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Posts tagged ‘volunteering’

  • Why orphanage tours are wrong

    Aug 8, 17 • 1624 views 1 comment

    Children aren’t tourist attractions. Why orphanage tours are wrong Welcome to Diary of a Muzungu! This week’s guest post is by Mark Riley, Co-Founder of Alternative Care Initiatives, an organisation working with the Ugandan government and...

  • My journey to Uganda: First Impressions

    Nov 16, 14 • 4691 views 4 comments

    Welcome to Diary of a Muzungu! This week’s guest post is by Angela Dempsey, who was so captivated by her first impressions of Uganda that she contacted me to ask if she could share her experience. Here it is. I felt a tension, a feeling of...

  • Sir Winston Churchill’s pearls of wisdom about Uganda

    Apr 15, 12 • 7116 views 13 comments

    Sir Winston Churchill famously said of Uganda: “Uganda is the Pearl of Africa.” I wonder what he would make of how often the 21st-century Ugandan tourist industry quotes his words? At Entebbe airport, visitors are invited to fill in...

  • Slumming it, Kampala style

    Jan 28, 12 • 5260 views 11 comments

    Rubbish collection is managed privately in Kampala: you pay through the nose for a private contractor to collect your rubbish once a week. Local people just burn their rubbish, and maybe that’s all the private contractors do? And so, a week...

  • Lonely Planet votes Uganda No. 1 for 2012!

    Nov 2, 11 • 5134 views 7 comments

    Lonely Planet Uganda: Lonely Planet votes Uganda No. 1 for 2012! This is my shortest post ever – the title says it all! I’m so delighted to be part of something that is helping promote the beautiful country of Uganda, and her fabulously...

  • Last days as a volunteer . . .

    Sep 18, 11 • 1609 views 1 comment

    “Watch that binge drinking!” warned Mum, on our last phone call. Fact is, I’m making up for the binge working I’ve been doing recently: trying to tie up my last projects with UCF, recruiting and training my replacement, and looking for a...

  • Kampala’s thirsty policemen

    Jul 1, 11 • 2534 views 5 comments

    Why is it that I’ve been stopped twice in two weeks, driving down the same stretch of Namuwongo Road at night? Incident #1 It’s not far from my house to the centre of town. As the (local) Pied Crow flies, it’s probably only a mile...

  • Shotgun wedding – a surreal and intense day

    May 1, 11 • 2232 views 2 comments

    The word surreal is overused. But let me run this scenario past you, and I wonder if you – like me – would feel your brain split down the middle. There’s no way around it, Friday was an intense day. It started off well – we...

  • Around the World with 40 Lonely Planet bloggers

    Apr 28, 11 • 3242 views 6 comments

    Did you know Diary of a Muzungu featured on Lonely Planet from 2009-2012? If you like travelling – real or armchair! – you’ll love this … Diary of a Muzungu has been appearing on Lonely Planet, as part of the travel bloggers’...

  • R.I.P. Mary – elephant entertainer extraordinaire

    Apr 12, 11 • 2560 views 2 comments

    Tragic news from Queen Elizabeth National Park this week-end: Mary the orphan elephant has been found dead, believed to have been poisoned. This famous elephant was raised by Marcel Onen (who worked for Michael Keigwin, my boss and Founder of the...

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