Posted by Ernest Hauser on Jul 23, 2017
Felipe Enjoys Two Rotary Friendship Exchange Visits
Felipe has enjoyed two Friendship Exchange visits as he visited with Rotary Club in Columbia and Taiwan. On each trip he made friends in foreign countries and in Columbia he helped to develop training for their Fire Department. During the initial visit to the Bogota area, along with a West University Rotarian who is a retired Fireman, they determined that they could assist their Fire Department in training. They returned to help them with training for getting individuals out of a wrecked vehicle.
The visits were organized thru District 5890. Partial funding was available for several Fireman that returned to the Bogota area for the training that they shared.
An interesting Rotary program of fellowship is the Rotary Friendship Exchange. This activity, originally recommended by the New Horizons Committee in 1981, is intended to encourage Rotarians and spouses to visit with Rotarian families in other parts of the world. It may be conducted on a club-to-club or district-to-district basis.
The idea is for several Rotarian couples... to travel to another country on the Rotary Friendship Exchange. Later the hospitality is reversed when the visit is exchanged. After a successful pilot experiment, the Rotary Friendship Exchange has become a permanent program of Rotary.
The Rotary Friendship Exchange is frequently compared to the Group Study Exchange program of The Rotary Foundation, except that it involves. Rotarian couples who personally pay for all expenses of their inter-country experience. Doors of friendship are opened in a way which could not be duplicated except in Rotary.
Rotarians seeking an unusual vacation and fellowship experience should learn more about the Rotary Friendship Exchange. Some unusual Rotary adventures are awaiting you!