“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” –Mark Jenkins

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Well its that time again - the travel bug has bitten and there are 37 days to go until I don the backpack, load up with DEET and head off to Heathrow for the next African adventure.This time it's a little different… 
Firstly I will be working (although many of my previous trips were as exhausting as work), this time I will be working in a primary school and living on site in the remote mountains of South Western Uganda, five hours bus ride from the capital Kampala.
You might be wondering why I have chosen to volunteer in a primary school when it is a well known fact among friends and family that I bypassed the maternal instinct queue in favour of extra helpings of sarcasm, control and anal retention... Well it's quite simple, my elder sister is turning 40 this summer and since we are in the habit of taking each other away on holiday to celebrate big birthdays, I offered her a villa for a week in a hot, European country by the sea. To my surprise, joy and now slightly nervous excitement, she turned it down requesting instead "something different …. something cultural, something similar to your previous trips".
So I googled and googled and eventually found a long-running UK-based charity called "Original Volunteers" who run all sorts of projects all over the world. Everything from sports assistance for the disabled in Peru, to teaching  English to 400 Ugandan 3-9 year olds  in a tiny community called Ruhanga. Caroline is in love with children and I am in love with Africa, so it seemed the perfect choice… I put the idea to her and was thrilled at how excited and keen she was.   I wonder whether she will say the same when we have spent  24 hours a day together, without hot running water, swollen with mossie bites and tired from failing to sleep in the heat and sounds of the African jungle for two weeks!


  1. Think I'll give up on my blog page after just one entry, yours is a far more wittier and entertaining read!!!! Am quietly practising my squatting and hovering in preparation. Bring on those holes!!!

  2. Look out Africa