First ’07 BT Delegation in Uganda
October 12, 2009
A delegation of 13 undergraduate students and four adults are in Uganda for two weeks as part of the first of three BT teams to travel to the region in 2007.
The crew, comprised of nine students from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF), five students from the University of Virginia (UVa) and one student from The College of William & Mary (W&M) will spend one week volunteering at Meeting Point Kampala, the first BT school, a weekend at Queen Elizabeth National Park and four nights in a home stay with a local Ugandan family.
For Mary Slosson, the campus coordinator at UVa, the experience is one she has looked forward to for quite some time.
“We’ve held several successful fundraising campaigns on campus and it will be neat to see the communities who will benefit from our efforts,” Slosson said. “To go with other students and work with some of the kids will be awesome.”
A few of the many activities planned for the delegation include a briefing by United Nations World Food Programme officers, dinner and dance at Ndere Performing Arts Center and a night of traditional Ugandan storytelling.
BT has active student chapters on all three campuses. This past fall, UWRF students staged The Big Event, a concert that attracted nearly 500 people and acts such as Mason Jennings. UVa’s BT chapter was the beneficiary of a revived Mid-Autumns Carnival, an expansive event drawing children from the Charlottesville community for an afternoon of fun and games. W&M’s chapter is currently planning their second annual Danceathon, an all-night outdoor dance party and Bike to Uganda, a 7200 mile biking challenge for the entire campus. All proceeds from these events will support the construction of future BT schools.
For more information concerning this trip, please visit our trip update page.
Student travelers include:
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls
The University of Virginia
The College of William & Mary