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On this Website, youwill receive all the information about the idea behind the Inbound Service Project and how you and your district can get involved!
The Inbound Service Project is a district-level social action conducted under the Rotary Youth Exchange by Inbounds and supported by Rotex. It was founded in 2013 in District 1850 by a Rotexer and pursues five main goals:
- To increase inbound involvement in their Host Rotary Club,
- The training of planning, organisation and implementation skills of own (non-profit) projects,
- Promoting the image of Rotary,
- The creation of awareness for social contexts and social responsibility
- The commitment of the inbounds in the social field.
At the International Rotex Convention in Taiwan 2018 it was decided in a workshop to further promote this project and to bring it to the districts worldwide. An International Committee was formed to support the districts in the planning and implementation of their projects.
The idea behind the Inbound Service Project is that inbound students are not only ambassadors of their countries, but as Rotary exchange students also ambassadors of international understanding and peace. As such, they should be aware of the potential they have to make the world a better place through their positive impact and commitment.
The first step is to establish an ISP team at the district level. This team is the point of contact for the inbound and Rotary clubs of the district as well as for the international ISP committee. This team can consist of Rotarians and/or Rotexers.
At the beginning of the exchange year the ISP team takes part in the first orientation and inspires the inbounds to get involved socially during their exchange. This can be done by actively supporting social projects and institutions, as well as by collecting donations. In the context of this first orientation, a donation goal should also be selected by the Inbounds. The ISP team of the district can make suggestions to the exchange students.
Within the Inbound Service project there are then two types of projects:
The inbounds should work alone within the framework of the individual projects and should be creative to the best of their ability. Where possible, inbounds will work with their host Rotarians on their individual projects. Imaginable project ideas include selling handicrafts or baked goods, planting trees together, supporting the local needy organization, or any other hands-on project. The individual projects are especially designed to integrate the inbound into the club and to train the Inbound’s individual organizational skills.
In group projects, all exchange students in a district work together and are coordinated by the district’s ISP team. The ISP team evaluates possible activities and prepares large fundraising campaigns. For example, the calendar action and the charity bowling are nice examples of actions that can be carried out together. Further could be the common garbage collecting or the like. Also here no borders are set to creativity.
The organizers of the projects themselves can decided on the donation goal. We would therefore recommend that you leave the decision as to where the donations should be transferred to at the end of the exchange year to the Inbounds. This also ensures that the inbounds can identify more strongly with the project and experience more fun during the implementation.
At the end of the exchange year, the funds raised by the inbounds are handed over to their Youth Exchange Officer (YEO) in the club, who then transfers them to the district’s ISP team. From there, the donations are then sent annually to the chosen organization.
There are countless projects worldwide worth supporting in different areas which are dependent on donations. Whoever you choose, please let us know the recipient of the donation and the amount after the transfer has been made. We are striving for an international listing of those (Rotex) districts, which participate in the ISP, in order to be able to bring in our support even more specifically.
But we would also like to help you with the decision about a possible donee. At this point we would like to present a project or an organization at regular intervals with which other districts have already successfully cooperated.
Countless districts have already worked successfully with ShelterBox, such as D1850, D1870, D4100, D4730 and many more. The work of the internationally active ShelterBox organization benefits those people who have lost their homes through no fault of their own – be it through a natural disaster or human conflict. In view of the fact that – especially in times of climate change – every human being on this earth could potentially be surprised by an extreme weather phenomenon and thus lose all their belongings, the inbounds from all parts of the globe develop a special relationship to the work of this organisation.
ShelterBox was also originally founded by an English Rotarian and his Rotary Club in 2000 as a millennium project. Although ShelterBox is now internationally independent from Rotary, there is still a very strong bond that has made ShelterBox an official project partner of Rotary. Therefore, all activities are based on Rotary values. All in all, it is an organization that seems optimally suited and in any case worthy of support, which, through its relief supplies and the deployment of well-trained emergency forces, achieves great things in the world.
If you’d like to learn more about ShelterBox, follow the weekly reports from headquarters on Facebook or visit their Web site at: www.shelterbox.org.
to support the exchange students in this matter and to achieve the best possible result together. There is an enormous charity potential in the inbounds as a group of young people, which would be a pity if it were not used. In addition, our exchange students, as participants in the ROTARY Youth Exchange, have consciously chosen to recognize the rules and values of Rotary International and live by its principles (for one year at least). So it is only right to be aware of the enormous privilege of being a Rotary Youth Exchange student, to be socially engaged, and to give something back to society.
If you are interested in further information, would like to share your experience in the implementation or planning of new projects, please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org . Criticism and suggestions are also welcome.
In order to share your districts social project with others, send a descriptive Text and some pictures to email@example.com and we will be glad to share them here and on social media.
I am looking forward to a successful cooperation and great results!
on behalf of the International ISP Committee
Your Robert Taeger