National Scholarships for Disadvantaged Youths

by Global Vision International Charitable Trust
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Dear Supporters, 

Today I want to tell you a little bit about some of the benefits and desired outcomes of the scholarship opportunities that we offer. There really is a long-term benefit of helping motivated and passionate young people access opportunities like this. 

The objective of the program is to be able to help individuals increase their chances of employability while giving them access to an opportunity that exposes them to a variety of different lessons and skill sets. 

Everyone who joins our National Scholarship Program will be given the opportunity to engage in projects that are working towards achieving various of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). All of the scholars will learn about the SDGs and how they can work towards achieving them. Scholars will begin to explore their own personal role in global development and how they fit into it while tackling the issue of what it means to be a global citizen. 

When the scholars leave the project, they should have developed new skills and awareness, which will serve to increase their employability. This is the ultimate aim of this project- to make scholars aware of the global issues and give them the tools and confidence to increase their employability. Some of the skills that they will develop will be 'soft skills', like leadership, teamwork, flexibility and time management. They will also learn practical and theoretical skills, which will differ depending on the project that they go to. For example, on one of our marine research bases, scholars may learn how to dive, receive emergency first responder training, learn how to identify corals and fish and learn about the challenges facing that eco-system and how we are working to alleviate those challenges. 

We believe that this approach to learning and development is invaluable and that by being exposed to the issues first hand, while also learning how to help start to solve the issues, is highly beneficial for the scholars. 

Thank you for your donations and continuous support which makes these opportunities possible. 

With Gratitude,

The GVI Charitable Trust 

Kutullo learning how to track!
Kutullo learning how to track!

Dear Supporters, 

Today I would like to share with you some wonderful news and updates about one of the most outstanding scholars that we have had join us on our scholarship program. 

Kutullo

Kutullo first came into contact with GVI South Africa way back when he was a schoolboy. Some of our GVI staff and volunteers were hosting environmental workshops in the school in Limpopo Province, South Africa where Kutullo was a student. Part of the workshops involved a competition and Kutullo was in the group of students who won. The prize was a trip to the Karongwe Game Reserve where GVI works to go on a game drive. Kutullo says that ever since that day his whole focus was on conservation and doing everything he could to get back there!

Kutullo says that ever since that day his whole focus was on conservation and doing everything he could to get back there and make a difference. 

After he finished school and attended college to learn a little more about conservation, we heard from Kutullo again and, as they say, the rest is history! We offered him a scholarship position for 6 months. He joined us as a field intern and he excelled and thrived. After that the team in Limpopo just couldn't let him go- he has been working for us at GVI Limpopo ever since. 

Recently we offered Kutullo the opportunity to fly down to Cape Town to visit our community project, and head office, here. The reason for this? Kutullo is going to be starting to lead our community work back in Limpopo! 

It was so wonderful to be able to finally meet Kutullo and see how far he has come. It is incredible to see the passion that he has and how he is fired up to make a real difference in his local community. (It was an extra bonus to get to show him around Cape Town and hear all about his first ever trip on an aeroplane!)

Thank you so much for helping us to make opportunities like this possible. You really have changed a life!

With Gratitude, 

The GVI Charitable Trust

Out on patrol!
Out on patrol!

Dear Supporters, 

Recently we have shared with you 2 stories about our latest National Scholars in Fiji. Today we would like to tell you a little bit more about the National Scholarship Program (NSP) in Fiji and how it is growing. 

Since 2013, GVI Fiji  has  provided  opportunities to local candidates to join the Marine Conservation Expedition with the aim to further inspire and equip locals with the tools and skills required to reach their full potential in the fields of Marine Science and Conservation. Capacity building is a key focus of GVI’s long- term objectives and the National Scholar Program allows students to gain  the  relevant training and  practical  field experience that is otherwise rarely available. 

In June 2015 GVI Fiji partnered with the University of the  South Pacific (USP), to give high-performing marine science  undergraduates  the  opportunity to join the Marine Research Program for 4 to 12 weeks on Caqalai Island, in the Lomaiviti group.

That July, Caqalai received its first NSP candidate through USP and in January 2016 a further two NSP candidates joined the programme, with more scholars expected to join the program throughout 2016.

GVI Fiji provides NSP candidates with training in three core areas: SCUBADiving, Survey/ Science Training and Community Outreach. Candidates gain hard to find field experience, particularly in an underwater environment, as well as the chance to put theory into practice and develop critical employability skills. As local marine scientists, the scholars are the future custodians of the reef and the skills gained on the program help build stronger environmental leaders, as well as enabling candidates to form a global network with like­minded participants from all over the world.

GVI Fiji is rewarded with additional local expertise within its Marine Research Program and the opportunity to identify future potential staff. The NSP also has the potential to broaden its reach outside of Fiji as GVI can accept applicants from all 12 of USP’s member countries. Scholars from neighboring Pacific countries can then take the knowledge and skills gained with GVI back to their home nation, with the hope of having a positive influence on regional marine conservation efforts.

