Former Bath schoolgirl is African mission expedition leader
An experienced expedition leader is off to Tanzania, thanks to a fellowship grant.
Victoria Gillbard, 31, successfully applied to the Winston Churchill Trust to take a group of people to the African country to see work being done to improve the lives of people in the community.
The trip will see three people in their early 20s to help with the running of an orphanage, assisting with the harvesting of seaweed and teaching English to children.
Victoria, a former St Gregory’s School pupil, is also raising money to buy Swahili-to-English dictionaries to help the children with their school work.
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The trust was established in 1965 and offers travelling fellowships to British citizens to go overseas, with the stipulation that they must bring back knowledge for the benefit of others.
Victoria, who has led youth expeditions in Kenya, Tanzania and Borneo over the past five years, will leave next Thursday for an eight-week trip.
On their return they will present what they have learnt to community groups, and campaign for change.
Victoria said: “I have a passion for developing young people, which I think the judges recognised. I am pleased to have been awarded one of the fellowships and am looking forward to going back to Tanzania.”