Students visit Edzell Castle and Gardens

Nine international (representing Spain, Latvia, China, Russia and Poland) and seven local students from Dundee and Angus College visited Edzell Castle as part of the See Scotland Peer Education Project.

Nine international (representing Spain, Latvia, China, Russia and Poland) and seven local students from Dundee and Angus College visited Edzell Castle as part of the See Scotland Peer Education Project.

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Students from Dundee and Angus College visited Edzell Castle and Gardens last Friday in a bid to learn more about Scotland.

The visit is all part of the college’s bid to broaden their students’ awareness and instil a sense of Scotland.

The college aim to do this by offering students the opportunity to explore significant sites across the country - and Edzell Castle and Gardens, was the first stop they made.

The visit was undertaken by nine international (representing Spain, Latvia, China, Russia and Poland) and seven local students.

A spokesperson for the college said: “The learner engagement team are encouraging a peer-learning project in which home-grown students buddy-up with international students to learn together about Scottish history and heritage as well as the country’s natural beauty.

“Entitled, See Scotland, this project aims to ensure that students have the chance to visit free sites as suggested by Historic Scotland, once each month.”

The visits to the sites will take place on the last Friday of each month, and students involved in the project will be paired up and each pairing will then undertake a variety of team-building activities, which are designed to encourage increased communication and support self-confidence, including: quizzes, orienteering and photography competitions.

Katie Anderson, learner engagement manager at Dundee and Angus College, explained: “Over the years, we have been amazed at how many local students have never ventured past their front door, whether through a lack of funding or encouragement.

“This initiative aims to bring our local and international students together, to learn from one another and expand their horizons. With students signing up from different areas of the curriculum including: hospitality, childcare and administration, we hope new friendships are formed.”