I decided to volunteer abroad when the company I was working for closed and I found myself temporarily out of work. It was the perfect opportunity to fulfill a dream of traveling to Africa and work with the local people.
Two of my aunts were nuns and lived and worked in various countries in Africa and my dream of visiting and volunteering goes back to my childhood when I listened to their stories.
I researched various volunteer organizations and, in the end, chose IVN via IVHQ because of the positive reviews and easy access to staff who answered all my questions quickly and professionally. I was a 55-year-old woman about to travel to a continent alone to volunteer in a community with which I was unfamiliar.
I wasn’t prepared to leave Canada unless I felt comfortable with the organization that would be handling my needs. Once I felt assured I would be safe and taken care of (not pampered of course but kept in a safe healthy environment) I was able to commit to the project. I soon learned that in addition to volunteering I could enjoy some leisure activities before, during and after my time in Uganda.
I went on a safari, visited the source of the Nile and went Gorilla trekking. These were amazing opportunities that were affordable and easy to coordinate with the help of my project leader in Uganda.