Tales from the volunteers

kyle

Hi My name is Kyle Render and I am 19 Years old I am from Huddersfield in Yorkshire!

I did a project in Martinique for two weeks whilst studying at college, this was a great opportunity for me and I took this and went away with college for 2 weeks and I went out to bring my coaching knowledge out with me and teach children from different ages, my main sport was Rugby league however I also helped with other sports including Gymnastics!

Along side this I also had the opportunity to have visitors come around to out Accommodation which we stayed in for 2 Weeks! And that was great because I was able to learn the different culture but also alongside this I was able to explain about our English Culture.

With all the coaching there was great opportunity for free time and Wow was it great been able to go and do a lot of different activities now there is a lot so I will just pick out my main ones which I thought was my favourite ones the first one was having the opportunity to be able to join in with water sports and been able to be taught by professional coaches before going to Martinique water sports wasn’t something I ever thought about getting involved in but after having the experience this gave me a lot of confidence and showed me how enjoyable it was and boosted my confidence to do it and this is something I would definitely do again and something I would recommend.

The second one was been able to go and enjoy a day on the beach, this was great because it meant we had a day to chill out and enjoy the beach! And lastly was the opportunity to be able to walk around the town! This was something which I wouldn’t of done before coming but been able to walk around was great to see the different towns and the shops and was great been able to take a lot of photos to keep as memories.

The main things that I learnt when been over in Martinique was a great understanding about water sports and the different types of water sports and also the different names for the equipment that is needed for the sport. Also been able to meet and greet different people of all ages which spoke a different language was great because this gave me more confidence to be able to speak to people who don’t speak the same language as myself. The things that I have learnt personally would be the confidence to coach before coming to Martinique I had just qualified for my Level 1 Rugby league coaching qualification but after having thus experience this then helped me to want to progress onto the next level, and this has also helped me boost my confidence to change my coaching ways to help people understand.

Another thing wouldn’t be adapting difference from England to Martinique because from visiting the supermarket it was a lot different with the types of food that they sell in there supermarkets so we had to not only adapt when making a meal for the rest of our class but also had to make sure we checked it was the right product before buying.

This project has helped me a lot because I has opened up more doors for me after this project I went home and had a hard think and I applied for a sport coach position and I got the job and from this project this help me to do this because the employer was amazed with the project I went on along side this I have also been looking into traveling to different countries to go over and coach Rugby league. Cannot thank more Everything is Possible and Erasmus+ for giving me the opportunity to be able to do this project this has really helped me a lot with progressing within coaching.

 

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56 Martinique Ellie Barrow-1

I am Ellie and I am 18 years old. My project is in Martinique with youth in the town.
My favourite experience on this project is Gymnastics. I enjoyed this project as I got to see how the parents got involved with the activity and working with different ages. What I learn from this session was new french phrases and how there might be a language barrier, however, we can still complete the same activity through physical actions and the importance of demonstration. This experience has showed me how I can communicate through demonstrations and actions, something that will help me.
I have found that this experience has made me more independent as we have been cooking and cleaning for ourself. I will take this skills home with me and they will help me in life.
Ellie Barrow

 
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Vocational Educational Training (VET) project part of ‘Discovering More’, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
DM Banner Askham YITT LQ
The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

55 Martinique Charlotte Graham-1

During my experience at Martinique I have learnt that biting the bullet and taking part in new activities is very important because you will become a lot more confident. This will lead you to a better place than what missing out on the activities will. I say this because I wasn’t the most confident prior to this trip and it has changed the way I look at different activities, I think I should just try my best and give it ago. Also learning to communicate with people from Martinique in different languages has been a challenge.
I feel like I have been a lot more independent on the trip that what I usually would be as I have been making meals for the group and keeping the apartment clean and tidy. I feel like this trip has given us more freedom and independence as we have to do things for ourselves and not rely on the adults or other people to do stuff for us.
Charlotte Graham

 
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Vocational Educational Training (VET) project part of ‘Discovering More’, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
DM Banner Askham YITT LQ
The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

54 Martinique Archie Fillingham-1

I am Archie and I am currently taking part in the Martinique project.
I have learnt many things from this project so far including cooking for myself and leaning basic french. My favourite experience so far has been the rugby session with the local team of a similar age to us. This is because it was enjoyable playing with people from a different background. From this experienced I have learnt how to coach even with the language barrier by using demonstrations and basic french. I feel this will massively benefit my college work and future carer in the sport industry as it will allow me to interact with a wider range of people. I am also planning on going to university so the independent living experience will benefit me greatly.
This has been an amazing experience for me so far and I look forward to continuing with it. Thank you for this opportunity.
Archie Fillingham

