Janice interviews Lindsey Bush a Group Study Exchange Team Member, week commencing 14th February, 2013
Why did you want to be in the GSE Team?
I thought it was an opportunity for a life changing experience, to see another country and learn through experience. It’s not just the travel, it’s the opportunity to stay in someone’s home, experience the culture – the breakfast, lunch and dinner. That’s true learning.
What were your expectations before coming?
I am very busy at work and the thought of having to give up a significant part of my income for a month and the control of my business scared me. I was uncertain at doing this as part of Rotary, with their control of what I would do and being expected to wear a uniform. I thought it would be a lot of work, no play and that I would be very tired.
I set my expectations low. I knew I would be out of my comfort zone, but that you learn through growing. By lowering my expectations, by expecting the worst which I knew I could handle, I left room to grow and learn within whatever I experienced. If it exceeded my expectations then it would be magical.
My father always said “Don’t promise to over deliver.” It is better to under expect and achieve more.
So far the experience has far exceeded by expectations. I was very nervous, getting everything ready, getting finances and my business in order, leaving my family and dog. I was all a little scary. It’s not even been a week since I arrived and it’s been the most amazing experience.
You own your own business, why did you think this would be important for your business?
I am working on empowerment, finding common ground between every human being. To be able to travel across the World, visit a country similar to America where I can really communicate, is an opportunity of a lifetime. A chance to see how you view things, how you feel about things, the demographics, find the common ground. To research and compare is valuable. We’re all the same no matter where we live of where we’re from, so to find where our common ground is opens up more potential to develop business. By exploring diversity you find common ground and expand the breadth of your understanding to provide viable services.
It has been very good having so many eClub members involved in the Group Study Exchange Programme this year, thanks to: Debbie, Lynne, Yvonne, Kevin and Denise, Mary L, Mary N, Sinead, Jill, Tracey. So this is our chance to celebrate this excellent Rotary Foundation programme that helps young professionals to develop better world understanding.
What would be good is if members who were involved would add their memories of the visit, so that others can learn more about what happened during the time the GSE Team were in District 1100.