Global Learning Partnerships

“I was constantly reassured by the effectiveness of The Wood Foundation in ensuring every participant had a network of support including another global teacher to work alongside in community, past participants from Scotland as Team Leads and School Based Teacher Trainers from Rwanda. For me Rwanda was a transformative experience and I would encourage any teacher with an interest in Learning for Sustainability and Global Citizenship to apply now.”

Amy Wilson, GLP 2018

Thinking about applying?

You’ve seen the GLP programme advertised, you’re quite interested, but you aren’t quite sure yet. You need some answers, some convincing, and someone to tell you that the anxious, yet potentially excited feeling in your abdomen is a good feeling and your body telling you you’re searching out with your comfort zone. You would only need five minutes with a teacher who has returned from a GLP experience to know that they too felt like this before applying.

Please find some answers to some of the questions frequently asked before someone fills in that application to go on this ‘life changing’ opportunity… (and don’t worry, if you don’t need your life changed, do it for a different reason!)

No time is taken out of school.  Selection, all pre-departure training sessions and debrief take place at pre-agreed weekends.  The overseas placement will take place during the school summer holiday.
We’ve heard this so many times from teachers who have a last minute panic of thinking they have nothing to offer, some of whom have been teaching for many, many years. Let us assure you, this is pre-placement nerves.  Each teacher who has expressed this concern has gained confidence in their knowledge and skills.  Once put in the position of guiding their overseas colleagues through a lesson plan, or collaboratively developing CLPL with limited resource, they have been amazed at how much they know and how creative they can be.  You will be challenged, but you will have the support of your Cohort and your colleagues in-country.  Through collaboration you will realise that you are more resilient, resourceful and knowledgeable than you have previously given yourself credit for.
The safety of our participants is of the highest importance.  GLP will only send practitioners to safe and secure communities.  GLP representatives work alongside in-country partners to risk assess the country, host communities and all accommodation before the arrival of participants.  In 2018, GLP will provide placements in Rwanda and Uganda.

In Rwanda, practitioners live and work within communities across the country.   Rwanda has a large security and police presence and low levels of crime.  That’s not to say petty crime doesn’t happen, it’s like anywhere else in the world, of course it does.  However, it does feel very safe.  Rwandans are very accepting of visitors to their country and they are keen for you to leave with a good impression.  You will find Rwanda to be very clean and ordered.

In Uganda, practitioners live and work in Masindi in Western Uganda which is considered to be very safe.  On the whole, Uganda is considered to be safe with little political unrest.  Ugandans tend to be friendly and most foreigners will find them to be warm and welcoming.  Over 15,000 UK tourists travel through Uganda each year and most do so trouble free.  However, foreign nationals are advised against travel to the North East of Uganda.  GLP also advises against travel in the North along the south Sudan border.

In Rwanda and Uganda precautions should be taken; participants are advised not to wear expensive jewellery, carry lots of cash on their person or walk alone in the dark.  GLP representatives will provide you with pre-placement training and an in-country induction to prepare you for arrival in your host country.

The chances are, you won’t. And that is part of personal and professional development. You’ll travel, live and share moments with people you’ve only recently met and they will be the only people in the whole world who will be having a similar experience as you at that moment in time, which is quite remarkable. They’ll be the only people who will understand any worries you have, or be able to reminisce with you when you return.  Through GLP you have the opportunity to expand your network and learn from a whole new group of colleagues and friends.
You don’t. And no-one does. Those who have travelled far and wide don’t even know really know what to expect when they embark upon a four week placement in Rwanda or Uganda. You’ll have to be mindful of different cultures and ways of life, but you’ll never know if it’s for you if you don’t try it.  Our GLP team will make every effort to help you prepare as best you can, this includes managing your expectations and providing you with opportunities to raise your cultural awareness.
The answer to this depends entirely on where you’re situated while in-country. Some practitioners will be based in the city, some other in the more rural areas where the housing will vary. We ensure everyone is in safe accommodation but the finer details will not be known until one month prior to your placement.  GLP representatives review and assess your community and accommodation to ensure it is fit for purpose and safe.

