Volunteering on Bugaba Island

“Firefly Uganda has something really special going on, and I’m so lucky to have been a part of it for a short while.” – Charlotte (Intern at Firefly Uganda)

Charlotte was an intern/volunteer at the Firefly Camp on Bugaba Island. She joined us only a couple of months after we moved to Bugaba Island. Which means she was there to witness the very beginnings of our projects on the new island!

Sunday Activities: Exploring the island on a mountain bike!

Here she writes about her experience:

Daily life at Firefly Uganda

My internship placement in Uganda was the time of my life. The location was incredible. A small, pretty undeveloped island on Lake Victoria, teeming with beautiful and diverse wildlife and no shortage of places to explore. I spent my days doing community and environment-oriented projects, laughing with the most hilarious kids I’ve ever met, and being fully immersed in the local culture.

Discovering new skills!

My primary responsibilities included working on the website and social media platforms, assisting with the construction of a new schoolhouse and workroom, and teaching. There was plenty of goofing off and running around, as well. Because I was the first intern at the new location, some things took patience. For example, my accommodation was a simple camping tent, though it was comfortable and spacious. Also, rather than focusing on one specific area, I did a lot of running around and helping with small pieces of lots of projects.

Playtime with the kids is always a blast!




My favorite part of the whole experience was hanging out with the children. We had so much fun together, I can’t put it into words. They were so energetic, skilled and curious. I don’t think I’ll ever meet cooler children in my life. We spent all day making each other laugh and learning so much from one another. I already miss them so much, and it’s only been two weeks.



During my stay IMG_2313in Uganda, I also did some traveling alone, which was the most empowering week of my life. I went to a small town called Jinja and overlooked the Nile from there. After, I went to Murchison Falls National Park, where I got to see the most powerful waterfall in the world. I capped off the trip by spending some time in Kampala, the capital city, the most energy-filled place I’ve ever seen.

Overall, I feel like I have made an impact on the community and myself. This experience helped to solidify my desire to work in the nonprofit or NGO world.

Firefly Uganda has something really special going on, and I’m so lucky to have been a part of it for a short while.

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