How Kids Get Around On School Trips In Uganda

School-children traveling on an excursion via flatbed truck, Fort Portal, Uganda

School-children traveling on an excursion via flatbed truck, Fort Portal, Uganda

If you are a parent like me, every time my kid goes on a school field trip I get scared because the buses don’t have seatbelts and I just don’t trust the drivers but in Uganda I would be literally terrified.

We were on our way to the Rwenzori Mountains, when we came upon a restaurant at the side of the road. We stopped to take some photos of the amazing views and have a tea and some snacks. As we were leaving we saw these school kids arriving for a field trip. They were jumping out of the back of a flatbed truck bed and my jaw hit the floor.

My friend and guide,Venex thought my reaction was so funny as this is normal in Uganda but not so much of course in North America.

Traveling and seeing how others live, teaches you to be grateful for all the ways we live our lives and for everything we are given – safety being one of the most important.

I remember praying that those kids would get home to their families as we drove away.