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
It’s that time again. Time to re-new my work permit, so I can stay in Uganda. Every 3 years I have to do this. It’s not a big deal, it only takes about a million trips back and forth between Immigration and my home, in Mukono. The procedures stay more or less the same. The… Read More A chance meeting … feelin’ groovy.
I’m going to assume that you’ve wanted to travel and volunteer in Africa all your life. You’ve spent months sourcing the organization you’re working with. You’re proud that it is, indeed, a reputable organization, supporting local leaders and locally led initiatives. You are committed to understanding the reality on the ground. You are set to… Read More Volunteering In Africa? Here’s how to manage your first few days
If you read local Ugandan newspapers, you’ll find most stories coming out of Mukono Town are a little bizarre. Witch craft, co-wives plotting against one another, husbands be-heading their wives over a few misplaced coins. Yeah, that stuff happens. And if you were to google “Mukono Town”, you’d be told all about our modern private… Read More My Mukono Town
Oh Uganda! It’s beautiful, welcoming, peaceful, fun and so totally random. If you are referred to this place by a travel agent or international organization, you may miss some of the more obscure and fantastically fun things to do during your stay. All my recommendations are based on personal (and former volunteer) experience. All are… Read More Wonderfully obscure and totally fun things to do in Uganda
Volunteering abroad is not a holiday. It’s not an experience you buy. It’s not a passive museum tour. It won’t allow you to switch off and drink cocktails poolside for 2 weeks. When you volunteer abroad you give up your daily comforts and your normal diet. There is no wireless internet and no Netflix. You… Read More Volunteering Abroad Is Not A Holiday