Giving Nation go to India

On Saturday 16 February, five students from Queen Elizabeth’s Girls’ school in Barnet will embark on a trip of a lifetime: a week long expedition to India to witness the work of the charity Raleigh International.

The girls, who won the trip by entering the Giving Nation G-Video competition, will be given a unique insight into the lasting change that can be brought about by overseas development projects.

 

Whilst there they will witness first-hand the education, health and environmental issues faced by local communities.  Amongst other things the girls will shadow Raleigh volunteers as they conduct household surveys and visit past Raleigh projects to see the impact they’ve had, all the time learning about the culture and life in India.

Giving Nation is a national initiative that celebrates and encourages young people to make a difference and shape the world they live in.  Students are challenged to give their time, energy and voice to tackle issues and support charities that they feel strongly about.

The girls at QEGs choose to raise awareness about childhood depression and made a video to document their efforts.  They carried out various activities including: creating a Facebook page, writing and performing a chant, delivering assemblies to younger students and acting out dramatic pieces.

So how are the girls feeling about the upcoming trip…

“We’re all very excited to be going to India! We’re anxious & nervous but also intrigued to find out more once we get to Mysore. We hope to learn about Indian culture, traditions & socialise with all the children from different backgrounds.”

And what do I think …

With just 10 days to go kits have been bought, visas secured and medicals completed.  I can’t wait to head out to India and follow the girls on this journey.  I’ll be busy filming and taking pictures, while the girls will be writing regular updates; so keep an eye on this blog to track our progress.

Views expressed on this blog are not necessarily those of the Citizenship Foundation.

About Naomi Kennedy

Naomi joined the Citizenship Foundation in 2012 as Education and Outreach Officer for the Giving Nation programme. Naomi supports, trains and encourages teachers and young people across our national network of secondary schools to develop social enterprise, charitable and voluntary action initiatives.

9 thoughts on “Giving Nation go to India

  1. Everyone at QEGS is really proud of the girls (and of Ms Nocivelli) for doing so well in the Giving Nation Challenge. We are looking forward to learning about India and international development work through this blog and when the girls return.

  2. Good luck everyone…make the most of this incredible trip and I look forward to following your progress on here over the next few days!!

    Have fun!!

    Adam

  3. Hi Girls and ladies,I just checked the BA website and it states airborne.By the time you read this blog you will have arrived in Bangalore and had your first taste of India.Enjoy this once in a life time experience.keep us updated! Love kay

  4. Welcome girls to India. I know you must all be pretty tired but hope you are enjoying your experience. It is so exciting to hear from you and read your blog. Have a good rest and speak soon. Love Frances (or Mum!!!!)

  5. Hey Jo

    So happy you arrive safely and take good pictures looks like you are going to have great fun miss you already

    Love Mel and family

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