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Leeds Trinity goes global as students head abroad to volunteer

Posted on 30 March 2017

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​Students from the School of Social and Health Sciences will be travelling to Fiji with local charity, Think Pacific.

Matthew Broadley, Lloyd ​​Bebbington, Alex Burnett, Alyssia Carr, Jamie Conn​or, May Leung and Dominic Walton are preparing to​ embark on a trip to Beqa Island in Fiji where they will work in kindergartens and primary schools to support children's development in literacy and physical education.

Think Pacific is a Leeds-based international volunteering charity that has worked in Fiji for nearly 10 years. The organisation, backed by the Fijian government, recruit volunteers to work as part of their education and sport programmes. Boasting over 2000 volunteers, the charity aim to make a positive impact in Fiji through sport. 

The seven student volunteers will utilise their knowledge and expertise from their academic degree programmes and their personal sporting backgrounds to enhance the school's development. A range of classroom resources​ and learning and sports equipment will also be utilised which can be used as valuable resources in the future.  

Nigel Scott, Prokect Manager at Think Pacific commented: 

"Leeds Trinity students are a perfect fit for our youth & sports volunteer project in Fiji, we are thrilled to have them with us on project. They are all bringing a wealth of sports coaching & education experience which means they will have a huge impact towards the aims of uplifting education & sports at Rukua Primary School on Beqa Island."​​

The partnership between Leeds Trinity University and Think Pacific is a new development this academic year. 

For information on the trip and details on how you can get involved next year please contact Kris Hargreaves, Sports Development Coordinator, at k.hargreaves@leedstrinity.ac.uk. ​​