ROTARY, an international voluntary organisation with over 2,000 members in Rotary clubs all over Ireland, runs an international Group Study Exchange Programme.
As part of this year’s programme, a team of five people departed on February 24 for Brisbane, Australia, representing the 32 counties of Ireland.
This educational programme pairs Rotary districts in different parts of the world to send and receive professional study groups, comprised of four non-Rotarian team members and one Rotarian team leader, to travel to their paired district for approximately one month.
The exchange allows participants to study another country and its people through experiences in an organised and meaningful hosted programme. Team members stay in the homes of Rotarians, affording them an opportunity to experience Australia’s culture and way of life from within a family environment.
The local representative on this year’s exchange is Ciara McCann from Clonoe who works as a Financial Controller in the Linden Food Group, Dungannon. Ciara started her career in the Northern Ireland Civil service as an administrative officer in the Child Support agency. She enjoys volunteering & fundraising and has worked in a number of areas including running the Rose of Tralee competition to select the Tyrone Rose.
Last September Cookstown Rotary Club hosted an Exchange team from Brisbane for a few days and members were able to experience work locally in special education, social services, law, valuation and police. Cookstown Rotarian, David Falkingham, also led a team to Washington State, USA in Spring 2011. If any young adult would like to know more about the programme of exchange please write to Cookstown Rotary Club, c/o The Glenavon House Hotel, Cookstown.