In March 2012 we will be celebrating our 150th anniversary. To mark the occasion we have planned lots of events and activities involving our residents and stakeholders, focusing on key stories from past to present-day Peabody.
As part of these celebrations, we are organising an exchange trip to the US for young people between the ages of 14-16 who are (or have been) actively involved in community work or initiatives. The key theme for the exchange will be around 'democracy'.
The young people will visit Peabody Massachusetts, George Peabody’s place of birth, between 27 October and 3 November 2012 and share their experiences with their US counterparts. The democratic theme will be explored further by arranging trips to Washington.
The American Ambassador in London (Peabody’s Honorary President) will also host a group of young people from Peabody Massachusetts. The US students, on their exchange trip, will get to visit Parliament and be part of the 2012 Olympic activities.
The theme for the trip will be based on the following three areas:
History of Peabody – our role in London
Celebrating Peabody’s 150th anniversary
The trip will also be an opportunity for our American counterparts to be a part of London 2012 the city of the Olympic Games, and to see the legacy of the games.
Q&A for young people who wish to apply to go on the US trip
What will I gain from this experience?
Not only will you get to travel to the US and get free accommodation, you’ll also gain a greater understanding of the democratic process. The visit will include a wide range of educational, historical and social activities, providing an insight into the legacy of George Peabody.
This experience will help your personal development. It will encourage team-working, participation and negotiation skills.
If you feel you would get a lot out of the trip we recommend you apply.
We’re especially interested in anyone actively involved in some sort of community work or community initiative, leading or participating in a group activity, cultural/sporting ability. We are looking for:
- Young people from our youth clubs;
- Young volunteers involved in community work/initiatives;
- Peabody residents between the ages of 14-16;
- A maximum of 10 people will be selected for the exchange.
Complete the application form (pdf, 247KB) and references form (pdf, 147KB)
Provide a summary of your achievements, interests and reasons for applying. A copy of your passport, visa and references will be required as proof of identity.
Deadline for applications is December 2011
If you are short-listed you will be invited to attend an interview. You must prepare a short presentation as to why you wish to participate in the exchange.
Short-listing and Interviews will take place in January 2012.
Successful applicants announced.
The visit to Massachusetts will take place from 27 October to 2 November 2012.
For further information about the application process please contact Jeanette Manu on 0207 021 4659 or email:email@example.com.
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