Projects - International Service

International Service is one of Rotary’s Avenues of Service, which form the foundation of Club activity. Issues such as literacy, hunger, malaria, disease and access to clean water affect us all. Through International Service, Rotarians are leading the way in needy communities to find solutions to these global concerns.

District Chair International Service

Ian Salek, Rotary Club of Glenferrie


Our District International Service Programs include


World of Difference    

World of Difference provides tours, including schoolies tours, where volunteers work in and donate to several schools and villages, together with a range of cultural and tourism activities. The initial focus has been in Cambodia. Its core mission is to expose participants to the needs of Rotary projects in developing countries. As a result of the tours, Rotary clubs have initiated their own projects. Contact: Rob Hines (Central Melbourne)

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Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS)    

RAWCS can provide front end advice on projects, including needs assessment and cross-cultural strategies.  We can also put you in touch with clubs that may have set up projects in your intended country/area of activity for advice.

We can help link you with clubs for on-the-ground cooperation and to avoid duplication, overlap and wastage.  We will help obtain tax deductibility for eligible projects and provide free travel insurance for teams travelling overseas

Importantly, we can help you ensure sustainability of the beneļ¬ts and impact of your projects.

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Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC)    

An initiative of District 9800 and now a National Rotary Program. ROMAC brings children from underdeveloped Countries to Australia for life changing medical procedures.

Topics: international



A partnership started in 1983 by Rotary and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, now supported by Rotary clubs across Australia and NZ.

Volunteer teams of surgeons, anaesthetists and nurses provide plastic and reconstructive medical procedures throughout the Asia/Pacific.

Topics: international


Seven Women    

Seven Women commenced in 2007 as a reaction to the plight of disabled and disadvantaged women in Katmandu, and rapidly grew from the original seven individuals to more than 760 today. Women are taught handcraft skills and their products are sold in overseas markets to provide much needed income for the women involved.

Topics: international


International House    

International House is a residence for overseas and Australian tertiary students associated with Melbourne University. Clubs are encouraged to become involved with students through home hosting, job finding and financial contributions to support the Sir Angus Mitchell Library.

Topics: international


Rotary Australia Benevolent Society    

RABS was a new initiative introduced in 2013 to help individuals or communities suffering stress, poverty, sickness, disability, misfortune or helplessness. It is a local program focussing on local needs rather than an internal program, but qualifies for Australian Tax Office tax deductibility status by being aligned with RAWCS during this pilot phase.

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