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The Global Action Award Scheme

Sophia Enoizi StA'18 in Costa Rica
Sophia Enoizi StA'18 in Costa Rica


What is a Global Action Award?
The Global Action Awards (GAA) were established in 2000 by Worth Society who through its charitable arm, The Worthians Charitable Trust, offers grants to Worthians proposing to spend an extended period of time in unpaid work for the good of others. To date, a total of £28,780 has been awarded to Worthians participating in voluntary work for good causes. You can view the full list of awardees and read the latest GAA reports in the latest issue of the Society's magazine, The Blue Paper. 

Who are the Awards Open To?
The Global Action Award scheme is predominantly aimed at Year 13 students planning to undertake a gap year and undertake a voluntary project for an extended period of time (usually at least 6 weeks) with a recognised charity that is both beneficial to themselves personally and to the wider community. However, the awards are also open to any Worthian at any stage in their life who wishes to take an extended sabbatical to undertake a voluntary project with a recognised charity. The project may involve travel outside the United Kingdom, but although this is encouraged it is not a prerequisite.
Who are the Awarding Committee?
The Awarding Committee consists of the Chairman of Worth Society, Worth School's Head Master, and Trustees of the Worthians Charitable Trust.

When do they meet?
The Awarding Committee meets each term at Worth School.

What are the key factors in making the award?

  • Development of the individual and skills that will be of use to the recipient post Worth
  • Benefit to the chosen community
  • Financial need
  • The extent to which the candidate has used their initiative to help to part-finance the project.

What are the conditions on completing the award?
An award recipient will need to write a report of their project for the Worth Society’s annual magazine, The Blue Paper, upon their return. The Society feels that it is very important that awardees be involved in promoting the benefits of their activities to those who might follow in their footsteps and so ask that they also come back to School to make a short presentation to pupils about their project.

How do I apply?
In the first instance contact Mary Lou Burge, Worth Society ManagerFollowing a brief conversation about your plans, you will be asked to prepare a detailed proposal of your project. This will need to cover information on the charity/project you have chosen, what difference you think you can make and what value you feel it will be to you. The proposal will need to include a detailed budget of your trip (i.e. travel and subsistence costs) indicating how you propose to raise part of the funding yourself. Raising your own funds will show the Awarding Committee an indication of your commitment to the project. Your proposal will initially assessed and you will be advised on how you can improve your application prior to presentation to the Awarding Committee. If at all possible we ask that you make your presentation in person.

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