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
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 contacting Leslie, she answered all my questions and put to bed any hesitations I had about 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 about 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 about 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 about 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 about 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!
Program: Community Empowerment in Uganda
The real Uganda
Submitted by Josh Poyser - North Yorkshire United Kingdom | March 01, 2018
I didn't really think about the name of the charity - the Real Uganda - until I reflected upon my volunteering experience when I got back home, but I think it sums it up pretty well. I experienced living with a real Ugandan family, in a real Ugandan community, experienced real Ugandan life and made a real difference.
I lived with a couple who ran the local church and school and their four kids, plus their extended family and community who are all around to interact with and help you out and talk to you; you really do become part of the family and community. I helped out on the farm (all though not as much as planned due to the dry weather, the soil was to hard to do much!), as well as at the local school painting, playing games with the children, and helping the school cook, or matron. On the weekends there is plenty to see and do in Uganda; safaris, visit the river Nile, Kampala, there is a lot to experience. If this is what you are looking for then then The Real Uganda is a perfect choice for you.
Dreams come true
Submitted by Cathy - Perth Australia | February 28, 2018
I spent 6 weeks with this program and only wish I could have afforded to stay longer. The people are the kindest most humble people I have ever come across. Leslie was so helpful and a pleasure to be around with a wealth of local knowledge! Uganda is such a beautiful country!
A time to reflect and appreciate what you have
Submitted by Kathy - Brisbane Australia | February 28, 2018
My daughter and I volunteered together for 5 weeks. And what an experience it was. Life was tough at times, but the smiles from young and old made everyday a blessing. Yes there are mossies, rodents, spiders and pigs but each have a purpose. We helped with education seminars about healthy living, education and family. Much of our time was spent on islands in Lake Victoria. I’ve done a lot in my life, but my volunteering weeks are very high on my list of ‘pleased that I did this’. Leslie is brilliant.