National Scholarship Program in Australia

by Global Vision International Charitable Trust
Brydie
Brydie

Dear Supporter, 

This month I would like to share with you Brydie's story about her time with GVI in Nepal volunteering on the child care projects. 

Describe your average day during your stay in Nepal.

Every day at 6am I get up and get ready for our Streets Boys program. We work with them every morning for 2 hours before school helping them out with their homework, playing English based games with them and then doing a sport or a physical based game with them. The boys are all so lovely and the happiness you feel when you help them with that math problem they were stuck on or helping them be the best person they can be is just amazing!

After the Streets program I then head to Male Patan to help out at the day care centre. There are around 30 crazy kids who are just adorable! Two Didi’s (teachers) work at the centre and we help them with the daily running of the centre, assisting in teeth cleaning, organising and running activities and helping to clean the centre. Even though the kids don't speak English, just seeing their smiling faces everyday when you turn up is great.

Everyone that you meet is always so happy to help and are there for a conversation. The atmosphere in Nepal is one of love and happiness.

What was your most interesting discovery?

Discovering myself and what I can handle has been a journey itself. Nepal is the first country that I've travelled to solo and just has really made me get to know myself.

What aspect of your job do you enjoy most?

I love just being able to help others! Playing with the kids is a bonus but just being with the kids helping them out is such a good feeling.

What were 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 to Brydie for being such a wonderful scholar to have in Nepal and for all of your hard work.

It is thanks to your donations that opportunities like this are possible! Thank you!

With Gratitude, 

GVI Charitable Trust

Brydie and the boys!
Brydie and the boys!

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Dear Supporter, 

We are very pleased to tell you that the National Scholarship Program, Australia has recently received a corporate grant from one of Global Giving's corporate partners, Northrop Grumman.

It is wonderful to see companies getting behind our projects and offering their support! It is imperative that we are able to give our young people opportunities like these because in today's world the youth face an opportunity divide- a gap between those who have access to the skills and training that they need to be successful, and those who do not. Thank you, Northrop Grumman!

As you know, we work with an Australian partner, Young People Without Boarders, to identify Australian scholars who would otherwise not be able to experience volunteer programs in international locations, and send them on a trip of a lifetime. While they are on project with GVI they are exposed to a whole new set of skills, methods of approaching tasks and insights into the way other people live.

Our scholars almost always return home with a new sense of wonder at the world, better understanding of global issues and an ignited passion for making a difference. It is wonderful to be able to witness this and we are looking forward to seeing this initiative grow and expand. 

Last year we told you about a scholar, Tys, who would be joining us in Nepal this year. He has recently finished his 6 month placement and we can't wait to share his experiences with you in the next update. 

Thank you once again to Northrop Grumman and to all of our donors!

With Gratitude, 

GVI-Charitable Trust

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Meg is off to Asia!
Meg is off to Asia!

Dear Supporter, 

Here are the profiles of two of the candidates from East Gippsland Shire Council who are going to Asia.

Meg:

As an active member of the community, Meg volunteers with Mallacoota Aged Care Inc, Mallacoota Pony Club, Save Bastion Point group and many other small community groups.With a keen interest in interest in global issues and religions of the world, she is studying International Studies at Deakin, majoring in International Relations.

Meg is excited about the amazing opportunity to experience Asia and hopes to discover more about our neighbouring nations, gain perspective on relationships with Australia and immerse herself in another culture. 

“It is absolutely an amazing once in a lifetime experience. Not only will this experience assist my studies, I am also excited to be able to experience a completely different culture. Every time I travel I learn more about myself and the world, and I feel as though volunteering for an extended period of time will teach me three times as much!” said Meg.

Meg wants to act as an ambassador for other young people in regional and rural areas to ensure that councils continue to invest in opportunities that provide promote the benefits of global citizenship as well as the importance of engaging with our Asia neighbours.

“Many young people within East Gippsland are not exposed to a very large range of people, cultures and nationalities. In the years to come, the influence of Asian countries over the geo-political sphere will mean that Australia's involvement with Asian nations will only grow. By having young Australians experience Asian culture it will further develop understanding of our closest neighbours.”

“When I return home from the volunteering placement I hope to be able to share my experiences and promote the benefits of volunteering overseas to other young people in our community.”

Tammy 

Tammy has always had a passion for social justice, the environment and community development. As a Faith and Ministry Captain at Nagle College she assisted in organising the school’s Homeless Sleep-out, is an active member of the Nagle College Youth Group and volunteers with Eagle Point Landcare.

With a goal to work in the United Nations or Non-Government Organisation assisting in the social and economic development of countries, Tammy is very grateful to the East Gippsland Shire Council for the opportunity to experience Asia, the culture of our region and to make a difference.

“This is a phenomenal opportunity to learn about another country in many ways, like their health and education system, culture and physical environment,” said Tammy. “I have always had a passion for fighting injustices in our world and obtaining a better understanding of the world outside of our community and I believe this is an opportunity for me make a difference in a big way.”

Tammy is looking forward to immersing herself in a different culture, making lifelong friendships and sharing her experience with her peers upon her return to East Gippsland: “I can bring back my experiences and share the things I have learnt, whilst also urging other young people to contribute within their community but also consider undertaking one of the many immersion opportunities offered to them.”

Thank you for your continued support of the National Scholarship Program, Australia. Without you opportunities like these wouldn't be available to these young scholars.

Best Wishes, 

The Charitable Trust

Meet Tammy!
Meet Tammy!

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Dear Supporter,

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

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Marine Expedition in Thailand
Marine Expedition in Thailand

Dear Supporter,

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!

Thank you for supporting this project.

All the best

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