Project Outline

How a project looks

Duration:

10 /14 days

Numbers:

16 / 20 team members with 4 / 6 leaders

 

Educational workshops:

Each project is linked to a primary school in a disadvantaged community where a programme of approximately 100 workshops / lessons will be dove-tailed into the existing school time-table. Topics covered will be based around the skills and expertise of team members and will ordinarily be from subjects such as Maths , English, Drama, Music, Art, Science, Geography, and PE.

 

The purpose of the workshops / lessons are to complement the learning already taking place within the school and to provide a mutually beneficial opportunity for all parties to engage with people from different cultures in a formalised setting. What we have found over the years is that our western teaching methods are extremely well received by both pupils and staff and have provided exciting learning opportunities for all.

 

Managing a group of 20 /30 young children in a classroom environment is a daunting and challenging prospect for anyone. Team members will be given clear training, guidance and support in preparing and delivering appropriate and effective workshops / lessons and regular observations and feedback will be given to help them develop their skills and confidence.

 

Capital Project:

Each project will have a specific and bespoke capital development aim to achieve an outcome that will improve, on a daily basis, the opportunities for the students in the school and where appropriate the local community.

 

In the past these have included the construction of playing fields, netball courts, cricket nets, a library and vegetable gardens. The project is run entirely by our teams with full stakeholder support and the efforts required to deliver each one on a limited budget and on time is both physically and logistically challenging.

 

One of the most positive aspects of this physical work is the manner in which it demonstrates how much can be achieved with hard work, focus and determination but it also models the effectiveness and power of voluntary action.

 

Accommodation / Support / Culture:

Whilst the essence of the project is the fostering of new new friendships and experiences across cultures it is recognised that teams need space to rest, recuperate, and prepare for the following days work. Appropriate accommodation is selected that can cater for a party of our size and offers the sanctuary that is both welcomed and needed after a hard days work.

 

It is in this environment that the majority of pastoral support, training and valuable reflection can be undertaken to ensure the very best of every individual is brought out and the value and strength of the team is fostered. Personal issues associated with and brought out by the project are explored, processed and resolved. For some individuals this is the longest they have been away from home, for others the emotional strain of witnessing such poverty can be harrowing, but often it is the stress of being responsible for delivering educational workshops that can bring on anxiety. Whatever the personal nature of each of these challenges they are all a part of the experience towards the personal growth expected of every team member.

 

Whatever part of the world the project takes place in it is vital that we incorporate as much cultural awareness and appreciation of the local, regional and national community into the project. As with every job there is time off and we ensure that this time off, whilst very short, has a healthy balance of rest, relaxation and exploration of local sights. Understanding and appreciating all aspects of different cultures is at the very front of our minds and to only engage with one element of a country and its culture would be irresponsible.

 

"Bringing the best out of people and making great things happen"