My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for The Real Uganda, Mukono, , Uganda
I spent 8 weeks living in a village in Uganda through The Real Uganda. I researched heavily before deciding where to go and who to go with. I couldn't have made a better decision! While I have traveled quite a bit, this was by far the most remote location I have been to and my first volunteer stint. Starting with weeks before leaving home, there was an open e-mail communication with The Real Uganda, so I could e-mail the simplest questions about what to bring or what there is to eat etc… and get a response right way. From the moment my plane landed, everything ran very smoothly. You spend the first day learning the local customs, where to exchange money, they take you to buy phone and minutes, show you the best places to eat etc.. Volunteering abroad had been on my bucket list for many years, and I was so fortunate to have been able to check that off my list! I was 'middle aged' when I went, and found it a very easy trip. You certainly don't have to be fresh out of school to do this, as there is something for everyone there. They needs are great on the ground. From reading to kids, painting the dorm rooms, teaching English, or simply bringing a piece of gum back from town for the kids (they will love it!!) there is nothing too great or too small that you can contribute to a village community. The people at TRU will check in often with you and always be available to address any concerns you may have. If anyone is considering doing this, I would highly recommend Uganda as it is an unbelievably beautiful country!! (I went on 2 safaris while there and rafted down the Nile river!) and I would highly suggest letting The Real Uganda help plan your trip and take care of all the planning for you so you can show up and do your thing, whatever that may be, they will be so happy to have it! Don't wait for the perfect time to go, just go!