Since we last wrote, the Tyne Met scholars have been and left Mexico.
10 scholars from Tyne Met College in Northern England visited our community project in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Our community project focuses on education and special needs care and therapy. You can read more about it and the work that we do on our project page, Provide a safe environment for children in Mexico. They had the most incredible time by the sounds of things.
The students had to fundraise for a portion of their trip and funds from the National Scholarship Program, UK were used to sponsor a portion of each students' trip.
Here are some of their testimonials:
Why did you decide to go to Mexico?
I have always wanted to be given the chance to go abroad volunteering, so when this opportunity came I couldn't wait to get involved. As I want to teach myself, I knew seeing how others managed to teach children with limited resources would be an amazing experience for me.
What did you learn from your experience overall?
I learnt that a lot of people take things for granted. Seeing how excited the children were to learn compared to some children here showed me how much is taken for granted. I know that I will use this experience throughout my teacher training as well as when I become a teacher. I hope to be able to do something like this again.
What was the highlight of your trip?
Personally the highlight of the trip was getting involved with the children and communicating in other ways apart from vocal and 2 young children were always happy and with me talking and drawing with them they decided to draw me a picture.
Please provide a few words or a sentence that sum up your experience.
The trip has been overwhelming and a great experience. I would love to take part in a trip again in the future as it has opened my eyes of how other people live in the world.
Opportunities like this are invaluable for students so that they can broaden their horizons, see the world and experience how people in different communities live and learn.
Thank you for your support. We know that the students really appreciate it!
GVI- Charitable Trust
*Names have been changed
Preperations and additional fundraising are going very well for the group of students from Tyne Metropolitan College who are heading off to Mexico soon. We were able to donate £200 to each scholar to help towards their fundraising goal. Here are some of their testimonials:
Leonie – ‘I want to be part of this trip because I know it will be life changing and will mean I am able to prove people wrong who thought I'd always stay in ill-health and not socialise or do anything positive for myself. These people who said that moving to college would be a bad move for me as I apparently needed extra support. I knew these people were judging me without knowing me properly and this is the perfect chance to prove them wrong. Not only this but it is a perfect chance for me to make a difference to someone's life and they can make a difference to mine by giving me a sense of pride and accomplishment. I feel I deserve the £200 that was applied for as due to being a full time student, working part time and caring for my family at home.’
Kenny - I am looking forward to going to Mexico to help out after hearing all about the experiences my brother has been involved in, in the last two years. I have worked hard to raise the funds needed and I am very grateful for the £200 help from GVI. I feel I deserve this because I am dedicated to the cause and looking forward to spending time with the children, having fun and teaching them but also listening to their experiences and learning from them. I will be training to be a Teacher after finishing college and university and volunteer in a school at the minute so Mexico will help with this and I can share my experiences with others on my return home.
Tyne Met is a medium sized college in the North East of England which recruits students from predominantly low income families and where very few students go to university. Student’s who are volunteering currently study on our health and social care Level 3 Extended diploma, Level 1 sport, Level 3 sport, Level 3 Childcare and Level 2 & Level 3 Travel courses. These are all sectors which require students to gain many different experiences to help boost their employability.
Through tutorial encouragement, such as volunteering abroad and employability skills boosting, and the ethos of our Department to raise the aspirations of the students, it has empowered the students and encouraged them to apply to university and gain employment after college.
Therefore we believe it is our job as educators to help raise aspirations and change the lives of our students and with your donation we could make this possible for 10 students this summer. Due to funding being dramatically cut form last years trip which was a donation of £9000 which is no longer available our task this year has become much harder. Therefore we really do appreciate any or all help available and believe your money is for an extremely good cause.
Your support means so much to youths like these, so thank you for your continued and generous support.
GVI Charitable Trust
Recently, we have used funds donated by you to help some of the students from TyneMet College go on a group volunteering experience with their school. TyneMet has the highest success rates, for young people studying long courses, of any college across Tyneside in 2012/13. We are still in the process of deciding which project the students will visit and when - so stay tuned for future updates on this exciting project!
In other news, I thought I would share with you an excerpt from an interview that Brydie did after her placement in Nepal as part of our NSP for Australians.
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 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 your continued support on this project.
All the best
The program in Australia is seeing more successes which we hope to emulate through this project once we have the funds in place. 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.
Whilst we are still waiting for funds to come in and the possibility of developing partnerships, I wanted to share with you a success story for our Youth Scholarship Program in Australia.
Two $3,000 (AUD) scholarships are being offered to 18-20 year olds by the East Gippsland Shire Council (Victoria), in partnership with Young People Without Borders, to support young East Gippsland residents wanting to participate in an incredible Asia Pacific volunteer placement in 2015.
The scholarships are an investment by the community, for the community, which give otherwise inaccessible opportunities to local young people to engage in our Asian region.
Mayor Cr Mark Reeves, who is a huge supporter of young people expanding their horizons through travel, said the East Gippsland Shire Council is proud to support and engage young people from the community to access these immersive YPWB placements in Asia. "Enriching experiences in our region will support the development of the type of global citizens and intercultural leadership and understanding our community will need in the future and I encourage all young people to apply,” Cr Reeves said.
We really hope to be able to offer similar to the youths of the UK very shortly. In the meantime though, thank you for continuing to support this project. Your donations means that once we have everything finalised, we will be able to offer more participants the chance to change their futures.
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