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ICE Quest applications invited

Applications are open for ICE members wanting to undertake some form of professional development overseas.

The Queen’s Jubilee Scholarship Trust (Quest) award provides funding for ICE members to travel around the world to undertake a range of activities from attending international conferences to development work in Africa.

Award winners receive a maximum of £1,500 as a one -off payment, but often secure further funding from employers and fundraising to meet their target.

Applications close on 29 April.

Quest scholarship

The first new ICE Quest Technician scholarships totalling almost £15,000 have gone to 20 recipients.

The scholarship was designed to help increase technician membership of ICE and support a group of students that would not usually be eligible for the undergraduate scholarship.

Similar to the undergraduate scholarship, it is aimed at top students at this level.

 

Case study:

Maisie Wong (centre)

Maisie Wong, structural engineer at Arup

ICE graduate member Maisie Wong recently returned from Soroti, Uganda, where she spent eight months helping build an orphanage and medical centre for the local community, partly funded by an ICE Quest travel award.

The project, facilitated by Engineers for Overseas Development (EFOD) and local nongovernmental organisation Care and Share Foundation (CFS), was to manage the build of a 100- bed orphanage for traumatised children.

The new building would replace the existing set-up, where the orphanage was operating out of a dilapidated school. Work on a medical centre, begun in 2008, also needed completing and part of the trip would be to help with completing this project as well.

“It takes a while for the villagers to treat you as a local and not just a visitor”

Maisie said the experience has given her a better understanding of the social aspects people are faced with around the world.

“I wanted to help out on a socially responsible project,” she said. “As both the orphanage project and the medical centre was solely for the use of the local people in Soroti, I felt these projects would benefit those who needed it the most.”

During the time Maisie spent in Soroti, the medical centre was completed to handover stage and the orphanage buildings were roofed and rendered (watertight), leaving only minor fittings like window shutters and internal doors to be completed.

But the trip was not without its difficulties, such as working long hours in the hot climate, living without reliable power and adapting to a new culture.

Maisie’s advice to anyone thinking about applying for an ICE Quest travel award is to research the area you are going to before leaving.

“For a more enriching experience, it would be best to stay in the area for a good duration to get accustomed to the cultural differences and gain a better understanding of the local environment. It takes a while for the villagers to treat you as a local and not just a visitor.”

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