I am new to the forum so first of all hello
I need your help. I have a few questions and I need help answering them. I would really appreciate feed back if you have done this before or have any tips.
Here is a bit of back ground information.
I am 19 years old and I am currently in Gambia (Africa) doing charity. I have been here since the beginning of May 2010 and will be finishing around the end of October beginning of November.
I live in Jersey Channel Island.
Two days ago I came across a sailing Course/Traineeship. This will help me get a Job in the marine
The only problem now is Funding
. I have emailed the Company running this Traineeship (Flying Fish) they could not offer any bursaries, Grants or Loans. The only thing they could advise is a Professional and Career Development loan.
Now here is a few of the Problems.
My Course Costs ₤15,290 excluding medical
The maximum I can get with this Loan is ₤8,000. This is not enough Money
to cover the costs of the course and my living expenses.
I cannot Fund myself as I have been in Gambia the last 6 months doing Charity work. Friend and Family
is not really A option so I am stuck. So if you have any ideas or if you have done this before please I would love to hear from you.
Apparently I may be able to get a Student Loan. Is this true?
I would go to my local bank for help but Gambia does not have the big International banks. Also my Phone
was taken whilst out here so I cannot really get in Contact.
Bearing in mind that this Course starts November the 5th. Do you think it is possible to get full financial backing in time?
More information on the course I would like to take;
Start date 7th November at 17:00
Sail to Jersey on Wednesday 8th December
Finish Cowes England
on 18th December
Starts 29th January
Finish Date Saturday 18th April 18:00
What I Will Get
3,100-3,700 Sea Miles Logged
RYA Competent Crew
RYA Day Skipper
RYA Day Skipper
RYA Diesel Engine
CIEH Food Safety
STCW 95 Elementary First Aid
STCW95 Personal Survival Techniques
STCW 95 Personal Safety
& Social Responsibilities
STCW 95 Fire Prevention & Fire fighting
RYA Short Range Radio
RYA Power Boat
MCA Yacht Rating
Level 1 Start Sailing
Level 2 Basic Skills
RYA Yacht master Theory
RYA Watch Leader
RYA Coastal Skipper Course
RYA Qualifying Passages
ACMA HF Radio
RYA Qualifying Ocean Passage
RYA/MCA or RYA/YA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore
&Master of Yachts 2006gt (Unrestricted)
As you can see the course is in two parts
. The first Part is in Cowes Isle of Wight the Next in Sydney Australia
. Before I had even seen this course I had a holiday booked to Australia on the 19th of December which co insides very well with the Course/Traineeship. I will also be applying for a working Visa (6months) seen as my Course finishes in Australia what a perfect place to start.
I need help with financial advice.
Also do you think it is possible to a quire the full funding
before November the 7th