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Creating opportunities around the world

Thanks to a generous donation like yours 95 students across the University have been able to take up life-changing international work placement opportunities - by taking part in the conservation of sharks in South Africa, teaching disabled children to ski in Colorado and working at an international law firm in Dubai.

Work experiences and internships like these can give students the edge in an increasingly competitive jobs market. However many students who are offered these opportunities are forced to turn them down as they are unable to afford the extra travel and accommodation costs. This means that these are opportunities are only available to the most privileged students. 

Through a generous donation like yours, students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to have been given the chance to take up a work experience placement anywhere in the world with the aim to help increase their employability.

First year nutrition and public health student, Jessica Mell, has been awarded an opportunity bursary to travel to Ubud in Bali next month. Jessica will be working at the Green Lion Bali Foundation, volunteering with local schools to help educate children about the importance of looking after their general health. She will be teaching them basic hygiene techniques, such as brushing their teeth correctly and washing their hands.

Jessica said: "I believe international experiences are really important as they give us awareness into the challenges and issues faced around the world - this was my biggest incentive to work with the Green Lion Bali Foundation. When I heard about the bursary, I was thrilled to see that the University also sees the importance of gaining international work experience. I was so grateful to receive the funding as it made this opportunity possible for me; I wouldn't have been able to do this without the bursary. Now I can try to assist communities in Bali by sharing my knowledge of nutrition and public health that I have gained during my first year of study."

Last year, sport and exercise science student, Josh Nimmins, was awarded a bursary to work at Challenge Aspen in Colorado, USA. Here he taught disabled people and injured war veterans how to ski. Josh proved so successful in the role, that he was even offered a job opportunity once he graduates.

Josh said: "This was an amazing and valuable experience which I won't forget! Working with disabled athletes and helping them to ski - one of the biggest passions in my life - was challenging but also incredibly rewarding. I found that working abroad helped develop my confidence and my ability to be self-reliant. These are skills which I definitely feel have improved my employability - I was even offered a job at Challenge Aspen once I graduate. Now I'm one step closer to being a qualified instructor. Thank you so much for this opportunity."

These opportunities have been made possible thanks to the Cantor Global Mobility Bursaries.

Find out more about how your donation is supporting our student and academic community here at Hallam, by clicking here.


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