 
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Vocational Educational Training (VET) project part of ‘Discovering More’, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
DM Banner Askham YITT LQ
The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

49 Martinique Zak Mullier-1

My name is Zak Mullier I am 17, and I am studying SPORT and Coaching at Askham Bryan College.
When coaching I did football, gymnastics, basketball and athletics. The hardest part of the coaching was the language barrier as they didn’t speak English and we didn’t speak French. To get past this we did hand signals and lots of demonstrations and
In the free time we went to beach a few times, we also did a few cultural visits like the slave museum, chocolate factory and rum distillery.
Thanks to Erasmus+, professionally I have learnt how to communicate and teach other people sports that don’t speak the same language through actions and demonstrations. Personally, I would like to thank Erasmus+ for the amazing opportunity and for potentially making me more employable.
Zak Mullier
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Vocational Educational Training (VET) project part of ‘Discovering More’, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
DM Banner Askham YITT LQ
The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

48 Martinique Meghan Scadding-1

My name is Meghan Scadding I am 18 and I am studying at Askham Bryan College.
I wanted to develop my coaching skills and to see how other countries coach sports.
When coaching I did. When I was there I took part in gymnastics, basketball, football, athletics, biking.
In the free time, we also had a intercultural evening where we tasted different foods from Martinique and heard a few songs.
Thanks to Erasmus+, professionally I have learnt that different countries have a different way of coaching and also I leant on how different communities live. Personally, I enjoyed this experience a lot and I got a lot out of it as I learnt a lot of different things, if I got the opportunity to do a longer project I would definitely do it as it was amazing.
Meghan Scadding

 
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Vocational Educational Training (VET) project part of ‘Discovering More’, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
DM Banner Askham YITT LQ
The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

47 Martinique Lydia Pattinson-1

My name is Lydia Pattinson I am 17 and I am studying level 3 Sports at Askham Bryan College.
I wanted to take part in this project to get some real-life experience form coaching abroad as I might want to do this as my job.
When coaching I did gymnastics, basketball, athletics and bikes all off these were very fun and interesting. During these sessions we got to put to practice our coaching skills that we have learnt from our course at college but to also practice some off our French.
In the free time I socialised with new friends who I didn’t really know before and met new friends form Martinique.
Thanks to Erasmus+, professionally I have learnt so much form this experience in such a short period of time. I would love to go on this again for longer as it was an opportunity of a lifetime.
Lydia Pattinson

 
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Vocational Educational Training (VET) project part of ‘Discovering More’, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
DM Banner Askham YITT LQ
The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

46 Martinique Lia Greenwood-1

My name is lia  I am 16 and I am studying level 2 sport and public service at Askham Bryan College.
I wanted to take part in this project, because I belived that this project would of helped me gain more confidence in myself and help encourage others to enjoy sport.
When coaching I helped out with young children and helped them gain more confidnece and skills
In the free time i took part in a few things for example we climbed Mont Pele and we also had a meeting wjth youth in the town.
Thanks to Erasmus+, professionally I have learnt many new things from this including a new culture and cuisine and picked up on better french and great leading skills
Lia Greenwood

 
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Vocational Educational Training (VET) project part of ‘Discovering More’, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
DM Banner Askham YITT LQ
The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

45 Martinique Katie Smith-1

My name is Katie Smith. I am studying Sport development at Askham Bryan College.
I wanted to take part in this project, to develop more coaching skills and confidence. I had never been abroad before, so this was a chance for me to get the opportunity to experience what its like living and teaching in a different country and experiencing a different culture all together.
When coaching I participated in a range of different activities such as gymnastics, athletics, biking and rugby.
In the free time we visited the rum distillery, and to the slave museum.
Thank to Erasmus+, professionally I have gained skills needed for working in a different culture. Personally, I have gained confidence and independence.
Katie Smith
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Vocational Educational Training (VET) project part of ‘Discovering More’, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
DM Banner Askham YITT LQ
The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

44 Martinique Josh Reid-1

My name is Josh I am 18 and I am studying Level 3 sport at Askham Bryan College.
When coaching I did football, bikes, athletics and gymnastics as of which was a challenge at times this is because I knew a little bit of French however, demonstrations was the best way of doing the session so they understood as of which my confidence grew as I became more frequent with the system of how they are coached differently.
In the free time I enjoyed visiting mount Pele, rum distillery, beaches.
Professionally I have learnt how to communicate in a different language but also gain experience within coaching in a different culture and country.Personally, I would like to thank Erasmus for this fantastic opportunity of a lifetime which was thoroughly enjoyed and for giving me an advantage of getting a better insight for a sports coach job.
Josh Reid
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Vocational Educational Training (VET) project part of ‘Discovering More’, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
DM Banner Askham YITT LQ
The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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