My Daughter E Is Going To Uganda As Part Of Her University Course 

My nearly 20 year old daughter is coming to the end of her second year in university of a three year course in child nursing, and she is doing incredibly well even if I say so myself. Her grades have gone up significantly since the end of her first year which makes me very proud of her.

My daughter is apparently in a very enviable position according to a ITV news report I saw the other night on tv. Most hospital trusts throughout the UK have massive vacancies for nurses, so there should be no problem getting a job. Of course it's not quite that simple. Nurses are leaving the NHS in their droves because there is a cap on pay rises and they are over worked, stretched to breaking point and having to work many hours unpaid, because they care.

How sad it is that this current government and in particular Jeremy Hunt have taken away bursaries for nurses to train, which has dramatically reduced the amount of people deciding to train as nurses. So what career does she have in store for her? I sincerely hope a good one, but I have my doubts. Time will tell.

Part of my daughters course involves going on a placement of her choice for two weeks in her second year. This can involve travelling to anywhere in the world.

OMG! When she announced to me via text that she was thinking of going to Uganda for her placement. Well, I'm going to be honest, I was not excited at first, but she is an adult and I couldn't stop her and it was her decision to do something a bit different.

She explained to me exactly what was going to happen on her placement and it settled my nerves and fears a little bit. I might add that she is not going alone. She is going with another girl training to be a nurse, which makes me feel a bit more reassured.

My fears are born from the fact that I know nothing about Uganda other than Yoweri Museveni the appalling way he has ruled Uganda for years. The fear that he has bestowed upon its people. For all of that it is all organised by the university so I know they would make sure it was all done safely. Obviously nowadays wherever you travel in the world there is an element of risk. GOV.UK always have great advice and a quick read of this definitely eased my mind.

So at the beginning of August she be will flying out to Uganda for two weeks. What is nice about this particular weekend is that I have to go to London for an event on the Saturday and we are planning on going up together, staying overnight and enjoying some time together. I can't remember the last time I did that and your children are never too old to have one on one quality time together. On the Sunday I will drive my daughter to Heathrow for her flight.

I will worry the entire time my daughter is in Uganda, what father wouldn't? However I believe it will challenge her and define her life, and show her a part of life that most of us including myself only ever see on TV. The terrible and appalling conditions borne from proverty in third world countries. I'm sure this will give my daughter an education in itself.

I'm immensely proud of my daughter E because she could have taken the easy option of doing this placement in this country, but no she wanted to test herself and definitely challenge herself, and that makes proud to call her my daughter.

What it has also taught me is that no matter how old your children get, you will always worry about them. I actually it believe never stops.

I love you very much E. Enjoy your trip and I hope you learn lots about yourself which I'm sure you will. Oh yes! Come home safe please!

27 thoughts on “My Daughter E Is Going To Uganda As Part Of Her University Course 

  1. Wow! Good on her! I can understand you not being thrilled about it to begin with. Hopefully she has an amazing experience. #ThatFridayLinky

  2. What a very brave and interesting decision for your daughter! I’m sure she’ll gain a heap of wonderful experience and come home with a whole new world of experiences. Congratulations to her and to her supportive dad! #thatfridaylinky

  3. You must be very proud! And don’t worry, she will be totally fine and have an amazing time. I actually came to Tanzania to volunteer for 6 weeks in 2008. A husband, 2 children and a successful business and 9 years later I am still here haha! Although, that may not make you feel any better :-/ x x x

  4. It’s an amazing country mate. I got to spend a few days there when I was travelling around Tanzania for a month years back and wish I could have explore it further. It’s a humbling and eye-opening experience that will stay with her forever.

  5. I totally understand your concerns and yes, you are going to worry like mad all the time she is away; she may be an adult, but she will always be your tiny baby. That said, what a brilliant young woman you have raised! She’s going in to a career that is vitally important and will really make a difference to so many people, and she’s chosen to do her placement in a part of the world where she will learn so much and do so much good. You have every right to be the proudest dad in the world! #ThatFridayLinky x

  6. Good for her. Like you said she could have taken the easy option. Travelling when you are young is so much easier than when you hav a ton of commitments. I hope she has a fab time #thatfridaylinky

  7. What a great opportunity for her, though I can totally see why you’d be nervous. My 15 year old is going to London by himself next week and that’s scary enough! But the fact she’s chosen this field of study and this particular placement shows she has a good head on her shoulders, so you’re right – this will shape her in a unique way.

