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Growth Point Hosts South Korean Visitors

On  28th April 2013, a team of young professionals from Devon, comprising of a police officer, lawyer and development management officer from East Devon District Council, set off on their Journey to South Korea for a one-month exchange courtesy of Rotary International.

At the same time, a similar team of young professionals from South Korea travelled to Devon. The four delegates from South Korea included, Hang-yoon Oh, who works in Civil Construction Sales, Won-keun Lee a Civil Servant and Ah-reum Song an Office Manager, together with Team Leader and Lawyer Do-hyung Kim.  The group were keen to know more about our culture, our way of life and explore topics that relate to their own fields of expertise.

During their visit the South Korean delegation were given a tour of East Devon’s new community of Cranbrook, meeting children from St Martin’s Primary School, Leader of East Devon District Council, Cllr Paul Diviani and officers from East Devon District Council and the Growth Point.

 The Rotary Club of Exeter enterprise and the team of Young professionals were able to meet many of those involved in the planning of the new town, and able to see how all the elements come together to make a successful community.  

President Maureen De Viell from the Rotary Club Exeter said “this was an extremely fascinating day for the team from South Korea and our Rotary Club is most grateful to East Devon for giving us the opportunity to see Cranbrook”.

Whilst visiting South Korea, East Devon’s development management officer Sulina Tallack will be giving a presentation on major infrastructure projects in Devon as well as community involvement in decision making and the delivery of social projects.

Meanwhile back in Devon the South Korea delegates learnt about ‘master planning’ the new town of Cranbrook, the vision for the new community, the education provision and the towns sustainability principals.

Leader of East Devon District Council Cllr Paul Diviani said “Thanks to The Rotary Club we have an amazing opportunity here to be able to experience, learn and exchange ideas with another country. Sulina will be able to learn about their local issues and initiatives in practice from firsthand experience. I hope that the exchange delegates who visited us today have found their visit to us equally as rewarding, we have an amazing story to tell with Cranbrook and the Growth Point and it has been our pleasure to have been able to share it with them.”

After lunch at St Martin’s the delegates were given a tour of Cranbrook and were told more about the wider developments nearby such as Skypark and Exeter Science Park.

Tania Head at St Martin’s Primary School said “It is always wonderful to share our amazing school and wonderful children with visitors.  The children loved meeting the delegates and were enthusiastic about showing them the many different ways in which they are learning and enjoying school life”.  


Notes to Editors:   Team from Devon: Team leader Sally Wilcox and a team of young professionals from Devon, comprising police officer Ed Vallins, lawyer Lucy Seymour and development management officer Sulina Tallack Group Study Exchange The opportunity has been provided by Rotary International, and is known as the Group Study Exchange (GSE). During the month, the team will travel throughout their host province of Jeollanam-Do, the South Western province of South Korea. Each team member will stay with host families, and the team will visit Rotary Clubs to provide a pre-prepared presentation on the topic of peace and conflict resolution, the theme of the exchange between Devon and Jeollanam-Do. The team will also engage in vocational visits to learn and exchange ideas and visit businesses and governmental departments to explore local issues and initiatives. In preparation for the exchange, each team member has considered how they contribute to the general theme of peace and conflict resolution within their professional lives.   The team aim to share their thoughts and insights as to their professional contribution to peace and conflict resolution by way of a prepared presentation that will be delivered to Rotary clubs within Jeollanam-Do.    

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