I guess I should explain why I’m spending the next three months in Uganda. I work for Arsenal in the Community and as an extension to what we do in London, we have the opportunity to coach further afield – the club has soccer schools and links with community projects all around the world. One such project has recently been set up with Volunteer Uganda (http://www.volunteeruganda.org), an organisation ‘dedicated to tackling poverty in Uganda through sustainable education and enterprise development’. It brings volunteers from around the world for either six or twelve weeks to teach English, Maths and Science in primary schools in the stunning Kanungu District of rural south-western Uganda. This is an extremely poor part of the country, where the schools have very few resources and more than 90% of the population lives on less than a dollar a day.
Three of us have come over to set up what will hopefully be a lasting partnership between the club and VU. We are coaching in local schools, as well as teaching some of Arsenal’s literacy programme in the classroom.
Since my gap year before university, exploring foreign countries and meeting people from different backgrounds has been my passion. In recent years Africa, or more specifically its people, has captured my heart so the opportunity to combine four of my favourite things (Arsenal, football, travelling and Africa) is a dream come true. Thank you Volunteer Uganda!
* If you think VU’s work sounds interesting, watch this inspirational 3 minute video – I guarantee it will make you want to volunteer in Africa!
Posted on April 30, 2012, in 03. Volunteer Uganda and tagged Arsenal, Arsenal in Africa, Arsenal in the Community, Arsenal in Uganda, volunteer in Africa, Volunteer Uganda, volunteer work. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.