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Guy Owen - Class of 2023 - Travel Award Update

I hope this update finds you well. As you know, I’m one of the recipients of the 2023 Sidcot Education Trust Travel Award. I’m writing to provide an update on my adventures during my gap year so far.

Dear Rachele, members of the Travel Award committee and fellow Sidcotians,

I hope this update finds you well. As you know, I’m one of the recipients of the 2023 Sidcot Education Trust Travel Award. I’m writing to provide an update on my adventures during my gap year so far. 

I’ve spent the last six months travelling and working in Australia. I’m now in Cairns and coming to the end of my stay here, heading next to southeast Asia.

My original plan was to get involved in windsurf coaching in Perth, aiming to share my skills with underprivileged children at the Royal Perth Yacht Club. However, when I got there in early September it didn’t prove possible to follow this through. My host family were 90 minutes away from the Swan River where the club was located, and the logistics of getting to and from the location on a regular basis proved complicated and expensive. The cost of living was also higher than I expected, and even with the generous Sidcot award of £480 I was only going to be able to get part-time opportunities in the windsurfing community and that wasn’t enough to keep me going. Instead, I got a job as a surveyor’s assistant (which in Australia they call an ‘offsider’) and I spent three and a half months in Perth on construction sites for roads and a commuter railway. It was a really good experience and involved me getting up at 4.30 am to spend long days in the hot sun getting covered in dust!

I then moved over to Melbourne where I bought an old car (a 2003 Subaru Forester) and over the last two months I’ve driven with a friend all the way up to Cairns, picking up work along the way at a vineyard in southern Queensland. We explored the whole coastline, various state parks and plenty of cities and towns along the way. I’ve now come to the end of the journey and I’m bound for Bangkok on Monday.

Inspired by the school's motto of living adventurously, I’m eager to contribute to a meaningful project in southeast Asia. While the initial plan focused on windsurfing, I’m open to exploring any opportunity that would benefit and support youth or children. So I’m considering potential projects in Thailand, Laos or Vietnam that align with the ethos of the award. This could involve activities ranging from educational initiatives to community development projects or maybe teaching English. I want to find something that positively impact people’s lives.

So while I don’t have an exact plan right now, I wanted to keep you updated. I’m attaching a few pictures of my journey so far. Sidcot has really made me think big! I hope to come back home ready for university with a much wider view of the world. I have a place at Oxford Brookes to study Real Estate starting in September.

Thank you for your support 

Yours sincerely,

Guy Owen

Class of 2023

The Sidcot Education Trust supports up the Travel Award annually. For details on supporting the Sidcot Education Trust follow this link. If you are a Year 13 student or recent leaver you can apply for the travel award please email alumni@sidcot.org.uk to request an application form.  

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