International students meet in Eastbourne
7 May 2013
The University of Brighton Student Union Stoker’s Bar was the perfect venue for a unique get-together for international students from the University of Brighton and international scholarship students from Pestalozzi.
Article by The True Face student PR team, University of Brighton Eastbourne campus.
At the University of Brighton, international students from Germany, France, Italy and other European and non-European countries have the opportunity to gain a Bachelor’s degree and experience the English way of life. To unwind, mix and mingle with other students or play a round of pool, the SU Stoker’s Bar has always been a popular venue. Last Thursday however, the bar was animated with live music, new faces and hundreds of ladybirds. Pestalozzi scholarship students from Hastings came to introduce their charity to the international students of the University of Brighton and learned in return about the university study program.
A quiz about Pestalozzi, a raffle and a live musician served as icebreakers and helped the two groups to interact. Throughout the evening, students from the University of Brighton learned about the charity and its work. "Pestalozzi students are so interesting and I had a really good time talking with them”, said the president of the International Students Society, Ignacy Bochinski.
Founded over 50 years ago, Pestalozzi is an international educational charity offering two year scholarships to academically bright but economically disadvantaged 16-19 year old students from around the world, giving them the chance to realise their potential. In cooperation with Sussex Coast College Hastings, Pestalozzi gives students the opportunity to take their International Baccalaureate. The charity currently hosts 50 students from seven different countries: Belize, India, Nepal, the Tibetan communities in exile, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The organisation promotes holistic education, developing the whole person – their ‘Head, Heart and Hands’.
The young people from Pestalozzi were also welcome to ask Brighton University students questions about university life. As they are soon to decide on how to continue their educational career, this event gave them an insight into a potential choice that many Pestalozzi alumni have chosen previously. The event at the SU Stoker’s bar not only strengthened the bonds between international students in the UK and created new friends, but also created awareness of a charity’s work with a younger generation in an easy-going environment.
Could you hold an awareness-raising event for Pestalozzi? Why not set up a Friends of Pestalozzi group in your town!