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
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
Yeah, I peaked at 38… more than a few years ago. Before motherhood. Before going back to school. Before my friends got married and moved away from Mukono. But, boy did I have a rad time pissing away immensely enjoying my 30s, here in Uganda. “Mukono is the new Kampala” we used to say while… Read More My (outdated) Panafrican Playlist
My Ugandan readers will get a little something from that title… Alex and I go WAY back! And, despite what you think, I’m not about to get political… I just wanted to share something I did today. Because it’s something I’ve never done before. Something totally normal. I made chocolate chunk banana muffins. Yup, that’s… Read More Thirty Years of Bananas
Tuesday was the weirdest day I’ve had in a LONG TIME. However, by the end, all I can say is that the extremes of good, bad, ugly, and rad didn’t carry forward to affect my week. Each day is new and simply contributes to my journey. At my age, most of the “bad” is usually… Read More Life in Uganda: The good, the bad, the ugly… and the RAD!
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