National Scholarship Program in Australia

by Global Vision International Charitable Trust

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


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


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



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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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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