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.