EMMA LAYTON IN UGANDA
Hi, I’m Emma and I was working in an orphanage in rural Uganda for 6 months.
My project involved looking after 15 in-project children, as well as 6 out – project children, aged 6-16 years old at the Kiyumbakimu orphanage (1.5 hrs from the local town Masaka, southwest Uganda)
MY ROLE IN KIYUMBAKIMU
The role in the project contained various roles from the children’s carer to a builder, painter, and farmer.
A TYPICAL DAY FOR ME IS….
- Waking up at 6.45am and going on a run and wash etc.
- 45-08.45 Start chores (depending on the rotation between you and the other volunteer you could be cleaning either- the dishes, the latrines, the dining room/kitchen or the kids room)
- 00 -11.30am Nursery begins, where 7-10 local kids (aged 1-7) come to the project to learn the very basics, play and sing.
- Then you have some time to relax or get on with personal chores/projects: clothes washing, painting, building, farming vegetable patch or drilling the well.
- The kids start to arrive back from school around 1.30pm-6.30pm depending on their age.
- So for the rest of the day/evening you can play with the kids, help them with their homework, let them teach you more Lugandan, dance and drum or just chill.
- Dinner is usually at around 8.00pm
WHAT I’VE BEEN UP TO WHEN I’M NOT VOLUNTEERING
Before I was volunteering I was studying my undergraduate degree and since I have come back I am applying to do post graduate medicine as well as looking for a job and a flat in Brighton.
THE MOST INTERESTING THING ABOUT LIVING & VOLUNTEERING IN UGANDA WAS
I was able to learn a new culture intimately and a different way of life. You see a different side to the country and its people than you would just travelling through.
FROM MY VOLUNTEER PLACEMENT I LEARNT/GAINED
The confirmation that I love working with children and in a job where you do feel your presence is having a positive impact. I saw and learnt the ways of the people and their continual kindness and openness. And on the practical side of things how to milk a goat 😉