Monday, 11 May 2015
A student from Nuneaton says that she hopes to develop her knowledge of varying cultural approaches to education after being awarded a university scholarship to teach abroad.
Emily Atkinson, 20, who is in the second year of her Education Studies degree at the University of Worcester, will travel to Thailand in July.
She has been awarded financial assistance by the University’s Scholarship Panel, which benefits students who undertake extra-curricular activities in areas such as sport, music and the arts, as well as volunteering projects.
Whilst in Thailand, Emily will be teaching at a primary school in the city of Khon Kaen, and she believes that the trip will provide her with invaluable experience.
“I have been studying on the TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) modules over my first two years at Worcester, and I have been really keen to find an opportunity to put into practice the skills and knowledge that I have learnt so far,” she explains.
“Having the opportunity to teach in Thailand will hopefully show me how another culture approaches education, and will add to the experience I need in order to go onto teacher training, or other specialist training, once I graduate.”
Emily, who will be teaching alongside Thai trainee teachers during her time in Khon Kaen, is also interested in exploring career paths supporting UK-based students who speak English as a second language, and she says she is delighted to be given the opportunity to broaden her experience in this way.
“I was amazed when I discovered that the University offers a scholarship for volunteering abroad,” she continues. “This extra money will really contribute towards the costs of flights and accommodation.
“I really appreciate the support from the University, not just financially but also informing me of the opportunity and helping organise this amazing trip that I am so excited about!”