There are tonnes of reasons why volunteering abroad is beneficial:
- Broadens your view of the world
- Fun and adventure filled
- Meet like minded people from around the world
- Teaches you about trust and submission
- Learn new ways of doing things
- Get to know a new culture
- Great for the resume
But here’s why you should volunteer in Uganda. Okay, specifically, with The Real Uganda. Here, you get the real deal. No sugar coating. No hand holding. You work with real locally led community based organizations that work to improve the lives of real people. Every day. You join in on what’s going on. You’re part of a unique team. Sometimes it’s tough. At other times it’s endearing. But it never fails to be eye-opening and character-building for everyone involved.
Here’s a great example of how volunteering with The Real Uganda unfolds over the long term:
Meet the ladies of Hopeline Women’s Group. A number of our volunteers have worked with them. These ladies lives are hard. They live in a rural environment. They don’t have much formal education. There’s not much to do by way of paid work. Their husbands are not necessarily doing their best to provide for their families. Some have been abandoned. Some are widows. All are mothers. They’ve come together to share their stories and to ease each others problems.
They are so joyful.
Our volunteers typically help them in their gardens, teach them basic English, and talk to them about the public health issues they face. In return, the ladies show our vollies how to make local handicrafts and cook traditional Ugandan food. Pretty fair trade, eh?
Cultural exchange is like that.
The Real Uganda and its volunteers have also contributed funds to give these ladies a chance at financial independence and freedom. Chicken coops have been built, a well renovated, pigs and rabbits bought, ruby cups given out, a training on making reusable menstrual pads was given. There’s now even a revolving interest free micro-loan scheme in place. You know why these projects were chosen? Because the ladies asked for them. Because they know how to handle them. Because they just need a little leg-up in order to improve their lives.
Supporting locally led initiatives = maximum impact and empowerment. No dependency.
I’m going to keep highlighting our partner programs here on our weekly blog. Please comment below about your volunteering experience and its impact. If you haven’t been, consider volunteering with us. Check out our website. If you like what you read, fill in the online application form. We want volunteers who value cultural exchange and locally led community transformation.
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