DMU students to travel abroad this summer as volunteers with DMUglobal

By Lara Alsaid

DMUglobal is organising multiple volunteering trips all over the world for DMU students this summer.

Aidan McLean, a First Year Economics and International Relations student, will join DMUglobal for a month in Antigua, a small town in Guatemala, not far from the capital Guatemala City, located in a valley with a tropical climate surrounded by volcanos.

Aidan said: ”I am trying to go there with an open mind, I am excited to try the local food, speak to the local people and learn a good amount of Spanish before and during the trip.”

Aidan doing what he loves the most: Travelling

Aidan found out about the trip through an email he got from DMUglobal and felt intrigued to send off an application.

In Antigua, volunteering students including Aidan will be teaching Guatemalan children the English language.

Hopefully, during their free time, they will be able to go on walks up to the volcanos and explore the capital city.

Apart from a tan, Aidan believes he will gain qualities like a greater appreciation for his support network at home but also an appreciation for different cultures and different ways of living.

He also hopes that he will gain teaching skills and the ability to speak Spanish on a decent level. 

Aidan explained that he is doing a qualification for teaching English as a foreign language and this trip will help him turn it into practice. 

Aidan added:” I wanted to go on this trip to make use of the opportunity with the left-over funding I had.”

Living in a different environment, culture and language for a month can benefit students like Aidan who want to live abroad after their university studies.

“It will be a good experience and will test my ability to adapt to different cultures and situations,” Aidan concluded.  

People urged to help name Leicester’s eco-buses

By Kira Gibson

Leicester City Council has asked the public on its social media channels (Facebook and Twitter) to name the city’s new eco-friendly buses.

The council is urging people to suggest names for its 11 new carbon-emission electric buses by Friday (APR23).

These buses will be out on the streets from May 24 onwards, and each one will be bright green to advertise the more carbon-efficient way they will travel.

Each one will be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy as a way to bring cleaner travel to Leicester.

Some of the suggestions already left as comments on the social media posts suggest names including The Lineker, The Attenborough, The Hawkins and Busie McBusface.

The buses are a part of the new plans to change the transport habits of Leicester in the coming year.

The entire scheme includes the development of new bus routes and the building of a new Park-and-Ride location in Beaumont Leys which will incorporate current services to the city centre from outerlying neighbourhoods and suburbs.

Deputy city mayor Cllr Adam Clarke said: “Changing our transport habits is the kind of action we need to take to help address the urgent climate emergency we are all facing.”

To give your name ideas to Leicester City Council, please go to:

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Home time! Students preparing to travel home for Easter brings worries for many

by Abigail Beresford

Universities up and down the UK are breaking up this week for the Easter holidays, with students set to be travelling home for the break.

With students returning home, there are worries that there will be a rise in coronavirus cases and deaths.

The rule of ‘stay at home’ is set to end on Monday(MAR29), allowing students to travel back home using public transport, bringing worries in increasing coronavirus cases.

“With people being able to interact and mix more, the numbers are just going to go up and up, especially when students are coming back from all different parts of the country,” said Sarah Harrison, 38, a mother of a student from Derbyshire.

Over the Easter period, more restrictions are set to be eased, with more interaction to be allowed.

The ‘Rule of Six’ is set to be reintroduced on March 29, which will allow six people or two households to meet outside, including in private gardens.

Non-essential retail and outdoor pubs are also set to reopen on April 12.

However, social distancing guidelines will still remain in place, and people are still expected to abide by them.

“They’re probably going to want to see friends and family that they’ve missed whilst being at university, but this will end up being part of the problem,” added Ms Harrison.

“With restrictions being eased and students coming back, what if all of that hard work was for nothing?”

Students have been encouraged to book a coronavirus test, before travelling back home to prevent the spread of the virus.

To get more information on booking a coronavirus test, visit

Home time! Students prepare to travel back home for Easter.

On the way up! Petrol prices on the rise during UK lockdown

by Abigail Beresford

Petrol prices are back on the rise, after a 4p increase since last month – but Leicester has stayed below national levels.

Petrol prices were recorded at 117.32p per litre during January 2021 but have since increased in the early weeks of February reaching 121.32p per litre.

However, petrol prices in Leicester have fallen below the national price levels, averaging at 119.6p per litre, according to Petrol Map.

The increase in petrol prices aims to discourage people from travelling long distances, in keeping with the current national restrictions that are in place.

During the first national lockdown last year, prices of petrol were recorded as low as 106.69p per litre, according to the RAC Foundation.

In comparison with the current average price, there has been as increase of 14.63p, with the last record on February 12, 2021 with 121.32p per litre.

“I rarely use my car at the moment,” said Alex Garner-Woodbury, 19 a second-year student at De Montfort University.

“I mainly use my car to get to-and-from Tesco for the weekly food shop, which is only up the road. I can’t travel back home to Wolverhampton, due to the restrictions so it’s the only run my car gets.”

Back on the open road, petrol prices back on the rise

The UK was put into its third national lockdown on January 4, with restrictions put in place expecting people to avoid travelling long distances and to stay at home, unless it is essential or if they are unable to work from home.

“It’s February, and this is the first time I’ve had to fill my car up since New Year,” added Alex.

“I used to fill my car up on a weekly basis, so it’s saving me money, but the prices of petrol are probably going to jump back up as soon as lockdown is eased”

The Prime Minister is expected to provide the nation with a road map out of the lockdown in the next coming days.

Watch: Kisha Cazley’s Prague vlogs

By Nakisha Cazley

Journalism and Media student Nakisha Cazley has produced a regular vlog during a summer internship working for the iForum website run by Charles University in Prague.

She has included highlights from trips to see the John Lennon Wall, beer gardens, the city zoo, and so much more.

Watch one of her Prague vlogs below or visit her YouTube channel to watch all the highs from her trip to the Czech Republic.