Impington Village College and its sixth form, Impington International College, have received over £ 1million from the Turing Scheme to fully fund student travel to one of the 12 countries of the world for the remainder of this academic year.
The Turing Scheme is the UK government’s program to provide schools with funding for students to experience life-changing opportunities abroad and will enhance the internationally focused learning that takes place at the college through cultural exchange visits and a focus on foreign language learning.
Victoria Hearn, Principal of Impington Village and International College, said: “After receiving our British Council International School Award this year in recognition of our commitment to incorporating international awareness into our curriculum, we are absolutely delighted to hear that our application for the Turing Scheme, the funding was successful.
“This will allow us to offer all of our students, in Grades 7 through 13, the opportunity to experience the benefits of international travel to destinations as diverse as Botswana, Iceland and Portugal; something that is so important after the last 18 months. “
During each visit, students will spend at least three days at a partner school, collaborating and exchanging ideas with their peers before experiencing some of the highlights of the destinations through a program of cultural enrichment activities.
In February 2022, grade 7 students will visit India and support fundraising efforts to provide equipment to SKSN, a boarding school for people with disabilities, in Jodhpur.
They will also join their host students in the lessons, before visiting Delhi to discover the rich cultural heritage of the country.
In July 2022, grade 12 and 13 students will visit Lima and Arequipa in Peru where they will volunteer with a local charity as teaching aids for local students before immersing themselves in the culture and tradition. of the country through activities such as bike rides, horseback riding and camping.
Hannah W, a 12th grade student from Impington International College, said: “I am so excited to have the opportunity to go abroad next year. I am more interested in the trip to Japan; culture has so much to offer.
Johanna Sale, Deputy Director of Impington Village and International College, said: “As an International Baccalaureate World School, the international spirit underpins everything we do to develop curious, knowledgeable and caring young people. which help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
“We are delighted that the substantial grant from the Turing program allows us to offer students the opportunity to develop their foreign language skills, to immerse themselves in other cultures and to proactively support the international community through ‘volunteering efforts. “
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