City museum talk to highlight professional exchange program

Posted: Thursday, January 21, 2010

Curious about how your profession is practiced in a foreign country? A presentation hosted by the Juneau Douglas City Museum will offer information on a professional cultural exchange program organized through the Rotary Foundation.

City museum Curator of Public Programs Alysia McLain will lead the talk at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, describing her experience with GSE.

McLain participated in the program this past fall, and spent four weeks traveling around Southern Finland and Estonia. She visited 24 museums and historic sites during her stay, exchanging ideas about exhibit design and educational programming with Finnish and Estonia museum professionals. Other members of the four-person exchange team she traveled with included professionals from Fairbanks and Whitehorse.

The GSE program, open to young professionals between the ages of 25 and 40, provides travel grants for teams to exchange visits in paired areas of different countries. For four to six weeks, team members experience the host country's culture and institutions, observe how their vocations are practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships, and exchange ideas.

For each team member, the foundation provides the most economical round-trip airline ticket between the home and host countries. Rotarians in the host area provide for meals, lodging, and group travel within their district.

The next exchange will take place in 2011. For details, visit

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