2007-08-24 / Community

Rotary Seeks 'Group Study'Applicants

The Rockaway Rotary is looking for young professionals interested in a free, month-long trip next year to the Philippine capital of Manila.

Participants in Rotary International's Group Study Exchange Program will spend about a month as guests of different Philippine Rotary members, absorbing the culture while also attending vocational days related to their own professions. Rotary provides the airfare and host families.

Four young professionals will be selected for the program, which is designed to promote international understanding and is tentatively planned for March/April, 2008.

In May, Brian Magoolaghan, associate editor of The Wave, participated as a member of a team that spent a month in Baja California, Mexico. He toured several newspaper offices, as well as television and radio stations.

"The Group Study Exchange Program allowed me to see Mexico not as a tourist, but as the guest of residents, who were very gracious and accommodating," Magoolaghan said. "That gave me access to places I never would have known about or seen otherwise. It was truly a unique experience."

A team from Mexico also spent a month in New York, with a week of that time in Rockaway.

To qualify, candidates must live or work in Rotary District 7250, which encompasses parts of Queens, Brooklyn and Nassau Counties; have at least two years in their trade or profession; be between the age of 25 and 40; not be a spouse, child or grandchild of a Rotarian; and be a U.S. citizen.

Anyone interested should immediately contact Rabbi Melvin May, president of the Rockaway Rotary, at 718-634-2011.

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