Your journey of a lifetime to Uganda

This post is by Francesco Dendi. You can find him on Twitter: @denditwits

Uganda: The pearl of Africa.

A lush state at the center of Africa, on the west shore of Lake Victoria. After a long period of dictatorship and war, Uganda has reborn. Nowadays, it’s one of the most secure and stable states in central Africa.

Location of Uganda within the African Union

Uganda is the perfect location for a journey to discover all of the features that Africa has to offer. The region is full of great equatorial forests and savannas, wild animals, with the beautiful equatorial sun treating Uganda with stunning light and a temperature of 26°C (about 80° F) degrees all year round. The friendly Ugandan population will always welcome you with a smile.

For those interested in volunteering abroad, there are several possibilities. Although this is one of the wealthiest countries in the area, Uganda suffers from many problems due to a lack of economic development, sub-standard health care and poor education. Children and women are especially affected.

In order to fight such issues, several organizations are working to help Ugandans become educated and economically independent. The Community Empowerment and Development Centre was founded by a group of local people and is dedicated to empowering the communities of the Lwampanga Sub County in Nakasongola District to become economically stable and sustainable. CED Centre has a focused mission and intends to gradually expand its programs. CED Centre also implements interventions to support the orphans and vulnerable children in an effort to keep children and youth in school.

As you can imagine, there is a lot of work for CED Centre, so volunteers are always welcome. The organization has built a cosy two-room furnished apartment for volunteers who can work in Uganda to help women, disadvantaged children and orphans.

If you are thinking about going to Uganda, Africa and/or volunteering, check out the CED Centre website and contact them for further information. It will be an unforgettable experience.

  • I was in Uganda in May for the first time, and hope to go back next Spring. It is amazing, but I would caution people to be aware of the political situation there. And to be aware that the military is an active presence, especially near Kampala. That being said, I have never been to a more hospitable place. These people are so kind and giving. Try to check out the Ndere Center if you get a chance to see dances from many of the tribes in the country!