Silent Disco in Kampala, Uganda

I experienced my first silent disco last Saturday night. Unbeknownst to me, it’s become a thing in Kampala. The National Theatre, Bayimba Art Festival, the now defunct MishMash, and GattoMatto have all hosted silent discos. Huh, who knew? I’m not going to lie, my friends and I thought the entire thing a little questionable. I… Read More Silent Disco in Kampala, Uganda

7 Years Later: A Reflection on My Ugandan Volunteer Experience

It’s guest post time again! I love these. It’s a chance for our readers to live vicariously (and totally get inspired!) through the experiences of real former volunteers. Please read about Kristen and Haley in our past posts. Today, we feature reflections from Carolina Vila. She’s an American school teacher who volunteered with us in… Read More 7 Years Later: A Reflection on My Ugandan Volunteer Experience

Life after volunteering with The Real Uganda

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

Volunteering In Africa? Here’s how to manage your first few days

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

Uganda as a success story, only no one knows!

The Real Uganda is a small, locally run, non-profit, based in Uganda. We try to connect with international volunteers (I call them “vollies”) who believe that cultural exchange and engagement are among the best ways we (as non-Africans) can help Ugandans when we visit this amazing country. The Real Uganda doesn’t accept people who want… Read More Uganda as a success story, only no one knows!