Richeldis Brosnan updates on her first 4 weeks in China

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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 set off from home. Richeldis was awarded one of our Footprinter Grants to help with her work.  I have been in China for four weeks. It is safe to say that we never quite know what requests our host school has for us each day. So far, my partner, Jamie, and I have been instructed […]

Gillian Mckay’s first report on IOM Somalia Mission

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Mambo! It’s hard to believe that I’ve been interning for almost three months now! Time really is flying! I’m interning with the International Organization for Migration (IOM). It’s also known as the United Nations (UN) Migration Agency. More specifically, I am working with the Somalia mission which is made up of around 400 staff. The main offices are in Nairobi and Mogadishu. In addition, there is a field and satellite presence in each region of Somalia. Life in Nairobi Despite the traffic (!) Nairobi is […]

Rachel Azzopardi’s thoughts as she heads to Otjikondo

Rachel Azzopardi

Rachel Azzopardi has been awarded a Footprinter Grant to head to Otjikondo School in Nambia for the 2019/20 academic year.  Otjikondo School is very special to Hazel’s Footprints as this is where Hazel herself spent her gap year. We continue to support Otjikondo with an annual grant, and we are thrilled when we can also provide some assistance to those planning to dedicate a year of their lives to the school. Good luck Rachel! Report by Rachel Azzopardi ahead of her year at Otjikondo School After […]

Ellen Whitehouse on her imminent trip to Zambia

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Ellen Whitehouse was awarded a Footprinter Grant in May for her volunteer trip to Zambia.  She will be teaching maths, computing and science at a school in Petauke, which is in the east of the country.   Ellen Whitehouse is heading to Petauke, eastern Zambia I decided to take a gap year before university after my school trip in 2018 to Kenya. A group of my peers and I had raised a significant amount of money to take out to the school we were working with, […]

Nik Janus on his fundraising boost for China

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Nik Janus will be heading to China this year to volunteer in teaching. We were delighted to support this local chap with a Footprinter Grant. Good luck Nik!  Nik Janus with some early thoughts on his year in China So, it’s the day of my finding out that I am being sponsored for £800. It feels like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders as it makes my job of fundraising a lot easier than it was. There is a plethora of emotions […]

Katie Hughes is heading to San Alfonso, Chile

Katie Hughes

We have awarded one of our Footprinter Grants this year to Katie Hughes. She’s heading to San Alfonso in Chile to teach English at a primary school. It sounds like a thoroughly worthwhile volunteer year, and we wish her the best of luck! Katie Hughes writes ahead of her time in Chile In August this year I will be moving to a rural village outside Santiago, Chile with a partner whom I am yet to meet. But this daunting idea is something I have always […]

Jamie Blaikie: final report on return from Roatan, Honduras

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Jamie Blaikie is just back from a year in Roatan, an island just off Honduras. He’s been teaching in a village school and has done it all with bucket loads of enthusiasm and dedication. He has also formed some fantastic friendships along the way.  Great to hear Jamie!   By Jamie Blaikie I have returned home after my year in Honduras! I am writing this to give thanks to the support you gave me to help me reach the country in the first place. The year […]

Izzy Richards: Off to Otjikondo School, Namibia

Izzy Richards before she heads to Otjikondo

Izzy Richards is just about to leave for Otjikondo School in Namibia – she has been awarded one of our Footprinter Grants for volunteers heading to educational projects in disadvantaged communities. We are always especially delighted when “Footprinters” go to Otjikondo – this is the school Hazel put so much energy into when she was a volunteer teacher in 2001/2002. Reflections from Izzy Richards as she sets off When I think about how in six days (Thursday 30th August) I will be embarking on the […]

Jamie Blaikie: 2nd Report from Roatan, Honduras

Jamie Blaikie is volunteering in beautiful Roatan, Honduras

We are over the 8 month mark. A completely ridiculous thing to think about. For me – Jamie Blaikie – it is such a crazy thought as I have become so invested in the Project and in the teaching and living in Punta Gorda that I can’t imagine how life is going to change when I go back to Scotland. Moreover I can’t imagine life without our wee house, without Merilu’s cooking and without teaching nutter kids every day! Back to Punta Gorda I last wrote […]

Jamie Blaikie – First Report from Roatan Island, Honduras

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As we head into 2018 I thought this would be a good time to tell you about our first few months in Central America. I’m volunteering as a teacher at a school on Roatan Island, off the coast of Honduras. Island Life My project partner Solomon and I live and work at a school in a place called Punta Gorda on the island of Roatan off the north coast of Honduras. The town is utterly beautiful, it is right on the Caribbean Sea, and the […]

Erin Milne: Footprinter Report from Malaysia

My first placement was at MRSM TAR, which was located on the East coast of Malaysia. After a few weeks of being at the new school, we were eventually given classes to teach ourselves. It was quite hard at TAR as not many people spoke to my partner and I. I put this down to the language barrier and perhaps they were too shy to approach us or reply if we conversed with them. A handful of the older students really helped to make us […]

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 […]

Murray Watson: Second Report from Guyana

Map showing Guyana where Murray Watson volunteers

Murray Watson reports on his volunteer year at Sand Creek Secondary, Guyana. Time to write from Letham Day 110, again I’m in Lethem – 3 hours from Sand Creek. This time meals and accommodation have been provided for by the ministry – thus the room is shared, the bed has no sheet or duvet and there’s no mossy nets but hey it’s free. Ben and I are here to represent Sand Creek Secondary at a mathematics workshop with the purpose of relaying information about the […]

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 […]

Jem Warner: Final Report from Rwanda

After finishing at the Excel school, I then started working at the Rwamagana Protestant school, a secondary school. Here I taught Maths to slightly older students, whose English was very good. Once again, they were all so eager to learn and showed great interest. Children who go to school in Rwanda seem to be so grateful they have a chance at education and seem to have such a brilliant time when they are there. When I turned up at the school, all the children in […]