My time volunteering
I spent three happy and fulfilling years teaching maths at Antigua Grammar School in the 1970s. As well as teaching in the classroom I was part of a working group writing new maths resources for the Caribbean Exams Council and also helped to train a local successor to myself. Resources were limited but despite this my former students have had wonderful careers in a variety of professions both within the Caribbean area and elsewhere. A joy to me is that I am still in touch with many of them so many years later.
The impact of my placement
Production of maths materials for the Caribbean Exams Council as part of a working group.
In my final year I was able to help train a local successor to myself to ensure continuity.
My unforgettable moments
Organising a quiz team, which one of them reminded me about only recently.
Taking my tutor group to many beaches on the island at weekends and having such fun.
Maintaining or re-establishing contact with my former students and hearing about their memories of my time with them.
Making lifelong friends through VSO,
Playing a part in so many people’s future careers.
The impact my placement has had on me
A lifelong commitment to VSO.
In the early days, talking to prospective VSOs prior to interview and also giving talks locally.
Being chair of a local VSO group (Basingstoke and North Hampshire) for around 20 years, actively promoting the work of VSO and, through fundraising, sponsoring many local VSOs and supporting their families.
More recently, selecting for the ICS programme and for the professional programme.
A lifelong commitment to working towards a fairer world.
Antigua & Barbuda