District 5495 New Generations Service Exchange

The District 5495 is hosting a New Generations Service Exchange (NGSE) later this month.  Ellen Schulte-Batenbrock, is 29 and is sponsored by Germany District 1850.  Ellen lives in
Osnabrueck, Germany where she is attending college to be an Occupational Therapist.   She will be staying with our President Joe and his wife Olga on July 31st and depart on September 2, 2018. During her time here she will be participating in and doing an internship at the VA Hospital in Prescott. If you would like to help host Ellen for an outing or a weekend get away, please coordinate with Joe and his wife. Thanks.
Here is a look at the district and area she is from. There are 69 clubs in her district, which makes it very similar in size to our District 5495 of 72 clubs.
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Osnabrück is a city in northwest Germany. The Town Hall is where the 1648 Peace of Westphalia was negotiated, bringing the 30 Years’ War to an end. It sits on the market square, along with gabled houses and St. Marien, a 13th-century Gothic church.
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The Felix Nussbaum House shows a large collection of works by the local surrealist painter.
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To the south, the grounds of Osnabrück Castle are a venue for summer concerts.
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New Generations Service Exchange is a short-term, customizable program for university students and young professionals up to age 30.

Participants can design exchanges that combine their professional goals with a humanitarian project.

What are the benefits?

  • Make connections with service-minded community leaders in another country
  • Learn another language
  • Build your professional skills and gain international experience
  • Travel and explore a new culture while giving back through service

What is an exchange like?

With your host Rotary district, you’ll plan activities that can include networking, relationship building, humanitarian service, professional development, and leadership training. Exchanges:

  • Last from a few weeks to six months
  • Can be arranged for individuals or groups
  • Need not be reciprocal

How much does it cost?

Costs vary by Rotary club or district. To reduce expenses, Rotary members often provide homestay options, arrange no-cost internship or job-shadowing programs, and offer other financial assistance.

Contact your local Rotary club to find out what it costs to participate in a New Generations Service Exchange.

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How do I apply?

University students and professionals up to age 30 — including current and former Rotaractors and former Interactors, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards participants, and Youth Exchange students — are encouraged to apply. You don’t have to be a member of Rotary to participate in an exchange.

Although each Rotary club determines its own eligibility criteria, all participants should demonstrate a strong commitment to service and the ideals of Rotary. Contact your local Rotary club to see what exchange opportunities are available and what the application process involves.

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Can I host a New Generations Service Exchange participant?

Hosting a New Generations Service Exchange participant brings an international experience directly into your home and can be incredibly rewarding. Host families provide room and board and share their lives with exchange participants, involving them in family, community, professional, and cultural activities. Contact your local Rotary club to see how you can become a host family.

Author: Aaron Fritz

Joined Rotary in 1999. Past President of the Highlands Ranch Rotary Club, Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Castle Pines, Past President of the Rotary eClub of Arizona, Past Assistant Governor for District 5490 and Assistant Governor for District 5495. Multiple Paul Harris Fellow (3 currently). 2nd Generation Rotarian.

2 thoughts on “District 5495 New Generations Service Exchange”

  1. Thanks Aaron !!!! Good article. I hope more members will submit information about what they are doing for the club meetings.


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