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Untouched World Alumni Champions Programme

Alumni champions program

The Untouched World™ Charitable Trust hosts a bi-annual dinner that honours four annual outstanding student leaders from that year’s field programmes, and two Alumni Champion student teachers, whose progress since leaving our programmes has been exemplary.

The learning process, camaraderie and conservation work changed my views on learning. Each day a different student would lead the group on each task. This was the first time in my life that a teacher handed over the reins and said you take charge of your learning – which gave us the opportunity to direct that learning, make our own decisions and work cooperatively with other people

Sarah Law, Blumine Island 2002

As of 2016, UWCT will be offering a seed fund for a winning Champion Alumni Project. This Project U programme will take place within the calendar year post the alumni dinner, in and with a community of origin, of the winning UWCT alumni champion student. In the spirit of all our work, the Project U programme will build on our seed fund with partner resource from that community.

The next Alumni dinner will be held in 2018.

Untouched World Charitable Trust Alumni Dinner 2016

The 2016 Untouched World Charitable Trust (UWCT) Alumni dinner was held on 29 October 2016 at the Untouched World Native Garden Café. It was all about celebrating the brilliance and emerging leadership of our Alumni champions from our 2015-16 UWCT Alumni programmes. And what a beautiful and inspiring night it was!

Four Alumni champ students pitched their Project U idea in a bid to take out the inaugural National Project U Award of $1500 to help fund their idea into reality.

Sam Kilsby from Otago Boys High School was crowned this year's winner. His $1500 will go towards a feasibility study and implementable plan to replace the diesel generated heating at Mt Aspiring’s Environmental Retreat Centre with a renewable energy source, enabling year round access to students throughout Otago and Canterbury.

Watch the presentations from the 2016 dinner:

Javan Ross

Kate Stedman

Tom Hanson

Sam Kilsby

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