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 […]

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 […]

Anna Haas footprinter report from Polokwane, South Africa

Last August I started my gap year in Polokwane, South Africa. Polokwane is a city situated in the Limpopo province of the country and isn’t a very well known place, but since arrival I’ve made it my home. Both my partners and I live in the outskirts of Polokwane in a school called Mitchell House – our work placement for the year – so we are slightly cut off from the city, having only travelled into it a few times. Mitchell House has boarder accommodation, […]

Anna Haas in South Africa

One of our footprinters, Anna Haas, is volunteering for Project Trust at Mitchell House in South Africa. She’s sent us this description of what she’s up to on a day to day basis: I work with three different classes in the enrichment centre here at Mitchell House – Juniors, Seniors and Lifeskills. I’ve chosen to copy a passage I wrote about the Lifeskills class, as I believe it gives a clear image of the children and the work environment I’m surrounded by daily. ***************** Lifeskills: […]

Footprinter report: Tim Hibbin – September & October Newsletter

I’ve got a lot of thinking to do… The last couple of months have been a very busy couple of months. September started off with 5 new volunteers coming to the YDC where I live, so I was living with 6 other people. It was pretty chaotic at times, and as you can probably imagine it was a rush as to who got to the bathroom first in the mornings! I also had a weekend away with the church that I am a part of […]

Final Report: Lewis Murray in South Africa

This is my final report about my volunteering year in South Africa. I have been home for a few weeks now and I think I am just about getting used to everything again. Although pleased to be home amongst family and friends, there are many things I miss about South Africa, most of all the people I worked with in my projects. Before I start to explain the things I have learned from my year in The Hamlet, I thought I would bring you up […]

Footprinter report: Tim Hibbin: July & August Newsletter

   The last two months have been a bit of a crazy roller coaster; there have been good times, bad times, and even a few alarming times. I’ve been getting myself into more of a weekly routine by working with the Outreach team who work with the children and young people who live on the streets. The Outreach team is where most of my focus will be while I stay in South Africa, along with working at the boys shelter once or twice a week. […]

Tim Hibbin: footprinter report from South Africa

Pietermaritzburg Sunset by Pieter von Marion At the beginning… I have been in South Africa for almost 3 weeks, and already I have seen lots, learnt lots, have been challenged lots, and am also the talk of the town because of all my tattoos! The weather has also not been what I was expecting. Today it is raining, and as it’s winter here it has been much colder than I thought it would be though we have had some sun too! I have had to […]

Footprinter Report: Lewis Murray in South Africa

Time is flying and by since I last did a report so decided it was time to give you an update. In this report I will be covering some of the travel I have done in South Africa, both with friends and family as well as an update on project life and let you know about the new projects, I have  managed to set up. The month of December was jam packed. I managed to fit in some travelling in which I had some of […]