Students from the Greater Brighton Metropolitan College (MET) have returned from a once in a lifetime trip. During the two week visit to Sri Lanka, the students volunteered for the charity Extra Cover, delivering much needed school supplies and helping out with day-to-day activities.
Trades 4 Aid, a project set up by tutors at the College, provides disengaged learners with the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of others whilst also developing invaluable skills. This trip was organised for students studying the METís Pathways course; a stepping stone for students who might need some extra support to achieve at college.
Funded by the Fonthill Foundation, the 16 MET students visited a number of remote village schools, providing pens, books and stickers, which the schools cannot afford. The students donated their time to deliver lessons, play with the children and paint playground equipment. Their efforts will also change the lives of a homeless family with severe learning difficulties. Working with Extra Cover, who is funding the build, the students laid the foundations for a house which has been designed to accommodate the family and their particular needs.
Marcus, one of the students who went on the trip, said;
"This was the best experience of my life. I have learnt so much about different cultures and feel like I have spent my time helping people. Itís the best thing I have ever done, and I want to travel and help people as much as possible now."