Volunteer Uganda: I have absolutely loved my time in Uganda! The people are so nice and the countryside is beautiful. There is an incredible amount of need here. I wish we were staying longer. Thank you ABV!
What was the most surprising thing you experienced in the program, at the accommodations and about Uganda?
- The level of poverty – nothing like it in USA
- Very little furniture to sit on.
- How much the kids loved us!
What was the most difficult thing you experienced?
- Too many kids to help and not enough money
- Dark/lack of light in the morning (getting ready by flashlight was interesting!)
- Just seeing how the government does not take care of its people.
Any tips for future volunteers (packing, clothing donations etc?)
- Bring protein. The local diet consists of a lot of carbohydrates
- Pack snacks, and instant packets of coffee or tea.
- Lots of people smoke in Uganda.
- Cleanliness is not the same as in the USA. Pack some wet wipes or handiwipes
- Bring lots of CASH. Local shops do not take credit cards
- Bring candy for the kids – they love it
- You will fall in love with the children and leaving will break your heart.
How would you describe your accommodations, meals and security:
Bare minimum – no frills. Meals are tasty but all carbohydrates, no protein and limited vegetables. Pack your own snacks. We felt totally safe the whole time.
What was your favorite memory of this trip?
Teaching! Interacting with the kids on a daily basis. Also, went on a safari – saw so many animals and got close to two lions.
I have absolutely loved my time in Uganda! The people are so nice and the countryside is beautiful. There is an incredible amount of need here. I wish we were staying longer. Thank you ABV!
How was the ABV support prior to traveling?
Sarah was great! Always prompt to answer questions and spent a great deal of time on the phone with me.
Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?