Claudia Allen – Review


Why did you want to volunteer?

To experience another culture and help others.

Do you feel you made a difference, how?

Yes I think we made a difference in the short time we were there. We painted, fixed some windows and laid a cement floor. We also walked the children home after school and helped them with their maths.

What did you do for fun?

The volunteer bar in the evenings, especially when new volunteers had arrived that day.

When was your most enjoyable experience, do you have an interesting story?

Building work, it was something I had never done before.

Would you considering going again or perhaps to another project with Original Volunteers?

Yes but probably I would like to try another country next time.

What would you say/recommend to a friend who was interested in volunteering?

Just go for it, you get so much out of it more than you think you will. I learnt so much during my stay I will never forget.

What items would you suggest future volunteers pack?

Strong shoes for walking around the local area, flip flops will just break on the hills.

How much money would you suggest you take per week?

£50 – £60 should be enough.

Could you offer any tips to future volunteers?

The children love cuddles!

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Kieren Brown – Review


Why did you want to volunteer?

To have a safe way of visiting other countries and a chance to make friends with like-minded people.

Do you feel you made a difference, how?

Yes, absolutely, we organised fun games at playtimes and an after school club.

What did you do for fun?

Sit around the fire chatting in the evenings, played pool.

When was your most enjoyable experience, do you have an interesting story?

The visit to the hot springs was a good afternoon.

Would you considering going again or perhaps to another project with Original Volunteers?

Yes I would definitely go back if I have the time.

What would you say/recommend to a friend who was interested in volunteering?

Just do it, it’s not like other types of travelling and you meet lots of great people.

What items would you suggest future volunteers pack?

Snacks from home can be important treats if you are away a long time.

How much money would you suggest you take per week?

£50 a week was plenty but if you do safaris then you need to budget for that.

Could you offer any tips to future volunteers?

Be openminded and have a go at everything!

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Bethany Barret Uganda


What members of staff do you remember the most and why? 

All members of staff were lovely – Denis and James were my favourite!

What were your impressions of the accommodation?
Exactly what I was expecting – basic but absolutely fine. The cold showers weren’t great but compared to the houses we saw out there, we were living in luxury!

Why did you want to volunteer?
I have always wanted to volunteer and decided to set myself the challenge. I left my university course and knew I needed something amazing to put on my personal statement when applying for my next course. It was scary putting myself on a plane to Uganda alone but it was the best thing I have ever done.

Do you feel you made a difference, how?
Yes I would say so, although not as much as I would have liked. I was only there for three weeks, so if I had stayed longer I feel I would have made more of an impact.

What did you do for fun?
Nightclubbing and safari!

When was your most enjoyable experience, do you have an interesting story?
The weekend safari was truly the greatest weekend of my life. I have always wanted to go on safari and it didn’t disappoint. The first night we stayed in a lodge, where we had a male lion wandering around outside, then later an elephant casually strolled past the window. The second night we camped on the border of the Congo, with only a river in between. In the river were about 50 hippos, which casually wandered past our tents and found it funny to wake us up with the crashing sound of them belly flopping into the river. Best weekend ever.

Who did you make friends with and for what reasons?
Everyone was lovely – I liked the wide age range of volunteers when I first arrived. Gradually more younger people turned up, mainly girls, which was nice and I made a lot of friends.

What were the names of the best places to hang out and socialise, why was this?
Sal’s – nightclub on a Friday. SO much fun! Sky Blue – restaurant.

Would you considering going again or perhaps to another project with Original Volunteers? Please explain why.
I would 100% go back to Uganda, but I am currently looking at doing the project in Peru next year to see a little bit more of the world!

What would you say/recommend to a friend who was interested in volunteering?
DO IT! Before I left, I begged so many of my friends to come with me for fear of travelling alone. Their response was “no it’s not for me” (etc, etc) As soon as I returned home and put my pictures on Facebook, I have had about 15 people beg me to take them with me the next time I go. If I hadn’t gone I would have regretted it forever. And travelling alone is the best thing I’ve done. It’s given me the confidence to do things I otherwise wouldn’t have done. If I ever say, “I can’t”, my mum quickly reminds me, “if you got yourself to Uganda and back on your own, you can do this!”

Could you offer any tips to future volunteers?
I went in June which in my opinion was perfect – There was about 15 of us volunteers when I arrived which was nice. As I was leaving and school holidays at home had broken up, there were far more of us.

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Amy Lea Uganda


Words from the volunteer…

Firstly, I think this is an amazing project, you are very well looked after and the facilities are amazing. Denis is a superb host and really makes sure you get to do what you want without any worries. I went on the Safari with the support team and it was literally the most fabulous, back to basics, free in the wilderness experience you could ask for.

I have been on several safaris and although on others I have seen a larger variety of wildlife this overall experience outshone the others.I also went on the Gorilla trek trip, again this was surreal.

The school itself is lovely and the children are wonderful, they are all very welcoming. The volunteer programme is very laid back and you can do as much or as little as you like.

You do need to have some get up and go in order getting things moving sometimes but that is to be expected.

I really cant believe how much I managed to fit into 2 weeks, it totally exceeded my expectations in every way.

I would recommend this to anyone.

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Louise Hobbs


Words from a volunteer…


I have been home for only a week and I am missing the lodge, staff, volunteers and the children more than I ever imagined.

This was the first time doing anything like this and I wasn’t disappointed – my only regrets are that I only went for two weeks and I wish I had done it sooner! I will defiantly be returning again…. I would love this to be longer maybe even a year.

I did build up a really strong bond with a child called Jeffery (7 years old) he had a very nasty cut on the heel, this had resulted on a large chunk taken out and become infected.

I treated it every day for the last week I was there – he even started to bring his friends with small cuts and grazes…I had a daily clinic going!!!

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