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 […]

Iona Smith – First Report from Otjikondo

I have now been living in Otjikondo for just over two months and so far my time here has flown by. In my first post I thought I would give an insight into the work that I am doing here. Before I begin I would just like to say an enormous thank you to Hazel’s Footprints Trust. I feel so lucky to be working where I am and couldn’t have done it without the funding I was given. I cannot thank them enough. We have […]

Anna Haas final footprinter report

The last couple of months at our project, Mitchell House were very busy. We had a June/July holiday that lasted about three weeks so by the time we arrived back, only three weeks remained! During the holiday my family decided to come and visit which was lovely. We took part in a Nomad Tour and travelled round Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe in a truck for two and a half weeks. It was a fantastic experience – my personal highlight was flying over the Okavango Delta […]

Kirsty Scott – Final Footprinter Report from Otjikondo

In my last report I mentioned the school drama ‘Scheherazade’. This was performed on Parent’s Day (in July) along with us displaying the learner’s work in the art room and selling handmade crafts to their friends and families! Despite Parent’s Day being the focal point of the term, it certainly wasn’t the only thing that happened. Between talent shows, soccer games, music concerts and countless visitors we barely had time to stop. Right at the beginning of term I helped organise and attended Faustinus’ (the […]

Footprinter report: Kirsty Scott in Namibia

Another term has passed; time is flying as fast as ever. The Yellow team won Sport’s Day, after it was almost rained off, and received their hard-earned ice-cream. Our Project Trust desk officer, Felicity, arrived in time for the event. She took photos throughout the day and chatted to everybody involved as well as bringing one of her colleagues with her to get footage for a new promotional Project Trust video. It was a long, hot day, but everybody enjoyed themselves and the whole Otjikondo […]

Footprinter report from Kirsty Scott in Otjikondo

I have now been in Otjikondo for almost 5 months and hope once I describe my day to day life here and some of the things I have been doing, you may understand why I have not written another report since leaving. From the very beginning I have been welcomed, with open arms, into the lives of everybody here. On our first day me and my partner Alice were immediately invited to lunch with our hosts, Gilly and Reiner Stommel, and then taken on multiple […]

Kirsty Scott – Initial Report

This is my first report as a Footprinter as I set off to Namibia tomorrow (Ahhhhh!) with the charity Project Trust. In order to embark on this adventure I had to raise £5,600 and have just reached my target today, thanks to the support of Hazel’s Footprints Trust! My name is Kirsty, I am 17 years old and have just finished school at Boroughmuir High School in Edinburgh. I first applied to go on a Selection course with Project Trust in Autumn last year and […]

Katie Ingham – Final Report

How do I conclude this year? How do I manage to put this year into words? I will struggle but I will try… My main thought is I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S ALL OVER! I still have moments when I’m walking down a street in my town wondering if it was all some amazing dream! Life back here suddenly seems so normal, predictable even – nothing has really happened and mostly life is trundling along as it was before I left. Yet here I am, having […]

Katie Ingham – Footprinter report from Namibia

Here’s Katie’s third report from Namibia I don’t even know where to begin! It may sound clichéd but it does seem like only yesterday when I was writing my last report, struggling to keep going, wondering what another nine months without a partner would be like. Would I be able to stand it and cope on my own? To be honest it was quite a scary prospect. But then I realised that I chose to volunteer, fundraised so hard for it and in my heart […]

Katie Ingham – footprinter report from Namibia

‘Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain.’ Well hello again, so I have been here in Omaruru for just over two months and it has been a hectic whirlwind. To call it a rollercoaster would be an understatement! As I said before, the next step in my adventure was to attend training at Coll. This was a very intense week with a crash course about health, safety and teaching for the whole year overseas. […]