The International Geographical Olympiad (iGeo) is a large annual competition for 16-19 year olds from all over the world to compete in all things Geographical! It changes location and this year it will be held in Kyoto, Japan. There is more information about the competition as a whole here and about this year's competition here.
No more than four students are allowed from each country and I won a place in the British team this year (through an essay competition last December) to become its youngest member. You can see some articles from local newspapers about it here and here.
My first goal is to experience Japanese culture at first-hand. I love visiting new places and I've never left the continent until now, so I know I'll have a great time seeing Japan. I have long been a huge fan of Japanese art, food and culture so I cannot wait to go on the trip.
My other goal is to (hopefully) win the Geographical Olympiad. This is no mean feat but I've loved Geography ever since I was old enough to read atlases so let's hope I can go the distance!
HOW THE MONEY WILL BE USED:
The money will be used for the flights from London to Osaka Kansai (the nearest airport to Kyoto) and the accommodation in Kyoto.
WHY ISN'T IT MORE EXPENSIVE?
Firstly, the domestic travel costs are paid for by the contest organisers so I don't need to raise money for them. Furthermore, the organiser of the British team has managed to get a £300 sponsorship (per student) from the national Geographical Association. This leaves just £750 to fund my trip.
If you have any questions (about the trip etc) don't hesitate to e-mail me.
Thank you so much for your time!