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Posts tagged ‘volunteering’

  • Dealing with insects (aka Therapy with Simpson)

    Mar 16, 09 • 3016 views 10 comments

    Am getting the upper hand over the mosquitoes. Score is 2:1 to them but I’m fighting back. Last night however, I came eye to eye with a medium sized Unmentionable at the back of my food cupboard. We had the obligatory game of Chase-Me-Charlie...

  • Week 2 in Nam’ – My new home

    Mar 6, 09 • 2288 views 5 comments

    Namuwongo is just what I wanted. I’m on a secure ‘compound’ (walled garden), five minutes walk from Nam’ (a suburb of Kampala approx 15-30 minutes away, depending on traffic). In Nam’ I can get public transport, use the internet...

  • First days in Nam’ – a lesson in Luganda

    Mar 1, 09 • 1995 views 3 comments

    Talk about “Deepest Darkest Africa!!” No electricity (or therefore hot water or internet) for first three nights. Cooked and showered by candlelight (it’s dark here by 7 pm) and no chance to unpack first night, So wondered round in the...

  • Touchdown in Africa – a letter home

    Feb 24, 09 • 3805 views 8 comments

    Am writing from a really grubby internet cafe on the main road outside Kampala. We took a half hour walk thru the village to get here, all the kids shouting ‘Mzungu mzungu, bye!’ and waving at us. It was great fun. Poverty is everywhere...

  • Yikes!

    Feb 20, 09 • 1976 views 3 comments

    God I’m sick of packing. Just when I thought I was getting my head round it late last night, remembered that I have 1 week induction so need to keep that stuff separate from everything else. The packing is easy enough, it’s the imagining...

  • Four days to go …

    Feb 17, 09 • 1549 views 2 comments

    Feeling groggy today, the running around + farewell drinks + no time for the gym have finally caught up with me .. that or being surrounded by everyone with the lurgy!!Last morning at mum and dad’s house – or Cotswold Strategic Command Centre...

  • Three weeks to go!

    Jan 30, 09 • 1224 views No Comments

    The last four days training have been fantastic, so involving. We’ve all learned so much. Have met some interesting and useful contacts, that include: Alex who worked in Kenya with Kenyan Wildlife Service. His partner Lucy who works in Natural...

  • Read the Independent on Sunday!

    Jan 29, 09 • 4049 views 6 comments

    *STOP PRESS*Have just been interviewed by the Indie.They’ve been running a series on what people do if they get made redundant and VSO came up. This has generated another article on people’s reasons for doing VSO … they wanted to...

  • The Missionary position

    Jan 25, 09 • 2800 views 1 comment

    Hey! Last week I received my passport back from VSO, complete with 3 month Uganda visa. (This gets swapped for an extended one once I’m there). Also received CRB form so all the legal papers are in place. The CRB check is a standard request...

  • Calm before the storm

    Jan 5, 09 • 1173 views No Comments

    These last two weeks have been great ‘the calm before the storm’ I reckon! Christmas was very relaxing, ‘traditionally English’ (church bells, lots of cosy log fires, snow the day I left the Cotswolds to come back to London)...

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