Hey guys, I am Sandra from Germany. In summer 2018 I went with AIESEC in Uganda to this beautiful place in Uganda, called Kikajjo. What did I expect before my stay? Teaching in school, living in worst circumstances and aiming to make a better world here, in Uganda. What did I get? School holidays, lovely people and the best weeks that I will never forget. During my stay, the kids were in holidays, so the school was closed. In the beginning I was slightly disappointed and asked myself “How can I survive here for six weeks without anything to do?”. But I learned that the NGO Training of Rural Women - Toruwu has diverse tasks and a lot to do. One day I went to the fields, the other day I made baskets with rural women, and every Thursday I accompanied the therapy of disabled children in Kikajjo.
Beside the project I was seeing some lovely places in Uganda like the source of Nile, the Murchison Falls and the capital, Kampala. But I have not yet told you the most amazing and important thing I have seen: The love, happiness and open-mindedness of the people. I was most impressed of how they welcomed and treated me, so. I had lunch with local families and could ask anyone for help. I felt like Kikajjo is a big family. Nevertheless, the circumstances I experienced are not the same as we the ones we grew up in (of course), it is like diving into another world. I knew about the circumstances before, but I really, really wanted to get to know their lifestyle. So, I was not shocked anymore about the toilet usage, the hygiene level and the food (by the way, the food is so delicious).
It would not have been such a great time if I had not fully embraced and enjoyed the atmosphere. I met wonderful people there, including volunteers from other countries, who have become my close friends. Until now we are in contact and I sincerely wish to see all these people one day again. It was not me who made Uganda to a better place, rather it was the Ugandan lifestyle, which gave me another, maybe a better view of the world.
So: IF YOU HAVE THE CHANCE, USE IT AND I AM SURE YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT! But before, make sure that you really want to engage in the African way of life. There is so much to tell you but it is impossible to tell you all my experience in a short text. You have to go there by yourself and see Uganda with your own eyes. ?