GTEF projects are focused on providing a combination of financial, practical resources, education, and hands on support to specific regions. Currently GTEF is working on projects in the East Himalayas and as a result of our approach we have achieved significant impact that people can experience on our voluntourism trips. To date, we have provided infrastructure improvements, equipment and teaching support to a number of remote community built schools. The trips and activities are planned with support from HELP Tourism, our 'on ground' tourism partners.
Darjeeling was once a spot on the map that GTEF visited for tourism purposes. As usual this did not last long, with so many opportunities to help, the group quickly established relationships with the local minister to support surrounding schools with educational resources and introductions to teaching approaches.
- In 2016 GTEF launched it's first Teacher Conference
- Over 70 teachers attended approved by the local government
- Conducted 2 day workshop presenting teaching approaches
- GTEF has set up a physical library where 0ver 35 different schools can access physical resources
- Initiated a digital teacher to teacher community online
The Yelbong Project
Yelbong Village is located in an area of the East himalyas where there is no vehicle access. When GTEF first arrived at Yelbong there was no prospect of education for the village children. Since that time GTEF has;
- Negotiated with local farmers to provide land for a possible Yelbong School in return for a grinding machine
- GTEF funded the purchase of the grinding machine and the the proceeds of it now goes towards paying a teacher
- GTEF has funded 75% of the very first Yelbong School to be completed in 2017
The Chuikhim Project
GTEF has provided support to Chuikhim for over 6 years and as a result instigated the local government to build a road to the village and approve the schools as official.
- Built school fence at Chuikhim Junior School - $1,827
- Funded Volleyball court - $2,088
- Donatation of 7 lap tops and 1 digital projector
- Provided art materials $200
- First Aid kits (Funds provided by Dandenong Rotary) - $1,500
- Internet connection AUD $83
The Neorra Valley Project
In 2010 GTEF first visited Neorra Valley and as a result of the associated media coverage, the regional educational board built a block of 3 classrooms and a library. GTEF funded local labour to;
- Build classroom furniture for all classrooms
- Paint the school
- Paint a mural with local Neorra Valley kids
GTEF donated musical instruments, sporting equipment and 8 laptops which are used to assist in setting up a virtual doctor service.