Stephanie Smith: Final Report from South Africa

Stephanie Smith writes her final report on her experience volunteering in Ngcizela, South Africa. My life in Ngcizela Yho, (this kind of loosely translates to a sigh in English) is the first word I think of to begin summing up my life in Ngcizela! Firstly, I would really like to take this opportunity to thank the community for having us live in and amongst them. It was such a different way of life. However, it is not so much the tangible things in the sense […]

Stephanie Smith: 3rd report from South Africa

So at the end of my last report I said that the end of the third term would show the fruits of our labour and I believe that is just what happened; the whole ‘whatever you put out to the Universe it will respond’ thing. In terms of TETA, our reading programme, the third term brought a new Foundation programme, a library system at Isolomzi and the conversion of a classroom to a library at Soga JSS. The July holidays (the fact that it is […]

Kitty Thomson: 1st report from Honduras

I am happy to say that this is my first Footprinter’s report from within my country Honduras! For those of you who do not know, my name is Kitty Thomson and last year I was selected by a charity called Project Trust to volunteer in Honduras for a year to teach English.  With the help of Hazel’s Footprints Trust, I was able to raise the money required and commence my volunteering journey. So I’d like to thank them for this as I have already had […]

Louisa Crookshanks: Final Report from Malaysia

On the 20th August last year I got on a plane headed to Malaysia about to start the greatest adventure of my life so far. I spent a whole year living in a boarding school, teaching English and travelling around South East Asia. It was an unforgettable year filled with many valuable lessons and experiences. I will always be grateful for the people who helped me with my fundraising and blessed me with the chance to see a side of the world I never thought […]

Stephanie Higgins: 3rd Report from Uganda

I can’t believe how much time has flown since my last report! It is now the second term of teaching at Ruth Mother Care school in Nansana, Kampala. This term we got right back into the swing of school life after the long Christmas break now that we are more used to the school day and the style of teaching there. For the first week or two of the new term, there were less children than usual because the children aren’t allowed to return to […]

Jem Warner: Rwanda Report April 2016

I’ve come to appreciate a few more of the quirks of Rwandan life. People insist  – with rigour – that there is ‘no problem’, when sometimes there quite clearly is. They love to call white people ‘muzungu’ and for some reason ask if you want your beer cold or warm. Who wants a warm beer in the heat of east Africa?! I’ve been spending my weekends in the capital Kigali. It’s a place that has been transformed in recent years and looking at previous pictures, […]

Louisa Crookshanks – second report from Malaysia

I can’t believe that’s it’s been 3 months since I last wrote a report like this and I am now halfway through my year in Malaysia. I can now completely confirm that the cliché is true, time does fly when you’re having fun! It seems like so long ago, but also just yesterday, I arrived at MRSM Mersing to completely new faces, smells and sounds but now I know these people as my friends and everything else is just my normal life. The teaching side […]

Iona Smith: From Namibia to Swaziland

Iona tells us what happened when her volunteer visa in Namibia wasn’t quite as it should be…and how she bravely soldiered on with her plan to support education with a new placement in Swaziland.  After spending several months at Otjikondo school in Namibia, I have had a dramatic change of plan.  I had to leave Namibia and I am spending the rest of my year in Swaziland. The other Namibia volunteers and I were arrested, made to leave as we had issues with our visas and […]

Stephanie Higgins – second report from Uganda

Since my last report, we have been very busy at school preparing for the end of term graduation before the children break up for the Christmas holidays. This meant that instead of teaching in the afternoon, we got to watch the children practice for their graduation performances, which involve lots of dancing, including traditional Ugandan dance, singing and drama. We also got asked to teach ballet because the teachers thought we would be ballet dancers because we’re English. Since I had done ballet till I […]

Stephanie Higgins – first report from Uganda

First of all I would like to say a big thank you to Hazel’s Footprints for their support. I feel so privileged to be able to be here in Uganda and would not have been able to do it without this generosity. I can’t believe I’ve now spent almost two months in Kampala, Uganda with Smile Charity Uganda- the time has flown by! This gap year has been something that I’ve thought of and been excited about for a long time so it feels surreal […]