Got a passion for helping young people?
Want to make a difference?
Want a sense of adventure?
Over the last 6 years, 7 Old Decanians have visited Nyakatukura during their Gap Year, living and working at the school. Our Ugandan friends are delighted to welcome visitors from Dean Close, and this helps to cement the already strong partnership between our schools.
- Teaching English, Maths, Music, Sports, Dance, Art….
- Getting your hands dirty – painting / building classrooms…
- Building up friendships with local kids who need your love, care and support!
- Explore the beauty of Uganda…maybe white water rafting or safari…
REFLECTIONS FROM PAST VOLUNTEERS:
“I had an amazing time! I never thought I’d be able to teach English to 60 primary school children in one room..but I did it and they loved it!”“..being amongst these incredible people in Uganda has really encouraged my faith.”
Below is an account given by a recent leaver who spent part of his gap year in Uganda, as part of the School’s Living Links programme…..
“Spending three months at Nyakatukura Memorial School was, for both myself and my friend, essentially the big centrepiece of our respective gap years. It would be the most memorable experience of the year, the most culturally enlightening and – importantly in the middle of a year of self-indulgent holidays – a chance to do something for someone else. On all of these points it delivered magnificently.
In many ways the experiences I remember most were the everyday ones – the overfilled Ugandan taxis, learning to cook the staple matooke bananas – which is not to say we didn’t have our share of truly extraordinary ones too. A weekend away tracking mountain gorillas in one of their last remaining habitats is a case in point.
But these specific memories are perhaps less important than the general memory of embedding oneself totally in an alien culture, one incredibly different and yet immensely appealing. To live and work entirely within a foreign cultural framework gives a perspective far deeper and more revealing than can be achieved through tourism. We felt we had genuinely experienced Africa.
Our reason for going, though, and what will be our reason for going back, was the people. From day to day we spent time organising sports, teaching, or simply sitting and chatting. Doing these things was our primary purpose there, and what we most enjoyed. Through this we met countless wonderful people, made many friendships, and learnt far more than we taught.
It’s a terribly cliché observation that much of African life seems to consist of great positivity in the face of difficult circumstances, but it holds a distinct truth. While it would be naïve to pretend we achieved more than the very smallest steps towards reducing the latter, the experience of living amongst the former has been one of the most valuable of my life to date, and one I would urge anyone to try.”