As the NSP gains momentum, GVI Fiji is keen to welcome the  next USP graduates to  Caqalai and hope to develop the scheme by opening applications to Master’s degree students in the near future.

GVI Fiji is committed to training local participants in marine monitoring techniques,environmental education and climate adaptation methodology on Caqalai Island and GVI Fiji look forward to strengthening the partnership with the University of the South Pacific and further developing the National Scholarship Program to equip candidates with the skills needed to become future conservation leaders within their home country and on the international environmental stage.

Thank you for your generous support!

With Gratitude, 

GVI FIJI

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Dear Supporter, 

Krystelle is the most recent member of our National Scholarship Program in Fiji. She participated as a 4 week volunteer on our marine expedition and this is what she'd like you to know. 

Before I tell you about the experience let me first introduce myself to you. I’m a recent Marine Science graduate, a typical Suva City girl. With that being said, the second thing I need to tell you is THE ISLAND IS NOT EASY. Don’t get me wrong, it has chill days but you are coming for a conservation internship, not a vacation. You will be thrown into shared accommodation with people you literally just met before you got on the boat. Hot days where the sun feels like it’s following you around, long hard working days and vegetarian food only [as you can tell I’m carnivorous!].

Now all the terrible parts are out of the way if I haven’t traumatized you too much here’s what you get in return.

You get the best staff and mentors one could ask for, you get the “postcard” background to every photo you take. You wake up to the sound of birds and the ocean, with the occasional bark from the two residents guardians-Reena and Sai! You get to dive in the most pristine waters and see the delicate balance of a reef system first hand.

This is just the overall awesome goodness of the Island.

Personally, my experience started on a bumpy road [the kind that makes you want to go back home], I got dehydrated on the first week- yes I am Fijian and I got dehydrated so hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! While on the mend I went on a simple snorkel, I learned more in that 30 mins then I did in a whole semester of school. It’s great to have a background in this stuff but it’s useless if you don’t know a thing about what they look like in the wild.

When I finally got back to 100% I got certified, on my last open water dive, I met 3 turtles, a ridiculous amount of fish and colors to put a rainbow to shame.  

Without sounding cheesy or cliché, I’d give up so much more for this experience, I’ve received support and help for every possible situation. I count every person on the Island as family, I’ve been inspired to save the oceans and given the practical tools to accomplish this. My mind has been opened up to an insider outsiders perspective. As a Pacific Islander, I couldn’t see a better way to conserve what has fed our Pasifika for generations.

I’ve only spent 4 weeks on the Island but it feels like 4 years with the knowledge and experience it’s given me. Thank you GVI I could never repay you for what you’ve given me.

With Gratitude, 

Krystelle

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Ana on one of her dives
Ana on one of her dives

Dear Supporter, 

We are so pleased to share Ana's story with you. She is our first National Scholar in Fiji. We asked her to tell us about her time on base with GVI, and she described it as an 'experience of a lifetime'. Here is her story!

"The GVI National Scholarship Programme provided me with the opportunity of a lifetime that will be embedded in my memory forever. I had no idea of GVI whatsoever but came to know of it later when I met Elizabeth at a Turtle Conservation Workshop and then Dr. Susanna Piovano offering me an opportunity to join volunteers on a tiny island somewhere in the Lomaiviti Group.

I received the message on the hilltop of Makogai Island trying to get phone reception and jumped of joy when I learnt that I was going to learn how to dive, survey, volunteer amongst other things with a group of volunteers from all over the globe. The excitement was overwhelming and I was quite fortunate to be the first local included in the programme."

Learning

I learnt diving and earned my open water and advanced open water qualifications together with other learners on the programme. We also learnt how to survey reefs while I also completed my Emergency First Response with the help of Jay. We had formed a close-knit bond during our two months together on the island and I am glad I have made good friends. Not only were we taught how to dive but since it was a Marine Conservation Base, we also had to learn invertebrates, fish and benthics that are found on the reef. These lessons definitely enhanced my knowledge of invertebrate identification. 

Apart from academic and diving, volunteering in schools was a huge aspect of my experience there. We went to the local schools on Moturiki island and took 2 hours classes with the students teaching them subjects of concern such as healthy living, oral health, cleanliness and many more. 

Fun Memories

Fun dives were awesome and meeting turtles and white tip sharks were amazing. Seeing the humpback whale was breath-taking. The island games and the volleyball sessions were epic but most of all, sitting around the tanoa at the end of the day and chilling with friends who I have come to call family. 

These opportunities are possible only with your generous donations- we thank you!

With Gratitude, 

GVI Charitable Trust

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Global Vision International Charitable Trust

Location: Exeter, Devon - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​www.gvi.org
Project Leader:
Kate Robey
Exeter, Devon United Kingdom

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