Teaching Students Receive Scholarships to Volunteer Abroad

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Three first-year students have been awarded £700 each from the University of Worcester’s Scholarship Panel to take a trip of a lifetime and gain teaching experience on the small Indian Ocean island of Madagascar.

Lisa Gorton, aged 19 from Wakefield, Claire Tilney, aged 19 from Swindon and Rebecca Long, aged 18 from Warwick, inspired by the stories of their fellow second-year students on the Primary Initial Teacher Education course, decided to volunteer for the Access Madagascar Initiative.

“The scholarship made the difference of whether we could afford to go. It is going to be a huge help to cover all of our travelling, accommodation, and food costs, as well as a donation to the charity,” they said.

Lisa, Rebecca and Claire will spend four weeks from July to August volunteering in Madagascar. As part of the experience they will have to plan and teach their own classes, providing a boost to their employability.

Students can apply to the scholarship scheme at two points in the year (1st December and 1st March) for up to £1,000 towards voluntary work or activities, to pursue a particular interest, ie music or arts, or towards course-related activities.

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