An Enriching Experience for Student Volunteers

Students and chaperones settle in on one of their first evenings in Uganda

Students and chaperones settle in on one of their first evenings in Uganda

S.O.U.L. Foundation recently welcomed a group of 17 American middle school students and chaperones to Uganda! The group spent a packed 9 days in Bujagali Falls. They saw S.O.U.L.'s education program, fish farming projects, and Agriculture Learning Center in action. They also had the opportunity to learn about our maternal health initiatives in the community and meet a local midwife. Students were incredibly engaged and excited to see the community development work that they had been learning about.

 

The group also spent time getting to know their host families and village life, and had the opportunity to conduct interviews with host family members. Additionally, they visited S.O.U.L. partner schools, shadowed S.O.U.L. students their age at Trinity College (a local secondary school), and conducted one-on-one interviews with Trinity students. The volunteers also enjoyed playing soccer with students at Kyabirwa primary school!

Students and S.O.U.L. staff wearing Gomesi, traditional women's wear, prior to celebrating their last night in Bujagali Falls. It was a night full of speeches, dancing, tears, and laughter!

Students and S.O.U.L. staff wearing Gomesi, traditional women's wear, prior to celebrating their last night in Bujagali Falls. It was a night full of speeches, dancing, tears, and laughter!

In reflecting upon their experience at S.O.U.L. Foundation and in Uganda, each student and chaperone said that "the people of Bujagali Falls" were their favorite part. They said that they have never felt more at home because their host families were so welcoming, and the students who have historically tended to get homesick never experienced it while in Bujagali village. As these students became deeply immersed in the culture and created lifelong bonds with their host parents, brothers, and sisters, they were sad to part ways. However, they are confident that they will be back to Uganda someday!

The group of students, chaperones, S.O.U.L. staff, and community members prior to departure

The group of students, chaperones, S.O.U.L. staff, and community members prior to departure