Cotswold Volunteers host International Students

Cotswold Volunteers host International Students

Cotswold Volunteers are proud to announce that a group of 19 Swedish students will arrive in Cirencester on the 12th August to take in part in voluntary work of different kinds, designed to expand these young people’s experiences in different countries around the world.

The students are from a sixth form college in Skovde, which is half way between Stockholm and Gothenburg and lying between the 2 largest lakes in Sweden. With a history dating back to the medieval period, Skovde, today, is a modern industrial city which has a worldwide reputation for the manufacture of advanced diesel engines as used by Volvo.

The Swedish students are studying for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, which aims to develop enquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who will help create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. The programme is designed as an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepare students, normally aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. The curriculum represents the best from many countries rather than following the national system from any one and the programme, which is available in 141 countries, is now recognised by the world’s leading universities.

‘The arrival of 19 young people from Sweden is an example of the truly international nature of volunteering and the importance of volunteers in whatever society within or without the UK. We are very grateful to these young people for coming over and pitching in to help in and around our community – we hope that visits such as this presages an even greater degree of international contact for Cotswold Volunteers and the communities we serve’ said Peter Day, Chairman Cotswold Volunteers Board of Trustees.

“This is the first time students from Sweden have come to England to get involved in voluntary projects. Cirencester is setting a first in terms of volunteering initiatives!” said Judy Mills, Volunteer Manager, Cotswold Volunteers.

The students will join volunteer projects in Cirencester and the surrounding area. Projects include running craft activities at Day Centres in Cirencester and Tetbury, painting the Beeches Road bus stop area with Cirencester Town Council, tidying and painting community areas at Meysey Hampton, and helping out at the Open Air Pool. Cirencester Town Council will also be hosting a reception for the students on Tuesday 14th August.

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Posted: 01/08/2012 11:43:01

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