Uganda is such a vast and beautiful country, yet I decided that I wanted to experience it from another side than just a wildlife safari. “My experience was one of the best experiences I’ve had in my life. Volunteering showed me that we all have something to learn from someone else. What I enjoyed the most was submerging myself into Ugandan culture and sharing this experience with other volunteers from around the world. All volunteers came from very different backgrounds and nationalities, but we all shared something in common, to learn from the community and help in any capacity that we could. I’ll never forget the friendships I made, the smiles from my students, and the kindness from the people I encountered.
My time with International Volunteers Network (IVN) was more than enjoyable and I felt immediately welcomed as soon as I landed in Uganda. All the local staffs were insightful and informational, and helped us foreigners understand the fundamentals of this new city for us, Kampala. I would recommend contacting any of the members from IVN if contemplating a volunteering trip to Uganda, whereas they made me trip not just memorable, but enjoyable, and something I will hold close to my heart forever.
I could write for pages and pages about everything that I have managed to do on my trip in Uganda with the International Volunteers Network (IVN), from the amazing safari at Murchison falls to being a Best Man at a customary introduction ceremony, to helping people living with HIV/AIDS at a local health center, but I really just want to say thank you for a truly amazing four weeks and for looking after me so well. You are amazing people and I will remember you forever.
I learnt so many new things every day and my eyes were constantly opened to new issues and also new creative ways of helping. I have such a different perspective on life and what is really important.
I am so much more aware of the problems and also the importance of understanding the culture and language and way of life when wanting to make a difference in a place like Uganda. I feel I have taken a big step into the future and am looking forward to what’s ahead for me. IVN provides support that really is vital for new volunteers in a culture entirely different from their own. Individual volunteering in a place like that can be very overwhelming and it’s important to have the right support so that it turns out to be a positive experience not only for the volunteer but also for the organizations they are volunteering for. IVN has chosen projects that need assistance and support and will ensure that you can use your talents/skills effectively. IVN is also highly professional and help is always available when needed. IVN provides essential cultural training which helps a lot in knowing how to respond to different situations. It is overall a wonderful organization that is truly equipping individuals to work effectively and positively in a place that desperately needs it. I would definitely recommend IVN to anyone.
My experience volunteering through International Volunteers Network (IVN) was very simple, easy, and effective. The local staffs in Uganda were completely informative and really helped myself and the other volunteers to jump right into the local culture. I felt safe and secure in their company and through their orchestration, we as volunteers were able to make the most of our time at the project site.
I could write for pages and pages about everything that I have managed to do on my trip in Uganda with the International Volunteers Network, from the amazing safari at Murchison falls to being a Best Man at a customary introduction ceremony, to helping people living with HIV/AIDS at a local health center, but I really just want to say thank you for a truly amazing four weeks and for looking after me so well. You are amazing people and I will remember you forever.
I have had the most amazing four weeks working at a local Health Center. The staff at the Health Center and the local people was such the most wonderful people I have ever met. The hospitality, location and food have been incredible. Thank you so much for making my time in Uganda so special. Jim and Sarah you are wonderful people. I will miss you all.
My eyes were invaded by the beautiful colors of this country, the hospitable and friendly people, the music and the culture… from the very first day when I stepped out from the aircraft to last day of my stay in Uganda.
Words cannot explain what I felt during my visit to this beautiful country. It was the best experience of my life... it was something magical and there is no one word that I can use. No one word can describe the people I met. You guys are AMAZING! I'll be your Ambassador in my country...
The two weeks spent working at the village school project was … indescribable. The first time I met James and his family I was in awe of how friendly, welcoming and considerate they all were. I immediately felt so at home with their wonderful family. I have had the most amazing experience here in Uganda. Teaching at the school was an honor and a pleasure, the children are so passionate and such a joy to be around. James and Sara you are both such inspirational people and kinder than many people I have met before. (Calum Lambie from UK)
James and Sara, two weeks has been too short. So you will definitely be seeing more of me in the near future. It would be great to stay again in your welcoming home and teach the enthusiastic children who were pleasures to teach. I think that what you do is brilliant – you are the current day mother Teresa.