Travelling around on bodabodas, floating across Lake Victoria and the source of the Nile, contributing to the activities of an Italian NGO, visiting various traditional healers at their homes, journeying for miles and miles from Kampala to Koboko and experiencing the local bodaboda, visiting local schools and assisting at children local traditional performances and much much more encompassed my time in Uganda.
During my short experience in Uganda, I went out into the “field”, to the area of Koboko to help the other volunteers with their activities. The aim of my trip was to start to understand development issues, and the Eastern-African Community society, culture, and traditions. What impressed me most I guess was visiting some schools, where I saw that these children arrived everyday, often traveling long distances by foot to sit in an unairconditioned classroom for 7 hours/day, because they wanted to learn; you could really tell how much these children cared for their community.
This was an amazing opportunity for me. I learned so much about Ugandese education, culture, language, and people. I have made some very good and lifelong friends. Most importantly, I learned a lot about myself and how much I really had to give.
Please watch the following video, it is about the NGO I went with and it has been filmed and realized during the trip I was ni by an otehr volunteer, Gianna Feller. This short video would give you a taste of my African experience, but of course, the best way to understand this unique experience is to go there and experience it by yourself. Personally, I am looking forward to go back to Africa.
I'd like to hear also your first experiences in Africa. Where have you been? How was the impact? What you will never forget?