In this section we have asked past Scholars to tell us a little bit about their Gap Year, where they went, the experiences they had and how they feel the Crawley Scholarship has benefited them.
Harry Richards (The Grove) used his Crawley Scholarship money to learn Spanish in Costa Rica where he stayed for six weeks and travelled extensively, from the beaches of Guanacaste to the Monteverde rainforest. The award also helped to fund “an eye opening three week project in Guatemala City working with the children of families who made their living off the city’s dump.”
Edward Dick (The Park) went to Sicily to learn Italian and then to Bilbao in Spain where he got a job, lived with a Spanish family and learnt Spanish.
Sam Carlisle (Elmfield) used Crawley Scholarship money to learn French. He spent four months in Paris which, he says, “is now part of my life”. He saw everything from Versailles to the Catacombs. “To be given a language and an intimate knowledge of a foreign city is one of the most amazing gifts. Thank you.”
Nic Church (The Park) spent two and a half months in France as a holiday camp guide for French children and then as an assistant to a master carpenter in Machemont, north of Paris. He went on to Pondicherry in India to work in the Arul Ashram Catholic HIV centre. Nic says the Crawley Gap Year Scholarship “has been a wonderful thing to have, opening doors and pushing me further in my expectations...”
Click on the links below for full Scholar Diaries.