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. Under Future Vision, Rotary Foundation district, global, and packaged grants all support

VTTs, but each grant type has different requirements.

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.

There are three types of Vocational Training Teams:

District Grant VTT

District grant VTTs must support The Rotary Foundation’s mission to promote goodwill and

peace, improve health, support education, and alleviate poverty.

Global Grant VTT

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 grant may

support the travel of more than one team.