National Scholarship Program in Australia

by Global Vision International Charitable Trust
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Dear Supporters, 

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

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

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 

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. 

With Gratitude, 
The GVI Charitable Trust

Keely
Keely

Dear Supporters, 

Keely has just returned from a 5-month teaching trip to Phang Nga, Thailand. This trip was made possible by our partnership with the Foundation for Young Australians and, of course, your generous donations. 

The teaching program that is run by GVI in Thailand trains volunteers to teach English in local schools. The aim of the program is to help develop English skills so that students gain skills that will impact their future. The overall aim is to help the community improve their quality of life through education. 

Classrooms are often overcrowded and teachers need enthusiastic volunteers to ease their workload, give the children some extra attention and more exposure to spoken English. Volunteers are also required to practice English with the wider community, providing them with the language skills to be able to take advantage of the increase in tourism in the area.

This is what Keely had to say about her trip:

What did you hope to achieve from this experience?

To feel like I've made a difference and be more aware of other cultures. I already feel like I have made a difference being in the classroom. Also seeing the parents faces seeing us in the classroom teaching their children is amazing! I am much more appreciative of the country we live in for example-work stability, family, health, safety. 

How do you think you have developed?

I have much more appreciation of other cultures. I am thankful for how lucky we are back at home in Australia. I realized that multicultural is important and should be more accepted back at home.

I have learned lots of tips to help communicate and teach people who don't have English as a first language. I’ve loved teaching and getting to know the students and meeting some great volunteers from all over the world.

Thank you so much to you, our donors, who have made this experience possible!

With Gratitude, 

The GVI Trust

Keely in action in the classroom
Keely in action in the classroom

Dear Supporters, 

Montanna has recently returned from a life-changing 3 months visiting 3 of GVI's projects in Asia. She spent time in Fiji, Thailand and Nepal, with a focus on marine conservation.

This is what Montanna had to say before she left for Asia: 

"I have a passion for travelling, learning and experiencing new things! I have not yet had the chance to venture out of Australia so I am beyond excited and grateful to have the opportuntity to volunteer in Aisa with the help from FYA and the GVI Charitable Trust Scholarship I received! I love the outdoors and wish to sustain it as much as possible whihc is why I have chosen to do conservation volunteering! I believe it is so important to take good care of our earth and to educate others about environmental issues." 

And this is what she had to say about her experience:

Why did you join the Foundation for Young Australians/ GVI scholarship program?

I wanted to gain a greater understanding of the different cultures across Asia and feel a sense of achievement by seeing the actual progress being made as a result of my volunteer efforts. My expectations have been met, plus more!

Tell us a bit about daily life on a GVI project.

Daily life was living with other volunteers from all over the world, like one big family. All helping each other out and working as a team on the projects to ensure that we collectively achieved the best possible outcome. 

Highlights were seeing the progress on each project, being immersed in the culture and meeting so many wonderful people. 

What skills have you learnt?

I have come away with more patience, understanding, and a much more open mind and more aware of the world around me. I have also learnt a lot about leadership and how to take the initiative. Also, I have learnt a lot about teaching and construction, advanced diving and marine conservation skills. 

What will you be doing when you return to Australia?

I will be starting my degree in science. 

What was the highlight of your trip?

Being immersed in so many different cultures and environments and learning about them all. It has really broadened my outlook on life!

Thank you for your support which makes opportunities like this possible. 

With Gratitude, 

The GVI Charitable Trust

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Dear Supporter, 

Today I would like to share with you a little bit more about how we choose the scholars that end up joining us on a GVI project in Asia. 

There are so many students who are dedicated, deserving and passionate and we wish that we could offer a place for each and every one of them. So, how do we narrow it down?

We primarily rely on our partners in Australia, the Foundation for Young Australians. The FYA 'deliver a range of programs, co-designed with young people, that create social change across Australia.' The projects that FYA supports are varied, but all focus on offering extra opportunities to the youth of Australia. From helping young people prepare for the world of work to supporting young indigenous leaders to providing a platform for youth to create social change to boosting connections between Asia and Australia. And that is where we come in. 

The FYA Asia Hub believes that Australians need to 'shift our mindset and start backing young people to develop skills and a genuine interest and understanding in our regional neighbours'. We here at GVI wholly support the mission to be able to expose as many people as possible to other countries, cultures and experiences so that they may become people who are more aware and empowered. 

For a scholar to become eligible to the FYA Experience Asia program and get sponsored by the GVI Trust, thanks to your donations, they have to demonstrate

  • An interest in Asia specifically
  • Be able to clearly articulate what specifically interests them and why
  • Prove that they have the capacity for being 100% committed to the project
  • Offer an explanation on how they see this opportunity contributing to their future
  • Have thought about how they will share their experience when they return home
  • Prove that they would otherwise not be able to access an opportunity like this due to their current situation

We can't wait to share with you how our 5 students for 2016 get along in Asia!

Thank you for your generosity which makes this program possible. 

With Gratitude, 

The GVI Trust

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Well done & good luck to our 2016 scholars
Well done & good luck to our 2016 scholars

Dear Supporter, 

We are really excited for all of our scholars that are traveling all over Asia as part of our National Scholarship Program in 2016. 

This year we have five scholars from 3 different areas in rural Australia traveling to Thailand, Nepal, Fiji and Laos for the experience of a lifetime. The scholars are selected through our partner in Australia, the Foundation for Young Australians. at FYA they believe that "the rise of Asia as the global economic centre will shape our region with unprecedented opportunity." Because of this, FYA aims to send as many young Australians as possible to Asia so that they can begin to understand their regional neighbours better and foster a greater interest in, and understanding of, Asia. 

Here is what one recent volunteer had to say about their time in Laos, which perfectly sums up the cultural immersion that is possible on a GVI project:

"I came to Laos to teach and improve the lives of the 'less fortunate' Lao people, little did I know one of our Novice students would end up teaching us more than we could have hoped for. After spending a session meditating with Novice Obi at his temple in Luang Prabang, I further contemplated, who was I to say I was associated with the more fortunate people. They seemed happy and perfectly content with life even without our most sought after material possessions that we so desperately desire in our current materialistic western culture. Are we sure we are the ones who are the most fortunate after all?" - Jamie, Australia, four week volunteer. 

We hope that all of our scholars traveling in 2016 have eye-opening, life-changing and enriching experiences. 

These scholars have all been selected because they are deserving, motivated and have proved themselves. We wish them all the best on their journeys and we can't wait to share with you their experiences once their trips are over. 

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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