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One of the five avenues of service for Rotarians, International Service involves activities of the club that promote world peace and cooperation among Rotarians. The general scope of International Service Advisor and Committee is to help clubs establish "twin club" arrangements with clubs in other countries and to assist where needed in any aspect involving international projects and exchanges.
There are two specific focus areas for the committee for this year. They are defined as follows:
International Service Projects: International Service projects are conducted by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects, seeking partners abroad, and more. The trips coordinated by the District are typically hands on with approximately 5 days set aside for physical work on the identified project. Typical Duration – 9 days including travel days.
Friendship Exchange: Participants experience other cultures and build friendships by staying in the homes of Rotary club members in another country.  This program advances international understanding and peace through personal contact across borders while developing interclub relationships that lead to fellowship and service projects. Typical duration – 8-14 days including travel days.
District International Service Trip
The District trip being planned is to Ak’ Tenamit from February 23, 2018 to March 4, 2018. The project will involve working on installing a tile floor in a facility on the girl’s side of the facility including, as well as building wooden lockers.  Scope of project may be modified.
Cost of the trip $1,700.  The price of $1,700 includes roundtrip airfare from Chicago to San Pedro Sula, Honduras, lodging for 9 nights (double occupancy), all ground transportation to/from SPS Airport and Puerto Barrios and Copan, boat transportation to/from Puerto Barrios and Livingston, daily boat transportation to/from Livingston and Ak’ Tenamit, minimum of 8 dinners and 7 lunches, 9 breakfasts, and most importantly, materials for project.
For further details and application form, please click on District 2018 International Service trip on the left side of this page.   
Friendship Exchanges
The District has a very aggressive goal in regard to Friendship Exchanges with other Rotary Districts. It is a phenomenal program that truly symbolizes the international nature of Rotary. The most successful Friendship Exchanges are those where a club or a few clubs join together and coordinate the facilitation of an exchange. The District will assist in swerving as a liaison with another District, help provide insight and logistical assistance. If you would like further information on the Rotary Friendship Exchange program, please contact Jim Wales at
Information on grants that can assist with International Service Projects can be found at
The International Service Advisor is Jim Wales who stands ready to help clubs with their international service projects. Contact him at for any assistance!