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Rotary program allows professionals to study vocations, culture in Germany

June 17, 2006

Local Rotary Clubs in Washington County, along with Rotary Clubs in parts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia, are offering individuals the opportunity to travel to Germany to study their professions as practiced in that country, according to a press release.

The program, called Group Study Exchange, sends a team of four young professionals, led by a Rotarian, to another country to study the professional life, culture and customs of the destination.

The selected exchange team will visit the northwest part of Germany, which includes the cities of Bremen, Bremerhaven and Oldenburg, from April 27 to May 26, 2007.

While in Germany, the team will stay in the homes of German Rotarians, and will make periodic presentations to German Rotary clubs. Team members will have the opportunity to meet with members of their professions in Germany, and share and exchange ideas and experiences.

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Expenses covered by the program include airfare, room and board, and local travel within Germany.

To be eligible, young professionals must be between the ages of 25 and 40, have been in their field of work for at least two years and be a U.S. citizen. Applicants may not be directly related to a Rotarian.

Applications are being accepted until Aug. 1 by the Rotary Club of Hagerstown, Hagerstown-Sunrise Rotary Club, Longmeadow Rotary Club and the Williamsport Rotary Club.

Information and application forms may be obtained at www.rotary.org.

For information on how to contact a local Rotary club, call Glenn Smith, chairman of Rotary District 7350, at 717-530-5490.

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