Rotary District 5080 seek computer technology professionals

Posted: June 13 - 2011

Rotary Clubs in District 5080, which includes south-eastern British Columbia, Canada, northern Idaho and eastern Washington State, USA, are seeking four outstanding computer industry professionals to visit Rotary District 3190, Bangalore India from January 30, 2012 – March 2, 2012, as part of the Group Study Exchange program of The Rotary Foundation.

During the exchange, team members will share personal knowledge of their own country and vocations and experience the customs, vocations and lifestyles of India. Bangalore is a thriving city often referred to as India’s Silicon Valley. Located on the Deccan Plateau in the south-eastern part of the state of Karnataka, Bangalore is India’s third largest city and the capital of Karnataka.

The purpose of the Group Study Exchange is to promote international understanding and goodwill through person to person contact. While abroad, team members stay in Rotarians’ homes and have the opportunity to meet their professional counterparts. They will also give presentations to Rotary clubs and other groups about their home country and respective vocations.

The Rotary Foundation provides a round trip air ticket, and local Rotarians in the host country provide meals, lodging and group travel in their district. Team members pay for personal and incidental expenses including immunizations and visas.
People interested in applying should be employed full-time for at least two years in the computer industry and be in the early stages of their careers. Young professionals within the age range of 25 to 40 at the time of the exchange are encouraged to apply. Applicants must live or be employed in Rotary District 5080.

The following are ineligible to apply: Rotarians, employees of Rotary clubs, districts, or other Rotary entities and relatives of Rotarians (lineal descendants, ancestors, spouses, or spouses of ancestors or lineal descendants of Rotarians).

For application forms and local club application deadlines contact a local Rotary club or download the application form from:

All applications must be made through a local Rotary club and forwarded to the District Group Study Exchange Committee Chair, Michelle Lee, Box 1069, Colville, WA 99114 E-mail: by September 9, 2011.  Interviews will be held in Spokane, WA on Sept. 18, 2011.
For further information contact Michelle Lee at (509)690-7517 or Doreen Kelsey at (509) 499-5223.

Applicantions from the Nelson, BC must be made through the Rotary of Club of Nelson Daybreak or the Rotary Club of Nelson. For more information contact Team Leader Sheila Hart at 250-825-9241 or e-mail: or Al Bacon at 250-228-5277 or e-mail: by noon on August 26.

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