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 Directors to learn how you can be involved:
- World Community Service
- Rotary Youth Exchange
- Polio Eradication
- Rotary Action Groups
- Rotary Global Friendship
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.
- 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.
Kendra Bruno is one of our past scholarship recipients. 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
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