Stories from Uganda

Every Peace Corps Volunteer has a story to tell. Read stories from Volunteers about what it's like to live and work in Uganda.

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Preparing orange fleshed sweet potato

My favorite success during my Peace Corps service so far comes from my sweet potato value addition project.

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Volunteer Anna hands out bed nets to a line of Malawians.

I spent the majority of my two-year Peace Corps service in Uganda fighting the spread of malaria. After finishing my service, I knew I had started a mission that I wasn’t done with yet.

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The Mt. Elgon region is home to the world famous Arabica coffee of Uganda. The region comprises seven (7) coffee-growing districts which include Kapchorwa, Bulambuli, Sironko, Mbale, Manafwa, Bududa and Namisindwa. 

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Tiffany Tai - Do Peace Corps Volunteers truly have an impact?

My answer is a resounding, “Absolutely.”

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Pupils communicate messages about Malaria using drama.

After attending the Malaria Bootcamp in Tororo District run by Peace Corps Health Volunteers, my whole understanding of our role as Peace Corps Volunteers changed. I left the camp motivated to incorporate malaria related activities at my school and got to work in early April. 

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As part of the Pre-Service Training, Peace Corps Trainees spend 5 (five) weeks with host families across the country.

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The long dusty drives and difficult terrain could not deter us from reaching out to vulnerable teenage girls. With coordination from the Education Department of my organization situated in Northern Uganda, a two-day training on how to make reusable menstrual pads (RUMPS), the female reproductive system, and menstrual health and hygiene was made possible.

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Situated in central Uganda, Rakai district has been at the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS epidemic due largely to its location as a hub on the transnational highway connecting Uganda to the neighboring countries. 

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Using social media to promote healthy behaviors in Uganda

It happened by accident, driven out of sheer necessity rather than by drawing upon years of training or experience. 

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Peace Corps Volunteers facilitate a session at one of the CAT regional trainings

The fishing communities in Eastern Uganda have for a long time experienced the impact of HIV and AIDS. The fight against the epidemic has long been hampered by the generally low level of awareness, high incidences of poverty, and unhelpful socio-cultural practices.

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