Recently one of our scholars Brydie Akers, from Queensland, Australia, completed her volunteering experience with GVI at our Nepal hub as one of our Child Care volunteers. We asked her to complete a questionnaire on her time at the project. Here is what she had to say:
How did the National Scholarship Program help you?
NSP gave me this opportunity to come to Nepal and I’ve been so grateful for all the help and support they’ve given me. I won a scholarship to volunteer with GVI f in December 2013 and since winning that they’ve always been so easy to talk to about any quires that I had. I felt so prepared that I wasn't anywhere as nervous as I thought I would be. I was put in touch with other people traveling to Nepal or that had also won the scholarship so I had multitudes of people to talk to at any time.
What were the main highlights working with GVI?
The best part about working with GVI is that you can experience the culture of the country while still seeing the differences that your input makes. The festivals here in Nepal have been a great highlight so far and also meeting all the amazing people who come and just want to help in any way that they can.
What challenges were you presented with when working out in the field?
Some days when you can’t get to project because there is a strike or even when the walks to project take a bit longer because there are buffalo on the path/road, you really realise where you are. Even with all the disruption from holidays/festivals every week and also people always being late, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. When you’re having a tough day and nothing seems to be going right, just seeing the kids puts a smile on my face.
What was your proudest accomplishment when working for GVI?
One of the things I do at the Street Boys home is do one on one work with a boy called Ramesh. I’ve created an activities book for him to help him catch up at school. In the book we cover all types of things; fractions, spelling, odd things out, drawing, comprehension. All things that will help improve general school life as well as helping him get the best opportunities that he can. I’ve been working with him since September and have seen such an improvement already. One thing we're trying really hard at improving for Ramesh (and even some of the other boys) is to sound out words they don’t know rather than just reading the letters. They aren't taught phonetics at school so it's something we are slowly trying to implement to help them along.
Thank you for supporting this project and making experiences like Brydie's possible for disadvantaged Australians.
All the best
GVI Charitable Trust
Through the Council Scholarships we announced in our last report, I'm excited to bring you news that two scholars have been chosen! Both girls have been offered a scholarship on a Marine coastal expedition in Thailand.
Our first scholar is Meg:
I have volunteered with both the Mallacoota Pony Club, instructing and also the Mallacoota Aged Care with both the elderly citizens and with fund raising. I got my dive license at 12, however have been snorkeling since I could swim. Most of my dive experience is on hooker, as I have little access to Scuba equipment, however I have done about 10 logged dives on scuba.I have a lot of respect for the ocean, and along with diving I enjoy fishing. Both my hobbies have led to me having a passion for marine conservation. My interests are in international politics and the environment, and am currently studying International Studies at Deakin University in Geelong, Victoria.
Our second scholar is Tammy, a student interested in total LandCare,a community based and government supported approach to the sustainable management and use of agricultural natural resources and school activities aimed at social justice issues.
We look forward to bringing more news about how these scholars get on!
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Exciting news! Two $3,000 scholarships are being offered to 18-20 year olds by the East Gippsland Shire Council, in partnership with Young People Without Borders, to support young East Gippsland residents wanting to participate in an incredible Asia Pacific volunteer placement in 2015.
The scholarships are an investment by the community, for the community which give otherwise inaccessible opportunities to local young people to engage in our Asian region.
Mayor Cr Mark Reeves, who is a huge supporter of young people expanding their horizons through travel, said the East Gippsland Shire Council is proud to support and engage young people from the community to access these immersive YPWB placements in Asia.
”Enriching experiences in our region will support the development of the type of global citizens and intercultural leadership and understanding our community will need in the future and I encourage all young people to apply,” Cr Reeves said.
Thank you for continuing to support this project!
From our previous reports, we have told you all about our great partnership with the Federation of Young Australians organisation on Young People Without Borders (YPWB). YPWB creates pathways and opportunities for young Australians to experience and become immersed in the Asian region. YPWB wants all young Australians to be confident global citizens, and as we move into the “Asian Century”, the role of Asian economies, culture and people are increasingly important. FYA believes there will be lots of amazing opportunities to be part of this really exciting time in history, but in order to capture those opportunities, young Australians need to know about Asia (the many languages, cultures and histories) and share Australian culture with young people in the region.
Working with local councils, GVI Charitable Trust & YPWB are offering young people (18-20 years old) the opportunity to live and work in Asia as part of a immersive gap year after high school.
An example of this: East Gippsland Shire Council, in partnership with Young People Without Borders and Global Vision International, have exclusive scholarships of $3,000 for two young people of East Gippsland to undertake a volunteer placement with GVI in Asia in 2015!
This is a very exciting time for this program and could only be possible with your support and donations to fund these scholarships.
We are very excited to report that we have our first scholar from our partnership with Young People Without Borders, a section of the Federation of Young Australians!
Tys is a 17 year old, soon to be high school graduate from Australia who has been selected to volunteer on childcare projects in Nepal for 6 months in 2015. Tys is an aspiring journalist looking to use his skills to spark change in less fortunate parts of our world.
"I basically came across this program through High Resolves which I did at school. In this program we contributed to the community initially a school action project, where we focused on raising awareness for a clean and sustainable school environment and finally a community action project. We visited and talked to other schools and raised a much higher profile of what we were doing at our own school. At the end of each year, both projects culminated in the High Resolves Summit, where every school taking part in New South Wales came together and shared their projects, as well as listen to some notable speakers about issues relevant to the organisation's plight.
This has been further emphasised by the unique opportunity of having been selected to visit a remote indigenous community in rural NSW, and therefore witness the poverty that takes place in my own country."
I now have the belief that volunteering in a developing country would be the best thing I can do at this point in my life. I have come to have the view that the concept of being a global citizen is of absolute importance."
The National Scholarship Program (NSP) is the flagship initiative for the GVI Charitable Trust providing opportunities and training for disadvantaged individuals to allow personal development, team work, leadership and open up further opportunities. The program is also focused upon creating a sense of responsibility both locally and globally and offering beneficiaries the tools to make a difference to their own lives, their community and impact upon global issues, which we hope will be the case for Tys.
Thank you for your support in making this happen.
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