RGSE - Rotary Group Study Exchange

RGSE - Rotary Group Study Exchange
The Rotary Foundation’s Group Study Exchange (GSE) program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for business people and professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 who are in the early stages of their careers. The program provides travel grants for teams to exchange visits in paired areas of different countries. For four to six weeks, team members experience the host country's culture and institutions, observe how their vocations are practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships, and exchange ideas.

2011/12 RGSE

A dynamic team of four young professionals has been selected to visit District 3050 Rajasthan India with team leader Libby Gairdner, who is a member of Waikato Sunrise. The team will travel for nearly 6 weeks,  20 Dec 2011 to 29 Jan 2012.  Introducing:

Mohammed AtiqMohammed Atiq,  Trainee Detective,  NZ Police

Mo,  33 yrs,  lives in Hamilton with his wife,  Shima, and 6yr old daughter Aisha.   Born in Fiji, he moved to NZ in 1997.  Mo was recommended for selection by the Rotary Club of Waikato Sunrise.



Lucy SouthallLucy Southall,  Constable,  Family Violence Team,  NZ Police

Lucy,  28 yrs,  lives in Hamilton.  Her partner,  Haydon,  is also a police officer,  currently based in Tauranga, and moving to Hamilton later in the year.  She entered the police force after completing a Bachelor of Arts (major in Criminology,  minor in Sociology) at Victoria University.  Lucy was also recommended for selection by the Rotary Club of Waikato Sunrise.


Andrew HarwoodAndrew Harwood,  Radio Announcer and Programmer

Andy,  28 yrs,  lives in Tairua on the Coromandel Peninsular,  and works for Coromandel FM based in Thames.  His partner,  Sophie,  is a Doctor at Auckland’s North Shore Hospital.  Andy was recommended for selection by the Rotary Club of Thames.



Wendy BennettiWende Bennetti,  Lawyer,   McCaw Lewis

Wende,  lives in Hamilton,  and works in the areas of relationship property and employment law.   She holds a double degree in Law and Social Science (major in psychology).   Wende was recommended for selection by the Rotary Club of Hamilton East.