The impulsive decision to make a trip to Africa was made shortly after an unsolicited email arrived in my inbox about volunteering in Uganda. I was already considering attending an Open Learning Exchange
conference in neighboring Rwanda, so I decided to “volunteer” (by paying the prescribed fee to IFRE volunteers
), and in no time at all a two week stay at a small and cheerful school was arranged for me, timed to follow on from the four day OLE conference in Kigali, Rwanda. It was an incredible experience. I found it amazing that the children learned as much as they did with almost no teaching resources (like reading books, or paper to draw on . . ), and (corny as it sounds), how well-behaved and infectiously happy the children were, as you can see from the videos further down the page.