Young U.S. professionals visit Chile to improve knowledge of the country’s culture and businesses

The group will come to Chile later this month through the Rotary International Group, with Chileans visiting Michigan later this year.


A group of young professionals from the United States are taking a vocational and cultural exchange trip to the south of Chile in what the students say will be an important visit for them.

“Chile is a global player in my industry,” Bill Schultz, a farmer from Michigan told the newspaper The Kalamazoo Gazette. “As an American farmer, I know our operation must stay competitive in order to survive and prosper.”

The members of Rotary International, the world’s first service club organization, with over 1.2 million members, will be in Chile from Oct. 25 to Nov. 22. They get to live in a home with host families, visit Chilean members of Rotary International and travel to historic and cultural sites. In a few months, their Chilean counterparts will get to visit Michigan, the article said.

The Rotary International Group Study Exchange (GSE) program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for businesspeople and professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 who are in the early stages of their careers. The program provides travel grants for teams to exchange visits in paired areas.

Others traveling to Chile though the program said they wanted to come to the country to gain a broad cultural awareness so they could continue work in community and economic development while another said that to live daily life with a host family in Chile would be a “dream come true.”