National Scholarship Program in the UK

by Global Vision International Charitable Trust
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Dear Supporters, 

When we have students joining us as National Scholars they travel to one of our GVI Volunteer Abroad programs for a Service Learning Trip.

In the last few months, we have been focusing on awarding school groups with scholarship support. These students would otherwise not have an opportunity such as this were it not for additional support. 

We have told you all about the Tyne Met scholars who travelled to South Africa and Mexico most recently. All of the students had life-changing experiences and have highly recommended the experience to their peers.

Today I want to tell you a little bit about some of the desired outcomes of these trips so that you can see the long-term benefit of helping motivated and passionate young learners access opportunities like this. 

All out the students should learn about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how they have an important part to play in contributing to them. They should know that it is not 'someone else's job', but all of our jobs to contribute towards the SDGs. 

Hand in hand with that, they should begin to explore their own personal role in global development. The students must begin to see what it means to be global citizens. 

When the students leave the project, they should have developed new skills and awareness, including writing, reflection, intercultural competency and how to be a global citizen.  As well as this, they should have had an opportunity to think about and practice their 'soft skills' like leadership, teamwork, adaptability. All of these skills will stand them in good stead as they continue their schooling, contemplate their careers and become role-models in their own communities.

This year we are hoping to secure enough funding so that we can sponsor another group trip and continue to see our young UK citizens become more global citizens!

With Gratitude,

GVI Charitable Trust 

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Dear Supporter, 

We are very excited to introduce you to GVI Service Learning

Service learning is the combination of service (the hands-on part) +learning (the curriculum) + reflection (exploring experiences). It is about introducing theories that are taught in the classroom into real life experiences that benefit the community or environment. It is about balancing learning goals with real life experiences to enhance academic study. 

Now, you might be wondering what this has to do with the National Scholarship Program? Let me answer that for you!

Our goal for the National Scholarship Program in the UK for 2016 is to be able to offer opportunities to students from low-income areas in the UK to go on, as a school group, a service learning project. The benefits of this are enormous. Students will get to travel internationally to engage in projects that will have a direct impact on the beneficiaries as well as impact their own lives. 

Last year we told you about theTyne Met students who travelled to our community project in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Watch this video testimonial from two of the students!

Our aim for the National Scholarship Program is that we can sponsor part of each student's fees while they fundraise for the balance. 

Thank you for making it possible for us to offer experiences like this. These experiences really do change young people's lives. 

With Gratitude,

GVI Charitable Trust

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Our wonderful Tyne Met Scholars!
Our wonderful Tyne Met Scholars!

Dear Supporter, 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your incredible support over the course of 2015. I can't believe that the year is drawing to a close already. 

Overall our National Scholarship Programs have grown over the past year, which we are so pleased about. There is still a long way to go and we are working on systems here behind the scenes to make processes better and more streamlined! 

The main highlight from our NSP UK program this year was the Tyne Met trip to Mexico. It is the second trip that Tyne Met has done with GVI. Last year they send a group of students to Cape Town to work on our childcare projects there. It made such a difference in the lives of all of the participants and we couldn't wait to hear how the second trip to Mexico went!

It is amazing to hear about how well the students are doing and how much of a positive difference a trip like this came make in the lives of these scholars. We hope that in 2016 we will get another group and that we can continue the tradition. 

Thank you for your support. We look forward to bringing you more great stories of our scholars in 2016- we already have a few lined up!

With Gratitude, 

GVI- Charitable Trust

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The Tyne Met scholars with the staff and kids
The Tyne Met scholars with the staff and kids

Dear Supporter, 

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:

Henry*

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. 

Cynthia*

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. 

Janet*

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. 

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!

With Gratitude, 

GVI- Charitable Trust

*Names have been changed

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Dear Supporter, 

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.

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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. 

Warm Wishes, 

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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