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Share our Excitement & Join our Journey

Welcome to the travel blog of Rotary District 5580's Group Study Exchange (GSE) Team which will embark on an exciting five week goodwill / vocational exchange to Nagoya, Japan in November, 2009.

Here, our hybrid American-Canadian team of enthusiastic and adventurous young professionals, along with our lovely, talented and fearless team leader, will share cultural experiences and engage in unique vocational learning opportunities.

If you have come to this site, you are likely: a Rotarian, family member, friend or colleague of one of the team members, or... are just plain blog-curious. Either way, we encourage you to check our site often to learn about us, follow our progress as a team and of course, keep in touch as we explore Japan.

We thank Rotary in advance for the adventure of a life time and to all readers, we invite you to share our excitement and join our journey.


GSE Team Japan 2009








GSEチーム ジャパン 2009

Sunday, November 1, 2009

We made it! Hightlights from our Travels...

After three flights including one that was just about 14 hours, we have landed at our destination, Nagoya, Japan. We were welcomed by a whole crew of Rotarians who we ended up spending the evening with. Tomorrow, the presentations begin.


  1. Glad to see you made it and have already hit the ground running! Have a great time!

  2. You will have a GREAT time! I will be reading your blog daily! ...that is, if you post daily...

  3. Way to go team... Nice hat Evonne!

  4. Hi Team - glad to hear you've arrived - enjoy every minute!

  5. Glad to see you all made it well. Good luck with everything! -Katelyn Martens (Rebecca's cousin)

  6. So glad that you made the trip to Japan in a timely fashion and are enjoying your stay in Nagoya. Looks like we might have to upgrade our GSE welcome dinner when the Japanese team visits Bemidji next spring. Brats and baked beans seem to pale in comparison to the feast that you received upon arrival in Japan. Really enjoy your photos!
    Warmest regards

  7. Way to go to the Team and will check your blog daily,too glad you're there in Japan sound and safe * Rebecca's sister*

  8. Connie Helfenstein/Pinnacle PublishingNovember 2, 2009 at 3:48 PM

    It is going to be fun watching your adventures in Japan. We are all thinking of you and wishing you a great time.

  9. Glad to here you all arrived safley, what a slap up meal to greet you all with, any Chocolate Julie? have a great time and enjoy it all, Bestest Cuzzo Paul

  10. Wow what great pictures of the banquet. No one should go hungry with the choices you have. Sounds like a wonderful start. Keep up the great work. Rosie's Mom and Dad

  11. Bryce - Bemidji SunriseNovember 10, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Congratulations on your successful journey so far. We have been enjoying your posts and following vicariously through your photos. Continued Success. Kochira koso