In August I applied to the Leadership Development Programme with TeachFirst (one of GeogSoc’s sponsors), and as of September I will be working as a Primary School Teacher in Yorkshire. TeachFirst is an educational charity in England and Wales that aims to end educational inequality.
Every summer since I was in Year 12 I have volunteered with children in the UK and abroad. However, in the summer of 2nd year I worked at an American summer camp as an Activity Leader and Counsellor. One of the camps I worked at was ‘New Venture’, which is a camp designed and provided for children who are in contact with Youth and Family Services. These children had been through a lot in their lives and as a result, there was a significant difference in their handwriting, understanding of the world, and even just the ability to concentrate for any lengthy period of time. This week was a challenge for me and my co-counsellor, but it made me realise just how different education can be experienced by different people from a variety of backgrounds. What I witnessed during this week with my New Venture campers was what motivated me to apply for TeachFirst.
Studying Geography at Edinburgh University has given me the opportunity to have lots of experiences outside of university and as a result has helped me achieve my graduate job. One of the courses I am doing this year is Geoscience Outreach and Engagement. This course has been a perfect choice for my final year and is a great opportunity given to final year students in the School of Geosciences at Edinburgh. The course has enabled me to put into practice what I have learnt in the past 3 years at Edinburgh University, and allowed me to design, develop and deliver a project of my choosing. Since I will be a Primary School teacher next year I have developed a series of three interactive lessons aimed at Primary 6 pupils on earthquakes that covers sections of the Scottish Curriculum from Maths to Drama to Technologies.