District 7780 Rotarians are invited to apply to take part in the cultural exchange to Uganda. The team will travel to Uganda for two weeks during the spring of 2014 and will include six Rotarians with a music background or talent - singers, instrumentalists, and/or dancers.  Spouses and friends of Rotarians may also apply.   
While in Uganda, the team will be immersed in the local culture and music.  Of greatest importance is a willingness to learn - through first-hand and hands-on experiences - about the rich culture of Ugandan music, to play or sing Ugandan music, and return to District 7780 to share their experiences.   They will be involved with local Rotarians to explore opportunities for future service projects and partnerships.   The team will meet and work with the inbound team of youth musicians who will visit our district later in the spring to participate in a Friends Forever leadership program.  It is expected that the outbound team will share their experiences and learnings after their return by participating in several programs for Rotarians and the public.

A $1,500 travel allocation is provided for each participant to cover airfare and some costs while in Uganda (meals, accommodations). Team members will be expected to pay for incidentals, some accommodation expenses, and any immunizations required for travel.  Funding for the exchange is provided by our Rotary Foundation District Grant.  This exchange is an expanded version of Group Study Exchange (GSE), providing greater opportunity for Rotarian involvement. Our purpose is to promote understanding between cultures through the universal language of music. 

Completed applications, signed by a club president, must be received by November 15, 2013.  Interviews will be scheduled later in November.  Complete your application today to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime Rotary opportunity to learn and share music, culture and life in Uganda. 

Signed, completed applications can be scanned and emailed to barbarajsutcliffe@gmail.com.