Volunteer in Uganda

Sandra
Sandra
Sandra
Sandra
Sandra
Sandra
GERMANY
Uganda

I had an amazing 4 weeks volunteering at the health center in Ngora, Uganda. My time in Uganda was ingredible and I was able to gain a lot of experience in caring for patients. Even though before my trip I was not sure if I could be a lot of help since I am a nursing student, I was able to do many things in the hospital on my own.  The staff was also very friendly and welcoming and always willing to teach me something new. They always considered which areas I was most interested working in and I was always assigned tasks I felt comfortable doing. The highlights of my work in the health center were delivering babies and to participate in immunization outreaches. I enjoyed traveling to small villages near Ngora and providing immunizations in areas where people otherwise would not be able to recieve them. It was amazing to see how much the staff at the hospital can do to help patients, even though they only have very basic equipment.

In my free time I played a lot with my neighbour‘s children. We climbed rocks, sang songs and danced together. It was amazing to see their smiles and happiness. I was also invited to their homes for tea and dinner and hence was abe to get insight into Ugandan culture. Ugandans are very hospitable and very interested in showing me their everyday live.

It was the best decisiom of my live to spend those 4 weeks in Uganda and I would defenitly recommend it for everyone who is interested in healthcare and a different culture. 

Emma
Emma
Emma
Emma
Emma
Emma
Emma
UNITED STATES
Uganda

Over my winter break I spent 3 weeks in Uganda working as a Love Volunteer at a small hospital in Ngora, Uganda. The time I spent there was an amazing experience and it helped me to see the world in a whole new way.

            The hospital didn’t have many supplies and they were very understaffed, but they made the best of what they did have. All of the nurses, midwives, and other staff welcomed us and made us feel very at home from the first day. Everyone was so thankful for our work and they were quick to show us the ropes and teach us new things about both medicine and their country in general. I worked in the maternity ward, the medicine dispensary, and in the outpatient unit. I was given the chance to work side by side with all of the workers there and learned to do everything from counting out meds to vaccinating infants to starting IV lines in patients. The most amazing opportunity that I had during my work here was when I delivered a baby. The main midwife at the hospital took me into the room and talked me through the whole procedure and I delivered the baby. I cannot describe how amazing this feeling was and I’m so grateful that I could experience something so incredible.

            All of the people I met in my travels in Uganda were so welcoming and friendly, and every single child I met along the way would reach out to shake my hand or just touch my hand and say hello. The culture is so vibrant and beautiful. I am very confident that this whole experience has changed me as a person and given me a better understanding of myself and what I am capable of. I am also very thankful for the people I met and the friendships I made. I plan on going back as soon as I can and working with all of these wonderful people again. And the next time I will definitely be going for longer because a few weeks just isn’t enough time in this beautiful country. I cannot speak highly enough of this country and its people and my experience of it as a whole. It was one of the best decisions I have made, truly life changing. 

Sarah
Sarah
Sarah
Sarah
Sarah
Sarah
Sarah
Sarah
Sarah
Sarah
Sarah
CANADA
Uganda

I had an amazing experience in Ngora, a town in the Teso region of Uganda. I chose Love Volunteers because of the flexibility on travel times, and I could not have made a better decision.  I chose Uganda as a destination because it was relatively inexpensive compared to other places. The team at LV answered my questions in a timely manner. From getting to the airport to leaving the country at the end of my placement, Bazil, the LV country coordinator, made sure my needs were met.  

Ngora is five hours away from the capital depending on traffic, so you can choose to be placed nearby in Lugazi for the medical program. However, I would strongly encourage anyone to volunteer at one of the placement options in Ngora. The language spoken in this region is different from “Luganda” but you can’t go wrong by saying “Yo ga” (hello).  I spent two weeks in the clinic, and I learned a lot from the staff. It wasn’t just work for me though; I had an amazing time making new friends, and hanging out with Margaret and her family.  I was given a hen at the end of my stay as a token of appreciation. Of course, I left it there, so I have to go back one day to see “Annette Blue” and her future chicks!!! I also look forward to visiting other destinations that LV has to offer.

An little advice I would like to give to someone considering a medical trip there or anywhere else is to raise monetary donations if possible as opposed to material supplies. Finally, it is always good to be open-minded when visiting new places, and embrace cultural & social differences. You can visit my blog at http://slori001.tumblr.com to read more about my experience.

