Dog-sledding in Abisko – or the worst time of the year to visit Sweden?
The travel awards scheme was initiated in 1985, the ‘International year of Youth’, and its aim is to help young British people to visit a Scandinavian country. It is open to anyone between the ages of 15 and 25, planning to undertake a worthwhile project of a broadly educational nature. Applicants do not have to be members of an affiliated society, though a recommendation from one may carry some weight. The travel award fund is modest as it consists of donations from Anglo-Scandinavian societies in Britain, collected through various events, and from a few individuals who make regular or sporadic contributions. Unfortunately the funds do not allow us to help large-scale projects. The awards are generally in the region of £75-£150. Successful applicants in the past have included young people looking for vocational experience or attending summer camps/courses, university students, young farmers, members of youth orchestras, scouts and guides.
The Travel Award scheme offers valuable assistance to young people travelling to the Nordic countries for study or adventure. The subjects they cover are extraordinarily diverse, and reports and photos from travel award recipients are valuable features of the CoScan Magazine and this website. These travel awards are funded by the CoScan Trust Fund.
The CoScan Trust Fund maintains a separate budget devoted to the award of travel scholarships, funded from the CoScan main budget, contributions by societies and individuals, and its own fund-raising activities.
We’d like to help as many young people as we can, and we’d like to be in a position to give more generous grants, so please consider making a one-off or regular contribution, however small, using the form below. All donations will directly help young people and continue to enhance our relationship with the Scandinavian countries.