22 May 2003

Win a trip to Africa to report on trade for MAYC World Action

Methodist youth project MAYC World Action is running a competition to give one talented young person (aged 18-25) the opportunity to travel to Africa to report on a trade issue.

The competition is part of the World Action for Trade Justice campaign, which is calling for trade justice - not free trade - with the rules weighted to benefit poor people and the planet. The winner will visit Ghana this autumn to see for themselves the impact of unfair trade rules.

To enter the competition, you need to write 500 words about a trade justice issue. World Action Development Worker Lizzie Jeans explained: "It's essential that the writing is based on personal experience. If you don't have any already, it doesn't mean you can't enter. You've still got time to get some and it's an extra incentive to get involved in the Trade Justice Movement's '24 Hours for Trade Justice' on 27-28 June.

"You could write about anything from holding a Trade Justice service in your circuit, to taking part in the June 2002 Trade Justice 'Mass Lobby of Parliament'. If you've been overseas, describe how you felt as a tourist in a developing country. It could be a report on your meeting with your MP. but whatever you decide to write about, your entry will be judged on the quality of your report, rather than the success of your action."

Shortlisted writers will be required to attend an interview on Thursday 24 July. A winner will be selected in July and invited on a trip overseas sometime during September-November 2003. Dates are flexible to accommodate term times. The trip is expected to last a week.

Check out the new World Action website for more information.

Terms and Conditions:

  • To be eligible for entry you must be between 18 and 25 years old on 1 September 2003.
  • Your report must be no longer than 500 words and emailed to World Action or posted to Lizzie Jeans, Methodist Church House, 25 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5JR to arrive no later than 11 July 2003. Mark your envelope: Competition.
  • Entrants must include their nationality (for visa information) and a phone number and/or email address on which they can be contacted.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be required to attend an interview on Thursday 24 July at Methodist Church House in London.
  • Representatives of World Action and the World Church Office will choose the winning article, and the decision is final.
  • Entrants must be available to travel 1 September to 31 November and must have a valid passport.
  • Entrants will be required to respect certain security and behaviour guidelines while overseas. They will also be required to have a medical assessment prior to departure to ensure they are fit to travel.
  • World Action will cover all expenses for the trip, apart from the cost of transport to London airports.

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