Izzy Richards on her last weeks at Otjikondo

Parents' Day display

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 first term, after her second term and now as she finishes.  Hazel’s Footprints gave Izzy a Footprinter Grant to help with the fundraising required for her year.  Izzy Richards – Parent’s Day and Beyond  I’m writing this from our hostel in Windhoek the day before I fly back o London. It all feels surreal, but […]

Izzy Richard’s Second Term at Otjikondo

Parents’ Day Project We’ve spent most of this term getting ready for the Otjikondo’s annual “Parents’ Day”. It’s a day where parents and guardians of everyone in the school are invited to come and have a look around. They can speak to their child’s teacher, look in their exercise books and be present for the big parent meeting. On top of all this, the day is scattered with many stalls and events. There is a tombola run by some of the staff and a food and […]

Izzy Richards: First Term at Otjikondo

Sack race at Otjikondo, Namibia, taken by Izzy Richards

So here I am, very nearly 3 months into my gap year, and what a 3 months it has been. It is very easy to say there is never a dull day at Otjikondo. You never know whether you’re going to be helping a child with a nose bleed, having a nose bleed yourself, hunting down snakes, pulling bits of scenery out of cupboards or improvising a lesson when you’re suddenly told that you actually have all of Grade 1 for an hour and 20 […]

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 […]