学生jet-setting thanks to University’s new Pacific links
This year, University of Wales Trintiy Saint David (UWTSD) has sent students on educational and professional experience placements provided by Think Pacific for the first time.
Funding has been made available to UWTSD students in order to facilitate international experiences that will broaden horizons, perspectives and prospects of those who partake. Some of this money is awarded through a Welsh Government scheme called Taith.
Taithis the Welsh Government funded international learning exchange programme for Wales. Taith "is for people in every part of Wales, in every education sector […] and every education type – formal, informal and non-formal" (Taith website, October 2023).
First Minister Mark Drakeford recently made astatementabout Taith, saying: “International learning and exchange builds our confidence, our independence and our resilience. It opens our eyes to new ideas and new ways of thinking and gives us new skills to carry forward in our lives.”
University of Wales Trinity Saint David has a global outlook, helping students get abroad in a number of ways to many different countries. Recently UWTSD built links withThink Pacific, an award-winning volunteering, internship and placement provider focused on providing work experience opportunities to students and graduates in Fiji or Indonesia. There are specific placements on Mental Health and Wellbeing available in Bali.
认为太平洋配售涉及生活和工作的g in a small community and being fully integrated into village life, which offers an enriching alternative to touristic travel while giving the locals and the students a measurable outcome at the end of each placement.
Joshua Todd, who studiesEnergy and Environmental Engineering, spent two months in Fiji over summer 2023 with Think Pacific, between his second and third year of study. He says to people who might be thinking about the scheme: “If you’re worried about village life, or adapting, or being far away from home, don’t be too concerned. In this village we’ve been very fortunate, we’ve been quite connected, but also the village is so welcoming that you don’t feel left out or not at home.
“If you do come, take the opportunity to ingrain yourself in local life – everyone’s so welcoming you’ll probably have to tell five people that you can’t come to lunch because your [village] mum has got lunch waiting for you!”
Kath Griffiths, International Regional Manager at UWTSD’s Wales Global Academy said: “UWTSD is committed to giving students an international opportunity, whether through study, work or volunteering abroad. As well as improving graduate outcomes and employability, these experiences help students develop an understanding of the wider world and our place within it, providing enhanced engagement with both local and global society.”
Note to Editor
Photos are screenshots from the full Think Pacific video interview with Joshua, which can be found at:https://vimeo.com/874778950?share=copy
Ella Staden BA (Hons)
Press and Media Officer
University of Wales Trinity Saint David | Swansea