The GVI Trust's International Scholarship Program

by Global Vision International Charitable Trust
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Dear Supporters, 

After a rather quite 2016, we are kicking 2017 off on a high note. We are starting the year by offering partial scholarships to 11 students from Burnley College in East Lancashire. They will be traveling to Phang Nga, Thailand in February to take part in an International Education Experience. 

Here is a bit of background

According to the 2010 Index of Multiple Deprivation, Burnley is ranked as the 11th most deprived local authority area. At £436, average weekly wages in Burnley are below the regional average of £470. 20% of the working age population are claiming an out of work benefit, compared with a Northwest average of 17%.

Burnley College

Burnley College Sixth Form Centre is a further education college. Rated Outstanding across all areas by Ofsted, our students go on to achieve great things. From places at top universities, to careers that enable students to pursue their interest. 

Everyone who joins Burnley has ambitions, unique backgrounds and individual needs. The needs of each student shouldn’t stand in the way of their ambition, which we offer a whole host of support packaged to help students through the college experience, including travel, food, career guidance, and financial support. 

We offer an Enrichment program to all students. Each student has the opportunity to join clubs and societies. They include Book Club, Chess Club, Debating Society, Charity Club, Football, Netball, Duke of Edinburgh, Student Magazine and Volunteering as well as a huge number of others.

We have 11 students from Burnley College coming to volunteer in Phang Nga, Thailand. The students have been through a vigorous application process to be part of the trip, completing an application form, being successful in a panel interview and formulating a Fundraising Committee.

They are very much dedicated to fundraising for the cost of the trip and have many ideas and events scheduled!

Today we would like to introduce you to a few of the scholars!

  • Claire (17 years old). She currently volunteers at a Children’s nursery and has experience of fundraising for Child Reach. Claire is studying Level 3 Child Care and looks forward to working within the community in Phang Nga. She has excellent communication skills and looks forward to engaging with the community. Claire is enthusiastic and works well under pressure, she has a willingness to learn and enjoys overcoming challenges given. Claire believes her commitment to the trip will ensure tasks given are completed with motivation and within the given deadline.
  • Lauren (17 years old). She is a volunteer with the Greater Manchester Police in Child Sexual Exploitation and is a Burnley College Ambassador. She has a lot of experience in volunteering and in fundraising and is aiming to join the RAF. Lauren is studying A levels and believes the trip offers her a chance in a lifetime enabling her to experience a different culture, learn new skills and help meet the needs of the community.
  • Eden (17 years old). She currently volunteers as part of a local youth group and has taken part in a number of fundraising events for this cause. Eden is studying Level 3 BTEC in Travel and Tourism. With the theory learned in the classroom, Eden hopes the trip will allow her experience and put into practice her new knowledge. The volunteering trip will give her a huge amount of experience needed when applying jobs within the travel sector. 

In our next update, we will introduce you to the other 8 scholars!

Thank you for your donations, which helps make trips like this a reality. 

With Gratitude, 
The GVI Trust

Dear Supporters,

We believe that learning is about being open to new experiences, about encountering the world in different ways and being exposed to the opportunity for experimentation. To us, learning is in infinitely more than sitting in a classroom, listening to a single teacher, reading a book, writing an essay. We have created this scholarship program to reflect the way that we believe facilitates learning, development and the creation of awareness. 

So, what is this worth to a young person? How do we make sure that each scholar is provided with all of the support, opportunity and encouragement that they need to make this a valuable learning opportunity?

Facilitating Learning

All of our scholarship opportunities facilitate learning using three different approaches- learning through behaviour, cognitive learning and learning through individual experiences. Each program that scholars will go on will be slightly different, depending on the focus of the project, but the style of learning will be similar. The majority of the learning will take place informally, as part of a group, by being exposed to different settings and circumstances. It will also take place through engagement in discussions with the project staff about the issues that scholars are being exposed to. On a personal level, scholars will grow through self- reflection, self-awareness and individual experiences.

