Beacon of Hope Uganda

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Uganda is a beautiful country in all aspects - the people, the landscape, and the rich culture all made our month there the most amazing experience. Although technically a very small organization, there are many diverse volunteer projects with Beacon of Hope Uganda scattered across the country. My volunteering experience in Mukono at the construction site was exceptional! The opportunity to get to know and work with the others on the team was a pleasure. We did a lot, in just a short period of time, Isaac is an inspiring young man in just mid-twenties but very creative and hard-working. He is very smart and committed to total development of his country and I was more than satisfied with all aspects of my time there.

I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and that goal was definitely met!

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Posted: December 19, 2014
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By: jeremiah
Age:
35

I wanted to travel, experience, and learn about a developing country through the eyes of a volunteer. I wanted to travel somewhere and have an experience abroad that was meaningful. I didn't want to be a tourist, but be someone who could bring something to a community in need and gain something from the local community members as well.

I soon decided that Uganda, the Pearl of Africa, was where I needed to go as a volunteer. Beacon of Hope Uganda was the perfect organization to go with and it was indeed. My experience volunteering at the orphanage with Beacon of Hope Uganda was wonderful.

On my first day as a volunteer I was taken to an orphanage which is part of Beacon of Hope Uganda. As we pulled up to the orphanage, all the children ran out to greet me, fighting to hold my hand. I spent some time playing and interacting with the children and then spoke with the Director of the Orphanage Robert. I learned that most of the children were found on the street or in garbage dumps and brought to the orphanage. The woman who cares for all the orphans, Aunt Ritah, is a wonderful woman and she has beautiful heart. I was both happy and sad after I left the orphanage as I saw both happiness and sadness in the eyes of the children. My mind was flooded with a mix of emotions. When I came back home, I felt nothing but pure happiness. Thank you Beacon of Hope Uganda for this great experience and can’t wait to see the children again.

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Posted: December 19, 2014
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By: zamba
Age:
23

Very awesome organisation. It is very well organized. GREAT concept! I hope that you get my point!.

Before leaving for Africa Isaac answered all questions in a very timely manner. The airport pick up was excellent!! We arrived late as our flight was delayed but Isaac was still there waiting to great us!! We didn’t have to wait at all.The placement was fantastic.

I had the opportunity to take part in/see things I wouldn’t normally get to experience at home. Our host family was amazing!!

Living with a true Ugandan family forced me to learn the language, culture etc that I most likely wouldn’t have done otherwise. I would definitely recommend this to other students or non students. It’s a great experience however you have to have an open mind and a” go with the flow” mentality. Isaac was amazing. He was helpful and reliable.

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Posted: December 16, 2014
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10
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By: timothy
Age:
24

We shared wonderful moments with the kids telling me their stories outside at the fire place where every night they were keen to teach me their local dances, culture and the Ugandan ludo game. I think this is special. I was given the local name Nahlugo, so I became half Ugandan.

We enjoyed our visit and experience with the orphanage school in Kasala and hope more people go there to help this village school. In our hearts still thirst to go back and work with Isaac, Lilian and teacher Moureen.

The food was great but the fruits were extremely delicious and note this, Uganda has the best pineapple in the world. I also miss the rolex (kind of an omlette) chappati, eggs and onions.

Would be great if I could share my personal experience with someone. Do contact me if you want to know more.

Suzzi from Armenia

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Posted: December 14, 2014
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By: suzzie256
Age:
30

It’s a great experience for those who love to travel and love kids, whether you know a lot of English or just a little it helps you bond with other volunteers, even the kids too! They don’t just want to communicate with you, but use you as a human jungle gym! But all joking aside, I know I learned more than what I could possibly ever teach them.

Beacon of Hope Uganda looked like the perfect organization to go with from when I first read about their inspirational stories on their blog. Plus when you are there, you are the mzungu, mzungu.. Locals will call you that, I think it's funny!

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Posted: December 14, 2014
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By: Joane
Age:
27

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Thank you Joanne, it was great hosting you, people like you..make us who we are today.

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