2016 -30th Anniversary

Over the past thirty years we have given almost 500 bursaries to support young adventures to experience living and working with indigenous people of another culture.

We are looking for comments past bursary holders, since 1986, who would like tell us how their experience has shaped their life and career.

Your ‘reflections’ – in a couple of hundred words or so- would be really appreciated, so   that we can post them on our website to inspire others.

Are you, or do you know the whereabouts or contacts details of former GIFT bursary holders? Please let us know.

Patrick Cusworth GIFT Chairman p.cusworth50@btinternet.com

Reports from recent overseas adventures are updated regularly on the website, and of course there is a link to make a donation on-line to help fund future would-be travellers.

Thank you

Nepal Update

Following the destructive earthquake in Nepal, the trustees of the Frome-based GIFT trust have learned with great relief that a young lady who is currently undertaking educational support work in Kathmandu has been reported to be safe and sound and will be returned the UK as soon as is possible. The young lady from Dorset, who is conducting a gap-year project before going to Durham University, received a bursary from GIFT to assist her take up a voluntary posting with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) in Nepal. She left the UK in February as was scheduled to back home in late May. Derek Trick, Chairman of the GIFT Trust said: “Our Secretary Les White was quick off the mark to enquire the whereabouts of our bursary holder and was assured by VSO that she is safe and well and will be returned home as soon as is feasible. GIFT is currently tracking the progress of twelve young people who are undertaking their volunteering and cultural understanding projects amongst indigenous communities in various countries in Asia, Africa and Central America. Nepal is the poorest country in South East Asia, and many of our 16-24 year old young adventurers choose the unique cultural challenge of the Himalayas for their projects. Reports from the bursary holders submitted on their return to the UK are placed on the GIFT website www.giftfriendshiptrust.org.uk . To understand what these amazing young people achieve is well worth a read”   Ends/28/04/15