Volunteer Abroad

Fundraising is well underway for the next annual JVBI volunteer trip abroad.

Following on from previous adventures in Kenya and Botswana, this year, a group of sixth formers are planning to travel to Sri Lanka. There they will work with charities to make a difference to local communities.

The hard work will not only be in Sri Lanka. As part of the challenge, they must raise a total of £50,000 to cover the cost of flights, food and accommodation. They will also be making donations to the charities involved.

Events so far include a 24-hour sportathon, washing cars and, tuck shops and organising an Easter Fair.

Mrs Towers, Head of JBVI, said: “This annual trip abroad is a life-changing experience for students, enabling them to learn new skills and give them an insight into different cultures.”

Last year nine intrepid Y13 students from JBVI took part in a life-changing expedition to South Africa, Botswana and Zambia.

After hitting their target £15,000 fundraising target, they travelled to Gaborone, in the Academy’s link Diocese of Botswana to volunteer with community projects. The group visited St Peter’s Day Care Centre and worked with orphans and children suffering from HIV and Aids. They also cleared a playground damaged in storms and bought equipment for the school.

Working in 41oC heat they helped prepare the garden at Holy Cross Pre-School and supported patients at Holy Cross Hospice, clearing a fallen tree that had damaged patients’ rooms and tackling a bees’ nest.

Team Botswana member, Skye Grant, Y13, said: “Through meeting the teachers and children, many of whom are from hugely disadvantaged backgrounds, we came to appreciate the bigger picture of what life is like in Botswana and how people cope and thrive in the face of adversity.”

“This was the first time I’d ever been to Africa and it met all expectations. I had the best time with the best people and wouldn’t have changed it for the world.”

We visited:

Table Mountain and Robben Island
Game drives in Chobe National Park Botswana
Victoria Falls in Zambia
White-water rafting in the Zambezi

“A once in a lifetime trip!!! We all had the best time of our lives. Working in the day care centres with the children was an unforgettable experience!”

If you would like to help our students to raise money to get to Sri Lanka, or have suggestions as to how they could raise money, please get in touch Miss Naunton at laura.naunton@ncea.org.uk

To support their fundraising visit Sri Lanka 2017