Travelling Around Sustainably While On Your Turing Scheme Placement

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The Turing Scheme is the UK government’s programme that provides funding for international opportunities in education and training across the world. It supports Global Britain by providing an opportunity for UK organisations from the higher education, further education, vocational education and training and schools sectors to offer their students, learners and pupils life-changing experiences to study or work abroad. The new scheme is providing funding for more than 41,000 students in study and work placements across the world during the 2021-22 academic year. Funding for the scheme is now confirmed for the next three years, right through to 2024-25! 


How to Travel Sustainably  

 Travel is at the heart of any Turing Scheme experience – but in these days of climate change we need to make it as sustainable as possible. When traveling around locally in your destination city, region or country, the same considerations should apply as when you’re at home. Walking or renting a bicycle is the best option, if practical. If not, then public transport is better than hiring cars or taking taxis – unless you can verify that any vehicle you want to use is electric or a hybrid – and, if you do use a car, try a carpool where possible.  

If you’re moving over large distances, again, consider taking buses, coaches or trains – and enjoying the scenery along the way – rather than hopping on domestic flights. Again, look out for providers who may be operating electric or hybrid fleets and actively supporting carbon reduction programmes.  


Support the Local Economy 

 Supporting the local economy, by sourcing local products and services when in your destination, is another great way to reduce the environmental impact of your trip.  

 Buying local food and eating at restaurants that use local produce reduces the need for importing and the associated carbon footprint.  Plus, using local service providers that employ local people provides money and jobs, in some cases reduces the need for the local population from finding employment in more environmentally damaging industries.  


Get Involved 

Look at ways of doing something to help at a local level, particularly if you are staying for a number of weeks or months, like a street clean, joining a local environmental group or getting involved in a beach clean. Find out if your host university, college, school or workplace carries out any organised green activities or events and join up. Not only will this put something back into your host community, but it will help you to meet different people and, where relevant, improve your language skills!  


Don’t Forget the Basics 

Finally, just because you’re abroad, don’t forget the basics. Turn off lights and electrical appliances, use energy efficient light bulbs, only run washing machines when full, take short showers rather than baths, separate your rubbish and recycle as much as possible where local recycling options are available and avoid single-use plastics by using reusable drinks bottles or cups.