Hola from Joanne Newton! LSFM final year Media Production undergraduate with fellow students from the University of Lincoln are doing voluntary work on a media literacy charity project in Peru with Challenges Abroad. Today is their last day said Jo: surrounded by all of the children, their parents and some teachers we watched everyone’s creations. They were so amazed when they saw their little faces on the big screen! We gave out prizes to them and then said goodbye with hugs from all. I won’t lie I even shed a tear! It was incredible and will stay with me forever.
Timely now to reflect with snippets from her blog about the first teaching day: I was feeling a little nervous that morning, not knowing what to expect from the school or the kids.Continue reading →
The challenge to support kids in Peru to create any form of media was taken up by some LSFM student volunteers. Amy-Louise Knowles, Harry Marshall, Holly McGratten, Joanne Newton, Yve Odell, Ellie Plummer, Katie Sharpe and Matt Snellin managed to raise a massive £20,000+ for an overseas opportunity. Now in June they are seeing projects their fundraising went to support – and to get creative in South America!
Joanne Newton blogged on Day One and Two: “Where do I start? After a 26 hour travel consisting of buses, planes, more planes and more buses, we finally arrived in Cusco … I was so excited to be somewhere so different and new, to be pushed outside of my comfort zone.”
Challenges Abroad UK, support the FutureSense Foundation charity’s work, offer student placements. The Peruvian challenge was ‘help teach media literacy to disadvantaged youth and give them the platform to express themselves while exploring all the beauty Peru has to offer’. University of Lincoln College of Arts Deputy Head Dr Sarah Barrow said: The students did so well to raise around £2.5k each towards the costs and a donation to the charity. LSFM offered £150 bursary to each student. The first batch of photos appeared from the LSFM student team’s charity media adventure with kids in the Andes.