WHO WE ARE
The Real Uganda is a non-profit organization that sources international volunteers for locally led, community based initiatives in Uganda. We pride ourselves on offering mutually beneficial cultural exchange programs. Communities get helping hands and exposure to the outside world. Volunteers learn a new culture and approach to life. Founded in 2005, The Real Uganda has hosted over 800 volunteers from all over the world.
The Real Uganda doesn’t hope to save Uganda, we hope to share it with the world. We respectfully support Ugandan innovation and motivation.
WHAT WE DO
The Real Uganda supports local organizations and raises awareness about the successes and challenges of life in Uganda. With our program in place, our partners are overcoming major challenges, such as insufficient creative and tech skills, and inadequate business knowledge.
Many travelers wish to visit Sub-Saharan Africa to learn the reality on the ground. We offer a safe and family-like environment in which to come to Uganda, give your time, and experience a new culture. Our long term and singular presence in Uganda ensures we partner with effective social and economic development programs.
The Real Uganda provides pre-arrival support by answering your questions and choosing a host that best fits your skill and interest. We connect you to present and former volunteers. We collect you from the airport, deliver you to your new home, and break down the cultural issues you face when entering Uganda for the first time. It is not easy to travel to a foreign culture on your own. We are on the ground to give you encouragement and support to ensure your success.
WHY WE DO IT
We want you to experience Uganda in an authentic and meaningful way. Life in Uganda is tough for everyone, not just HIV/AIDS patients, orphans, and refugees. Wages are low, corruption is rampant, and education is inefficient. In spite of this, Ugandans are some of the most welcoming people in Africa.
While working with The Real Uganda, volunteers become part of the family and learn local culture: how to cook, how to speak the language, how to sit peacefully and appreciate life. We hope volunteers take that knowledge home and spread the word about Ugandan development issues and culture around the world.
“What really enticed me to join this program was the opportunity to dip my feet into a variety of areas. I really liked the program description of it being a community-based organization by which you could really immerse yourself in real Ugandan life and work with members of the local community – whether it be through working in a small school, working with women’s groups or lending a hand in a health clinic. All these sounded like awesome opportunities to me and I was ready for the challenge!” – Natasha Kurowski, Australia
Our offices, staff, and projects are located in Uganda. We are on the ground with encouragement and support to ensure your success. 100% of your funds stay in Uganda.
We’ve hosted over 800 volunteers from all over the world. Our volunteer coordinator is a Canadian who has lived in Uganda full-time, since 2004.
Our partner organizations are Ugandan run and engage in Ugandan led activities. Activities that help and develop real people and communities, on their terms.
We focus on Uganda and do not maintain remote relationships with programs all over the globe. Our volunteers work locally at schools, in public health, on farms, and with women’s empowerment groups.