What would be your advice for other young people interested in an assignment abroad?
Travel abroad to learn, not to “help”. It might sound like a platitude but we’ve all grown up with the image of the “white saviour”. So be better and use your placement to challenge yourself, discover new lifestyles and to meet people you would otherwise never meet - on an equal footing. Listen, observe and ask questions. You’ll never have this opportunity again.
To finish off, can you tell us three things you took away from your assignment in Uganda?
1) Three kilos of home-made peanut butter that I got as a goodbye present. Three months later, it’s almost all gone.
2) Gratitude for the friendly welcome I received in Uganda and for the privilege of having the life I have.
3) A friendship with my exchange partner, Solomon, that’s certain to last a very long time.