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Redcar & Cleveland College Students embark on a life-changing International Residential Trip to Romania

Redcar & Cleveland College Students embark on a life-changing International Residential Trip to Romania

On Friday morning, we waved off our 13 excited Level 3 Health and Social Care, Childcare and Supporting Teaching and Learning Foundation Degree students as they embarked on a week-long adventure to Romania.

The International Residential Trip to Romania, which is organised annually by Health and Social Care Course Leader, Gillian Morgan, and STLS Course Leader, Irene Walker is now in its eleventh year. The trip is a great opportunity for Redcar & Cleveland College students to support disadvantaged families in Romania and provide aid to the local villagers. The Sir William Turner Foundation provide financial support every year to enable the trip to take place.

During the week, the students will work with our three college tutors – Gillian, Irene and Richard Cochrane, visiting gypsy schools, orphanages and homeless shelters. They will organise aid to take on their visits and also arrange fun, education and wellbeing activities to support communities and attempt to break the “cycle of Disadvantage.”

Gillian Morgan said:

“This trip is always an emotional and gratifying experience. Students learn a lot professionally and personally, as they meet people who are living in extreme poverty and this can be very overwhelming.

This week is a life-changing experience for our students. The aid we provide is greatly received and our aim is to bring a smile, cuddles and enjoyment to those we visit on our journey.”

With the support and generosity of the local community, the tutors and students collected aid, including clothing, bedding and toiletries to take on the trip with them. In total, the students and lecturers carry 240kg of aid in their luggage. Cash aid is provided too, so that they can purchase food when they are in Romania to donate.

Irene Walker said:

“We would like to thank the Sir William Turner Foundation for their continuing support of the trip, without this the trip would not take place. The financial support provides the opportunity for students with a range of financial needs to be included in the trip. Our thanks also go out to the student’s families and the local community. We are grateful to Mrs Doonan, who each year knits jumpers to take out to the orphanage. Overall the trip has allowed students to gain employment as a result of the professional skills they have enhanced during the residential international placement”

We will be posting regular updates from the students all week – follow us on Facebook and Twitter to track what they have been up to.

For more information about our Health and Social Care and Childcare courses, please visit https://www.cleveland.ac.uk/fulltime/

 

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