To those of you that don't know, I returned to the UK about 2 weeks ago.
I was planning to spend the full 9 months in Uganda but my time was cut short to just under 7 months.
The reason for my return is because my mum is ill and, at the time, the doctors were unsure on the time scale left for her so because of this I made an immediate return.
But I am very happy to report she has made a good recovery. Obviously, she's not completely out of the woods but I can spend the time with her now I have returned and prepare for uni in September.
Due to the quick return home, I didn't get to say bye to many of the friends that I made in Uganda which is sad and was a little hard to deal with. Also, because it was a shock to come home so quickly, it was quite hard to adjust. Obviously it was, and is, great to see my family and my friends but not having that chance to say good bye and prepare myself to leave was quite sad and emotional.
My time in Uganda was AMAZING. I loved it! I really did. It has given me a lot of thoughts about my future and what to do with it. I definitely think that I would like to spend more time out there especially teaching because there is a real need for education and the children are very willing to learn. But I definitely put this all to God because He knows what I'm going to be doing. I'm going to go down to Marjon University in Plymouth and get my degree in Sport Development: Physical Education and then maybe spend an additional year doing a PGCE so I have the equivalent to a teaching degree. But, so far, that's all I know about what's happening.
Uganda really was an amazing time and I loved it. All the people I worked with were so willing to help others and also to help me get used to the culture and the different ways of doing things.
The Smile Team are great. They really are a very busy bunch of people but they always do their best and care for those they are working with as well as those they are helping through Smile.
I am definitely going to miss everyone; I already do. But Mom and Dad have said they want to send me and my sisters and my sister's soon-to-be husband out to Uganda for a couple weeks next year so they can experience the amazing experience I did even if it is for a short time. (See you soon Smiley people!)
At the moment, I'm looking for part time jobs while I wait for uni to come around which is always fun. But I've already got an interview tomorrow which is exciting but it's also making me nervous as I haven't had many interviews before. But being myself is all I can do so fingers crossed!
I wish the best of luck to Anna and Rachel who joined the Smile team recently. I hope you have a blast of a time in the 3 months you are there! And to Ruth, I miss you! We are such good friends that I definitely think that you can't get rid of me that quickly and I'll definitely be seeing you a lot upon your return. Enjoy your time with the girls and all my favourite children that we all have grown to love. Enjoy your time you three girlies! I miss you and can't wait to hear all the stories.
But anyway here is some of my favourite photos of my time in Uganda. It's not in any order, just some of my fav!
|One of the many selfies we took|
|Christmas party at Blessed|
|The kids club team|
|Foolish man built his house on the sand|
|Wise man built his house on the rock|
|Myself and little Matthew|
|Another selfie - way back from the Equator|
|Church - Gabit and us lot|
|Last group picture before Tasha and I left :'(|
|Welcome home banner :D|
|Teaching at Ruth Mother Care|
|Us lot at the Equator|
|Fred tried my sunglasses on|
|Textbooks at RMC - Thankyou for all your support!!|
|Ken's meal out before he left - The Gang|
|Saying Bye Bye to Ken|
|Saying Hello to Anna and Rachel|
|Ruth and I on a rock in the middle of the river - Safari|
|Us lot and Moses on Safari|
|Us lot and Moses - being cool|
|Baboon - I still don't like them!|
|Teaching with Moses|
|Us lot and Teacher Ruth and Middle Class|
|Digging holes with machetes!|
|Moses, Ruth and I with some of the kids|
|Myself and Becca|
|Preparing for the Christmas Party - Myself, Moses and Brian|
|Some of the great kids we worked with!|
|At Heathrow before leaving for Uganda!|
|Arriving in Uganda with Innocent, Alex, Bennie and|
Shavan took the picture!
|Being caught in the rain leads to being soaked!|
|At the end of our time in the village|
|In the village|
|In the village|
|In the village|
|Arriving home in 12 degrees, I was very cold!|
|At training for our gap year!|
Kathryn signing off for the last time xxx