They have the whole world in their hands
Posted on Friday 4 May 2012
Travel Scholarships 2012 awarded by Baroness Sharp of Guildford
The annual College Travel Scholarships were this year presented by Baroness Sharp of Guildford. The scholarship scheme, now in to its second decade of operation, was developed by the College to encourage students to undertake foreign travel on their own initiative in order to broaden their experience of the world. This year they were were received by 25 students.
Intrepid young men and women are planning to undertake extraordinary adventures often before starting their university courses: Richard Barker will, for example, be travelling to Brazil to work with the rehabilitation of street children in Sao Paolo; Charlotte Buzzard will work with families affected by HIV and AIDs in South Africa; Shusung Chongbang and Monica Rai will travel together to Zimbabwe to work on the conservation of lions; Lorna Sinclair will teach English in Vietnam; whilst Benjamin Hitchin will spend time working in an orphanage in Kolkata, India.
‘I am in awe of your courage’, said Principal Simon Jarvis, at the presentation ceremony on Friday 27 April. ‘But what impresses me most is that so many of you are devoting your time to do things for others; to work in different communities, immersing yourselves in new cultures, making a difference to those less fortunate than yourselves.’
Baroness Sharp, a member of the House of Lords since 1998, leading for the Liberal Democrats on education matters, was effusive in addressing the audience which included Tracy Marlow, the MD of the Community Matters Partnership and herself a key advocate of volunteering, about the value of working overseas: ‘The experiences you will have working in some very demanding circumstances will require self-reliance and resilience. I commend your determination to expand your horizons in this way – and let me also say, I envy you having these wonderful opportunities in your lives!’
The Jacqueline Findlay Travel Bursary, named after the late primary school head teacher who did so much to encourage youngsters in foreign travel, was made by Phil Nutt of the Rotary Club. ‘There are many worthy candidates to receive the award this year’ said Mr Nutt, ‘but the committee are agreed that the exceptional candidate is Sophie Ferry.’ Sophie, a second year A level student, will be working in Russia as a volunteer with the organisation Operation Mobilisation. During her year long placement, Sophie will be assisting with English language conversations with children of all abilities, summer camps and doing whatever else is asked of her!