In its first 3 years of existence between 2015 -2017 New Horizons successfully supported 38 young people from vulnerable backgrounds in Medway participate in cultural exchange, broaden their horizons, learn new skills and develop confidence, adaptability and resilience.
Over these three years New Horizons has journeyed to 3 very different corners of the world; Colombia in South America in 2015, Moldova in Eastern Europe in 2016 and Ghana in 2017. The aim of the New Horizons programme is to raise the aspirations and prospects of young people in Medway, give them a new international perspective which will build their confidence, enable them to develop critical life skills and empower them to make a positive difference to their life and the lives of others.
Each year we prepared the group of young people for their 3 week intensive volunteering programme in a developing country by running a series of weekly workshops and a 3 night activity residential (U.K) While abroad our groups aimed to deliver a unique social action project which is designed to not only improve their individual skills but also to benefit the local people and community where they are based.
In it's first year (2015) the New Horizons group lived and worked in rural Colombia where they spent 3 weeks working on a coffee farm and dairy production company and teaching English language in a school. In 2016 the New Horizons team partenered with a local High School and delivered a series of social action projects in the Moldovan capital Chisinau including supporting a day centre for vulnerable children; building the first stages of a playground, painting the building and runing arts and crafts workshops. Also doing gardening and cleaning projects at a local care home and oncology hospital. Finally; the 2017 New Horizons group went to Ghana to volunteer in local primary schools in a fishing village and at a local footbal centre where they ran educational sessions around health and hygiene, social skills, football skills, IT skills and English language etc.
Click below to learn more about the incredible journeys from New Horizons programme.
The My Trust believe that there is an imeasurable value of experience to be gained from international volunteering for young people and we are passionate about continuing to facilitate such valuable experiences for young people in the future.
We are really excited to be developing more International projects in 2018. And will have more information coming soon about how young people can get involved in more of our life changing international projects! Watch this space!!