Exchanges and Scholarships
of Rotary's most visible programs include Rotary Youth Exchange, a student exchange program for students in secondary education,
and Rotary's oldest program, Ambassadorial Scholarships. Today, there are six different types of Rotary Scholarships. More
than 30,000 men and women from 100 nations have studied abroad under the auspices of Ambassadorial Scholarship, and today
it is the world's largest privately funded international scholarships program. In 2002-2003 grants totaling approximately
US$26 million were used to award some 1,200 scholarships to recipients from 69 countries who studied in 64 nations. The Exchange
Students of Rotary Club Munich International publish their experiences on a regular basis on Rotary Youth Exchange with Germany.
Rotary Fellowships, paid by the Foundation launched in honor of Paul Harris in 1947, specialize in providing graduate fellowships
around the world, usually in countries other than their own in order to provide international exposure and experience to the
Rotary Centers for International Studies
Starting in 2002, The Rotary Foundation
partnered with eight universities around the world to create the Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict
resolution. The universities include International Christian University (Japan), University of Queensland (Australia), Institut
d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) (France), University of Bradford (United Kingdom), Universidad del Salvador (Argentina),
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA), Duke University (USA), and University of California, Berkeley (USA). Rotary
World Peace Fellows complete two year masters level programs in conflict resolution, peace studies, and international relations.
The first class graduated in 2004 . In 2004, Fellows established the Rotary World Peace Fellows Association to promote
interaction among Fellows, Rotarians, and the public on issues related to peace studies.
While there are a number of Rotary-wide efforts, Rotary clubs are also encouraged to take part
in local ventures; these range from efforts which combine contributions to the community with efforts to attract new members,
such as the scholarships outlined above, to donations to local libraries.
Rotary Community Corps (RCC) is a group of non-Rotarian men and women who share Rotarians'
commitment to service. Under the guidance of a sponsoring Rotary club, dedicated RCC members put their own skills to work
to improve the quality of life in their communities. The purpose of the RCC program is to:
... Promote grassroots self-help
projects;... Develop local leadership abilities; ... Maximize local resources; and ... Use appropriate cost-efficient technology.
The Open World Program, operated by the Open World Leadership Center
at the U.S. Library of Congress, is a special program available to Rotary clubs in the United States. Designed to give young
emerging Russian leaders a firsthand look at the U.S. political system, business, and community life the program also aims
to promote understanding and forge bonds of friendship between the two nations.
Rotary International is proudly
continuing its relationship with the Open World Leadership Center at the Library of Congress and serves as a local hosting
organization with Rotary clubs serving as hosts for Russian delegations. This is a fifth year of Rotary's participation in
the Open World Program. Rotary clubs have hosted nearly a quarter of all Open World participants throughout these years.
Interact is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young people ages
14-18. The program gives young people an opportunity to participate in fun, meaningful service projects while developing leadership
skills and meeting new friends.
Through service activities, Interactors learn the importance of developing
leadership skills and personal integrity, demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others; and advancing international understanding
Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young men and
women ages 18 to 30. Rotaract clubs are usually community-based or university-based and are sponsored by a local Rotary club
making them true "partners in service" and key members of the Rotary family.
Through the Rotaract program,
young adults not only augment their knowledge and skills, but they also address the physical and social needs of their communities
while promoting international understanding and peace through a framework of friendship and service.
efforts begin at the local grassroots level and Rotaract clubs have access to many of the resources of Rotary International
and The Rotary Foundation.
As one of the most significant and fastest-growing programs of Rotary service, with
more than 8,000 Rotaract clubs in some 155 countries and geographic areas, Rotaract has become a worldwide phenomenon.
Rotaractors also often spearhead the formation of Interact clubs and participate in Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. Rotaractors
also can go on to become Ambassadorial Scholars or Group Study Exchange team members.