2014 Summer High School Interns: Orli Lesser, Pauline Fritz, Julia Matteson, Jake Schwartz, Aidan Bodurtha, Kristine Torres, Dario Jakubowicz, Alan Li, Celina Paloma
Chaperones: Laurie Safran, Jim Cannon
Buyobo, Uganda- High School Interns 2014 (June 25th-July 16th)
A little dirt never killed nobody. After a fifteen hour flight, the interns arrived at Entebbe, Uganda only to find the baggage carousel empty. Before long, everyone was in dire need of a new outfit, thus the motto: a little dirt never killed nobody. They proceeded to Murchison Falls for a two day safari and boat ride. From wild elephants to dangerously close hippos, the interns saw all types of native wildlife; even the crocodiles made an appearance. By the end of the week, the interns had plenty of pictures, and a few had their luggage. The rest of the luggage lay sitting in the darkness of London- Heathrow airport.
The interns, mostly in smelly plane pajamas, headed to Buyobo Sunday night. The bumpy yet scenic road gave the interns a taste of what Uganda looks like. During the ride, they had plenty of time to get to know each other. Other than talking, the interns slept through the five hour van ride. Finally, they arrived, warmly welcomed by the elder interns at the WMI house. They settled in their new rooms and prepared for the week of teaching ahead.
Teaching at Buyobo Primary School was a challenge at first. For one, the children had shaky English. None of the interns knew at what level the students were on, the teachers taught in ways so mechanical, the children would simply repeat the words they saw on the board. The interns slowly adapted to the different style of teaching in Uganda, and began to really enjoy themselves. Later in the day, a women’s literacy class took place at the WMI building. There, the students taught borrowers and village women one on one. It was a very rewarding experience and a nice start to a week of teaching.
The interns spent Monday through Friday teaching at the school in the morning and teaching classes at WMI in the afternoon. Women’s Literacy (every Monday and Wednesday) and Girls Group (every Tuesday and Thursday) became some of their favorite activities. Between teaching, the interns refurbished four outdated classrooms. They mixed and poured concrete to fill holes in the floor, and sanded and repainted the walls. With the help of the villagers and direction from Jim, the interns were close to completing the rooms by the end of week two.
Eventually, everyone got their luggage and is now happy and healthy! The interns are looking forward to whitewater rafting in Jinja and the chimpanzee sanctuary before heading home on the 16th.