Youth Travel Bursary

A Youth Travel Bursary Project must contain an artistic, cultural, historical or scientific theme, or involve work in an underdeveloped country. Projects must be of at least one month’s duration; involve travel away from home for that time either in the UK or abroad; and not be part of an applicant’s formal education. Applicants can undertake their project as part of some wider enterprise or under the auspices of an organisation sponsoring voluntary work overseas. An application form containing personal details and countersigned by an appropriate person at the applicant’s current school, college, university or place of employment is to be submitted, together with a summary of the project explaining its objectives and benefits, and why the bursary is required. Budgeted costs and sources of non-bursary funding are to be included. Knowle and Dorridge Lions Club will not accept any responsibility or liability for any loss or harm experienced by a successful applicant or by any third party as a result of the project.

Successful applicants will be expected to: a) Submit a short interim report on the project by letter or e-mail approximately two weeks after commencing the project. b) Attend a Lions’ meeting or other event, at a date to be agreed, to make a full presentation describing what the applicant has contributed to the project and what has been achieved for the benefit of the applicant and others. c) Contribute to the promotion of the Bursary Scheme through articles in the K&D Lions website, Parish magazines and in the local press, for example.

Some Examples of Youth Projects funded by Knowle and Dorridge Lions Club

On the 23rd of August 2018 I embarked on a journey that would take me across the world to Guyana (a country I knew little about), to volunteer as a teacher (an occupation I had little experience in) and live independently for the first time. This was a huge leap of faith, but one year later I was home again, having learnt a huge amount about myself, the people I was living with and the world.

As a teacher, I was involved in teaching students in year 7, 9 and 10 maths, science and geography. Maths and science were the ‘easy’ subjects as they were common in the school with resources and teachers to ask for help. On the other hand, geography was brand new, introduced for the first time by yours truly. The school had 4 CXC textbooks as well as some British A level resources but no curriculum or guide for teaching it. So, I wrote my own. I found this hugely enjoyable as I choose subjects that gave the students a view of the world around them, their impacts on it and how it’s changing (areas that I am passionate about).

In terms of communication, there is a village radio to contact nearby villages. The radio operates on solar and was patchy at best, the WiFi situation was similar. The school had free, government provided WiFi, although it only worked when the sun was shining and even then ‘worked’ is generous. So, communication with family was done via WhatsApp, with phone calls a handful of times throughout the year.