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Reshavan Naicker (KZN) -  UWC Costa Rica

Reshavan Naicker (KZN) - UWC Costa Rica

Personal message

My name is Reshavan Naicker and I was born and raised in the coastal city of Durban, South Africa. I am sixteen years old and am the eldest in my family. I am currently completing my 11th grade at Star College Boys High, where I am the deputy head boy and was the captain of the school basketball team. I am dedicated to helping others and do so by volunteering my time whenever and wherever I can. Several examples of where I have assisted include; fundraising for the CANSA association, assisting the Caring Hands Association which is a Not-for-Profit Organisation at its annual Christmas party and lending a helping hand at the recent Ironman 70.3 triathlon. Being involved and helping is a big part of who I am.

It has always fascinated me at how a single photograph can so accurately capture and illustrate the sense and sentiment of a scene in a still image. To encompass the life and soul of a moment in a picture is truly incredible. This is one of the numerous reasons that I have such an affinity for photography. Attending a United World College (UWC) will provide me the opportunity to study visual art as a subject as I do not have this opportunity currently.

In addition to photography, I am interested in music and sport. I have taught myself to play the guitar and I dabble in playing the piano. I would love to learn how to play more instruments because I love the feeling of being able to create music myself. It gives me a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction that can only be described as ecstatic. I play most sports, but unfortunately do not have the time to practice them all regularly; consequently I am only able to practice basketball and volleyball.

My favourite subjects at school are Engineering, Graphics and Design (technical drawing) and Maths; therefore I am interested in pursuing a career in architecture or engineering, in all probability civil engineering. This stems from my innate fondness to building and creating things. I am fluent in English, and I am currently learning Afrikaans and Turkish.

I believe that by opening ourselves up to new experiences, we allow our minds to grow and we can expand our horizons and become more accepting of different cultures allowing us to become better global citizens and more understanding of the challenges facing humanity. This is the belief system the UWC movement has built its legacy upon. One of the attributes that I am most fond of about the UWC movement is the diversity of the students and the staff. This is because I love learning and experiencing new and different cultures and learning about how other people live their lives.

Academically the UWC offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma programme, which is demanding to say the least. However, the UWC provides an education which cannot be found in traditional schooling environments. It provides a rounded, integrative education, where after 2 years, the students have been educated not only in the classroom, but by the experiences they’ve had and by the diverse people they’ve encountered. Another way in which the UWC provides a rounded education, is by giving students the freedom to express themselves fully and discover themselves in a non-discriminatory and open-minded environment. This is a distinguishing ideal that I value. This ideology would not be promoted in a conventional schooling system. The UWC is anything but orthodox, as it allows for all types of students to shine. If there is more than one type of genius, why should we only be tested for one?

This year I received a 50% scholarship to attend the UWC of Costa Rica (UWCCR) to complete the two year IB Diploma Programme. I will be part of the graduating class of 2018, if I am fortunate enough to attend. However in order to accept my place I require R341 000 towards my first year costs.  This amount will cover the cost of my tuition, accommodation, travel, spending money and school supplies. Your support and assistance in ensuring that I realise my dream of attending a UWC, will be tremendously appreciated. In order to do my part I have a part time job at Pick n Pay for the next month and a half as a cashier. In addition to trying to supplement my savings I am enjoying learning new skills and meeting new people. Thank you for supporting me.


  • Aug 18, 2016 - USD $ 237.66
  • "Wishing you all the best and lots of fun, new experiences and love at UWC Costa Rica!" - Marcia van Dooremalen

  • Aug 02, 2016 - R 1 000.00
  • "Congrats and good luck" - DONALD SINGH

  • Jul 27, 2016 - USD $ 146.58
  • "Congrats. You will be a wonderful addition to the UWC community" - Dwight

  • Jul 26, 2016 - USD $ 79.69
  • "Good to see that the time I banged your head against the roof while piggybacking you didn't cause any lasting damage! Great work, Reshavan." - Tim Williams

  • Jul 20, 2016 - R 1 471.77
  • "Congrats!! " - Anton van Niekerk

  • Jul 18, 2016 - R 1 135.70
  • "Good luck!!" - Natasha Chetty

  • Jul 05, 2016 - USD $ 105.28
  • "Congratulations Reshaven - it's so wonderful to see the next generation carry on the UWC tradition!!" - Danielle White

  • Jul 04, 2016 - USD $ 360.22
  • "Congratulations" - John Parapatt

  • Jul 03, 2016 - R 5 141.00
  • "Congratulations Reshaven and best wishes from your family in Canada." - Subamma, Rajen, Romila, and Premila

  • Jul 03, 2016 - R 1 496.85
  • "Best of luck!" - Amy

  • Jul 01, 2016 - USD $ 219.41
  • "Congrats Reshavan! Still remember you as the cute little boy we met at Metchosin. So proud to see you grow into a bright young man and keep the UWC tradition alive!" - Saanvi, Ayan, Sohug, Arup

  • Jul 01, 2016 - USD $ 35.68
  • "Congrats and all the best!" - Basil

  • Jun 28, 2016 - USD $ 317.17
  • "Huge congrats on your acceptance! You deserve it and i know you'll thrive in the UWC environment." - jer & carol

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Donations to date

R 132 575.95

Fundraising target

R 341 000.00

Funds raised offline

R 100 500.00

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