Scottish Charity Number: SCO36069

Footprinter Volunteer Grants

One of the core aims of Hazel's Footprints is to support UK volunteers heading to educational settings in developing countries. Our grants are available for those spending at least 6 months at a project. We refer to recipients of these grants as "Footprinters".

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Funding for volunteers,

inspired by Hazel Scott Aiton

Hazel Scott Aiton took unbounded energy, joy and talent on her 12 month gap year at Otjikondo Village School in Nambia. She had a huge impact on the children she taught there. The Trust sees the tremendous value of volunteering in schools and that’s why we offer grants to UK residents embarking on at least 6 months in a developing country.

About Footprinter volunteer grants

Hazel was able to give her energy, joy and talents to the children of Otjikondo Village School in Namibia where she volunteered for 12 months in 2001. All that knew Hazel saw the impact this time had on an already confident and capable person, an experience well chronicled in her journal which was subsequently published as A Gap in the Life.

Seeing the benefits for the volunteer, the children and the school, the Trust made one of its goals to support individuals embarking upon a similar experience of volunteering in the field of education for a minimum of 6 months. We call these ‘Footprinter’ volunteer grants.

The very first ‘Footprinter’ grants were funded in 2005. In the years since then, the Trust has continued to financially support people volunteering in all corners of the developing world including: Brazil, Costa Rica, Chile, Cambodia, China, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Ghana, Guyana, Honduras, India, Kenya, Mexico, Malaysia, Malawi, Nigeria, Nepal, Namibia, Peru, Philippines, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Swaziland, Sao Paulo, Thailand, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zanzibar, Vanuatu.

Eligibility for Footprinter volunteer grants

Our application form will give you the opportunity to tell us in detail what you will be doing during your time volunteering. Before completing this, please take the time to review the below criteria as well as the application process. If you meet our funding criteria then we’d love to hear from you!

Application criteria

  1. Individuals applying for Footprinter volunteer grants will only be considered if they plan to volunteer for a minimum of six months in one location. A full year of volunteering is preferred.
  2. Volunteering work must be in the field of education and must be in a developing country.
  3. Only UK-resident applicants are eligible.
  4. Applicants under the age of 18 at the time of application are required to provide approval from their parent or guardian.
  5. Applicants under the age of 18 must volunteer via a partner organisation
  6. Applicants are asked to provide two written updates on their experience with photos which can be published on our website and social media for the benefit of future Footprinters and the Trust’s many supporters.
  7. Applicants are expected to return funding to Hazel’s Footprints if for any reason it is not possible to undertake the period of volunteering stated in their application

Apply for a Footprinter Volunteer Grant

If you are absolutely sure that you meet all of our eligibility criteria above, you can apply for a “Footprinter” volunteer grant. Note that we typically have two funding rounds each year – one in May/June and one in November/December. You must apply no later than mid-February and mid-August respectively to be considered at the next funding round.

Footprinter Reports


Katie Hughes - a year cut short by the pandemic

24th July 2020
Katie Hughes had a Footprinter Grant for her primary school teaching placement in Chile. Here is her final update – in her words “Unfortunately my time in Chile came to…

The end to an incredible journey! Rachel Azzopardi, Otjikondo

2nd July 2020

Rachel Azzopardi travelled to Otjikondo School, Namibia, supported by a Footprinter Grant. The pandemic brought her experience to an abrupt end, sadly. Here she tells how it felt to be…


Katy Watters reporting on a year at Otjikondo cut short

24th June 2020

Katy Watters went to Otjikondo, Namibia expecting a full on year. It was cut short by the pandemic, but it’s pretty clear she got what she came for! Well done.…


Ellen Whitehouse reports on her teaching project in Zambia

1st May 2020

As for so many of our “Footprinter” volunteers, Ellen Whitehouse had her gap year cut short by the Coronavirus pandemic. Here she writes about her experience. Introduction If you had…


Richeldis Brosnan returns from volunteering in China

2nd April 2020

Richeldis Brosnan was awarded of our Footprinter Grants to travel to Jiayuguan, China as a volunteer in a school. Here she reflects on here time there – she certainly kept…


Nik Janus reports from China - an epidemic is surging!

2nd February 2020

Nik Janus is currently in China working as a volunteer teacher. He has sent us a report on how he’s getting on as a new coronavirus spreads across the country…


Two months in to China - Nik Janus

24th November 2019

Nik has been in China for two months now – he’s already come a long way since his first report. We’re really impressed that the Mandarin learning is coming on…


Richeldis Brosnan - 10 weeks in China

8th November 2019

Richeldis has now been in China for two and a half months. She writes candidly about the challenges of settling-in, and starting to enjoy all there is to learn and…


Richeldis Brosnan updates on her first 4 weeks in China

7th October 2019

Richeldis Brosnan reports on her experience in China so far, four weeks into her time volunteering with Project Trust. This report follows her previous report on her thoughts before she…


Izzy Richards on her last weeks at Otjikondo

7th October 2019

Izzy Richards completes a fabulous year at Otjikondo School in Namibia where she has volunteered teaching children for a year. She wrote to us before she set off, after her…

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