People do not often think of safaris in Uganda before considering other countries. Because of turmoil in the country for many years in the mid to late 20th century, people shied away from trying to enjoy Uganda's beauty. This despite the like of Theodore Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway, and others taking advantage of all Uganda had to offer earlier in the century.
At Routes to Africa, volunteering in Uganda is for the big-hearted, willing to go the extra mile. We work with a number of small, community based organizations, like Finding the Way, that provide counselling, love, and care to HIV and orphaned children, widows, and other vulnerable people who need a helping hand to become sustainable in their own lives. We love to support education and healthcare initiatives supported by the local communities.
Why do zebras have stripes? That is a great question and one often asked by clients. Scientists actually are not exactly sure ,but there are many theories.
People do not often think of great adventures when they think of Ugdanda. They do not realize that such a small country is packed with such varied options of activities. But, those who know come from around the world for world class adventure activities.
Kibale Forest National Park is one of Uganda's major tropical rainforests. It has a good infrastructure and a number of activities, making the forest an excellent place to visit. Kibale is host to multiple primate species, including Chimpanzees. The forest is also excellent for bird watching, as there about 335 species! Multiple hike options are available. The attractive park also provides the local people with revenue from the many visitors, and proceeds from some of the walks goes back to the community, helping to also protect to the area.
How would you like to be born and drop 6 feet to the ground as your first encounter with the world? Not such a great prospect, is it? Yet, that is the experience of a newborn giraffe. Moms give birth standing up - with no one their to catch the calf.
Here is a slideshow video of the trip with the GCCC team in June. It summarizes the volunteering aspects of their trip. They had such a lovely time on their missions trip, volunteer and serving. They also loved their safari and time at Murchison. Click the link to watch! www.youtube.com/watch?v=lz5Lr_q31XA
The end has come. After a truly amazing 2 weeks, the GCCC team has taken off from Entebbe. It was been a wonderful experience hosting them, in order to facilitate their travel and ability to work and serve to the fullest in northern Uganda.
Well, the past two days have been quite full - full of life, full of connection, full of fun, and full of fruit! The team is exhausted in the best possible ways. It is a joy to be able to be with all the people here and laugh, play, worship, pray, and eat (with our hands of course)!
So, the past 2 days, the group only worked about 5 hours/day, instead of the 12 hours/per day we were working previously. Time is all relative here in Africa. haha. It helps that we love the work we are doing! Tomorrow, we are back to fairly full days.
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