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Jul 19, 2013 - Day 4 and Day 5

Friday 19th and Saturday 20th July Friday So. . . Who knew? I'm an adrenaline junkie!! Bungee jumping from 44m into the river Nile was unbeatable! I dipped right into the water! For a spilt second when the instructor said 'go' I thought I was going to 'chicken out' but I jumped and loved every exhilarating second of it! Unfortunately there are one or two photos of me jumping and if your lucky I'll consider uploading them! We are currently staying in a beautiful place called Jinja and it is amazing! Our rooms have views over the Nile...

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Jul 19, 2013 - Day 4

Friday 19th July Day4 An amazing few days! We have experienced all different 'Ugandas' already! We have spent a few days at a local pool swimming in the beautiful pool which has been paradise! Finally everybody has arrived, there are 31 of us (more than I originally expected!) Everybody is cool and we had a very fun night out last night, in a local bar! We had unsuccessful dance and table football competitions with the locals! One Ugandan lady beat 4of the volunteers- all playing at the same time! Currently I am writing this blog sitting in...

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Jul 10, 2012 - Uganda Wrap Up

Monday was spent at the secondary school. There were pairs of people doing different classes with the students (art, music, and science - none of which are my fortes). I helped some with one of the lessons, but it was more for support than me actually teaching anything. The rest of the day was spent hanging out with the kids and then a talent show. There was a lot of dancing and singing from both some of our team members and the students. I was a spectator for all! We left just as a pretty decent thunderstorm was kicking up. There was great...

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Jul 6, 2012 - Walking the Line

Thursday, July 5th, 2012 It was Olympics day at Kiira Secondary School. Each year we have an Olympics day for the kids at one of the schools. Its always a great way to have fun and interact with the kids. This year I helped present the dehydration lesson before we got started, then we moved on to the events. I helped Kelly and Az with the 3-legged race. It's always fun to watch the kids figure this out and realize that they need to work together in order for it to work. A couple asked me to be their partner, that was a bad move on their...

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Jul 4, 2012 - Going to Prison on Independence Day

Happy 4th of July. If I was home right now I would most likely be getting ready to watch some fireworks, but instead I am having a relaxing night in Uganda - about to do an improve yoga class and then some celebrity charades. The last couple days have been pretty busy and I think the tiredness is catching up with everyone. Yesterday I felt like I hit a wall. No matter what I did I just could now stop yawning and I think my emotions were on edge too as my eyes seemed to well up at anything remotely sad, and even things that weren't!...

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Jul 2, 2012 - Honey Badger Don't Care

Sorry for the delay In updates the Internet has not been very cooperative over the last couple of days BUT I have been good about keeping up to date with the blog! Today was our first day back at Busoga Primary school this trip. The kids and teachers were excited to see us again. Myself, Katie, and Fletch helped teach a literacy lesson with Katelynn to levels P4 and P5 (essentially 4th and 5th grade). Being that there are few if any story books around we read a picture book about a lazy lion. The kids were very attentive to the story and...

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Jul 1, 2012 - Blessings for Sale

Today was an interesting and exhausting day! It started by going to church. As most of you know I am not the most religious person, but seeing how different cultures practice their traditions is always a great experience. The headmaster and his wife from the secondary school we worked at last year, and will be going again later on this week, had invited us to come to their church with them. Church in Uganda is not an in and out hour thing like we have back home, it goes until whomever is speaking is finished with their testimony(s). The...

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Jun 30, 2012 - Bottomless Painting

Day 1 was a jam packed day. We boarded our little bus at 8 and headed off to Kagoma Gate. I had only briefly seen this village last year but it was so amazing to see how isolated and poor these people actually are. All of the huts are thatched roof, basic mud shelters. About 500 people live in this small area in the middle of a huge Indian owned sugar plantation. It is a sad story about how this village came to be. As the workers of the sugar plantation got too old to work or became physically unable the company did not provide for them...

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Jun 29, 2012 - Safe Arrival

Ok.... safe arrival blog take 2! I had just finished writing this whole entry and when I clicked "done" my entry disappeared. You think I would have learned my lesson with spotty Internet by now! Anyways, I just wanted to write to say that we arrived safely. After 2 buses, 2 flights, and over 24 hours of travel time we made it to Jinja. Some of the kids from the Koi Koi orphanage came to airport to meet us. They all looked great and it was so great to see them again. All 38 of us piled into our van/bus for the 3+ hour journey to Jinja....

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Oct 7, 2011 - Jinja for a day

Wow, what a night. The bar party noise was loud and didn't quit till about 3 am! We dragged ourselves out of bed early for breakfast and to watch the bungee jumpers from our group before our activity began. I prepared for my volunteer day with Soft Power Education. At breakfast the soccer balls that Clare had supplied for us before we left were pumped up. I managed to fit them into my day bag.  Bungee jumping into the Nile was 44 meters up. All three of our group looked nervous as expected but did it! Apparently you had a choice of whether...

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Oct 6, 2011 - Lake Mburo to Jinja

Hippos noises awoke me this morning. The sound they make is sort of a grunting laugh which makes me giggle first thing. Munching warthogs add to the nature sounds. It is still dark so getting out of the tent we use our headlamps to avoid the droppings deposited everywhere during the night. Today's drive out of the National Park allowed us to enjoy one last game drive. Unfortunately we had to take the same way out because rains had made the alternate route impassable. Much of what we saw today along the road looked familiar. We had to drive...

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Sep 11, 2011 - Jinja: Face Your Fears Day

Bungee Jump Photos Rafting Photos Waking up to a full day in one place (and a gorgeous one at that), not having to do anything but what we planned for ourselves for an entire day, I was stoked! We had a multitude of fun activities (note: ACTIVE) to choose from that had been explained to us the day before. We had the option to bungee jump, white water raft, horseback ride, extreme boat ride, kayak, quad bike…you name it and you could have done it. A welcome break from the truck, game drives and city tours, or at least I thought it...

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