The Real Uganda
The Real Uganda Programs
The Real Uganda needs volunteers to assist our partners with a variety of agriculture and conservation activities. Because subsistence farming is a way of life in Uganda,...
The Real Uganda Reviews
The short version of my amazing trip
Submitted by Brix Ottaway - Murdoch university | June 08, 2018
Spending one week in Uganda in 2016, it was enough to make me go back for six weeks a year later. I went all around the country seeing all it had to offer, safari at Murchison falls, white water rafting the Nile, zip lining through the forest, but my favourite part was seeing all the different organisations that they work with to place volunteers. I worked along side the community to build a rabbit hut, teach in schools, fix wells, work in a clinic, build a house, did crafts and made amazing connections with people i still miss today. Not only would I recommend The Real Uganda to anyone, but I am planning on getting back there as soon as I can.
Submitted by Fay Pretty - University of Winchester | June 07, 2018
I've been on multiple volunteer experiences but nothing challenged me and my perspectives in the same way, especially in such a short period of time. Not only did I feel completely immersed in Ugandan culture but I learnt so much. With The Real Uganda you get the opportunity to look under first impressions, ditching that hero mentality that other organisations instil to their volunteers. Good volunteering is more a cultural exchange and thats the amazing experience you can receive. It really opened my eyes and I am forever thankful for that. I would love to go back and do it all again and I would recommend to anyone to grab that opportunity too, you won't regret it.
The most immersive and inclusive trip
Submitted by Amanda - Australian Catholic University | June 01, 2018
I was in Uganda for a only a week but man, I feel the NEED to go back. I never went in with the mentality of 'saving people' like so many other foundations claims to do! But little did I know that the people I met and worked with were the real heroes. It opened my eyes to their passion for life, their amazing food and how they work in nature. I will be forever grateful to the Real Uganda for letting me experience the beautiful Ugandan culture!
Wonderful and eye opening experience, 10/10
Submitted by Audrey Fok | March 28, 2018
I volunteered with the real Uganda in October of 2017. I was there for a little less than 2 weeks and I volunteered with the Hope line Organization. I have always wanted to volunteer in Africa, and I wanted to find an organization that truly helped out the local community and knew precisely what the locals need/want. Initially ing Leslie, she answered all my questions and put to bed any hesitations I had volunteering for an NGO that doesn't have their foot on the ground and understands the local populace. Even though Leslie is what they would call a "mzungu," she has lived in Uganda for over a decade, thoroughly vets all orgs she puts her volunteers in, and really really genuinely cares. Upon arrival, Leslie helped settle me in and introduced me to Uganda. She set my expectations and explained what was going to happen throughout my two weeks in Uganda. Additionally, prior to my trip, I found The Real Uganda website to be incredibly helpful!!! I packed according to tips on the website, and read as much as I can the culture and people of Uganda.
On my second day, I was introduced to my host and director of Hopeline, Tony. Tony, his wife Doreen, and his family were amazing hosts, and treated me as if I were family. During my stay with Tony, I went to the school, helped out at the medical clinic, and hung out with the women's group. All and all, I wish I could have spent more time there. I felt that I barely scratched the surface with my interactions with everyone I met, Tony and his family included. To add on to that, I had to leave a bit early from my experience due to work.
Overall, I would say I had one of the most amazing experiences of my life. It was truly great to see and live with local Ugandans whom have such a different culture from what I grew up in. To potential future volunteers, I give one word of advice: go in with an open mind and an open heart. Try everything at least once. If you go in with this mentality, everything will be amazing.
The real volunteer experience
Submitted by Lisa | March 24, 2018
I will be forever grateful for my experience in Uganda with The Real Uganda! I recently went to watch a video screening from an organization that I thought was going to be all empowering women from across the world and the US. Instead I found a documentary that was completely focused on themselves and how they were making a difference and how important the work that they were doing was. It was infuriating. The entire video made me so uncomfortable and visibly angry. Throughout the screening, I kept thinking was how THANKFUL I am that my first experience with international travel was with The Real Uganda and I got to experience Grassroots organizations that were run by Ugandans helping Ugandans. I got to learn directly from them what was helpful and how sometimes what we think is helpful is actually very harmful. I had to learn how to navigate the country without a "driver" and learned to feel comfortable in this wonderful country. So really this is just a shout out to The Real Uganda for what they do and teaching me how freaking AMAZING Uganda is and that the best teachers are the people who are in it themselves! If you are considering traveling abroad and want to volunteer, this is ABSOLUTELY the best organization to do it with!