Each year the students of HBIS have various opportunities to travel abroad and experience different cultures and places. These experiences can change world views and open up the eyes of anyone willing to see travel as the educational opportunity that it is.
As part of our support of the chelo programme, we would like to find ways to assist our High School chelo students to access at least one of these trips during their educational career at HBIS. There is a strong argument as to why this is beneficial for these students and I for one believe that such a unique opportunity has the possibility to be a life changing one. For many chelo students the mere thought of going overseas is only a pipe dream and something that is almost impossible to achieve.
I was fortunate to take a chelostudent (then in IGCSE) with me on my History trip to Berlin, Prague and Munich in 2011 and to see how it affected him and how it changed him was incredible. I can testify to the effect his first overseas trip had on him and I know that he will remember it for the rest of his life. chelo and the parent body that helped him get there made this seemingly “impossible dream” come true.
This year we have two High School students who we would like to send overseas.
Sinipha James is a student in IGCSE1 and has expressed interest in attending the Spanish Cultural Exchange to Spain in March/April this year. Sinipha is 14 years old and has been part of chelo for the last 10 years. She is a keen sportswoman and has grown in leaps and bounds whilst attending HBIS. In addition, she has signed up to run all the various Park Runs to help raise sponsorship for this trip.
Jasmine Juries is a student in MYC3 and would like to go to Budapest, Hungary on this year’s cultural InterSEK. Jasmine is 13 years old and has been part of chelo for 9 years. Over the past few months Jasmine has been fund raising for her trip and has also made an effort to find sponsorships.
One thing we have insisted upon is that both young ladies are part of the fund raising efforts and work with us to raise the funds needed. In their own way, each has been working hard to secure the funds they need but they need a little extra support. chelo has created a Quicket link for those who wish to support either Jasmine or Sinipha in their efforts to reach the R20,000 goal needed.
So, should you feel so inclined please consider supporting this very worthy cause. Any donation, no matter the size, will be most welcome and will take us a step closer towards achieving our goals.
I close with one of my favourite quotes from Nelson Mandela, “It always seems impossible until it is done”. I am confident that with the amazing community that we have, Jasmine and Sinipha will be able to experience this once in a life time opportunity.