Student to Teach Youngsters in Kenya

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A first year PE and Sports Coaching student from the University of Worcester will be embarking on a 10 day voluntary teaching trip to Kenya.

Twenty-four year-old Ian Widdows, from Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire, will join 30 volunteers to teach children in Nakuru. The trip, which departs on June 5, has been organised by Oxford United Football Club. 

Ian said: “I saw the opportunity and thought it was brilliant. It was something I’d always wanted to do and I don’t think I’ll ever get a chance like this again.”

Ian aims to raise over £2,000 for the project which will support Oxford United Youth Community Sports Trust and Kenyan Adventure’s 2011 community development pledge.

He added: “I always wanted to help others with fewer opportunities than I had, it’s one of the reasons that I chose to do coaching.”

As part of the fundraising efforts Ian has already organised a local pub quiz and is planning a sixty miles sponsored walk with other members of the team.

The University of Worcester’s Scholarship Panel awarded Ian £800 to contribute towards the expedition which will be help build houses, buy school equipment and provide clean drinking water to communities in Kenya.

Ian will be required to create his own lesson plans for the children aged four to 12 years old. He will be teaching maths, English, art and music.

He said: “It’s quite scary seeing that I have to plan my own lessons but I see it as a challenge.”

The University of Worcester’s Scholarship Panel awards grants of up to £1,000 towards volunteering, sports and course related activities.