Cultural Exchange Program
The original mission of R.O.C. Inc. was to involve high school students in the international community and to engage in service locally and globally.
Over the course of three years R.O.C. Inc. has been true to its mission. We have six high school chapters across the state involved in local refugee tutoring programs as well as two college chapter, internationally focused fundraisers, and in exposing high school students to the world of international aid.
We want to have students around the world connect, share stories, and work together to help come up with solutions for problems in the ever changing global world.
In January of 2017, almost three years after the initial start of R.O.C., we achieved our goal of going international. Natalie Meyer, Founder and Executive Director, traveled to Ghana. She stayed in Ho, the capital of the Volta Region, and worked in partnership with The Village Exchange Ghana.
Natalie worked on helping design and implement a program of Women's Empowerment and Reproductive Health. In addition to working with The Village Exchange on this program, Natalie took R.O.C. with her.
The schools she worked with in Ghana Skyped weekly with the five high school chapters in Vermont. The students in Vermont and in Ghana participated in a cultural exchange with the goal of building relationships around the world.
As the program continues R.O.C. Inc. will be working with Cisco System to create a sustainable infrastructure of reliable internet connection for the exchange program as well as international healthcare. Students around the world will be able to interact via WebEx technology and engage in group discussions, participate in classes, and develop lasting friendships.