Culture

 

Learning

 

Leisure

 

Community engagement

 

Physical demand

 

  • All meals included Yes
  • Free beverages No
  • Persons per room 4 - 8
  • Wifi in public areas Yes
  • Laundry facilities No
  • Safety box No
  • Lockable rooms Yes
  • Hot shower No
  • Private bathroom Yes
  • Bed linen Yes
  • Towels No
  • Air conditioning No
  • Heating No
  • Fan Yes

Program & Schedule

Learning about the culture and lifestyle is one of the most important aspects of travelling. By doing so, you will know how to interact with locals, be aware of local customs and get a better chance to fully indulge in your new surroundings.

Our culture week does exactly this!

During the program, you will learn the basics of Ugandan culture, explore the location and new surroundings, learn how to cook Ugandan food, go sightseeing and more. This week of relaxation aldo gives you the chance to meet other participants and make new friends!

Aims & Objectives

  • Help you get familiarized with your new surroundings
  • Teach you helpful Luganda and Swahili phrases
  • Broaden your knowledge of the local customs, history, and culture of Uganda
  • Provide you with a full induction, preparing you for a longer stay

Schedule

Monday

After breakfast, we’ll have a two hour cultural introduction where you will learn about Ugandan culture and customs. Afterwards, we will head to the village center for sightseeing and will also show you where everything is (i.e. shops, pharmacies, etc). In the evening, there will be a special dinner to welcome you to Uganda!

Tuesday

After breakfast, we will have a language class where you can learn helpful phrases for your stay in Uganda. After lunch, we will enjoy a cooking class...with dinner being the food that you have cooked in the class, so pay close attention!

Wednesday

After breakfast, we’ll visit some museums and go sightseeing in the area. Afterwards, we will also learn where the post office, bus station, and supermarket are, so you know where everything you may need is!

Thursday

After breakfast, we’ll visit the zoo and then have lunch outside. In the afternoon, we will pay a visit to Victoria Lake, where you can lay down and relax on the sand. Later on, there will be a the project discussion, where you can learn about our projects in Uganda and ask any further questions!

Friday

After breakfast, we will pay a visit to all of our projects in the area so you can get an insight of what we do. After lunch, we will take a Ugandan sandal-making class.

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                -

Maximum age:                -

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        No

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

There are no further requirements for this program.

Living & Location

Enjoy the local life in this rural township in central Uganda. Your accommodation location provides you with a great opportunity to see and experience Uganda on an authentic, local scale.

You will be staying in our rural accommodation center. The accommodation itself is quite basic and authentic. All participants are expected to be environmentally aware and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and organized.

Food Arrangements

Food will be Ugandan-style, which means lots of vegetables, meat, potato, banana, bread and pancakes.

Facilities

There are many shops located near our center, all within 10-15 minutes walking distance.

Transportation to Mukono (30 minutes away) or Kampala are available. A van departs every 30 minutes to Mukono and every hour to Kampala, the capital of Uganda.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

Kampala

There are many things to see and do in Kampala, the Ugandan capital. It is located within a 30-90 minute drive from our center and is filled with culture and history.

Nile River

Also closeby is the opportunity to raft or even jet boat along the headwaters of the Nile River.

Transportation

From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):

  • Rhino Sanctuary

Quick Facts

Name:                Republic of Uganda

Population:        40 million

Capital:        Kampala

Language:        English, Swahili, Luganda

Currency:        Ugandan Shilling (UGX)

Time zone:        UTC +3

Country Information

For a small country, Uganda has everything an adventurer could wish for. It has everything and more than its neighbouring countries do, including the famous “Big Five” must see animals of Africa. More than that, the country is home to the tallest mountain range and largest lake in Africa. Half the remaining mountain gorillas in the world reside in this country, making wildlife watching a unique experience!

Climate

Uganda boasts a tropical climate across most of its surface area, except in the mountainous regions (which can get quite cold and some even receive a bit of snow). Temperatures range from 21-25°C (70-77°F), with the hottest months from December to February. The wet months occur from March to May as well as October and November. The dry season occurs between January and February as well as June to September.

Culture

Uganda’s culture is made of up many ethnic groups making it difficult to generalize. For example, Lango and Acholi people dominate the north, while the Iteso and Karamojong people rule in the east. Moreover, Pygmies can be found living in isolated rainforest regions in western Uganda.

At least 40 languages are spoken in Uganda, with Luganda language being the most common despite English being considered the official language. In fact, English is barely spoken. Swahili is also widely used.

Uganda has a conservative Muslim and Christian society. This means that it is often not acceptable to wear clothes displaying too much skin. There are exceptions to this rule such as Kampala, however, it is advised to dress as locals do in order to blend in and be taken seriously outside tourist hotspots. Another important thing worth noting is that you should never criticize religion in presence of a Ugandan, as this is taken seriously and can be of great offense.

Gastronomy

Ugandan cuisine has been heavily influenced by English, Arab and Indian dishes. The most common ingredients used are vegetables, potatoes, yams, bananas, chicken, pork, fish, beef, goat and mutton.