Report from Nadamba by Keziah Berelson

KB v. YKM: And I’m finally back to Myanzi for the new school term, after travelling over 800 kilometres across East Africa! We’ve headed home at the end of the dry season, and its astounding to see how far the landscape is affected. What once used to be lush red soils filled with weaving deep greens of maize fields and papyrus plantations has given way to an orange dust track complete with yellowing banana plants an upsetting lack of ripe fruit. The school term has […]

A Tough Beginning by Timothy Buchan

To say my gap year started smoothly couldn’t be any further from reality. To explain everything that has happened to me over the past few months I have to start at the beginning. Arriving in Chile everything was new and exciting. New sights, noises and disgusting city smells. Also the biting cold, none of us were prepared for that. We spent the first night in a hostel to rest and shower after nineteen hours worth of flying. The second day we were being shipped out […]

New Term by Keziah Berelson

KB v. YKM: And I’m finally back to Myanzi for the new school term, after travelling over 800 kilometres across East Africa! We’ve headed home at the end of the dry season, and its astounding to see how far the landscape is affected. What once used to be lush red soils filled with weaving deep greens of maize fields and papyrus plantations has given way to an orange dust track complete with yellowing banana plants an upsetting lack of ripe fruit. The school term has […]

Glammed Up Thai Style by Caitlin Ripley

I hope you have all had a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. I’ve certainly had an eventful one myself, to go with a busy and spectacular past three months! In October, I was sent off to Chiang Mai during the school holidays for a three week language course with AUA, who have a course specifically for Project Trust volunteers, like myself. It was great to see all the other volunteers from all over Thailand, and as well as having a very fun […]

I Love It Out Here by Rebekah Faldon

I can’t believe I have been living here for three months already! From the very first day Penny and I set foot in Swaziland in August, our time here has been extremely eventful to say the least! Flying in along with the King of Malawi followed by a chance meeting with the Queen of Ghana, lead to an interesting start to the year. Africa certainly is full of surprises! At first, I was a little uncertain as to exactly what I would be doing over […]

Earning My Teachers Apron by Anna Seymour

I have now been living in Santiago, the capital city of Chile for just over ten weeks and a lot has happened! I am volunteering full time as an English teacher in Colegio San Luis Beltran which is charity aided school in Pudahuel. (arrangement made through the Scottish charity Project Trust) I have a constant Scottish companion who I luckily get along as we are together twenty four hours a day living with a Chilean family whose home is always full of people (generally 6-9 […]

Avoiding the Domino Effect by Sarah King

Second Report for Hazel’s Footprints From Sarah King I have just returned home after a month training in Birmingham. In the next few days before I go off to Brazil I’ll be getting the last minute bits and bobs that I’ll need while I’m out there. Training has been a very enjoyable and very educational experience, it’s given me e a chance to bond with my team and with all the other action teamers, who are going off around the world. Some people have said […]

Elections by Keziah Berelson

Mango, mango, mango! Well, it’s finally here … mango season, after weeks of sour, unripe mangoes with salt (don’t knock it …), the moment we’ve all been waiting for is finally here! Rather a let-down to be fair, the mangoes are delicious, but haven’t grown past a fist size. Nevertheless, we still wake up to a small pile of them at the door every morning – and I’m not complaining. Ultimately, as we’re seeing off the last of the rainy season by early December, it’s […]

Xmas Travelling by Natalie Smyth

I’m six months into my gap year now, so that’s halfway through. To answer the question I get asked a lot by my family and friends, I’m still having a great time. It’s more difficult to try and get the most out of this year now that every day life seems exactly that- ordinary. Jane and I are really settled into life here now, with a regular routine, teaching, seeing our friends at lunch, meeting people after school, washing clothes in a bucket and so […]

Dancing with the stars by Keziah Berelson

2 month anniversary … I’m currently sitting in a youth hostel in Kampala having had my first hot shower in weeks! Amazing! We’ve had the week off this week, due to P7 exams, so we have finally started to explore Uganda. We began by travelling past the equator (not too exciting when you’re squeezed onto a minicab with 20 others, a chicken under your legs and an unusually dusty/potholed road for Uganda). To the Queen of Peace project in Nabiawanga to watch their music, dance […]