Rotary International's Group Study Exchange (GSE) program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for young business and professional men and women between the ages of 25 and 40 in the initial years of their professional life. The program offers travel grants for teams of young participants to exchange visits between paired areas in different countries. For four to six weeks, team members study the host country's institutions and way of life, observe their own vocations as practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships and exchange ideas.

Every year, our Club hosts a GSE team from a different country. The GSE team visits Lansing for one week, as part of a tour of different cities in our Rotary District.

Every year, our District also sends an outbound GSE team made up of young professionals from Michigan to the country with which the exchange is taking place. The criteria to select a member of the Outbound GSE team includes:

  • He/She must be fluent in the language of the country he/she is going to visit
  • He/She must have worked in their vocational field for at least two years by the time of application

The Group Study Exchange Committee is responsible for two activities:

Hosting the incoming GSE Team during their one-week stay in Lansing
The Committee's responsibility is to ensure that the team members enjoy an enriching and educational experience during their visit to Lansing by making the following arrangements:

  • Plan day/evening visits to local places and institutions of interest so team members may learn about Lansing and Michigan's way of life
  • Plan visits to other Lansing area Rotary Clubs
  • Arrange meetings with professionals that share common vocations
  • Arrange for housing at Rotarians's homes
  • Meet all transportation needs to/from the planned activities
  • Secure transportation to/from Lansing and other Host Clubs participating in the program

Selecting a member for the Outbound District GSE Michigan Team

The Committee is responsible for selecting an individual that meets the requirements of the program so that she/he may benefit both professionally and personally from this experience.