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Posts tagged ‘volunteering’

  • The new Kampala post-11/7

    Jul 22, 10 • 2294 views 1 comment

    Evacuation from the bar before either team had scored was the last thing we expected as we watched the World Cup Final that fateful evening in Kampala, July 11th. “What is it with the 11th day of a month?” people keep asking. We’d been...

  • Dealing with insects (aka Therapy with Simpson)

    Mar 16, 09 • 3228 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 • 2451 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 • 2142 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 • 4074 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 • 2106 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 • 1661 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 • 1333 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 • 4486 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 • 2981 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...

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