Does everyone here know about Giving Tuesday? It’s mostly been an American phenomenon – but it’s spreading quickly world wide. It’s a way to bring attention to the work of non-profit organizations during the holiday season, focusing away from excessive shopping for consumer goods. It takes place on the Tuesday after the U.S. Thanksgiving. This… Read More The Real Uganda’s 2016 #GivingTuesday Appeal
In September and October 2014, we hosted a volunteer from Germany, Jens Hirschfeld. He was a very outgoing guy. Jens sang songs, learned local craft skills, dug in the garden, and played football with and generally mentored young people. He became a fixture in Lugazi town, learned quite a lot of Luganda, cooked food for… Read More Germany and Uganda United Again
This time last year, I had the pleasure of joining one of our volunteers at a school she worked at, during her short stay with The Real Uganda. It’s a small church funded primary school in Kabembe, Mukono District. The area is populated largely by peasant farmers and their families. Our partner, Balamu Community Organization, leads outreach… Read More Inspired by a little school in Uganda
Last week was all about saying good-bye to our awesome volunteers. This week had us welcoming all kinds of newbies. Monday, Zan from New Zealand, flew in. While her luggage remained in Abu Dhabi, she was all smiles. Zan was here 2 years ago so knew what to expect. Instead of my usual orientation we… Read More The Real Uganda: Another busy week in pictures
We’ve had an amazing week at The Real Uganda. I’ve been busy saying good-bye to our seven remaining June/July volunteers. So many great personalities, so little time. I’m glad I got the opportunity to hang out in Jinja with them over the weekend. I’m glad I could spend some time in the village this week… Read More The Real Uganda Week in Pictures
Are you a runner? Are you a traveller? Want to do both and support a really great cause? The Real Uganda and Global Volunteer Network are in the final stages of putting together a team to meet up in Uganda, run an upcountry marathon, and visit some of our community based programs. Plan to be… Read More Running to travel or travelling to run?
I’m often asked by prospective volunteers what our volunteers go on to do with their lives, after their experience with our programs. Is volunteering abroad a catalyst for better things? Is it a career enhancer? Or does volunteering abroad naturally attract movers and shakers? Which came first, the chicken or the egg? I tend to… Read More Life after volunteering with The Real Uganda