Uganda

Beacon of Hope Uganda

Since I was a little girl I have always felt an odd connection with Africa without knowing why. I thought it may have something to do with the land…with Savanna Trees…maybe even with elephants. I never dreamed it could have been with the people.

And so it was that at age 58, I left for Uganda hoping to learn more about this place about which I knew so little, and to form a single alliance between a woman of the First World and a people of the Third World. In working as a volunteer with Beacon of Hope Uganda, I had the good fortune to live with the founder of the organization Isaac Ssamba and his team, getting to know them, their extended families and neighbors, and learning firsthand about BoHU’s numerous programs of community outreach.

The first thing I learned was that Ugandan people as a whole, are the most hospitable, generous, and friendly I have ever had the good fortune to meet. I had expected to be somewhat intimidated or even frightened traveling alone to Uganda, but I can say that without exception I never felt either of those things.

Experiencing their sweetness and generosity of spirit is truly a commonplace occurrence. Suffice it to say, I love Ugandan people!

While in Uganda I kept a personal diary. I wanted to share something of it here, but could not decide what impacted me most and wanted to share with the reader—the children living at the Orphanage? The school visits? Hungry children? Young people coming to the house hoping that BoHU could pay their school fees or mothers hoping they could get help for their sick children?

The women who support themselves making crafts? How about something simple like the affectionate neighbor children who sang for us, held our hands, sat on our laps? Beacon of Hope Uganda conducts so many worthy programs that to discuss one seems to lessen the importance of another, and everyday life is in itself an adventure.

Thank you Beacon of Hope Uganda for the great experience.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Uganda
Posted: Feb 8, 2018
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Beacon of Hope Uganda

I spent four weeks in Uganda, volunteering with Beacon of Hope Uganda. They were incredibly helpful in every other way. They picked me up from the airport and the accommodation and food was fine and fruits are delicious.

The resources are scarce for many local projects it seems to be the prime limiting factor for making progress.

Volunteering in Uganda was truly an amazing experience. Absolutely loved everything about the organization and would recommend it to everyone, regardless of where you're from or what you do for a living, they are affordable and very grassroots.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Uganda
Posted: Dec 2, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Beacon of Hope Uganda

I set out for Uganda on 15th June, this was my third and shortest visit and I met with another volunteer Terry from Canada. Terry arrived after 2 days of my arrival. This was Terry’s first visit so perhaps he was even more excited than me. I arrived around 7pm and as always immigration was easy and even the officials smiled I just wish it were as easy in the rest of Africa
As on the last time, I received a great welcome from Isaac who was waiting for me at the airport.

The new BoHU House was really good and very comfortable, I shared a room with Terry when he came, and there is a nice lounge as well for eating food and recreation when you are not out on some kind of mission or adventure.

As I said I have been to Uganda already and worked with Isaac and BoHU some five or six months in all and have seen the organization grow and now blossom. Volunteering with BoHU is no everyday experience you get the real Africa, the real Uganda warts and all, and working with Isaac is a revelation the guy is an extraordinary person, truly a man and a half at least!!! You can actually see that you are helping to make a difference so any time I am there I get very excited.

First day I take it easy Beatrice, the wonderful and very pretty housekeeper greets us with the most wonderful breakfast includes French toast with avocado and pineapples and really these are the best in the world Yum!!!
The next day we visit the school traveling first by Matatu and then a long Boda Boda ride on dirt roads through the countryside this is really wonderful and great fun as well.

The school is a project that Isaac started last year. I was absolutely amazed at the quality of education at the school, The teachers are incredible , and as well as education the kids all receive a meal each day for some this is the only meal they will have, these kids just melt the hardest of hearts.
I was particularly impressed with both the corn project and the upland rice project. The upland rice has only been going for a couple of months. That evening we returned to Mukono for some more of Beatrice’s good cooking Rice, Matooke, beans and cassava and rested up the next day and getting ready for the next big trip.

This was to be a first for me, Isaac has started up a series of programs going deep into the other villages where no other organization penetrates for this one we were to go deep into the forest to the down village of Mengo, here there are no Boda-Boda so we are to go by car.

The next couple days we spent in this village we set up our clinic there and the village telegraph soon spread the word. Once more we must have treated over 500 people.

By the time we had returned to Mukono and said goodbye to all our friends old and new it was time to return home.

This is just a typical 2-3 weeks volunteering with BoHU you get to work with one of the greatest people I have ever met Isaac Ssamba, who is the founder and current Chairman, Board of directors of the of the organization and you can work on many projects such as the deep village clinics and actually see the difference you make .

BoHU has since opened a school and this serves a very wide area at present we have 5 full time paid teachers and several local volunteers working there, we desperately need foreign volunteers for this as well as other work.

Please if you want to volunteer I promise you that this is the most unique and genuine experience you can have, you will make a difference and you will also have fun

Terry was so impressed by what he witnessed that he has since he returned already raised over $5000 for BoHU and its work and continues to raise more money so that he can return in 2018 and help with bigger and better programs and help set up more agricultural projects. Terry made a difference and continues to do so, Why don’t you?

