Uganda - The Volunteer Life - By Karen Graaff

Uganda - The Volunteer Life - By Karen Graaff

I’ve had 7 injections in the past 3 weeks, started taking doxicycline last night, and my room has finally stopped resembling the pre-(and during!)- packing bomb-blast….must be time to hit the road!

I fly into Entebbe tomorrow, spend the night in a backpackers there, and head to Kampala on Monday morning to (finally) get a view of the place I’ll be for the next 3 months! In case anyone’s wondering, I spent my last day in Cape Town up the mountain, being blown about in gale-force winds! Aaah, nothing like home…

A couple of people have asked where I’m going and what I’m going to be doing…in all honesty, that’s a bit hard to say! I’m going to be staying in a village called Bulenga, on the outskirts of Kampala (the capital of Uganda, for those of you not up on your East African geography) - (this is about as close as I could get to an idea of where it is).

I’ll be volunteering with a group called KACCAD – Officially they work on income-generating projects, and provide job-skills training, as well as HIV education. BUT, in the true African spirit, I think that could turn out to be pretty flexible – whatever needs doing (including pig farming and digging wells…) This is about 17worlds away from my 3 months in New York last year!

BUT enough of this vague rambling – I need to go finish packing (of course it’s not done!) and get some sleep….in a couple of days, I’ll be able to give much more definite info on what my life is going to entail the next 3months.

Hugs to everyone

Written and contributed by Karen Graaff via Global Volunteer Network