  8. Awww this is an amazing experience for her although terrifying for you as a parent!! I’m sure she will be absolutely fine, Good luck E.


  9. Oh my word oh my word oh my word. One kid wants to go and live on Aus, another wants to go and spend time in Uganda. Oh Nigel, I’d be beside myself, which probably isn’t what you want to hear. That said, it does sound like an amazing experience for someone of E’s age. it’s a once in alifetime thing. Why not visit her while she’s out there? After all, you’re probably not going to make such a trip twice.

    Thanks for hosting #thatfridaylinky

  10. good for her for having such high aspirations, but I totally understand your concerns. I’m not sure how much sleep I’d be getting while she was there. I think its great that she’s going into nursing, very noble profession. We are having our own issues with healthcare and nursing staffing levels over here as well #thatfridaylinky

  11. I couldn’t agree more with all you have written about wonderful nurses in the NHS. The current situation is such a travesty. Well done to your daughter for choosing such a noble profession, I wish her all the best! By the way my sister spent a few years working and living in Uganda in her twenties (she had a great time and was completely fine!) If you have any questions you or your daughter would like me to ask her please just let me know 😀 #thatfridaylinky

  12. What a wonderful opportunity. I’m so pleased for her. My sister spent some time in Uganda before university and absolutely loved it. She could not speak highly enough of the people and their generosity towards her. #ThatFridayLinky

  13. What an amazing experience this will be for her Nige.

    Sadly the Irish system is similar to the UK. It seems though that the training they get in UK and Irish universities is one of the best in the world. So getting a job shouldn’t be a problem for her.

    Might be different for you when she tells you she’s off to Australia. 😆

  14. Oh Nige, whilst I think it’s amazing that your daughter is spreading her wings, and I know that you are so immensely proud of her, as a parent my heart feels heavy at the thought of how worried you must be right now. My son went to Italy with school for a week in March and I was absolutely beside myself until he returned home safe, so the thought of going somewhere with quite a negative reputation would really leave me feeling anxious. That said, I KNOW she will be just fine, and when she returns home, brimming with excitement and tales of her stay, that’s going to be the best feeling in the whole world. #thatfridaylinky

  15. I completely understand why you’re so worried but it sounds like she’s going to have a once in a lifetime opportunity that she will remember forever! I’m sure you’ll be so relieved once she’s back though! #Thatfridaylinky

  16. Wow what an experience she will have! My sister is a nurse and she didn’t get the opportunity to go abroad on a placement but I know she would have liked to. I’m sure you are very, very proud of her and she will learn so much out there! 🙂


  17. What an amazing experience she will have, to help people in a completely different country, but I can only imagine the worry as a parent. I dread my kids leaving home and announcing they’re travelling to countries I know nothing about, but then we have to let them go, I suppose as we were let go ourselves by our parents. Good luck to your daughter! #ThatFridayLinky

  18. Wow! What an amazing opportunity and what a good reason to be nervous! I would be too! Letting her go, learn, explore and define is perhaps the hardest part of this thing called parenting. I wish her a safe, productive and meaningful journey, for all involved! Do follow up and fill us in! #ThatFridayLinky xoxo

  19. My 18 year old has just gone on her first holiday to Cyprus without us and that is scary enough so I can imagine your apprehension but I’m sure it will be an amazing experience for her career as a nurse! Good luck to her 🙂 #globalblogging

  20. What an amazing opportunity however I totally get why you’re apprehensive. She’s still your baby after all! Sending her lots of luck! #thatfridaylinky

  21. Hi Nige. What an amazing daughter you have! Uganda is a beautiful country. However, it is not ruled by Robert Magabe. He is the tyrant (president) of Zimbabwe, closer to South Africa (Where I live)… Yes, Uganda is torn by poverty but she will come back a changed woman. The work that she will be able to do and the care that she will be able to give so many will be something she will treasure forever. I’m so excited to hear about her trip! Thanks for sharing #globalblogging

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