Travel scholarships are awarded to students who are attempting adventurous or worthwhile overseas travel. The scholarship can be used to fund a visit or travel that demonstrates a high level of independent organisation by the student.
The individual awards range from between £100-£500, but have been as high as £1,000. For further information, please contact the Principal, John Southworth. The deadline for students applying for a travel scholarship in 2017-2018 is 25th May 2018.
Here are some recent articles by recipients of travel scholarships which originally appeared in the college magazine, Imprint.
My two-week journey through India would not have been possible without the MPW Travel Fund grant, nor without the support of my travelling companion, Ollie Kelly. The plan was to travel from Delhi to other locations, mostly by train. Neither of us could have guessed at what lay ahead. The Monsoon, Lord Shiva, landslides and newfound friends were, cumulatively, life-changing experiences.
After finishing my science A-levels at MPW, I travelled to Mexico for four weeks on an adventure that took in an urban metropolis, a steamy jungle and beautiful beaches. I flew into Mexico City, where I spent my first week shadowing Dr Franco, an obstetrician at the Centro Medico ABC. Fascinated by studying infection in Biology, Dr Franco’s special interest in HIV and her resultant work with ‘Integral Women’s Health’ illuminated the need to educate women in Mexico about HIV, in particular with regard to family planning.
Last summer I visited the United States of America and Canada, with an MPW Travel Fund in hand. Over two months I explored New York, Boston, New Hampshire, Vermont, Montreal and Washington DC.
My trip began at the Classical Saxophone Institute at New York Summer Music Festival in Oneonta, New York.
Costa Rica and Nicaragua
Raleigh International is a youth development charity founded by the Prince of Wales in 1984 that provides aid in rural areas across the world, including countries such as Borneo, India and Tanzania; it was this charity that I chose to join for a ten-week trip to Costa Rica and Nicaragua. My expedition was split into three phases: trekking, environmental work and community projects, all of which were very different and really enjoyable.
Bolivia and Argentina
Thanks to an MPW Travel Fund, I have been able to visit both Bolivia and Argentina to do conservation work.
To begin with, I spent a month at Parque Ambue Ari volunteering for Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY), a Bolivian organisation that is made up of a team of adolescents, Bolivian professionals and volunteers from across the globe.
Thanks to the MPW travel fund, I spent seven days during the summer in Massachusetts, USA, working on a research project supporting work I had already carried out at my local District General Hospital and a local specialist rehabilitation hospital in Surrey. This included a survey questionnaire for physiotherapists, comparing regimes of rehabilitation physio treatment for the elderly in Surrey with those in Massachusetts.
Fiji and Ecuador
Thanks partly to the MPW travel fund, I was able to begin my gap-year adventures into parts of the world that had hitherto only been shapes on a map and gain some life experience. I’d signed up for two projects run by a company called GapForce. The first involved marine conservation in Fiji; the second was based in Ecuador and combined working alongside the Red Cross in a school with outdoor work in the national parks.
Last summer vacation, I spent about a week in Singapore. I went to several classical music concerts, as well as free-style music performances. I was particularly impressed by the local pop music bands. So I talked to three different bands and asked them some questions about their musical lives.
This summer I spent a month in Ghana, working with underprivileged children. I spent the first half of the day working at an institution called The Underprivileged Children’s Centre (UCC) and the afternoons in a children’s home called Love-a-Lots, where they look after children aged one to nine years old who had been found abandoned on the streets, some of them near to death. I went on my own, so I was apprehensive at the start, but as soon as I got to my host family’s house I knew it was going to be an experience that would change me.