Today was a very special day. It was the day on which the UK volunteers arrived in Uganda, and met their Ugandan counterpart. The Ugandan volunteers had been preparing and practicing a welcome feast, which included a poster, a speech, a Luganda language lesson, solo singing and of course, a traditional and free style dance show, in which we all joined in.
Preparations for the welcome show were very amusing. What laughs we had while trying to plan a dance! After lots of bum shaking, and helping to get all the Ugandan girls colour coordinated for their performance, they helped me to just look just as colourful, and about 10 years younger.
The next day, when I asked one of the In-Country volunteers whether he had spoken to all of the UK one’s yet, he replied:
“It would have been a crime if I hadn’t”.
It is wonderful to see how two such different cultures are interacting and how everyone is getting along. Clearly there are some things we have in common, the boys are all playing football (yes, in this hot climate!), while the girls are all getting their nails done. More of this please! So happy!