our District Conference) and depart May 13.  There are many opportunities to participate:

Sector Chairs:       Responsible for Inbound Teams itinerary, host families, day chairs and transportation. for 4-5 days.
Host Families:       Host a team member or members for a 4-5 day period while the team is in the sector.
Day Chairs:           Responsible for a single day's team activities, cultural, educational, entertainment, etc.
Vocational Chair:   Arranges for the teams vocational/professional experience while in the sector.
Transportation:      Drivers required to transport the team while in the sector.

For additional information contact: Jim Runnfeldt, 312-259-7906 or