As we reach the end of 2016 we would like to take this opportunity to reflect on the scholars that have benefited from this program this year.
Jorden joined ua GVI run healthcare project in Phang Nga, Thailand where she got to work with children with special needs and disabilities.
This is what Jorden had to say about the skills that she gained while on her trip with GVI.I learnt about the importance of independence and responsibility as well as the benefits of working collaboratively and effectively in a group.' Jorden also said that her leadership skills were recognised and that her 'ability to co-operate with others and building trust with volunteers and children were strongly enhanced while on the project.'
'As a volunteer, this experience provided me with a number of opportunities for additional professional benefits by demonstrating that choosing to volunteer in a foreign country will potentially add a boost on my resume so employers can hopefully see that I can think outside the box and work past my comfort zone. The added benefits of teamwork, foreign language knowledge, and hard work also add polish to my skills and knowledge when applying for jobs in the future. As a student studying social work at university I feel this experience has given me the necessary skills to potentially work overseas after graduation.'
We can't wait to see what Jorden does next and we wish her all the best for the future!
Montanna got to experience 3 Asian countries- Fiji, Nepal and Thailand. While trying to sum up her experiences she had this to say, 'I had hoped to gain a greater understanding of the culture and feel a sense of achievement when seeing progress from my efforts. My expectations have been met, plus more! I now have friends from all walks of life and skills that will definitely help me with employment in the future'.
Montanna is going to be studying Science at university next year and we wish her all the best!
Keely joined us in Phang Nga, Thailand and she wanted to 'feel like I've made a difference and be more appreciative of the country that I live in for example, access to work, health care and safety.' The highlight of her trip was seeing the appreciation on the faces of the children she was teaching, as well as that of their parents. She has learnt valuable tips on communication, presenting and multiculturalism.
Keely will be beginning her undergraduate degree in criminal justice in the new year. We can't wait to see what she goes on to achieve with that qualification!
Thank you to you, our donors, who have made it possible for these scholars and others with similar stories, to access opportunities like this that chage their lives.
We wish you all a happy and prosperous 2017.
The GVI Charitable Trust