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 […]

Footprinter report: Eilidh Lamont in Ghana

By Eilidh Lamont I live in a small village called Lolobi Ashiambi with my project partner, Karina. It’s about 2 miles north East out of the nearest small town, Hohoe, where there’s a weekly market and a restaurant that actually serves western type food. (But your shortest wait to be served is no less than an hour…at best!) We’re located in the Volta region of Ghana, very near the borders of Togo. It’s exceptionally beautiful. This particular area is decked with trees and hills, in […]

Footprinter report: Learning Thai, Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand

By Cameron Welsh The start of October saw Kevin and I repack our rucksacks and meet some of the other volunteers who are at projects close to ours at Ubon bus station. We were preparing to spend 3 weeks living and learning some basic conversational Thai in the northern city of Chiang Mai. It was great seeing the others again after a month and sharing stories about our experiences so far. An 18 hour bus ride ensued where I made the monumental mistake of wearing […]

Footprinter report: Cambodia, Christmas and Crickets

By Michael Freer The past two months have flown by as they usually do somewhere new and exciting. I am volunteering at a grass roots organisation called FKC – Future of Khmer Children ( They are a small organisation with all Cambodian staff members who are friendly, funny and caring. We are working together to create a new curriculum at the school as well as looking at ways to improve things. We all teach daily, and I have the intermediate class, the highest class out […]

Footprinter report: Cameron Sinclair

For the last 6 months I have been volunteering in the Himalayas which has been a whirlwind of fun and amazing experiences. I have learnt so much in the time I have spent abroad which has taught me many things I could not hope to find anywhere else. One great aspect about volunteering is the number of amazing and interesting people you meet from all over the world. I now have friends on every continent and have already started visiting them. Even though you get […]

Cameron Welsh Footprinter Report: Bangkok and an introduction to Phana

My year began with what seemed like the shortest car journey in history and before I knew it my bags were checked in and it was time to say goodbye to my family. These 4 people have been at the centre of my life for the past 17 years, always there for advice or a helping hand whenever it was required. It didn’t seem plausible that I was about to say goodbye for a full year, words wouldn’t come to me to try and convey […]

Time is running out – applications 2009

We have many applications for funding to sift through before the meeting in mid-May to decide whom we are going to support and if anyone out there is planning a late application time is running out as we like to interview as many as possible. Please, please read our conditions carefully to make sure you qualify (see “Forms”); for 6 months minimum period, education related and in a disadvantaged country (New Zealand doesn’t qualify I’m afraid as we had to tell one applicant!). It is […]

Grant to the Kenya Education Project

Under the Third Aims we have given a small grant to Sophie Rogers from Earlston. Sophie, who is at Cambridge, is going out to a secondary school in the Kisii region of Kenya with the Kenya Education Project but only for a shorter time than we can support. However she has applied to us under our Third Aim for a small grant of £300 to cover school text books and science equipment and we are delighted to award it to her and wish her luck […]

Thakurpukur Project Report

It’s no secret to the people closest to me that I loathe the country I live in, I don’t hide this fact and I’m not ashamed to admit to it, I’m sure there are more people who feel the same way. My dislike for Britain was one of the reasons fuelling my ambition to become a volunteer, but as the project progressed my reasons began to both broaden and deepen in meaning. I did not have many reasons to speak about, but the few I […]