Rotaract Clubs carry out two service projects each year, one that assists the local community and one that helps a community in another Country. These projects are a great way for Rotaract Clubs to get involved in their own community, connect with young adults globally, and attract new members.
Gain support for club projects by choosing service activities that address real needs. Communities in Action: A Guide to Effective Projects can help your Rotaract Club select a service project that is successful, sustainable, and relevant.
Rotary’s Areas of Focus Guide has information on Rotary’s six community service priorities: peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, and economic and community development.
Before your club decides on a project, consider these questions:
- What services does your local community need? For the international community, which area of focus is most compelling for your club?
- How can you collaborate with your sponsor Rotary club, another local Rotaract club, an Interact club, or a Rotaract club in another country to increase your impact?
- What district Rotaract projects can your club join?
- What types of service projects fit within your club’s budget and abilities?
Select a service project that allows your club members to see an immediate benefit to the community while providing opportunities for future service.
You can find innovative ideas for service projects on the RI website.
International service projects
Some of the most rewarding projects are those conducted with Rotaract clubs in other countries. Use the Worldwide Rotaract Directory to connect with another club. Send photos, conduct meetings over the phone or through Skype, or exchange emails. Look for Rotaract Clubs on Facebook and Twitter. Attend an international event, such as the Rotaract Preconvention Meeting or the Interota conference, to meet Rotaractors from around the world and explore ideas for an international project.
Resources for planning service projects
- The Rotaract Handbook
- Community Assessment Tools describes eight tools to identify effective service projects.
- Rotary Showcase allows users to add their club service projects, exchange ideas, and explore the wide variety of activities that Rotary and Rotaract clubs are undertaking worldwide.
- The District Rotaract chair is a Rotarian who oversees Rotaract Clubs throughout the district and offers guidance and ideas. Ask your sponsor Rotary club for contact information.
- The annual Worldwide Rotaract Directory includes contact information submitted by Rotaract Clubs seeking to collaborate, correspond, or exchange ideas with other clubs. It also contains district Rotaract officer information and a list of RI Board-recognized multidistrict information organizations. Contact your Rotaract club president for the latest edition.