My Gap Year
My name is Ursula Guy and I’m currently fundraising for my gap year in Guyana. I’ve been selected by the charity Project Trust to spend 12 months teaching maths or science at secondary level in a local community in Guyana. I’m currently studying a-levels at Penwith College, and hope to go on and study Social Anthropology and Philosophy at university after my gap year. This opportunity also comes with an OCN qualification in Global citizenship and volunteering, so it is a good addition to the CV while also placing emphasis on how volunteers will continue to become involved in the communities they find themselves in. I’m incredibly excited about this opportunity to go, live and work in a local community in Guyana, to learn about their culture and traditions, while being able to play an important part by teaching maths or science.
Project Trust is an educational charity that specialises in sending school leavers abroad for volunteer work every year. It places emphasis on involvement within the community, working with the needs of the community so that any volunteering does not take work from others. With several different projects in over 20 countries, volunteers can choose placements of 8 to 12 months. They can be found on www.projecttrust.org.uk.
Guyana is an ex British colony, English being the official language, although the majority of the population speaks Guyanese Creole, which is English-based with many different influences. A hot and humid climate - very different from Cornwall, and broken up by two rainy seasons, perhaps not so different? Guyana has an incredibly diverse and active animal and plant life, with many varieties of plants found nowhere else. A population of approximately 770 000, Guyana is the 3rd smallest independent country of South America.
What I need to raise;
I need to raise £5600 by this August, I've already raised some of the funds, so I'm relying on you to help me with the rest of the funds!
Where the money's going;
I'll also be paid an in country allowance that will be based on a similar skilled working wage, but I'll need to cover all extra travelling costs, any inoculations and equipment I may need.
So here are some of the prizes;
A few choice coasters and slate hangings;
The Gypsy wagon, Pearl - and us!
The Nancy's House