The GVI Trust's International Scholarship Program

by Global Vision International Charitable Trust
Volunteers learning about new cultures
Volunteers learning about new cultures

Dear Supporter, 

We are seeing good progress with incoming donations for this project and are now looking for organizations in the UK to mimic the success of this project in Australia!

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 we think an equally successful program could be done in the UK and so the search begins. If you know of anyone that could assist in this, please do get in touch at

Thank you!

All the best

GVI Charitable Trust


Dear Supporter,

A shocking new survey by the Prince's Trust has shown that as many as three quarters of a million young people in the UK may feel that they have nothing to live for, a study for the Prince's Trust charity claims.

The trust says almost a third of long-term unemployed young people have contemplated taking their own lives.

The Prince's Trust Macquarie Youth Index was based on interviews with 2,161 16 to 25-year-olds. The report found 9% of all respondents agreed with the statement: "I have nothing to live for" and said if 9% of all youngsters felt the same, it would equate to some 751,230 young people feeling they had nothing to live for.

The research found that long-term unemployed young people were more than twice as likely as their peers to have been prescribed anti-depressants. One in three (32%) had contemplated suicide, while one in four (24%) had self-harmed.

Martina Milburn, chief executive of the Prince's Trust, said: "Unemployment is proven to cause devastating, long-lasting mental health problems among young people.

"Thousands wake up every day believing that life isn't worth living, after struggling for years in the dole queue. "More than 440,000 young people are facing long-term unemployment, and it is these young people that urgently need our help. "If we fail to act, there is a real danger that these young people will become hopeless, as well as jobless."

This project is designed to counteract this problem. Only through your support and funds can we make a difference.

All the best

GVI Charitable Trust


Youth volunteering
Youth volunteering

Dear Supporter,

Thank you for continuing to support this project. We are delighted to see we have finally reached over the $20,000 mark. 

We are again looking at various ways to open this project to candidates. Our National Scholarship project has had numerous successes around the world by partnering with youth organisations, universities, training providers etc but have are still searching for the best partnership with similar US-based organisations. If you know or are aware of a network that may work for this project, we would love to hear from you at The objective is to be able to allow select under-privileged young adults from the UK, who have already shown initiative within their own communities, further opportunities to help increase their awareness regarding global and local issues, facilitate an opportunity for them to help make direct impact on those issues and empower them to continue making impact once their scholarship is finished, either within their own communities or through developing a career in their chosen field. 

Thank you for supporting this project and we hope to bring you news of scholars very shortly!

All the best

Sophie Birkett

Charitable Trust

Dear Supporter,

Today's youth face an opportunity divide–a gap between those who have access to the skills and training they need to be successful, and those who do not. 

According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), some 200 million people are unemployed, 75 million of which are between the ages of 15 and 24. Both developed nations and emerging economies alike are struggling to create pathways to employment for their young citizens. The skills mismatch in youth labor markets is an underlying cause of this persistent and growing trend. Almost 45 percent of young people said that their current jobs were not related to their studies, and of these more than half viewed their jobs as temporary and said they were planning to leave (America and the Global Economy, 2013).

The GVI Charitable Trust National Scholarship Programs provide opportunities for students and adults in the regions where we work to receive support and access to education, training and opportunities that may lead to long term improvements for them, their local community and environment. Alumni from the National Scholarship Program have gone on to make considerable achievements, including higher degrees, and participate in and lead humanitarian and conservation initiatives around the world, achieving positions such as Directors, Senior Researchers, Head Rangers and Community Teachers. 

Thank you for continuing to support this project in 2013.

All the best

Sophie Birkett

Charitable Trust manager


Dear supporter,

As we mentioned in our last report, we are currently working with a youth group from Scotland who are fundraising to volunteer for two weeks in Kenya.

The group of 18 volunteers will be made up of 4 qualified social workers, 1 Doctor, 2 Nurses and teenagers aged 15-19. This youth group works with teenagers providing workshop based health related groups aimed at improving the social, emotional and physical wellbeing of teenagers particularly those who are deemed disadvantaged. 

Our mission is to increase cultural understanding and awareness of global issues within our alumni and to equip our alumni with the knowledge and ability to further contribute towards key global and local issues. These kids will benefit greatly from the experience offered by volunteering in Africa but they also have a lot to share too. It will be truly life changing for them. 

Whilst the group are busy fundraising and we do not want to disrupt the amazing journey they will go through to raise these funds, this fund exists to alleviate some of the burden for such a group. Thanks to the help of donors such as you, our next step is to see how on target they are with their fundraising to see how the Charitable Trust can help.

If you have any any questions, comments or ideas for this project, please contact me at

Kind regards

Sophie Birkett

Charitable Trust Manager



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Global Vision International Charitable Trust

Location: Exeter, Devon - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Kate Robey
Exeter, Devon United Kingdom

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