One of the best things about being a teacher are the summer holidays. Six long weeks to fill as you please. Fantastic! If you have itchy feet and like to travel, then start planning next year’s summer by applying for a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship. Few other professions have enough holiday time to undertake their Fellowship which must last between 4 and 8 weeks.
I am amazed that more folk haven’t heard about this travel grant which averages £5000 per award. Back in the late Sixties, the Travelling Fellowships were created as a living memorial following Churchill’s death. Every year approximately 100 awards are made to people from all walks of life. For example, this year there is a magician from Bath visiting the USA, a Scottish Natural Heritage Officer retracing Uncle George’s last expedition in Nepal, and lots of probation officers finding out about how offenders are dealt with in other countries.
The principal aim of the Fellowships is to acquire knowledge overseas to benefit community and country. Or in Sir Winston’s words:
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
There are different categories of awards. That’s why there are many probation officers going travelling this year. Teachers are extraordinarily lucky. Nearly every year there is a teaching related category, along with expeditions and awards to people under the age of 25.
The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust staff who oversee the Fellowships are organised and helpful. After years of having to wade through the quagmires of local authority bureaucracy, it is refreshing to meet an organisation which has a zero tolerance approach to red tape.
For more information and an application form, visit the Trust’s website.