GLP Alumni: “The house I stayed in was clean and secure, but had no utilities as we know them. Water was brought to us in recycled cooking oil Gerry can. There was a squat toilet out the back of the building – we did not have to share this facility. There was no electricity in or near our house. Our neighbours were other teacher mentors and other teachers – all females. We had a bamboo fence around the buildings to give us some privacy. Cooking was using a Calor gas canister with one ring to cook on fitted on top.”

GLP Alumni: “It’s a basic and simple life and definitely doesn’t have the luxuries that we are all accustomed too but we can live in it. Our house had 2 houses very close by and we had animals, goats and chickens, outside our door every day. I didn’t ever have to worry about sleeping in as they generally woke me up every morning.”

On average, it costs £6,500 per person to participate on GLP.  GLP is an 18 month programme with off-site training and a placement overseas.

In order to sustain the programme we ask each participant to commit £1,500 towards the cost of the trip.  Your financial commitment contributes towards the cost of flights, accommodation, your living allowance, in-country support, your visa, a proportion of your inoculation costs and all of your pre-departure and post placement training.

How will you raise £1,500?

School-based practitioners may be able to obtain a contribution from your school’s CLPL budget, a donation from the PTC or, undertake school-based fundraising initiatives. For participants who are not school-based and/or unable to access support within their school, you will be required to undertake personal fundraising initiatives.

There has been a great variety of challenges undertaken by our alumni. Sky dives, bungee jumps, hair shaving, walks, cycles, bake sales, quiz nights, living off £1 a day… the opportunities to involve your personal and professional networks and your local community are plentiful. In addition, many participants have applied to their local rotary, community council and Teacher Associations for small donations to supplement their fundraising.  For many, community and school-based fundraising have sufficed but others have supplemented their fundraising target with their own savings.

The Wood Foundation is responsible for the remaining £5,000 per person.

You will be responsible for the booking of and payment of any “tourist” related activities.

GLP Alumni: “Living is very cheap. Travelling on the local bus was about £2 for a 3 hour journey from the capital. Moto was £2 for a 12 mile journey. Food is very cheap. Eating in the village restaurant they eat as much as you want was £1 (mainly carbohydrate) and a Fanta was 30p. In the bigger towns with more choice it was rarely more than £7. Trips to Ngwenya forest and Acagera park cost about £100 for the day. Hotel accommodation was about £25-30 per night. I spent about £450 on accommodation, travel, trips, and food for the month.”

GLP Alumni: “Aim to raise more than £1500. I raised about £500 over and this allowed me to buy school resources to take out to Rwanda with me and meant I could leave them there. It also allowed me to provide some excellent resources for my school back in Aberdeen. I was able to visit the market and shop till I dropped gaining resources for a variety of departments in school.”

This depends what the health issue is, how it affects you day to day and whether you feel comfortable committing to the programme and the four week placement. We will do all we can to ensure that if you’re happy to go, we are too. It may be best to contact the GLP representative with your specific queries if you want to find out before applying.
Once you’ve applied your application form will be considered and if successful at this stage, you’ll be invited along to Selection. If successful at Selection, you will be offered a place on the programme for that year. If you accept your place, you’ll then have to attend one training weekend in the March, and one in the May. The dates of these weekends are not set until all those taking part have confirmed their places and the weekends are arranged around when people can manage. You’ll then head to Rwanda or Uganda on the first week of July for four weeks. When you return, you’ll continue taking part in the programme by applying what you have learnt in Rwanda or Uganda to your teaching of global education.
On 1st August 2018, an outbreak of Ebola was declared in the North Kivu Province of the DRC.  Rwandan and Ugandan authorities have put in place screening measures at all entry points including land borders and at airports.  GLP regularly monitors Rwanda and Uganda, assessing the health and safety of the country and, the potential risk to all GLP participants.  The safety of GLP participants is of the upmost importance with programme delivery dependent on both countries meeting rigorous risk assessment.