Creating Global Citizens

It is a journey of self-discovery that we believe helps to create better, more aware citizens. This is beneficial to so many more people than just the individual awarded the scholarship. It is beneficial to the people they will encounter and be assisting in the field, as well as a diverse number of stakeholders in their local communities- their peers, family members, teachers and future employees.

These programs show young people that the world is so much bigger than they imagined, with so many people who are in situations more difficult than their own. It helps scholars become more empathetic, more outward looking and more aware. The program will teach these students that they can carry on developing the skills that they need to carry on making a difference, as well as why it is important to be a global citizen.

In short, the skills developed, the experiences and people exposed to and the personal growth that is inevitable will impact these students for the rest of their lives.  

Thank you for your continued support!

With Gratitude
The GVI Trust

Dear Supporters, 

We are very pleased to bring you news of a new partnership that is set to give our scholarship program a really good boost! We have recently forged a new and exciting partnership with The British Council. 

In partnership with The British Council, we have successfully hosted our first Intercultural Fluency Course (IFC) in Cape Town, South Africa with a group of participants from all over the world, including the UK, South Africa and the USA. 

The IFC is a new program that GVI and The British Council are starting together and it is an opportunity for participants to learn about the way we communicate and how communication is very different for different people.   

The British Council, drawing on over 80 years of experience in cultural relations have trained 18 specialists and developed the IFC to equip young people with the understanding and techniques needed to communicate more effectively across cultural and geographical boundaries. 

Here at The GVI Trust, we recognise the need and importance for our scholars to be able to communicate successfully in different cultural settings and in a multi-cultural environment. This is a hugely advantageous 21st-century skill and we are really excited to be able to offer these kinds of skills to all of our future scholars. 

We look forward to bringing you news on how this partnership progresses. 

With Gratitude, 

The GVI Trust

 

 

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Dear Supporters, 

When we have students joining us as National Scholars they travel to one of our GVI Volunteer Abroad programs for a Service Learning Trip.

In the last few months, we have been focusing on awarding school groups with scholarship support. These students would otherwise not have an opportunity such as this were it not for additional support. 

We have told you all about the Tyne Met scholars who travelled to South Africa and Mexico most recently. All of the students had life-changing experiences and have highly recommended the experience to their peers.

Today I want to tell you a little bit about some of the desired outcomes of these trips so that you can see the long-term benefit of helping motivated and passionate young learners access opportunities like this. 

All out the students should learn about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how they have an important part to play in contributing to them. They should know that it is not 'someone else's job', but all of our jobs to contribute towards the SDGs. 

Hand in hand with that, they should begin to explore their own personal role in global development. The students must begin to see what it means to be global citizens. 

When the students leave the project, they should have developed new skills and awareness, including writing, reflection, intercultural competency and how to be a global citizen.  As well as this, they should have had an opportunity to think about and practice their 'soft skills' like leadership, teamwork, adaptability. All of these skills will stand them in good stead as they continue their schooling, contemplate their careers and become role-models in their own communities.

This year we are hoping to secure enough funding so that we can sponsor another group trip and continue to see our young UK citizens become more global citizens!

With Gratitude,

GVI Charitable Trust 

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Dear Supporter, 

We are very excited to introduce you to GVI Service Learning

Service learning is the combination of service (the hands-on part) +learning (the curriculum) + reflection (exploring experiences). It is about introducing theories that are taught in the classroom into real life experiences that benefit the community or environment. It is about balancing learning goals with real life experiences to enhance academic study. 

Now, you might be wondering what this has to do with the National Scholarship Program? Let me answer that for you!

Our goal for the National Scholarship Program in the UK for 2016 is to be able to offer opportunities to students from low-income areas in the UK to go on, as a school group, a service learning project. The benefits of this are enormous. Students will get to travel internationally to engage in projects that will have a direct impact on the beneficiaries as well as impact their own lives. 

Last year we told you about theTyne Met students who travelled to our community project in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Watch this video testimonial from two of the students!

Our aim for the National Scholarship Program is that we can sponsor part of each student's fees while they fundraise for the balance. 

Thank you for making it possible for us to offer experiences like this. These experiences really do change young people's lives. 

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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