winter 2019 awardees
group travel grant : le sommet high school
The Group Travel grant goes to students from Le Sommet high school. Pura Vida is a long-term perseverance project that uses travel as a medium to offer at-risk young people with learning difficulties the opportunity to develop their self-esteem, confidence and a sense of belonging. For the past 18 months, the 15 students forming the 3rd cohort of the project have been involved in community, sport, fundraising and personal development activities. They will soon fly to Costa Rica, where 10 days of culture and outdoor adventures await them.
The Solo Travel grant is awarded to Rose-Marie, a specialized nurse with an interest in art-therapy and holistic medicine. This spring, she will reside at Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya, a boarding school in South India allowing kids from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds to receive a high-quality education free of charge and to develop themselves through the practice of traditional Indian arts – music, dance and drama. For 6 months, she will voluntarily ensure the health and welfare of the students, employees and volunteers of the community by supervising the school’s medical unit.