Delaney & Jordan
Delaney & Jordan
Delaney & Jordan
Delaney & Jordan
Delaney & Jordan
Delaney & Jordan
UNITED STATES
Uganda

Both Jordan and I had the greatest experience on the Working with Children Program in Uganda, and already wish we could go back!

From the very beginning of trying to organize our trip to Uganda, Love Volunteers was so helpful through everything. They answered any questions we had, and made sure we were well prepared.

Being able to meet Basil once we landed in Uganda was amazing. He was the sweetest and friendliest guy we have ever met. He showed us around and helped prepare us for everything we were going to experience. We were placed at Kidron Valley Ministries in Jinja, and stayed there for three weeks. We were able to stay with the director and founder of the organization, John, and we loved it. Him and his wife were so welcoming and made sure to really teach us their culture. We were able to work with school kids, and orphans.

It was easily the greatest experience of our lives. We were sad to see our time there end, but cannot wait to go back. It was amazing to be able to go see another country's culture. Everyone was so friendly and happy to see us. The children were more loving than we have ever seen in anyone. We absolutely fell in love with Uganda, and couldn't thank Love Volunteers enough for helping us through it all. We highly recommend anyone who can, to experience this. It has changed our lives completely.

Greg
Greg
Greg
Greg
NEW ZEALAND
Uganda

My time in Uganda met and exceeded all of my expectations. From the moment I arrived, I felt that I was in safe hands with the local coordinator which made all of the difference.

The work I did at Kidron Children's Orphanage was so varied - some days I would collect and store firewood for the orphanage, other days I would go on errands with the Orphanage director, and other days I would be teaching in the Orphanage's primary school. In between all of this I was able to entertain the orphan's kids and spend time with local staff members.

The two months I spend in Uganda gave me an invaluable perspective on communities that are much less privileged than my own. I came away feeling like I left a mark on the people I spent time helping, but more than that I felt like the community left a mark on me. It left me excited for my next adventure.

Pamela
Pamela
Pamela
Pamela
Pamela
CANADA
Uganda
I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Uganda! When I first landed, I was terrified! I walked out of the airport and saw a sign with my name on it and Bazil's smiling face and immediately felt at ease. I loved meeting his wife Alice and their incredible kids. They were all eager to learn about me and I about them. We stopped at the market on the way home and picked up some things I would like, to make me feel welcome! I was a guest in their home and felt comfortable immediately. My room was clean and comfortable, complete with mosquito net and access to wifi! I felt secure and welcome right away. Their daughter and Alice were great to answer all my questions and help me prepare everything I needed. My biggest hesitation going to Africa was admittedly the 'squat toilet' which I had never experienced. I'm glad to say I adjusted quickly and it was not an issue at all! 
 
I was placed in a Primary Four class at the village school. My walk to school was always so fun, waving to everyone and saying good morning to all the children. My class was fantastic! They were so interested in me and my family and knowing about Canada. I had fun reading with them and playing games like hangman to help with their spelling and word recognition. The teachers at the school I worked at were so wonderful and kind! I once mentioned that I liked potatoes, and from then on I had potatoes in my lunch! A girl in my class walked me home each day. Her english wasn't the best but we sang 'the wiggle song' of all things! Alice would greet me with a plate of mango or pineapple when I arrived home, and I hung out with the family, helping with dinner and talking with the kids. It was so easy to get into town to run errands. Alice would call a family friend to take me so I never felt like I was on my own in a big new city. 
 
I fell for one of the kids in my class and Alice and Bazil were able to facilitate her sponsorship and will continue to do so while I'm away.  I was also able to accompany a returning volunteer to check on some children she was sponsoring from a previous trip, which was so special (and hopefully a glimpse into my future!) I loved my time in Uganda and was sad to leave Alice and her family, as well as my kids at the school. I will not soon forget the time I spent there, and can't wait to go back. I only wish I had stayed longer!
Alyssa
Alyssa
Alyssa
Alyssa
Alyssa
Alyssa
UNITED STATES
Uganda

Right off the bat, Uganda was a shock to the senses. But once I got used to all of the cultural differences, I fell in love.

The people there were so warm and inviting, and extremely helpful when I tried to get around. Not to mention how lovely and helpful Bazil and his family were. They made me feel like a part of their own family, and had me over for dinner when I was done working at their local primary school.

