Livingstone Volunteers 2015

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‘Without a doubt, this trip was the best experience I’ve ever had in my life so far, and I hope to continue my involvement in the partnership for years to come.’ Mark Devlin, Johnstone, volunteered in Malawi

 

The McConnell International Foundation established the Livingstone Volunteers to help those young people ready to volunteer in Southern Africa but lacking some of the basic essentials to succeed in full with their fundraising and needing some support to build their confidence for the adventure ahead.

 

Following the success of the Livingstone Volunteers 2014, it was decided the Livingstone Volunteers would continue in 2015 and become an annual scheme. As a result of the experience in 2014 there were some changes: the age range changing to 15 to 19 years old and the application form was improved.

 

The Livingstone Volunteers 2015 saw a total of 20 applications, with 18 grants being awarded. The awards were agreed at either £100 or £500 for individuals, with one group award of £1,000 for pupils from Bannockburn High. The decision to award a recipient a full grant was based on a number of stand out applications, which all clearly highlighted the individuals’ background, including any vulnerabilities; reason for volunteering; what they hoped to give and gain from the experience; and how the award would help them to achieve this.

 

‘This experience has been life changing and inspiring, it has taught me many unique and different things about the world and people around me. Through this project I have been given opportunities and assistance to discover what I would like to do as a career and it has showed me I would like a career working with people.’ Reece Wallace, Glasgow, volunteered in Malawi

 

The Scheme once again held an awards ceremony in April 2015.  Each of the grant recipients were joined by their family and friends to receive their awards. It was a great day of celebration. It was also an opportunity for the Livingstone Volunteers of 2015 and previous alumni of the 2014 Livingstone Volunteers to meet and ask questions, share tips and discuss future plans.

 

The McConnell International Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2016 Livingstone Volunteers is well underway. For more information on this scheme please check out our new page.

 

Supporters of the scheme:

  • The Hunter Foundation
  • DMC Holdings – Iain MacRitchie
  • Ian McClelland
  • Dr Rose Mary Harley – Strathclyde University

 

Special Thanks To:

  • West End Design, Edinburgh
  • David Moulsdale and the staff at 200 SVS, Glasgow
  • The relatives of Dr David Livingstone
  • The Scotland Malawi Partnership
  • Scottish Government Minister, Humza Yousaf MSP
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