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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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Ugandan youth benefit from week long business training

Uganda has one of the youngest populations in the world. The median age in Uganda is 16.3 (UNICEF). One in four teenage girls in Uganda age 15-19 has had a child or is pregnant (UNFPA). Two Peace Corps Uganda Volunteers are working to transform this youth bulge into a youth dividend! These are their stories.

Classroom in Indonesia

International exchange can motivate students and inspire curiosity.

PCV Group pic with Ambassador

On October 12, 2023, the U.S. Ambassador to Uganda, William W. Popp, and Dr. Lily Asrat, Peace Corps Uganda Country Director, presided over the swearing-in ceremony of 24 Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs).

tree nursery

You can have a great idea which will never come to fruition without people, commitment, and resources.

Trainees arrival in Uganda

On July 30, Peace Corps Uganda welcomed 26 new Trainees who, once sworn in, will become Volunteers, marking the arrival of the second cohort since the pandemic. United by the Peace Corps mission of world peace and friendship, they will serve in communities throughout the country in three sectors: Education, Health, and Agribusiness.

Volunteers training nutrition Uganda

At our core, Peace Corps is a training organization. We train staff, Volunteers, and community members. Our training approach has evolved over the decades, but we are always striving to facilitate learning, in whatever form that may take.

planting trees in Uganda

World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated on June 5 every year and encourages awareness and action for the protection of the environment.

Uganda school library

Learning to read, write, and communicate effectively without consistent access to reading materials is like trying to find a destination without a map.

virtual service

As COVID-19 continues to spread and international travel becomes more and more challenging by the day, we are acting now to safeguard your well-being and prevent a situation where Volunteers are unable to leave their host countries. I have made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend all Peace Corps operations globally and evacuate all of our Volunteers. - Peace Corps Director Jody Olson.

image scenery Uganda

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 30 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.

black voices graphic

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.

Education Volunteer doing free learning activity with children

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.