We, the Rice chapter of Nourish, are counting down the minutes until we get to embark on our exciting summer project. This year we are volunteering with the Rural Agency for Sustainable Development in Uganda. After a year of fundraising, screening people for our project team, and pre-planning for the trip (passports, Visas, yellow fever vaccines, tickets, malaria pills, the list goes on for miles), it’s surreal to be so close to finally touching down in Uganda! Granted, we haven’t even taken off yet, but we’re definitely all already daydreaming about gorgeous landscapes, red dirt roads, the wildlife (see the drawing of the grey crowned crane), and the incredible people we’re sure to meet.
We didn’t know a lot about Uganda when we started and most of us are still a little nervous about what to expect. However, one of our team members, Becca, has been to Uganda before and has been an invaluable source of information. The same is true about our volunteer contact at RASD, Ignitius, and our guest house host for our first two days, Dr. Gloria. They are the nicest people and they have been incredibly helpful in preparing us for Uganda. Another (not-so-invaluable) source of information was an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations which tackled Ugandan food from fried bugs to lungfish. Probably not the best way to settle our worries about our upcoming trip, but still an interesting insight into the country.
With half our group leaving on Sunday and the rest on Monday, there’s not much more to write about yet. We still have a long way to go, with a grueling 29 hour flight ahead of us, but we’re almost there! For now, we’ll get back to overpreparing, overpacking, and overexcitedly waiting for our trip. We’ll post more when we actually land: then we can compare our pre- and post-impressions of Uganda and write about all of our adventures. Stay tuned for more!