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And the winner of our Student Travel Writer 2018 competition is...

13th July 2018

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After hours of thought and discussion, our judges have chosen our two finalists for the 2018 Student Travel Writer competition. 

Here are this year’s lucky finalists, and what our judges said about them...

1st place - Sofia Quaglia

Winning piece: Doel: The ghost town rampaged by street artists

What the judges said: "Sofia's pieces were all excellent. Very entertaining and transported me to everywhere she'd been! I have my favourite of course, but I promised I wouldn't tell..."

Camille DupontHead of Creatives @ The National Student

Source: Sofia Quaglia

2nd place - Eve Willis

Runner-up piece: Cuba Unpacked 

What the judges said: "We found Eve's piece engaging and informative and enjoyed the way in which she implemented a range of creative writing methods whilst simultaneously maintaining the purpose to entertain and inform."

Harry LoteOperations Manager @ Invasion Group

Source: Eve Willis 

The prize

Two weeks in South Africa, exploring the iconic wildlife and amazing experiences that the country has to offer, whilst taking part in the Camp South Africa programme with our partners Invasion Group.

Camp South Africa involves sports coaching and teaching in local schools in and around the city of Port Elizabeth. 

As Sofia is not available for the trip due to prior commitments Eve will enjoy two weeks in Port Elizabeth, with the camp starting on 14th July.

Eve will be writing three articles about her time in South Africa once she's back, to be published on The National Student’s website.

She’ll also have the opportunity to pitch an idea for our Freshers’ 2018 print magazine, which is distributed across 30+ UK university campuses in October.

What is Camp South Africa?


Camp South Africa uses sports and education to make a difference to children in northern South Africa, using Nelson Mandela’s dream of every child having the chance to play sport as a company mantra.

Volunteers can organise tournaments and coach local children in sports including netball, football, rugby, cricket, swimming, tennis and field hockey.

There's also the possibility to spend time helping children with their English, maths, geography, drama – or any other subject that you choose.

Find out more about Camp South Africa here. 


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