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
I’m a total kick-ass ambassador for Uganda. I’ve lived here full time for 13 years. I run a non-profit that sources international volunteers and funding, in support of locally led initiatives. I gave birth and am raising my son here. I’ve seen a lot. I’ve done a lot. A quick jaunt through this blog will… Read More Visit Uganda. We’ve got wildlife.
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
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The first part of that headline above is the kind of thing we call another missed opportunity. Today is July 21, 2016. I am approaching the highly exciting news that Uganda has amended the cost of single entry visas payable on arrival at ports of entry from US$100 to US$50, effective today.…
2016 has been great as far as volunteers go. We’ve had absolutely no duds (Yay!!) Rather, we’ve hosted 18 men and women from around the world who were enthusiastic free hands in their respective communities. The small funding they brought also helped to keep local staff paid and created a few locally-led income generating projects.… Read More Cultural exchange success