Goostrey’s Laura needs your vote

Laura Harvey, from Goostrey, is among eight volunteers from around the world (she is the only one from the UK) to be selected out of nearly 2000 as finalists for the 2019 IVHQ Alternative Break Scholarship. However the ultimate winner will be determined by public vote so Laura would be grateful for our support…… voting is open until March 3. Vote for Laura at

Laura Harvey

My name is Laura Harvey and I have lived in Goostrey my whole life, attending the Primary School and Holmes Chapel High School.  I have been lucky enough to receive funding to take a gap year, already spending time living with a host family and volunteering in environmental education in Santa Catarina, Brazil.

However, I am also hoping to continue my environmental volunteering and practice my Portuguese, and have been shortlisted for a scholarship to go to Lisbon for two weeks and volunteer with a local diving school. Through this, I will aid with the training of local divers, a sustainable method of keeping the coastline clean of pollution.

This will only be possible through this scholarship, which is now up for public vote! It is an incredibly exciting opportunity for me, and I have already been overwhelmed by the support from home so far.  However, voting is still open for two weeks, and I need more support to try and win! You can vote once everyday, and I would be so grateful to everyone who would like to support me.

As I look to the summer, I am excited to bring what I have learnt to the community, and will be visiting local sixth forms to share my experiences with students and help them explore their post-18 options.”

A passionate environmentalist, Laura says she wants to win the IVHQ Alternative Break Scholarship to volunteer in Portugal on an environmental conservation project.

In choosing an environmental, non-socially-oriented project I hope to give the biggest positive impact. My passion for the environment motivates me through tough physical labour, through awkward cultural encounters and to take initiative in creating side projects and initiatives.” 










The world’s leading volunteer organization, International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ), in partnership with sister company Intern Abroad HQ (IAHQ), is offering the scholarship to an outstanding candidate who wishes to complete either a volunteer or intern program in any of the nearly 50 international destinations available.
This year’s Alternative Break Scholarship attracted nearly 2,000 applications worldwide. From there, eight outstanding finalists have been selected to compete for the public vote and the chance of a lifetime to volunteer or intern abroad for nothing. The finalists all have rich backgrounds in serving as community volunteers previously and stood out for their enthusiasm, attitude and proactiveness.
18 year old Laura Harvey has worked as a fundraiser for the WWF and as a Girl Guide leader, and a year-long volunteer scholarship in Brazil. For more details and to vote for Laura visit


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  1. Reply

    I notice that you can vote every day!!

    Chris Burgess


  2. Reply

    Is it possible to vote without having to verify the vote via a Facebook account? I can’t find a way to do so, and I’d like to vote, but don’t have a FB a/c

  3. Reply

    Thank you Chris. Yes you can vote every 24 h. If you are able to Laura would be most grateful.

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