Each member of the team has been supported and sponsored in being selected for the Group Study Exchange by a Devon Rotary club. The sponsoring clubs are the Rotary Club of Tiverton (Sally), the Rotary Club of Ivybridge (Ed), the Rotary Club of Exeter Enterprise (Lucy) and the Rotary Club of Okehampton (Sulina).
The team’s sincere thanks go to the Rotary District of Devon for this unique opportunity and to all the sponsoring clubs for their ongoing support.
The team have been lucky enough to benefit from contact with a number of individuals who are helping them to prepare for the exchange.
The team have been attended fortnightly language lessons since January 2013 with Joohee. Joohee is a student at Exeter University and originally comes from South Korea. Joohee has patiently spent time educating the team not only in the language but also in details about the culture, etiquette and history of the country. The team are gradually learning to speak and read Korean under Joohee’s watchful eye.
Diana and Geoff Fitch spent some time with the team during a planning day on 20 January 2013. Diana and Geoff are Rotarians who spent several years living in Seoul in South Korea. The team benefited greatly from speaking with Diana and Geoff, who aided their understanding of the culture and what to expect.
The team’s thanks go to Joohee, Diana and Geoff for their time and guidance during the preparation for the trip.
The trip is funded by Rotary International’s charity, Rotary Foundation. Given that the funding is charitable, the team are determined to maximise upon their contacts to obtain donations to assist the team in the exchange.
The giving of token gifts is an important aspect of the South Korean culture, and therefore the team have soughts the donation of token gifts to give to the businesses that are kindly hosting team visits to exchange learning with the team members during the exchange.
The organisations that have kindly donated are:-
- Exeter University
- Devon and Cornwall Police
- East Devon District Council – countryside team
- East Devon District Council – waste management department
- East Devon District Council – member services
- Devon County Council – refuse and recycling
- BIG Lottery
- Numerical International Limited
- Plymouth Argyle football club
- Exeter City football club
- Joey the Lips
- Adam Isaac
- Norman Lockyer Observatory
- Purple Penguins silver jewellery
- Harpers fitness
- Sovereign housing
- The East Devon community safety partnership
- National Association of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
The teams thanks go to all of the organisations who have donated gifts for the exchange.