Group Study Exchange From Tokyo, Japan

Guests from Japan; Returning 7230 Team
On Monday, May 6, the GSE Team from Tokyo were be our guests at the regular Rotary meeting at the Harvard Club. Accompanied by their Rotarian Team Leader, Ms. Michiko Kainuma, a music teacher, five young Japanese professionals  talked to us about their lives and professional activities in their home country.

Their interests range from Architecture, stem cell research, cloud computing, railway technology to advertising. They were eager to meet Rotarians in the New York Club, expand their knowledge in their field during their visit with us and also look forward to enjoying the cultural and social life of New York. 

As an added bonus, at the meeting of May 6, the District 7230 GSE Team, freshly back from their tour in Tokyo, their Japanese counterparts and answer questions you may have about their experiences. According to their reports they were treated "royally." New York Rotarins Eav Corredor and Tom McConnon showed the vistors around Midtown during the day and spent the afternoon at the Museum of Modern Art.

The Rotary Foundation’s Group Study Exchange (GSE) program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for businesspeople and professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 who are in the early stages of their careers. The program provides travel grants for teams to exchange visits in paired areas of different countries. For four to six weeks, team members experience the host country's culture and institutions, observe how their vocations are practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships, and exchange ideas.
In a typical four-week tour, applicants participate in five full days of vocational visits, 15 to 20 club presentations, 10 to 15 formal visits and social events, two to three days at the district conference, three to four hours per day of cultural and site tours, and three to four hours per day of free time with host families.
For each team member, the Foundation provides the most economical round-trip airline ticket between the home and host countries. Rotarians in the host area provide for meals, lodging, and group travel within their district.