The New Generations Exchange program was originally established in 1997 as a type of short-term exchange program for students aged 18-25 years old. The purpose was to provide a “gap” year experience for those transitioning from secondary school, and typically would include a vocational element, e.g. internship.Within 2011-12, only 235 of the 8,500 or more students that participated in exchanges worldwide were NGE, or less than 3% of all exchanges. Due to the low participation rate in the program, and the large financial and administrative investment made by districts to conduct these specialized programs, the RI Board requested that the Youth Exchange committee and the regional Youth Exchange leaders around the world provide an alternative model to support and grow the program.
The RI Board approved a plan to transition these exchanges to a new service model, beginning 1 July 2013. To accommodate already planned New Generations Exchanges, it is understood that these exchanges administered under the Rotary Youth Exchange program may continue through 30 June 2014. New Generations Service Exchange (NGSE):will be under the oversight of district New Generations Service committees; these exchanges will no longer be administered by district Youth Exchange committees, and districts will not be subject to Youth Exchange certification requirements for New Generations Service Exchange activitywill be open to young adults 18-30, but over the age of majority in the host countrymust include a strong humanitarian or vocational service component, such as participating in a service project, an internship, or vocational trainingare flexible and may be organized for individuals or groups, be reciprocal or one-way, and last as long as six monthsand must be funded locally; like Rotary Youth Exchange, no funding mechanism is available through RI or The Rotary Foundation
Young adults crave service opportunities! These are just a few of the media pieces we have that exemplify this. Think about what unique opportunities Rotary can offer to young adults: both in service projects and the international network to make those projects possible.
These are just a few of the different ways NGSE can be implemented.
How many of your districts have New Generations Servicechairs? Do you know them? Invite them to your next committee meeting!Take a few minutes and write down a few of the local service projects your club or district has performed in recent years.Now write down any of the corporations or industries with which your club/district has a relationship, either through past project sponsorship or Rotary connections.These can all be a part of your district’s NGSE!
Think about your former YEX students --- who would be suitable? These individuals are your audience.
A note on duration of NGSE: young professionals make have less flexibility with their schedules than university students. Typically, NGSE for young professionals with full-time jobs will be less than 4 weeks.
Have any districts represented here arranged a NGE? Share your story! Discuss how you can transition this experience into a NGSE program.
NEW GENERATIONS SERVICE
Kate Hoeppel, Senior Supervisor, RI Programs
History of New Generations Exchange
Established in 1997
A form of short-term exchange for ages 18-25
New Generations Exchange comprised less than 3% of annual exchange activity
Organized by district Youth Exchange committees, who already had large
administrative burdens from long-term programs
Subject to certification requirements despite participants being over age 18
Many districts unsure of purpose of exchanges: vocational or vacation?
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Transition to New Model NGSE
New program model
Transition began 1 July 2013
Under oversight of district New Generations Service committees
Not subject to Youth Exchange certification requirements
New Generations Service Exchange (NGSE)
Participants must be above 18 and no older than 30
Strong humanitarian or vocational service component
Individuals or groups
Up to 6 months in duration
Host district will arrange for local transportation, housing and activities
Participants must have sponsorship of local Rotary club, district New Generations
Service chair, and governor
RCOP 8.060 New Generations Service Exchange
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Turn New Generations into the Next Generation of Rotary
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Vocational tour (group)
Group performing multiple activities surrounding a certain profession (law, tech, etc.)
Group can stay in both host family homes and hotels/hostels
Ensure time for fellowship and Rotary events
Unpaid internship/apprenticeship (individual)
Focused on an individual’s profession or area of study
Organize placement at corporation or organization for up to 6 months
Home hosting is suitable
Involve intern in local Rotaract/ROTEX activities
Service project teams (group or individual)
Group of young adults interested in particular area of focus (water, education, etc.)
Organize participation in Rotary service project abroad
Give participants leadership opportunities!
Ideal for Rotaractors and ROTEX
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Work with district New Generations Service chairs to:
Obtain approval of District Governor/Governor elect
Identify projects in your area through community/vocational service chairs
Develop NGSE partner relationships from:
Current exchange partners
Current international project partners
Former GSE partners
Develop partner agreements to set expectations, regardless of whether or not
exchange is reciprocal
Consider appointing a responsible project-leader or project-committee
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Promote Program & Solicit Applications
Sponsor districts should promote NGSE to former Youth Exchange
students, Rotaractors, former Interactors, RYLA participants
No standard application form, but consider including:
General information (Name, DOB, contact information)
Sponsoring club/district information
Profession, education and/or current field of study, volunteer history, language
Statement of interest
Code of Conduct/rules of program (as established by districts, not RI)
Emergency contact information
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Select Qualified Participants
Sponsor districts should select qualified participants that:
Are over the age of majority in host country (typically 18)
Understand Rotary and the value of service
Are an outstanding ambassador of their district/country
Have interest in service/vocational activities proposed for program
Have working knowledge of local language
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Arrange Accommodations, Activities and Transportation
Host district should organize schedule, including:
Young adults may feel more comfortable in hotels/hostels rather than home hosting – reciprocal
(“family-to-family”) exchanges have mixed results
Participants will likely not be able to drive in host country – host clubs and district must account
for this when making plans
Rotary, Rotaract and ROTEX meetings and events, cultural events, local sight-seeing, “down-time”
Preparation and training
Organize orientation programs to build camaraderie amongst groups –they may have
varying interests and maturity levels
Provide counselors/mentors to assist with special needs or problems
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Discuss in small groups:
Your experiences with NGE – pros and cons!
Service projects in your community that could involve NGSE
Local corporations/organizations that could host an NGSE
Ways to coordinate with district New Generations Service chairs
Ways to promote NGSE to young adults in your communities
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do NGSE activities need to be reciprocal?
No, NGSE need not be reciprocal.
What visas should NGSE participants obtain?
Typically, they will travel on tourist visas. Some countries may limit tourist
visas to less than 6 months in the country, so the duration of the NGSE will
have to take this into account.
What if internship programs require a special working visa in my
country and the intern must be paid?
Not all districts or countries will be able to offer all types of NGSE – find what
works for you. Maybe a “new GSE” type program would be more suitable.
Can you arrange a NGSE between two districts in the same
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Frequently Asked Questions
Does the host district have to fund all accommodations and
provide a stipend or pocket money?
No– but make sure your partner district is in agreement about what is funded
and what is not. The participants often receive a stipend from the host district
and home-hosting is a low-cost solution for accommodations.
Can Rotarians participate in NGSE programs?
Yes. Rotarians over 30 should serve in a team leader role, but those under the
age of 30 can also be NGSE recipients. Rotarians’ dependents or children are
also free to participate.
Do we have to send a report to RI on our NGSE?
There are no RI reporting requirements for NGSE, but we invite you to share
your experiences with us by sending any materials to email@example.com.
Also, make sure both districts debrief NGSE participants to ensure they obtain
feedback on their own program experiences.
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Further resources are still in development and will be distributed
to district New Generations Service chairs soon.
Contact your district New Generations Service chair to see what information is
Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
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