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MINNETONKA ME TO WE YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP TRIP DETAILS:
Who can apply?
Students aged 13 to 19 who have shown a commitment to global issues or community volunteerism can apply for this scholarship.
What will the trip be like?
Recipients of this scholarship will visit projects in Free The Children communities, become immersed in new cultures and develop valuable leadership skills. Participants will learn first-hand about sustainable development and bring the spirit of global citizenship back to their schools and communities. To learn more about Me to We youth volunteer trips click here.
When do I apply?
Applications are currently open and will be accepted until December 15, 2014.
How many students will be chosen?
One student will be chosen to participate in 2015.
Where will the scholarship recipient travel to?
In 2015, the scholarship recipient will win a Me to We volunteer trip to Ecuador or Nicaragua. Location may be dependent on timing and availability, but will be the choice of the selected student.
When will the trip take place?
The trip will take place between May and August 2015.
How will I plan my trip if I am selected?
The recipient of the scholarship will be contacted by Minnetonka Moccasin and will be introduced to a Me to We trip facilitator who will work directly with the winner to plan his/her trip.
What is covered?
Minnetonka Moccasin will cover on-the-ground costs, as well as the flight from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Toronto (to travel with the Me to We group), and then on to the destination of choice. The recipient of the scholarship is responsible for covering all additional fees that may include and are not limited to: a tourist visa, travel and medical insurance, vaccines, passport/travel documents, country entrance fee (e.g. $10.00 for Nicaragua) etc. For more information on the required travel and medical insurance, please see the related section below.
Travel and medical insurance
It is mandatory that all participants purchase individual travel and medical insurance as well as insurance for loss of property. Participants may purchase travelers insurance from Me to We Trips or an insurance provider of their choice. When buying travelers insurance, participants should compare different policies to determine which provides the best coverage. Participants are advised to check the fine print. Some policies exclude “dangerous activities”, which may include hiking, being in the proximity of wild animals, etc. Policies with such exclusions would not be appropriate as participants may be taking part in activities deemed “dangerous” by insurance providers. Participants may prefer a policy that pays doctors or hospitals directly rather than one requiring participants to make payments on the spot and then submit a claim for reimbursement later. Participants are advised to check the policy to ensure coverage of emergency transport evacuation to their home country. Participants are advised to obtain the maximum amount of medical, personal and travel insurance possible.
Safety is our top priority. Every year, about 1,500 youth travel overseas on a volunteer trip with Me to We, and Me to We will ensure every detail—from ensuring that proper safety protocol is followed on the build sites to ensuring that everyone drinks enough water—is carefully planned and supervised by our experienced trip facilitators. All facilitators are familiar with the communities where the trips take place and are always around to ensure each participant is safe and comfortable.
For more information about Me to We trips’ safety record, policies and practices, please click here.
scholarship application process:
Applications will be accepted through Monday, December 15, 2014, and must include the below sections outlined in application to be considered complete.
Section 1: Contact Information
Section 2: Personal Description