Volunteering in Uganda this summer with BVDA was extremely rewarding, and definitely changed my view of the world in a positive way.
Firstly, living like a local, whilst challenging, highlighted to me how privileged I am at home in the UK. Running water, electricity, washing machines, are all things I no longer take for granted, and I now try to be a lot more conscious of my contributions to pollution and waste.
Secondly, it was amazing to see the impact that our workshops had on the community.
Whilst it was a bit scary to present to such large crowds of people (our biggest was around 200), running the workshops definitely helped to improve my public speaking skills and my self-confidence.
Lastly, I really valued the relationships that our group developed with different members of the community, from Joel who made our daily ‘rolex’ (a traditional Ugandan snack), to Peter, our next door neighbour.