Jim

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Uganda
Posted: Nov 19, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

NGO Abroad

I found the team at NGO Abroad to be excellent - they were professional, and also patient and personable. They had a wealth of knowledge about various programs in various countries (and a wealth of patience with me while I chose) - and when I did choose, a wealth of knowledge about everything from necessary vaccinations, travelling, and what to expect from day to day life when I arrived.

I volunteered on a cervical cancer awareness-raising programme that was being newly implemented. My role was to develop and help deliver sensitisations in rural communities, with visual aids either hand-made by myself and other staff, or kindly shared with us by other local sexual health services. Later, my role also involved helping to arrange the provision of free screenings by visiting and speaking with other local organisations with the resources to provide this service. As all these activities are all funding-dependent, a portion of my role also involved helping to complete funding applications. At the time of my departure, the organisation was planning to continue conducting sensitisations, but the provision of more screenings to members of rural communities was on brief hiatus until more funding was available.

My host home was safe and welcoming, as of course were the staff at the NGO where I volunteered, who ensured I knew my way around, and checked in with me regularly to see that I was doing ok. I felt very well looked after,and am so grateful to have had the opportunity to lend my efforts to their work, and experience their beautiful country and culture.

I am hugely grateful to the team at NGO Abroad for providing such a personalised, thorough and affordable service, and for their patience and generosity of spirit. They will be my first port of call when I next intend to volunteer abroad. Thank you guys so much!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Uganda
Posted: Jul 30, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Beacon of Hope Uganda

I had an incredibly life changing and eye opening experience with Beacon of Hope Uganda. I was able to meet some of the most interesting and influencing people in my life. I could write millions of words about the details of my adventure but I would rather just boil it down to its essence and let you go explore the details on your own.

The staff was extremely helpful and made me feel comfortable and supported throughout my stay. I loved the evening hangouts and all the stories about Uganda's history and I also liked that we had time on weekends to hangout and really explore the area. I felt safe the entire time. I really enjoyed working with the kids.Overall very rewarding experience and I strongly recommend it.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Uganda
Posted: Jun 29, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Beacon of Hope Uganda

My volunteer experience in Uganda was life changing. Thanks to Beacon of Hope Uganda, Isaac was extremely helpful and made me feel comfortable and supported me throughout the experience. The project-site team was also great. I also liked that we had time on weekends to hangout and really explore the area. I really enjoyed working with the kids and women. I would definitely recommend this experience to those who are missing out.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Uganda
Posted: May 4, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Volunteering Solutions

I traveled to Uganda, to volunteer with Volunteering Solutions for 2 weeks.

So the first thing I can say is that always apply for more weeks, if you really want to experience the Ugandan culture, and also to enjoy what Uganda has to offer.

It was the best experience I have had in my life so far. My experience was very authentic and valuable to my profession as medical student.

I at some point stayed with other volunteers at the Volunteers’ house but most of the time stayed with a sweet host family in Gayaza. The Country Manager, Isaac was so incredibly warm and welcoming.

Although I didn’t see him often, but he was always available, when we needed him, he knows every bit of his culture and he is a good resource.

The truth is nobody is prepared to come to Uganda until you come but believe me, after you are ready for everything and you will never want to leave!

I am incredibly grateful to the entire Ugandan team and Volunteering Solutions for making my experience so rich. Overall, this was a very humbling and realistic way to experience Uganda and the rural culture and healthcare system.

Thank you!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Uganda
Posted: Dec 23, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Beacon of Hope Uganda

I really enjoyed my volunteering Project in Uganda. Beacon of Hope was everything I was looking for! Everything went well, the hope centre project and the school is well organized. There are about 3 Isaacs at the centre and all the teachers I worked with were very kind and caring. I was able to get to know the Ugandan culture very well.

The accommodation at the volunteer house in Mukono town was also comfortable and all meals well prepared, very tasty. 3 weeks was very short, every day at the hope centre was a new day for me, enjoyable and purposeful.

My experience in Uganda ranks as one of my all time greatest. I struggled at first to keep up with the daily tasks and the conditions but after just a few days I loved everything. Everyone there never stopped smiling and laughing, no matter the day or how they felt. It was inspiring.

Thank you BoHU team and see you soon!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Uganda
Posted: Dec 18, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

I used IFRE to connect with Volunteer opportunities in Uganda. I was placed at A babies orphanage in the capital city of Kampala. I was fully satisfied with the placement and the flexibility of the program. I was also placed in a Ugandan home stay which was a nice way to connect with local people. My host family and local event coordinator did a great job at keeping me safe and comfortable. One should have realistic expectations with travel in Uganda though. Certain seasons running water may not be available (however perfectly fine alternatives are provided), electricity is regular but can be a little erratic, and internet is not always easy to find. I was very impressed with my program though, particularly how well I was looked after by my host family and event coordinator in Uganda.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Uganda
Posted: Mar 10, 2016
Overall:
7
Support:
9
Value:
7

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

Five weeks volunteering was not long enough time in Bulenga, Uganda. I had a life changing experience -meeting so many wonderful people both at the orphanage and the house – even strangers on the street. I learned most from the kids and they gave me more than I could teach to them. I will always be thankful for this experience and thank A Broader View for this opportunity. I more than highly recommend volunteers considering volunteering in Africa to come to Bulenga Uganda. You will not regret it!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Uganda
Posted: Feb 9, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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