Project Anse La Raye | Keele University

Welcome to Project Anse La Raye, a unique Bootcamp experience brought to you by Keele University and Caribbean Elective.

Anse La Raye is a developing community on the west coast of the Caribbean Island of Saint Lucia. It’s a deeply special place bursting with vibrancy, culture, and history. A true gem yet to be discovered by the wider world. However, despite the town appearing to the naked eye an idyllic and traditional Caribbean fishing community you only need to scratch the surface a little to discover this is a community that faces many challenges. Many of its residents struggle day-to-day, with income and jobs hard to come by increasing poverty is clear to see. Impacts of the modern world and environmental change have seen the town's historical fishing economy slowly disappearing, adding to the challenges facing this special community.

During 4 days of Bootcamp in your groups, you will be tasked with creating innovative solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing the community of Anse La Raye. Each group will tackle a specific project brief, using the evidence provided in your groups you will come up with your own interpretation of the issue before designing your own unique solutions. On the final day of the Bootcamp, you will compete against other groups from the Bootcamp to see who will get to present their solutions at the national final against winning groups from other universities.

Skills workshops throughout the Bootcamp will support the work you’ll be doing and help you develop new skills. Topics will include Innovation techniques, Community Engagement and Public Speaking.

Apply today for your place on Project Anse La Raye! It might be your creative thinking that helps make somebody else's world a better place.

Click below to view the 5 project briefs and watch our Bootcamp trailer to get to know Anse La Raye.

Students will:

  • Work at Keele, supported by Caribbean Elective facilitators, in Keele teams to deliver solutions for one of five project briefs
  • Develop a variety skills and attributes to support future personal development
  • Keele teams will compete by presenting their solutions at Keele on 18 November to a panel
  • Winning Keele teams will compete against University of Birmingham winning teams at the St Lucia High Commission in London in December/January (Transport/subsistence costs will be covered)

You must commit to participate on:

  • Friday 5 November (PM)
  • Saturday 6 November (all day)
  • Sunday 7 November (all day)
  • Thursday 18 November (PM)

Deadline for applications is Sunday 17 October 2021.

The event is free of charge and refreshments will be provided.

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