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Thailand – A trip of a lifetime

Thailand – A trip of a lifetime

Our students had the adventure of a lifetime on an all-expenses paid trip, thanks to the Government’s Turing Fund, which provides students with international opportunities in education and training across the world.

Money was raised for the Future Sense Foundation, a charity which aims to ensure that volunteers have a long-lasting impact in the communities in which they work and fulfil the UN’s sustainable development goals.

The students spent the first week planning and delivering English workshops to novice monks in a variety of temple schools in the rural town of Mae Sariang. Helping the monks with their English skills, they taught several topics including introducing themselves, body parts and the environment.

Evening activities consisted of tree planting to offset their carbon footprint, as well as planning for the following day’s sessions.

Students were then treated with a weekend in the bustling city of Chiang Mai, where they visited temples and night markets, and relaxed with a “pool day” at a five-star hotel.

During the second week, the students travelled to the world-renowned Elephant Nature Park founded by award-winning conservationist Lek Chailert.

They cared for the elephants by unloading thousands of watermelons on daily deliveries, cutting bananas from their stems, cleaning elephant enclosures and even making fruit and rice cakes for the animals birthdays.

Students heard environmental and climate action talks from key staff at the park and on the last night a special talk was given by Lek.


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If you’re not quite ready to start on a Level 3 Technical course (T Levels) or a Vocational Level 3 course (BTEC) but want to begin on the path to your chosen career, the Transition Programme could be for you.  

Transition Programmes are tailored to prepare students to move onto Technical or Vocational Level 3 study. They will give you the opportunity to improve your English and Maths, your work readiness skills and introduce you to the technical skills and concepts that you will need for future study and employment. 

As part of the Transition Programme you will study a BTEC Level 2 Award in your chosen subject area as well as the BTEC Level 2 Extended Award in Work Skills. You will also have the opportunity to resit GCSE English and/or Maths if you have not yet achieved a grade 4. 

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