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Turlock resident travels to India for cultural exchange
Turlock resident Carin Cozzi tries to hide her excitement as her plane takes off for India on Jan. 23. She is part of the Group Study Exchange program through the Arnold Rotary Club. The trip is intended to further international understanding, goodwill and peace by providing one-to-one cross-cultural vocational education. Cozzi will be focusing on her banking background while in India. - photo by Photo Contributed
Numbers, banking and marketing have always been Carin Cozzi’s specialties. The Turlock resident hopes to expand her knowledge base through a service club program that will give her the opportunity to network with professionals from across the globe.
Cozzi left for Delhi, India on Jan. 23, where she will live with local families for one month and explore their way of life.
“For the past 10 years, I have had a strong interest in going to India,” Cozzi said. “It has been something that has been put on my heart.”
Cozzi is part of a Group Study Exchange Program in India hosted by the Rotary International. Cozzi joined three other American professionals for this international experience.
India was picked specifically for this trip by Team Leader Mary Scott as being an “ideal destination for young professionals.”
“The economy of India has opened up dramatically in the recent past,” Scott said. “As the middle class of India expands over the next 15 years, opportunities and challenges will emerge for tomorrow’s business and professional leaders worldwide.”
The Group Study Exchange Program allows professionals to further their understanding of international business, goodwill and peace by providing a cross-cultural vocational education.
The four professionals on this trip will study their vocations as practiced in India while living in the homes of local Rotarians. Cozzi currently works at Valley First Credit Union in Modesto specializing in financial education and marketing.
“I will be doing the same job I do here,” Cozzi said. “I will be working with financial institutions in India, along with some marketing.”
All four participants in this international trip were fully sponsored by the Sonora 49er Rotary, Modesto Sunrise Rotary, Lodi-Tokay Rotary, Madera Rotary and Arnold Rotary.
The other three professionals who accompanied Cozzi are Mike Morris, a journalist for the Union Democrat in Sonora; Michelle Forster, a chemical engineer in quality control with General Mills in Lodi; and Scott Harmstead, a city and regional planner for the County of Madera.
Along with learning about their job in a different country, the members selected will witness the humanitarian work of Rotary International in India, attend an Indian wedding, travel to the historic city of Jaipur and visit the Taj Majal.
They will be returning Feb. 24. During their month-long trip they will be posting blogs of their adventures at
“This will open up a whole new world of a different culture,” Cozzi said. “It is a different way of living and doing my job with nothing but good coming from this opportunity.”
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