New Generations Service Exchange
NGSE is a short-term, customized program for university students and 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.
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. For more information about NGSE opportunities in District 6110, please contact Paul Reagan.
Todd Jenkins, NGSE to Brazil
Rotary Club of Fayetteville
New Generation Service Exchange was life changing for me. I completed my experience in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It became the first of so many new experiences–my first international flight, learning a new culture, living with a foreign family, which my host mother only spoke Portuguese; however most of all, I was able to create lifelong friendships beyond US boarders. Additionally, the exchange experience allowed me to not only understand the culture of the county, my newfound family and their city university and leadership system (my vocational and research interests during my exchange), but it was reciprocal, I learned more about myself, family values, and human relationships between Brazil and the US. This experience led me to more international travel, Brazilian family and friends, surviving a new language, but most of all; it led to a refined perspective for me to explore more of the world, and continue a striving effort to become a global servant leader.
Eathan Campbell, GNSE to Germany
University of Arkansas Rotaract Club
For me, this was an experience I would not trade for any other. Being in another country, around others speaking and acting different from yourself, is an eye opening experience. I learned to adapt to situations that I would never have thought of and I gained confidence that will last a lifetime. Most important of all, I built life-long relationships with others. I am proud and honored that my host family has accepted me as a true member of their family and I am happy to say that we stay in touch frequently. If you go into New Generations Service Exchange with an open mind, you will learn and accomplish many great things. The image of my host family and Claudia (closest to camera), the NGSE coordinator in Germany.
Kagan Reagan, NGSE to Germany
As if waking to find I’m sailing a serene sea, I realize my exchange was the dream in which I left harbor. Although I still don’t know where I’m headed, I know it’s not where I thought it would be when I started my exchange. For that, the connections I made, and the timeless feeling of being suspended between distant locales, I thank New Generations Service Exchange.
I went to Muenster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany to do an internship at the University of Muenster Hospital doing genetics research on a hereditary neurological disease.