Vocational Training Teams (VTTs)

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Vocational Training Teams (VTTs) have replaced the former Group Study Exchange (GSE) program.

Facts about Vocational Training Teams
A vocational training team (VTT) is a group of professionals who travel to another country either to learn more about their profession or to teach local professionals about a particular field. Rotary Foundation district, global, and packaged grants all support VTTs, but each grant type has different requirements.

Benefits of VTTs
VTTs build on the Foundation’s long-standing commitment to vocational training, first formalized with the establishment of the Group Study Exchange program in 1965. VTTs take the GSE concept of enabling young professionals to observe their profession in another country a step further by offering participants the opportunity to use their skills to help others. Hands-on activities vary from one team to the next but may include training medical professionals on cardiac surgery and care, sharing best practices on early childhood education, or explaining new irrigation techniques to farmers. A successful VTT increases the capacity of the host community to solve problems and improve the quality of life.

District Grant VTTs
Requirements: District grant VTTs must support The Rotary Foundation’s mission to promote goodwill and peace, improve health, support education, and alleviate poverty.
Team composition: The district may determine the composition of the team to include Rotarians and non-Rotarians of any age.
Focus and the length of the visit: Determined by the sponsors. The districts may decide, for example, to incorporate some cultural and social activities along with hands-on training or to sponsor an exchange with the partner district.
Budget: Determined by the sponsors

Global Grant VTTs
Requirements: Global grant VTTs must align with one or more areas of focus, build the capacity of either the team members or the benefiting community, and have a sustainable and measurable impact. The VTT must be sponsored by Rotary clubs or districts from two countries. The grantmay support the travel of more than one team.
Team composition: Teams must consist of at least two members (either Rotarians or non-Rotarians) with at least two years of professional experience in the designated areas of focus and a Rotarian leader who has expertise in the area of focus, international experience, and general Rotary knowledge. In certain cases, the Foundation may grant permission to designate a non-Rotarian as team leader. There are no restrictions on the age of participants.
Length of the visit: Determined by the sponsors
Budget: At least US$30,000

Packaged Grant VTTs
Requirements: All packaged grants are carried out with a strategic partner, who defines the general scope of activities within one or more areas of focus, develops the relationships with the local professionals, and ensures that the outcome will be sustainable. Rotarians build the VTT with Rotarian and non-Rotarian participants who have the appropriate skill set for the training. For example, working with the strategic partner Mercy Ships, Rotarians assemble teams of medical professionals who perform or assist in life-changing surgeries and provide skills training to local health care professionals.
Team composition: Similar to that of a global grant VTT, except that the leader must be a Rotarian
Budget: The Foundation and the strategic partner pay all costs associated with the training.