Throughout 2016 Global Hope has supported six projects across the world in locations such as: Fort Portal (Uganda), , Tiruchirappalli (India), Monaragala (Sri Lanka) and Minas Gerais (Brazil). The summer of 2016 has seen a combined total of 43 staff and students visit such locations and deliver a range of service projects alongside local colleagues.
Fort Portal, Uganda
Students and staff spent two weeks at St Peter and St Paul RC School. They taught alongside local teachers and organised a variety of activities for the pupils to participate in.
“Completing the two weeks in the school was an absolutely fantastic experience and I am so glad I had the opportunity to be part of this project. My biggest achievement would be the appreciation the children got from playing sports over the two weeks. On leaving the children came up to me and told me how much they loved their P.E lessons, and the feedback I got from the teachers about how the children really enjoyed it. For me this was brilliant to hear and I loved to hear that the planning and preparation for my trip was all worth it. I would happily go back again and develop things further with the school.
The biggest challenge was during the first few days of school, settling into the school environment and being accepted by the teachers as we were a group of students entering their classroom. It was key to build up a relationship with them. Another challenge was seeing the teaching methods in Uganda which were very different to back home. I expected to see different things because it is a completely different culture to home.”
Minas Gerais, Brazil
Students and staff with backgrounds in the Arts spent two weeks with the Ramacrisna Co-operative. The students worked with children, the staff with adults to improve their English and share skills in craft, drama and music.
“Although the language barriers were an obvious challenge, what I found more difficult was to engage with the less motivated children. So I introduced an op-art-inspired drawing exercise to the children which became so popular that the local teachers decided to learn it themselves.”