R otary International’s programs and service opportunities, listed below, are designed to help Rotarians meet the needs of their own communities and assist people worldwide.
Global Networking Groups encompass Rotary Fellowships (vocational and recreational interest groups) and Rotarian Action Groups (groups focused on service activities). The more than 90 Global Networking Groups are open to all Rotarians, spouses of Rotarians, and Rotaractors.
Interact is a service organization organized and sponsored by Rotary clubs for youth ages 14-18. It has more than 10,900 clubs in 121 countries.
Rotaract is organized by Rotary clubs to promote leadership, professional development, and service among young adults ages 18-30. There are more than 7,000 clubs in 162 countries.
Rotary Community Corps (RCC) are groups of non-Rotarians who work to improve their communities. There are more than 6,400 RCCs in 76 countries, all organized and sponsored by Rotary clubs.
Rotary Friendship Exchange encourages Rotarians and their families to make reciprocal visits to other countries, staying in each other’s homes and learning about different cultures firsthand.
Rotary Volunteers allows Rotarians and other skilled professionals to offer their services and experience to local and international humanitarian projects.
Rotary Youth Exchange offers students ages 15-19 the chance to travel abroad for cultural exchanges of one week to a full academic year. Rotary clubs and districts sponsor and host about 9,000 Youth Exchange students a year.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) are seminars sponsored by clubs and districts to encourage and recognize the leadership abilities of youth and young adults ages 14-30.
World Community Service (WCS) allows Rotary clubs and districts from at least two countries to implement community service projects together.
Board-recommended service opportunities, listed in the Menu of Service Opportunities, are major areas of need or concern that the RI Board has encouraged clubs to consider when planning projects:
Children at risk
International understanding and goodwill
Literacy and numeracy
Poverty and hunger
Preserve Planet Earth
The Rotary Foundation also offers several programs, such as PolioPlus .