Friday, 23 May 2014
Eight students from the University of Worcester will be travelling to South America this summer, to undertake both volunteer work and one of the continent’s toughest physical challenges.
The group will depart for Peru in August, and, whilst there, will volunteer in deprived villages; working in schools and for community projects to make a sustainable difference to the lives of people in the Sacred Valley, alongside international development charity Future Sense.
They will then take part in a five-day trek along the Salkantay route to the ancient lost city of Machu Picchu, climbing to almost 8,000ft above sea level.
Each member of the group is funding their own trip and raising money for the communities that they will be working in. The University’s Scholarship Panel – which aims to benefit students who undertake extra-curricular activities such as this – has awarded funding to several of the students to enable them to benefit more people in struggling communities.
One of the students to be awarded a scholarship is Emily Breese, who studies Psychology. She says: “I was really excited to receive the scholarship as it means I will be able to obtain the extra medical coverage needed to allow me to really get stuck into volunteer projects while we are in Peru.
“By having extra injections, we will be protected from some of the serious diseases that kill every day in developing countries, and really be able to make a difference when we’re over there.”
The students have already staged various different fundraising events ahead of their trip, as another Psychology student, Thomas Pamon, explains: “We have had plenty of events so far, including being sponsored to collectively cover 6051 miles – the distance between England and Peru – on exercise equipment.
“I’ve chosen to undertake this challenge as I wanted to help those who are less fortunate and be able to see the difference that I have made; and working with Future Sense provided the ideal opportunity.”
Chris West, of Challenges Abroad, the company behind the trip, adds: “It has been a pleasure working with the Worcester students so far, as they prepare to make a real difference to the communities they will be working alongside in Peru in aid of the Future Sense charity.
“The community work they will be doing will be partly focused on education, predominantly teaching English to children in a local school, but they will also make a lasting impression through a renovation project. This work will make a real difference, and is integral to the charity’s vision of a better future for poor and vulnerable individuals overseas.”
He continues: “It’s great that some of the students have received funding from the University of Worcester’s Scholarship Panel towards the trip, and I know that this support will certainly help the individuals reach their targets and help to ensure that they are fully prepared for the challenge ahead.”