The work schedule varies from programme to programme. It depends on the age group and available time of the people you are working with, let it be small children, students or adult widows and other skill-seekers. In general you work around 5 – 8 hours a day, depending on your interest and energy levels. Work starts in the morning around 8 or 9 AM. At around noon volunteers will have a break for lunch. That time, as well as after work, can also be used for rest and exploring the surroundings. Then you will continue your work till around 4 or 5 PM.
Depending on your interest you can work on one or multiple projects at the same time. By example you will be able to work in the morning at the nursery school and can help with computer lessons in the afternoon.
Public transport to Jinja, the nearest bigger city, is very cheap. A bus will take you there for 500 Ugandan shillings, another option is using a motorcycle taxi, called “bodaboda”, which will charge you 2000 Ugandan shillings and they will also take you to any other place in the area. Travelling in general is very reasonably priced and reliable, further enabling you to truly experience all the aspects of Uganda.
The weekends are meant for your own leisure. Classes, unless otherwise organized by the volunteers themselves, do not take place during that time, giving you a chance to visit all the nearby points of interest. Lake Victoria is merely 10 minutes away by car or motorcycle. Other places of interest that are close by are the source of the river Nile in Jinja or Itanda falls etc . Uganda’s capital, Kampala, is also only about two hours away, so you can witness the organized chaos, which is life there. During the weekends Jinja has a bustling night life, for those seeking fun and relaxation after a week’s work, while Kampala is world-famous as the best party destination in East and Central Africa. Other places and points of interest, like Bujangari Falls or the rest of Eastern and parts of Northern and Southwestern Uganda are a bit further away, but definitely reachable in the two days time you have during the weekends.