Volunteer story: Tasha - Freedom 4 Girls team November 2016
Like many volunteers, before I left for Wobulenzi I was thinking ‘What can I do? Will I be any use?’ I was reassured by previous team members that as long as I was prepared to have an open mind, get stuck in, get on with the task at hand and be flexible - that I would of use!
The ‘Freedom 4 Girls’ Team that I was part of quickly bonded, and we distributed thousands of pairs of pants and Menstruation Kits to the girl students, alongside teaching, games, art and craft, sports and interesting conversations with individual students. I had never taught teenagers before, but really enjoyed teaching first aid and being involved with The Rock, and visiting the local village to help with healthcare needs.
Before I left for Uganda I had been working really hard in the UK, and was worried that I wouldn’t have the energy I needed at Wobulenzi. My fears were completely unfounded, as in a paradoxical way I was actually revitalised being there. There is something so refreshing about the slow Ugandan pace of life, the manner of speaking with people, and understanding that the person you are working/communicating with is more important than the job at hand. It was truly refreshing for me, and I returned to the UK believing there is a great deal we can learn from the African culture of not rushing and really listening to people.
If you’re reading this and wondering if you could go, I would say a hearty ‘yes!’ Doing this may be completely different to anything you’ve done before, but if you give yourself to the people and the work, you’ll be amazed at the results.