Rubona Primary School
In January we will start our next project at Rubona Primary School to the north of Fort Portal. It is a mixed school comprising of 820 students from nursery to P7. We have secured funds to complete on the following essential work:
You will be working directly with our Ugandan team to complete the maintenance outlined above. This is a great opportunity to make a big difference to the lives of the children and to share your experience with the local team. The project runs from January - April but you may join us for as much or as little of it as you wish.
Our team is very friendly and loves to hear your ideas and exchange cultural differences. No experience is required, you'll receive help from our local team and we won't throw you in at the deep end (unless you want to be!).
Situated in Western Uganda, our house is approximately 5 hours travel from Kampala in Fort Portal - a green, fresh and friendly town with plenty of local attractions. The School is a 30 minute drive (we will take you) at the base of the stunning Rwenzori mountain range. The teachers and students are very welcoming. There are plenty of things to keep you occupied at the weekends such as Rwenzori mountain trekking, safari, visiting our crater lakes, or seeing chimpanzees and gorillas. We can book these for you using our local connections for a very discounted price.
Included in your volunteering fees are comprehensive pre-departure information, placement, accommodation in a clean and nice house with a big compound, dog and 2 goats :), local sim card (with internet available), lunch, 24h emergency assistance and transfer from Entebbe Airport. One Brick is a not-for-profit that has been operating in Uganda for 10 years, funds from our volunteering programme are used to maintain our builds and our small team in Fort Portal.
I've had a lot of volunteering experiences around the world but working in Fort Portal with the OBAAT team was undoubtedly the best one yet. We were building a playground at a local orphanage which was very heartwarming. I got to meet lots of friendly local people who I am still in touch with today via social media.
The entire skill exchange experience was really useful for both us and our new friends in Uganda. The culture, the people, the spirit, the aspirations really humbled me as a person and I was able to take this back with me to the UK. When I visited again in 2013 I felt like a local resident as lots of people recognised me from the first trip. I hope that my time there was useful for the One Brick Project, and it is a time I will hold close to my heart.
Volunteering at St Peter’s and Paul’s Primary School was one of the best experiences of my life. Both the teachers and the pupils were inspiring and there was lots of opportunities to be involved in different aspects of school life, from the garden project to the annual teachers vs. pupils football match! I have amazing memories from my time in Uganda that I will treasure forever.