Lwaynonyi Primary School was probably the perfect fit for me. At first, it was an extremely hard adjustment, but after a while I grew used to how the school ran. The kids there were beautiful. In the beginning, they would only stare at me from afar, wondering who this muzungu was. After the first week, they began to come up and talk with me. Then they invited me to play netball with them, sing songs with them. The best part was when they tried to teach me Luganda. Because their accents are quite thick, I would almost always mess up the word the first time, until they spelled it out for me. This would result in hysterical laughter from them. 

I will always remember my experience here. Because of this experience, I hope to continue traveling to Eastern Africa, and plan on going back to Uganda this coming year. 

Norbert
Norbert
Norbert
Norbert
Norbert
Norbert
Norbert
Norbert
Norbert
Norbert
HUNGARY
Uganda

Uganda is a wonderful country with lovely people. I was in East-Africa before, so I hoped I will like Uganda also very much... and I wasn't wrong. To spend 6 weeks there, was like heaven. The country is developing, but we could learn very much about relationships among people. They are so friendly and so grateful, which I have never experienced before. Love Volunteers contact persons (Bazil and Alice) are amazing, their children are adorable... Man can be jealous about their life... 

Medical program is not the happiest experience, because you can meet with many sick children and adults, but it was very amazing feeling, that I could help to them, and they were so grateful. My collages at the hospital were amazing. They were so friendly and kind, and they helped me very much... after a few weeks I felt like I am the member of the hospital's staff. Treating patients and casualties is so different there, than in Europe. I can not tell all my feelings, everybody has to try this, and after this experiece everbody will change. I would make this type of trip obligatory for medical or nurse students. You can be a real "healer" in Uganda. Only your medical knowledge and heart are needed there, nothing more.

I can not say enough good things about Uganda... Never-to-be-forgotten incredible memories!!

Angela
Angela
Angela
Angela
Angela
Angela
ITALY
Uganda

That was one of the best experiences in my life! I enjoyed Uganda, the people, the nature, my host family and the children…everything was exciting! I have to thank all Uganda and LV for let me have such a great time.

Bazil and his family are really kind, since they picked me up from the airport till they dropped me off there the last day, I always had them as reference and they never failed. Living in a village is also part of the whole experience, and they were able to make me feel as it was my place. They even had a touristic plan for me for the week end, I enjoyed!

The life there is hard, they don’t have most of the facilities I am used to, but immediately my mind knows that is their life and I had to adapt myself, and I managed, and I learnt a lot in that sense, it seemed we can even live with no electricity…

The orphanage I helped out is really a nice place. I love those children; I am going to get the sponsorship for one of them. And I am in contact with the orphanage to provide some support from my Country, as it seems I was the first Italian visiting it.  Maybe they gave me more emotions than my support to them, they are lovely! And at the end you feel like you would never leave them…I am already missing them so much…

Thank you for the great job you are doing and for the efficient and the useful support provided. I'm looking forward to doing it again!

Courtney
Courtney
Courtney
Courtney
Courtney
Courtney
UNITED STATES
Uganda

My sister and I thoroughly enjoyed our time in Uganda. We spent one month in Uganda, the last week and a half volunteering through Love. The children at the children's home were very energetic and loved having visitors. Uganda is such a beautiful country and the Love coordinators were very welcoming and helpful. We would definitely recommend visiting Uganda and working through Love Volunteers.

 

Brem
Brem
Brem
Brem
Brem
Brem
CAMBODIA
Uganda

My whole trip to Uganda brightly opened up my eyes seeing to life and things especially toward myself life. I gained lots of positive thoughts back home.

I worked in a small school with an Ugandan teacher in a kindergarten class in a rural village. I usually draw pictures with sentences to describe the meaning of the pictures and ask them to rewrite the sentences or filling the missing word and sometime we draw a picture in their exercise book and ask them to shape the picture and give them score. Sometime I were asked to visit other classes in primary school because they rarely see the people from outside so I told them about my country and myself. But nobody know about Cambodia and they thought that I'm from China or other counties. Everywhere I go on the way they always call me "Chines...Chines!" or "Jackie Chan", the famous Chinese's funny actor. The children like me a lot and they always come near and ask me.

The people in Uganda are so friendly they always saying “how are you?” instead of saying "hello" at the first meet. My time here was so great I like Uganda a lot and hopefully I will be back sometime.