10 Reasons Why Every Student Should Join Rotary International

Josue Lopez Calderon
3 min readMar 27, 2017

Rotary International can transform high school and college students into globetrotting future leaders, all they need to do is apply.

Co-authored by Peter Danjczek and Josue Lopez Calderon

While some are familiar with the Rotary name, many would be surprised to learn that Rotary International is a powerful network of service clubs that together control over $600 million in cash and in-kind donations annually. This network is comprised of over 2 million members across more than 200 countries and geographic areas, and includes notable alumni by the likes of fortune 500 executives, Nobel Prize winners, and five U.S. Presidents. Thinking Rotary is only for baby boomers could not be further from the truth.

Rotary offers several opportunities for high school and university students to gain access to leaders of industry, develop leadership skills, travel abroad, and gain a global perspective for service. In fact, the list below may just have a program that will provide you or a student you know the opportunity of a lifetime.

  1. Service Above Self — Did you know that you can serve on local, national and international committees, while working on important projects ranging from disaster relief, eradicating polio, clean water sanitation and hygiene, and promoting peace? As a student, this service oriented mission will help you develop transferable skill sets, while helping you to complete critical volunteer hours for school applications.

2. Amazing Partnerships — Want to collaborate on projects with the likes of Amazon, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Global Food Banking Network, Peace Corps, Shelter Box, Disaster Aid USA, UNICEF, USAID, WHO, CDC, Youth Service America, and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library?

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Josue Lopez Calderon

Sports Diplomacy Advocate, Writer, Compound Interest Enthusiast