Catherine Roy-Stanley’s First Report from Ghana

Catherine Roy-Stanley

After nearly two months in Ghana, I can safely say that the mad way of life here feels almost ordinary. Power cuts, taxis with doors falling off and the absence of any organisation are all quite normal. There are so many moments where I pinch myself, wondering how and why I never appreciated such luxuries like hot showers and toilet paper. Comfy beds and functioning kettles are things of dreams! At first, everything was a massive shock. The difference in culture, people, values and norms […]

Hector Wotherspoon’s final report from Ghana

Hector Wotherspoon in Ghana

As I sit here back home in my comfortable kitchen, it’s hard to believe that only four weeks ago I was standing up in front of a class of 55 pupils. It was 36 degrees and 99% humidity and I was teaching them about numeric bases and superlative adjectives, amongst other things. As cliché as it sounds, my time in Ghana has been the best experience of my life. I’ve spent eight months living in a completely new environment. I’ve met some amazing people, heard some incredible […]

Lucy Mytton’s Second Footprinter Report – India

Lucy Mytton - art workshop in India

Hello, I welcome you find out more about my Art Workshops and life in India, let me tell  you about the last 3 months. India bursts with colour, through the landscape, the transport, the music,the people, the buildings, the food. You can spend 5 minutes here and you will see that art is naturally a large part of the culture. But I have noticed that in school, the children are not exposed to expressing themselves with art or creative thinking. This is where I come […]

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 […]

Lucy Mytton’s first footprinter report (India)

It’s nearly one month until I get on the plane and fly east to India for one whole year. I will be running art projects and workshops for the whole 12 months. Working with disadvantaged children in and around Vellore, Tamil Nadu, as well as travelling across and up to tribal villages in Jawadhu Hills too. I find it quite a challenge in itself to really explain how I feel about going. I’ve been organising and preparing for the trip since March 2016. It’s always felt […]

Hector Wotherspoon: Footprinter off to Ghana

Hector Wotherspoon

15 days to go… and counting! I’m so excited to be heading out to Ghana in the New Year. “Woah, hold on a minute.. Ghana? I thought he was going to Nepal?”. Due to problems outwith both mine and Project Trust’s control I was unable to secure a visa to volunteer there. So Ghana it is! While I was very excited about the prospect of Nepal – Ghana seems just as good, if not a better, alternative. The project is really rural – just how […]

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 […]