Mission of Intercountry Committees
To promote peace and international understanding while improving cross-cultural awareness, engaging diversities, and bridging communities.
Purpose and Activities of Intercountry Committees
The purpose of an Intercountry Committee is to connect people of two or more different Countries to
- increase international understanding and goodwill by encouraging Rotarians and Rotaractors to visit each other’s countries and homes;
- to strengthen friendships by encouraging clubs or districts to link with clubs or districts in other countries in carrying out international projects.
ICCs provide significant support to the programs and the activities of Rotary international. Their actions are mainly in line with the “Promoting peace” area of focus.
ICC being a unique and original program, is bound to identify all special activities that go beyond traditional RI programs, by enhancing the contribution to peace and understanding.
As our world becomes increasingly interconnected and as our members’ international interests grow, new needs and opportunities arise to increase ou understanding and appreciation of other culture.
Intercountry committees help facilitate the strengthening of social, economic, political, and cultural relations. During times or dynamic change and sweeping reform the strengthening of these relations is needed. Intercountry committees also present a mechanism for the efficient promotion of peace between countries.
Recommended activities for Intercountry Committee participants include, but are not limited to: visiting each other’s countries and homes, strengthening friendships and projects so formed by encouraging clubs and districts to connect with clubs and districts in other countries to:
- develop a sister or twin club network between participating countries
- conduct Friendship Exchanges between the two countries
- collaborate on or carry out cross-cultural projects
- initiate or carry out International Service projects
- initiate or carry out Vocational Service projects
- exchange best practices for sponsoring new clubs
The Rotarians working in an ICC keep an open ear to the needs of the country, bringing along with them their unique professional experience. As they share their expertise, their ideal of service becomes contagious, just as with the Rotary Volunteers.
With their simple structure and flexibility, ICCs have created very strong ties between partnering countries and built a network of contacts which are an extremely valuable asset for clubs and districts.
ICCs add value in situations such as:
- if initiative or project is defined in one country, technical expertise and finance may come from other countries (Classic example of potential involvement of ICCs)
- a substantial number of Rotarians (and their Clubs) in each of the Countries, are involved
- securing continuity in developing long term effective and positive relations: follow up programs and projects, always open to new ideas
- Rotarians with experience of operating in the other country
- Rotarians from each of the countries have an opportunity to work together and get to know and better understand each other
- Availability and knowledge to give presentations about the other country when needed.
Although the work of an Intercountry Committee may vary over time, it is always the same idea that guides it: the desire to build direct, personal relations between Rotarians and Rotaractors from two different countries