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Road Day

We spent a long day on the road today, taking in some beautiful scenery on our way back to Kampala. After a late dinner at a restaurant with a varied, American-style menu, we are now settled into a comfortable hotel … Continue reading

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Game Day

Last adventurous day. We all woke up around 5:30 and headed out for a safari game drive. About one hour into the drive, we saw our first lioness and we were lucky enough to see her catch a baby antelope. … Continue reading

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Rain Forest and Savannah

This morning we got off to a bright and early start to go chimp tracking. After saying goodbye to Rukungiri at 6:00 AM, we drove about two hours northwest and began tracking in the rain forest by 8:30. We got … Continue reading

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Farewell to Bishops

Our last day at Bishop’s is coming to its end.  We had a late start to today, and didn’t arrive at the school until lunchtime.  I, along with Hope and a couple of other people, decided to walk to the … Continue reading

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Last Full School Day

Today was our final regular school day at Bishop’s, as tomorrow will be our departure ceremony before leaving Rukungiri. We started our day off with breakfast at 7:15. Richie, Halle, Annie, and Hope left Jim’s place at 7:30 for a … Continue reading

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Thank-You Dinner

We have officially begun the last week of the trip!  It’s amazing how fast the time has been going by; it feels like just a few days ago that I hopped off the plane in Entebbe, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.  Today … Continue reading

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Return from Homestay and . . . Prom!

Yesterday after lunch our group split up to either take a walk in the nearby hills or drive into town to print pictures and buy chocolate bars. When we arrived back at Bishop’s High School, a handful of us played … Continue reading

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Homestays Continue

Day 3 at the Homestay. We went on a walk with the homestay hosts yesterday afternoon while the service for the Bishop continued until 6 PM. Though the sights in the walk were good, talking with the hosts up the … Continue reading

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Bishop at Bishop’s

The Bishop has arrived! This morning the local Bishop visited the school, an event which has been much anticipated by students and teachers. The students conducted a typical morning assembly which consists of flag raising, marching, singing, and praying. After … Continue reading

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Preparing for the Bishop

We (adults) met the Groton eight back at school this morning, to first hear about the first night of their homestays and then put in another full school day of painting walls, reading to and with students and teaching computer … Continue reading

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From School to Home

This was another full school day, during which we continued teaching S3 (11th grade) students the basics of how to use a computer. Then our students took turns helping to paint an office at Bishop’s High School and reading with … Continue reading

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First Day At Bishop’s

Today was our first full day at Bishop’s High School. It was fun, but by far the busiest and longest day we’ve had in Uganda. We began with a 45 minute assembly which consisted of singing, dancing, and praying. During … Continue reading

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Meeting the Families

Many of us had an early start to the morning as Annie, Julien, the Prockops and I woke up for cow milking at 6 am. Although the sound of my alarm was startling at 5:45 am, the adventure that would … Continue reading

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Mzungus on a Mountain

Today was a very eventful, fun-filled day. Halle and I woke up at 7:00 and went on a jog with Hope and Ms. Giles. After breakfast, we all ventured into town where we explored the shops and had lunch. Later, … Continue reading

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Mzungus in the Midst

16th June 2017 Today was our first day at Bishop’s High School, after having arrived near Rukungiri yesterday evening. This morning we headed off to Bishop’s at 10:30 on a twenty-minutes’ drive on orange, dusty, and bumpy roads. Once we arrived … Continue reading

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Groton Grattitude from 0 Lattitude

Today we hit the road early from Kampala to begin our journey to Rukingiri. Getting out of the city took about an hour and a half, due to its notorious traffic jams, but once we got on the main highway … Continue reading

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Days in Kampala

Our first day in Uganda was a relaxing one, spent riding around part of Kampala and then visiting a large hotel complex for some exercise and an afternoon by the pool. We’re already becoming familiar with Ugandan food and polite, … Continue reading

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Pre- Departure Thoughts from Groton

Hello all! It was a fantastic few days prepping and getting ready for departure, and we are thrilled to finally be on the road. Everyone participated in workshops over the past few days preparing us not only for Uganda, but … Continue reading

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Driving Back to Kampala

Monday, July 9th Today was a travel day for our group as we left the safari grounds for Kampala. We had a later start than usual today, waking up at 9:30. After a delicious breakfast we said goodbye to three … Continue reading

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Ugandan Wildlife

Evening of Sunday, July 8th As our trip nears its end, today was a day full of excitement and discovery. Before waking up at around five o’clock this morning, we had a fun night meeting a group of students from … Continue reading

