Following its launch in 2000, the Withington Onwards Travel Award programme has proved extremely popular. Each year, members of the current Upper Sixth and the previous year’s leavers are invited to submit written applications for an award of up to £250 towards gap year or summer holiday travels incorporating work for the benefit of others.
The Travel Award has primarily been used by recipients to carry out voluntary work in developing countries, sometimes in line with their chosen subject of study at university. Previous winners have worked on numerous charitable projects in locations around the world, including Romania, Tanzania, Ghana, Peru, Fiji, Israel and Kenya, to name a few. They have been involved in a variety of work including medical, education, environmental and building projects.
The panel (which includes the Headmistress, Head of Sixth Form and a representative of the Alumnae) decides how many awards to grant and the amount of each, depending on the application.
To apply for the Withington Onwards Travel Award, please write a short letter addressed to Mrs Haslam including the following:
- A description of your intended plans, including details of the project/work you are taking part in and website links to any organisations involved
- Outline of your itinerary and expected travel dates
- Expected costs of trip
- How the trip will help with your personal/professional development and how it will benefit others
If you have extensive travel plans (for example, if you are taking a gap year) we recommend that you outline one specific project or trip you are participating in, which you would like the award to contribute to e.g. “volunteer fees for a 3-week project in Mexico.”
Please note that we are no longer accepting applications for the 2017 Travel Award.
Successful applicants are required to write a report following their return and possibly to give a brief verbal report of their experiences within school and/or at a Withington Onwards event. Travel Award winners are usually announced in school at the end of the Summer Term and their names are published soon afterwards both here and on our News page.
The panel were highly impressed by the quality of the applications for the 2015 Travel Award. They were pleased to grant awards to three members of the Upper Sixth (Class of 2015):
Caroline Cartmill (for a voluntary work expedition to Costa Rica and Nicaragua with Raleigh International). Read the account of her trip here.
Hannah Lederer (for a year in Guyana volunteering with Project Trust). Read the account of her trip here.
Michaela Redhead (for a voluntary project in a wildlife sanctuary in Namibia with Frontier). Read the account of her trip here.
Donating to the Travel Award
We are very grateful to our former pupils for the funding of the Travel Award, which was established by the Senior Club in 2000. The funds however become more limited with every award we grant. If you would like to contribute to the Travel Award, please contact the Development Office for details on how to make a donation. £100 could fund a full award but your support is greatly appreciated regardless of amount. Every donation helps towards funding another award and an unforgettable experience for our winners.
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