Rotary exchange program begins search for eligible professionals

A new Rotary exchange program for professionals is accepting applications for a group exchange in the mid-western region of Sao Paulo

Young professionals could start big careers in a vibrant new culture.

A new Rotary exchange program for professionals aged 25 to 40 is accepting applications for a group exchange in the mid-western region of Sao Paulo state in Brazil next spring.

The Rotary Foundation provides four successful candidates with a round trip flight and local Rotarians in Brazil will act as hosts to provide meals and lodging.

But team members are responsible for paying their personal expenses, including immunizations and visas.

During the exchange, participants are encouraged to bridge cultural gaps and promote good-will through person-to-person contact, including sharing customs and lifestyle options.

The program will run between April 20 to May 20.

To be eligible for the program, young people should be in the early stages of their career and have two years of full time work experience in their vocation.

However, Rotarians and their extended families are not eligible to apply for the young professionals exchange.

Applications are open to Rotary clubs in District 5080, which includes southeastern B.C., northern Idaho and eastern Washington.

Application forms can be downloaded from the Rotary International Website.

The deadline for applications is Sept. 8.

All applications must be screened by local Rotary clubs and will be forwarded to the District Group Exchange committee.

Successful applicants will be interviewed in Spokane.

For more information, contact Trail representative Ray Masleck at ray.masleck@trailrotary.com or Rossland representative Tina Kenyon at tina.kenyon@teck.com.