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Out of Rukungiri and Into the Forest

Morning of Sunday, July 8th We departed from Rukungiri early yesterday morning, and said our final good byes and thank yous to the wonderful staff at Jim’s house, who had made our stay very comfortable. They were also a major … Continue reading

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Saying Goodbye to Bishop’s High School

We started off with breakfast like normal, but today we would not be headed to the school. The morning would include a hike down a long road that was on the inside of a river valley. Last night we chose … Continue reading

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Last Work at Bishop’s High School

So ends our second to last day at the school. Today was our second to last day at the school and also our last day actually working. We woke up bright and early, ready to finish what we had started … Continue reading

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4th of July a Non-Event Here in Uganda

Written on the evening of Wednesday, July 4: It was another exciting day for all of us today.  Luckily, those who were feeling sick yesterday all came to breakfast this morning seeming much more like themselves.  We left for Bishop’s … Continue reading

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Painting and Frisbee

On today’s episode of Uganda, our heroes and their sidekick ventured to Bishop’s High School to finish painting the rooms that they had started on previously. On the trip there, one of the heroes, Peter, risked our lives when a … Continue reading

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Work Day at Bishop’s

Hello! Today we did only a few things but completed a lot of work. The day began relatively early at 7 am. Many of us woke up before the sun rose during our homestays to milk the cows or fetch … Continue reading

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End of Home Stays

Yesterday was a very eventful finish to our last day with our homestay buddies. After sleeping in until about 9 o’ clock, I began the day with morning tea. Malik, Ycar, and their homestays stopped by as we were finishing … Continue reading

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Fishing Village

Today was restful, with all of our students spending time with their hosts as their home stays near their ends. Unfortunately that meant we were not able to gather to celebrate Christina’s birthday so we’ll have to make that up to … Continue reading

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Details to Follow

We spent today on a field trip to a fishing village on Lake Edward. After a long, bumpy, dusty ride and with nothing scheduled for first thing tomorrow, this weary blogger is going to get some sleep and post a … Continue reading

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Painting Day at Bishop’s

We will be going on a field trip tomorrow so today was our last day at school this week. We took full advantage of the time we had to make a great deal of progress on some labor-intensive projects around … Continue reading

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Working at Bishop’s Secondary School

The Sun was shining as the Groton students walked to school with their hosts for the first time and spent this morning exchanging stories of their home stays as they painted a wooden gate and worked with two Bishop’s students to make wooden signs … Continue reading

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First Night of Home Stay

Last night was the first night of our homestays. We loaded up into a van to head to the separate houses. Luckily, mine was nearby. After saying bye to my fellow Groton students, I proceeded into the unknown. Soon after … Continue reading

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Tuesday at Bishop’s

We had another packed day at school, but it’s getting late now so this blogger will keep his summary short and to the point. This morning our students did a great job providing reading help to groups of Bishop’s students in two … Continue reading

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First Day at School

Today was perhaps the most exciting day of the trip to date. I woke up this morning at around seven and prepared for my daily jog. I was joined by Mr. Prockop, Ycar and Christina. As we went further along, … Continue reading

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Second Day in Rukungiri

So ends our second day in Rukungiri. We woke up bright and early today and took a short run down one of the roads leading away from the hotel. Afterwards, we had breakfast and then got on the bus to … Continue reading

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Pictures Now Attached

If you’ve been following this blog, you may want to look back through the previous posts. We’ve worked out our uploading bug so there are now pictures included with everything. Future posts should also include pictures. Back on top of … Continue reading

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2nd day in Uganda- on our way to Rukungiri!

Saturday June 22, 2012 Looking back on the day, it is hard to believe that we are now here, in Rukungiri, the town where we will be staying for the majority of the remaining duration of our trip.  We all … Continue reading

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Day 1, Kampala

Our first day in Uganda has been a full one. Everyone in the group made it to breakfast in the hotel lobby in time for an optional, early outing to a clean, modern shopping center where we changed money and … Continue reading

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On the Ground!

About 25 hours after our first flight was due to leave New York, we’re now settled into our first hotel in Uganda. We’re in the capital city of Kampala, where we will spend two nights before heading to Rukungiri on … Continue reading

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Groton to Uganda 2012 Blog Coming Here Soon!

This is where we’ll be posting updates on our trip as frequently as our internet access allows. Check back soon and often!

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