The Worshipful Company of Coopers is one of the oldest in the City of London. In modern times it has evolved into the trustee of 6 principal charities, and a social and charitable enterprise that harnesses the skills and resources of its members to support a wide variety of causes.
Henry Strode, the founder of the original Strode’s School, had been a Master of the Company and in the early days it administered the charity under which the school was run. One of the most tangible links is represented by the award of the Travel Bursaries.
Annual awards are made by the Coopers’ Company to students for travel to further their studies. They enable students to embark upon more ambitious travel projects than might otherwise be possible. They can be used for example, to collect material for a project which is part of an examination specification or to extend one’s knowledge and understanding of another culture.
Coopers’ Travel Bursary Winner 2017 is Nicole Barber
Nicole was fortunate enough to win the travel bursary which took her on an adventure to Borneo in the state of Sabah with the company Camps International.
The majority of Nicole’s trip included community project work designed to improve various aspects within the country such as concreting a volleyball court, changing room facilities and a market square and refurbishing a local school and teaching Maths and English to some of the pupils.
Alongside the community projects Nicole also took part in environmental projects, these included making steps in the jungle to provide easier access down the steep slopes of the jungle and reforesting an area in the eastern rainforest following a series of wildfires.
The final part of Nicole’s amazing adventure was a five-day jungle trek at the foot of Mt Kinabalu. Nicole commented, ‘This was probably the most challenging part of the whole trip as it was physically demanding but also required a lot of teamwork to be able to keep one another going throughout the trek. I feel incredibly lucky to have been in a team of such supportive people who helped a lot in getting through the jungle’.
We are so glad that Nicole took up this opportunity and shared her highlights with us.