Vocational Training Teams (VTT)

Vocational training teams are groups of professionals who travel abroad either to teach local professionals about a particular field or to learn more about their own. Teams can be funded by district grants and global grants. Benefits of VTTs VTTs build on the Foundation’s long-standing commitment to vocational training. Activities vary from one team to the next but may include training medical professionals on cardiac surgery and care, sharing best practices on early childhood education, or explaining new irrigation techniques to farmers. A successful VTT increases the capacity of the host community to solve problems and improve the quality of life.


  • DISTRICT GRANT - Activities support The Rotary Foundation’s mission to promote goodwill and peace, improve health, support education, and alleviate poverty
  • GLOBAL GRANT - Activities must align with one or more areas of focus, build the capacity of either the team members or the benefiting community, and have a sustainable and measurable impact. The VTT must be sponsored by Rotary clubs or districts from two countries. The grant may support the travel of more than one team.

Team composition

  • DISTRICT GRANT - The district may determine the composition of the team to include Rotarians and non-Rotarians of any age.
  • GLOBAL GRANT - Teams must consist of at least two members (either Rotarians or non-Rotarians) with at least two years each of professional experience in the designated areas of focus and a Rotarian leader who has expertise in the area of focus, international experience, and general Rotary knowledge. In certain cases, the Foundation may grant permission to designate a nonRotarian as team leader. There are no restrictions on the age of participants.

Length of the visit

  • DISTRICT GRANT - Determined by the sponsors.
  • GLOBAL GRANT - Determined by the sponsors.


  • DISTRICT GRANT - Determined by the sponsors.
  • GLOBAL GRANT - At least US$ 30,000

Finding an International Partner

Foundation staff members do not assist districts in finding partners for VTTs. Rotarians are encouraged to identify needs and find partners through Rotary Ideas or by developing relationships at international Rotary meetings or project fairs.


Find more information about DISTRICT and GLOBAL grants at Rotary.org.