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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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William Canby and Lily Asrat led/lead Peace Corps Uganda in 1964 and 2023 respectively. Many things have changed, but some things remain the same.

Liz and her little sis

Prior to starting my Peace Corps service in Uganda, a question I would frequently get asked by friends and family back home was, ‘’Why Africa?’’ My usual response was, ‘’Why not?’’

Pupils communicate messages about Malaria using drama.

Malaria remains Uganda’s leading cause of death, especially among children under five years. In 2020, Uganda had the 3rd highest global burden of malaria cases and deaths (5.4%) and the 5th highest proportion of malaria cases in East and Southern Africa (23.2%).

Ugandan children reading on DEAR Day

In the last thirty years, the literacy rate in Uganda has increased by over 20 percent.

Group photo of DEAR Day 2023 Uganda

On March 15th, 2023, Uganda celebrated its 9th National Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.) Day.

Uganda Landscape of Mountains

In February, we celebrate Black History Month. Here, we highlight the unique experiences of four Black Peace Corps Volunteers (BPCVs) serving in Uganda. Their stories and perspectives are poignant, powerful, and brave.

Children learning in Uganda

Ugandan culture is refreshingly community oriented. Perhaps more than in the US, Ugandan teachers assume a familial role at their schools and in their communities.

Ugandan girl reading

Peace Corps Uganda promotes culturally relevant reading materials for Ugandan children

Peace Corps Uganda Volunteers swear in

On October 13, 2022, the U.S. Ambassador Natalie E. Brown hosted the swearing in ceremony for 34 Peace Corps trainees at the Ambassador’s residence.

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Every five years, the Peace Corps community comes together to honor distinguished current and returned Peace Corps Volunteers as well as staff with the John F. Kennedy Service Award. This honor is bestowed to just a few individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty and who have made exceptional contributions in service and leadership to further the Peace Corps mission and three goals.

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Peace Corps Uganda welcomed back 33 Peace Corps Volunteers to serve alongside community members across the country.

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Peace Corps Uganda, along with many partners, celebrated Drop Everything And Read Day.

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Take a look at seven Volunteer positions you can apply for today that are dedicated to strengthening health systems.

Nancy Wesson in Uganda
Ichupa Upcycle Project

Whether it’s bottles, plastic kaveras (bags), remnants of a past lunch or an afternoon snack wrapper, plastic is king in Uganda.

Two Peace Corps Volunteers stand together at Close of Service.

I was sweaty and dirty, but smiling. I might not have been with the person I loved the most, but I was doing the thing I loved the most: working in malaria prevention.

Girl laying on hospital bed with several students surrounding and looking at her

Utilize your skills to educate emerging health care professionals and improve health care systems with Peace Corps Response.

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The Ichupa Upcycle Project is a community-based social enterprise inspired by Returned Peace Corps Volunteer -RPCV Michał Matejczuk when he served (2016) in Mbale District in Eastern Uganda. Michal now lives in Hyderabad, India as a Henry R. Luce Scholar.