This fall Project Rousseau is joined by 4 volunteer consultants and 1 gap year fellow.
Johanna, Project Rousseau's Gap Year Fellow learned about Project Rousseau through the Global Citizenship Programme at her school, Rysensteen Gymnasium, one of Project Rousseau's partner schools in Copenhagen, Denmark. Before starting with Project Rousseau, she participated in various volunteering projects, such as helping refugees with school work and biking with elders. She has been an active member of various clubs in her school, attending Model United Nation conferences and traveling on various exchanges to different parts of the world. These experiences have all developed her belief that knowledge, education, and tolerance are the keys to a safer and better world, something she is excited to promote through Project Rousseau during her gap year.
Johanna wishes to travel around the world and volunteer in less developed countries to improve educational standards. She hopes to pursue a degree in Geography or Architecture, both with a focus on global warming, sustainable solutions, and an international cooperation.
Having found that working with young people in new cultural contexts brought out the best in him, Alistair pursued a number of roles in education, both in and outside his native U.K.. As a language assistant and then business English teacher and camp counsellor in Austria he began to develop an individualised approach to help each student exceed their own expectations, which he tried to continue as a primary class teacher in North London after graduating from university. He hopes to bring the value of these experiences, and an interest in and commitment to Project Rousseau's ethos, to the charity and its students. Alistair has a BA from Oxford University in History and Modern Languages, and a PGCE in Primary Education from University College London. He is an enthusiastic runner and squash player, and captained his college hockey team.
Susanna was most drawn to Project Rousseau's philosophy that academic problems rarely have academic causes. She just finished her Masters in Psychology and Education at the University of Cambridge, where she was interested in gender gaps in attainment, and undertook research on how students think and feel about their academic abilities. She was previously involved in the access efforts of her undergraduate college in Oxford, and is now excited to work more closely with students at Project Rousseau, to help them achieve their ambitions for the future.
Ever since starting university Grace has been engaged with social mobility and education ventures, both at home in the UK and across India, Burma and Nepal. Having graduated in the summer of 2016, after studying History at Oxford, Grace has continued to work on education projects, as well as working with startups and galleries in London. She stumbled across Project Rousseau while researching renowned education charities and looks forward to being able to work on a more focussed and long term project.
Rosalie is passionate about access to university, and is keen to go into either charity work or teaching. She was immediately struck by Project Rousseau’s mission and the effectiveness of the charity, and hopes to build on her background in access work, charity volunteering and marketing. Rosalie has graduated from Oxford with a BA in English Literature, and spent her time at Oxford working for the charity Just Like Us, being an access ambassador for the English department and as part of the university’s LGBT+ and Women’s Societies.