Students Awarded Scholarships to Teach in Madagascar

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Two University of Worcester teaching students have been awarded scholarships by the University as they prepare to volunteer in Madagascar later this year.

Nick Wilson and Hannah Guest, both Primary Initial Teacher Education students, will travel to the island – situated just off the East coast of Africa – to teach English in schools and community clubs, working alongside children and young adults.

The pair have both been awarded funding to help assist with the costs of the trip by the University’s Scholarship Panel, which aims to benefit students who undertake extra-curricular activities in areas such as sport, music and the arts, as well as volunteering projects.

Hannah says: “I was thrilled to receive the scholarship. Without help from the University this trip would not have been feasible – the University has helped make this once in a lifetime trip possible.

“As the majority of our time in Madagascar will be spent teaching, I hope that the trip will help me gain confidence when standing in front of a class and delivering lessons – skills which I can use as I continue my studies.”

Nick and Hannah will be working with the Access Madagascar Initiative (AMI), a UK-based organisation which supports children, young people and communities in Madagascar.

Along with their teaching commitments, they are hoping to travel and lend their help to a number of other projects.

Nick explains: “I’m on the committee of the University’s Environmental and Conservation Society, so I am particularly keen to get involved in the charity’s conservation work – much of Madagascar’s plant and wildlife is totally unique, but also highly threatened.

“The trip will provide us with a great, hands-on opportunity to develop our skills, so we are very excited and grateful to the charity and the University for giving us this opportunity.”

The University’s Scholarship Panel consider each applicant, with the next deadline for submission on March 1st 2014.