Candi students take part in amazing Raleigh International initiative

02 November 2017

Eight of our amazing students have been volunteering abroad, working with sustainable development charity, Raleigh International, in helping communities living in poverty.

Students were required to fundraise £200 and undertake 80 hours of volunteering in a field of their choice. They were variously assigned to Borneo, Nepal, Costa Rica and Nicaragua and Tanzania. During the 10 weeks abroad, students take part in three project phases: community, environmental and adventure.

Taking part in this programme has given students useful and transferable skills like independence, social skills and the ability to network. At first contact on return from expedition, college staff, family members – and even the students themselves noted increased confidence and willingness to use their initiative to problem solve.

"It changed my outlook on things.”

Ifeoma, a second year student at the sixth form centre studying Biology, Chemistry and Sociology described the experience as: “Invigorating. Going to Borneo and meeting all these people from all across the world and seeing things I thought I’d never be able to see. It was something completely new and different - they taught us how to make a fire from scratch and how to purify water with things from the jungle, as well as build waterproof. I feel like it also changed my outlook on things.”

  

Oriana-Marie, a second year student at the sixth form centre studying Fine Art, Graphics and Geography improved her communication skills and confidence. She had the opportunity to lead for the day where she managed a groups. She said: “I had to make sure that everyone was ok and that my ideas were understood by everyone. Being a leader was new for me. I’m not normally in that position but it improved my confidence.”

Fakey, a student studying a BTEC in Engineering at the centre for applied science feels the experience helped him to “understand the problems the world is facing including water sanitation and environment. They rely a lot on weather conditions so if weather conditions are not really good, they don’t have water supply and they will be struggling. It made me see the world in another perspective. I want to study something related to the environment, so I think I will try and develop my career into something within engineering that can help as well with environmental.”

The impact of the programme has been far reaching in terms of their outlook on their academic study and personal development. It has inspired the desire for more travel and community involvement. All will be continuing with their social action plans which include on-going volunteering locally/abroad, fundraising campaigns to assist families they met overseas and awareness raising around food waste and energy consumption.

Mamonyia David, Programme Coordinator, said: "The programme has been so successful at the college. It has been wonderful to see their starting points before going on their expeditions and hearing how it has impacted their lives and ways in which they have made personal growth. I've always looked forward to hearing about their experiences abroad. One of the things that have been a key strength of the programme is the excellent support from the college and Raleigh team which has enriched the student experience."

Emma King, our Student Engagement Manager, said: “Having been able to provide our students with the opportunity to volunteer abroad, working closely with communities has been wonderful and we have enjoyed sharing in their successes and seeing them make such positive change. Using the skills and knowledge they have developed to engage in social action projects within their local communities is the legacy of this successful programme. The College is grateful to Cripplegate and Sir John Cass’s Foundation for their support of the programme partnership.”

The college’s three year partnership with Raleigh was a fully funded programme, following a successful bid through the Lord Mayor’s Award, supported by Cripplegate and the John Cass’ Foundation.

Over the last three years, 17 students from the college have participated in the programme.

For more information on volunteering opportunities with Raleigh, visit their website: www.raleighinternational.org/volunteer

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