District Rotary 9800

Group Vocational Exchange (GVE)

Group Vocational Exchange is a cultural and vocational exchange program for professional business men and women, aged between 25 and 40 years, and in the early years of their professional lives. Each exchange team is comprised of a Rotarian acting as the team leader and four specially selected team members.

In February 2016, District 9800 will have a District Vocational Exchange to District 3800 in the Philippines.

Is your Club interested in sponsoring a young professional?

The GVE / GSE Committee  would greatly appreciate your interest in support in any way.

Rotary clubs are asked to consider giving young professionals in their community the opportunity to experience the internationality of Rotary, to extend hospitality, to make lasting friendships and a difference in the lives of young people at an exciting time in their careers.

Team Members

The Group Vocational Exchange will provide travel grants for the team to visit the Philippines for four weeks, from Mid-February to March the 15th. Team members will experience the host country's institutions and ways of life, observe their own vocations as practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships and exchange ideas. Friendly Rotarians will act as hosts and ensure that all the comforts of home are provided to team members.

Young professionals, aged 25 - 40, with a background in Basic Education and Literacy, Economic and Community Development, Disease Prevention and Treatment, Water and Sanitation, Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution and Maternal and Child Health are encouraged to apply for this fully funded life changing experience.

Teachers, nurses, doctors, psychologists, plumbers, builders, engineers, finance managers, entrepreneurs, project managers, research scientists to name but a few professions could be approached to apply for involvement in this program.

Application Forms for GVE

Download the Group Study(Vocational) Exchange Brochure      Click here

Group Vocational Exchange - Team Member Application Form   Click here

Completed applications are to be sent to

John McCaskill, District 9800 Group Study Exchange Chair.

  1. Email…..john@meccaevents.com.au
  2. Post…..John McCaskill, 4 Leicester Street, North Balwyn, Vic. 3104.

Call John on 0414 477 444 for any additional information.

Team Leader 2016 - Ruth Carlos-Martinez

District Governor Julie Mason is delighted to announce that Ruth Carlos-Martinez has been selected as the Leader of the District 9800 Group Vocational Exchange Team to go to the Philippines In February 2016. Ruth is a member of the Rotary Club of Brighton Beach and has been involved in initiating and supporting life changing projects in the Philippines over many years. Through her leadership and cooperation with various rotary clubs in Victoria, the Rotary Club of Brighton Beach has successfully reached remote and underprivileged communities in the Philippines and addressed their infrastructure and long-term sustainability needs.  

Ruth, the only nominee from Australia, was selected as one of the recipients of the Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino Award (Lingkapil) for the 2010 Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas. The Lingkapil Award is bestowed to Filipino individuals or associations that contributed significantly to the reconstruction, progress and development of the Philippines.   I am sure that you will agree that Ruth is well placed to ensure that her team has a rewarding experience in February and March 2016.

Follow the Group Study/ Vocational Exchange (GSE / GVE) Teams

You can also read of the journeys of previous GSE teams from District 9800 by reading their blogs. You will be amazed at what the teams experience across the world. The blog has all the latest GSE / GVE news from our District.

Past Exchanges

2012 - Rotary District 1080, Cambridge, UK


Group Study Exchange Report 2012 to Cambridge, UK

2012 - Rotary District 5230, California, USA


2012 - Rotary District 3030 - Maharashtra, India


2011 - Rotary District 5840 - Texas, USA


Group Study Exchange Report 2010-2011

Group Study Exchange Report 2011 to Texas

2010 - Rotary District 2203 - Spain


2009 - Rotary District 2380 - Sweden


2008 - Rotary District 5650 - Nebraska, USA


2007 - Rotary District 1580 - Holland