They are ready to explore, learn

Sharing views: Members of the Rotary’s GSE team from US at a press conference in Vijayawada on Wednesday. -

Sharing views: Members of the Rotary’s GSE team from US at a press conference in Vijayawada on Wednesday. -   | Photo Credit: PHOTO: RAJU.V

Staff Reporter

Four members from the US visit the city as part of GSE programme

The team is being hosted by local Rotarians

They will experience local lifestyles in the city

VIJAYAWADA: Barely after a couple of days of their arrival in the city, they already seem to be at ease with their surroundings.

Amanda Ferguson, Carmen Matthews, Kate A. Wilkinson and Craig Carnagey, members representing the Rotary International District 5110, are in the city as part of a Group Study Exchange (GSE) programme. The various districts functioning under the Rotary International take up this programme primarily to pave the way for the members to enhance their knowledge and appreciation of other cultures and to advance the cause of international volunteerism. Led by their team leader Thomas R. English, a Rotarian from Oregon in the United States, the happy foursome is, at the moment, is in an ‘absorb-and-reflect’ mode.

Trying to grasp every minute detail of things around them, the members, drawn from different walks of life, have gained enough experience in the last two days to endlessly rave about their perspective on the local aspects. “The Rotarian families in the city have taken up the responsibility of hosting one guest each. This is to enable them to personally experience the local lifestyle by becoming a part of the family,” explained K.S. Krishna Mohan of Rotary Club of India District 3020, at a press conference on Wednesday.

All aged between 25 and 40, the team members are full of beans and eager to explore new places and projects taken up by the local organisations. The Rotary Foundation of the Rotary International sponsors the GSE programme. Mr. English has been working in the field of adult and juvenile corrections for more than 30 years. Ms. Ferguson is a city planner at Cottage Grove in Oregon, Carmen Matthews is into theatre and music, Kate Wilkinson a lawyer by profession and Craig Carnagey has a Masters degree in landscape architecture. They are excited about their packed schedule of itinerary during their month-long stay in this region and are looking forward to meet more people, learn newer things and experience a wider range of emotions to spread their message of goodwill.President of Vasavya Mahila Mandali Chennupati Vidya, secretary G. Rashmi and others were also present.

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