International Service

Our club’s International Service Committee involves several areas of service and comprised of numerous team members. Below is an outline of programs/projects we support. If you have an interest in any of the areas, please contact the current International Service Director to learn how you can be involved.

Through World Community Service (WCS), Rotary clubs in two or more countries assist each other with service projects. WCS projects must be humanitarian in nature. Each year our club selects specific projects to support. Below are current programs and ones we are considering for the future.

Current International Projects:

Cambodia : Feeding Dreams Cambodia project in Siem Reap, Cambodia has been funded and completed. Rotary Dedication will happen on June 6-7th. 2016. It’s a $45,000 project. This project was lead by Scott’s Valley Rotary with Partnership from Sunnyvale, North Stockton, and us, Stockton Rotary. Feeding Dreams Cambodia ‘No child should attend school hungry’ We strive to keep families united, fight poverty, illiteracy and malnutrition, and help grow tomorrow’s community leaders.

Africa Projects in Uganda:

Aubrey Water Project:  This project provides water wells at four remote elementary schools, serving 1,910 pupils. The project was dedicated August 30, 2016. The project was undertaken by Source of the Nile Rotary Club (Jinja, Uganda), Oadby Rotary Club (UK),  Stockton Sunrise Rotary Club, and Stockton Rotary Club (California, USA). Students previously had to fetch water by hand from sources over 0.5 km away.

Bugembe Women’s Center:  This project is pending approval at Rotary International. It will support counseling and job skills for 100 – 400 poor and abused women on the outskirts of Jinja Uganda. It is being undertaken by Source of the Nile Rotary Club, Stockton Rotary Club and nine other Rotary Clubs in Rotary District 5220.

Future International Project in Haiti. 

BABY WARMER via Embrace Warmer:  This project provides an incubator and portable self-contained temperature controlled wraps from transporting premature/underweight newborns from remote locations to larger hospitals in Haiti.

Other Future International Projects currently being developed:

Palestine – Women’s Breast Cancer Awareness and Intervention

Philippines – Water Project II

Past International Projects include:

  • Vegan, Philippines High School Scholarship Program
  • Malawai Hospital Supplies/Equipment
  • Mexicali Water Project with Rotary Escalon Club
  • Wheel Chairs to Developing Countries with Hope Haven or Wheelchair Foundation
  • Philippines Water Project
  • Aquabox Support for Pakistani Flood Victims.

 

Rotary Youth Exchange offers four types of exchange programs:

  • Long-term exchange. These exchanges usually last one year, during which the student lives with more than one family in the host country and is required to attend school there.
  • Short-term exchange. These exchanges vary from several days to several weeks; they often take place when school is not in session and usually do not include an academic program. Short-term exchanges generally involve a home stay experience with a family in the host country, but they can also be organized as international youth camps or tours that bring together students from many countries.
  • Youth Exchange Program. This program is an unforgettable experience for students ages 15 to 19. Students have an amazing learning opportunity. The primary purpose of the program is to promote international understanding. You are encouraged to click here for more information about the program.
  • New Generations exchange. These specialized short-term exchanges last three to six weeks and are open to young people ages 18-25. This program may include a vocational element.
  • Group Study Exchange. The Group Study Exchange (GSE) program of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for young business and professional men and women between the ages of 25 and 40 in the initial years of their professional life.

The program provides travel grants for teams of participants to exchange 4 to 6 week visits between paired areas in different countries. Team members study the host country’s institutions and ways of life, observe their own vocations as practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships, and exchange ideas.

Team members can come from corporations, small businesses, community organizations, medical and educational facilities, government offices and nonprofit agencies.

Ambassadorial Scholarship. The Ambassadorial Scholarships program furthers The Rotary Foundation’s mission of improving health, supporting education, and alleviating poverty through three types of scholarships: Academic-Year for one academic year of study; Multi-Year for two consecutive years of study in a degree program; and Cultural for three or six months of intensive language study.

Kendra Bruno is one of our past scholarship recipients. Read her first report. Also check out a slide show illustrating her activities and those of her host Rotary Club in Costa Rica. Here is an excerpt of an email that she sent us,

Everyone is so enthusiastic in my club; filled with ambition towards a lot of different projects – its going to be a great working relationship, I can tell.”

Peace Scholarship. To help prepare this next generation of diplomats and future leaders, Rotary has teamed up with eight universities around the world to establish new centers focused on peace and conflict and will annually award scholarships to promising leaders.

The Rotary World Peace scholarship supports students seeking a two-year master’s-level degree at one of the Rotary Centers for International Studies and includes tuition, fees, room, board, and other expenses. The following schools have been selected to host the studies in peace and conflict resolution are:

  • Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA (both universities jointly host one Rotary Center)
  • International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Sciences Po (L’Institut d’Études Politiques), Paris, France
  • Universidad del Savador, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
  • University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
In 1985, Rotary launched the PolioPlus program to protect children worldwide from the cruel and fatal consequences of polio. In 1988, the World Health Assembly challenged the world to eradicate polio. Since that time, Rotary’s efforts and those of partner agencies, including the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and governments around the world, have achieved a 99 percent reduction in the number of polio cases worldwide.

Rotarians stand at the brink of a great victory and look forward to celebrating the global eradication of polio in 2005, the organization’s centennial year

In Kenya teaches and houses children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic. Partnered with Agape School and TEMAK (Teenage Mothers and Girls Association of Kenya), Project Hope benefits orphaned and abandoned street boys in Kisumu, Kenya. In Kenya, thousands of boys are orphaned and abandoned every year, either through the loss of their parents from AIDS or other health reasons, but mostly due to extreme poverty where families cannot support a boy child.
Recycles unwanted heavy playground equipment by taking it to Mexico and installing playgrounds for children that have none. On the April 2004 trip, 36 very hardworking adults and Interact students completed three playgrounds at schools that had planted 100 trees and donated sports equipment, stuffed animals, wheelbarrows, and books to the three schools and an orphanage.