South Africa Trip
The ‘I-Venture’ project aims to offer opportunities for learning and personal growth to young people from Bolsover District in Derbyshire. Delivered in partnership with local schools, the programme aims to raise the aspirations of young people who might not have had opportunities to travel or might have grown up in a culture of narrow horizons and have low expectations for their future.
The programme aims to develop the following skills or attributes in young people:
Raised confidence and self-esteem
Increased global and cultural awareness
Raised aspirations for the future
Improved communication and team working skills
Greater planning, organisation and decision making skills
A team of 24 young people have so far applied and attended a team selection day, undertaking a series of challenges, in order to earn their conditional offer place on this experience of a lifetime. All participants are currently aged between 13-14 years and are representing Frederick Gent School, Shirebrook Academy, Stubbin Wood Special Educational Needs School and Tibshelf Community School.
This is an initiative developed and supported by Bolsover Partnership and the families of the participants raise the funds through community action, delivered from July 2018 to September 2019, to undertake the expedition in October 2019!
The team spend their ten days in South Africa under canvas (no hotels in sight) and travel (mostly on foot) to a variety of locations to undertake their international citizenship programme that will include:
- forming a choir
- delivering essential first aid training to the local communities
- working with two local schools
- working alongside lead ecologists to study the wildlife population
- conduct an environmental impact study
- learning about other cultures