Considering job in Kampala
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Apr 19, 2011 1:53 AM Last Post By: evb248
Apr 7, 2011 6:30 PM
Considering job in KampalaHi everyone,
I might be offered a job to teach in a school in Kampala on a 2 year contract next week.
I would just like to know some things about the city and area as I know relatively nothing about it.
Things I would like to know are cost of food, drink, conjestion?, dangers, areas to avoid, and good places to visit at night and during the day, a good gym to join, music venues and general places to make friends. Maybe even a good Irish bar because I am Irish.
Apr 7, 2011 10:08 PM
1I haven't been to Kampala in many years but I'll kick things off and start with some basics that I think are still relevant. I'm sure you'll get more detailed responses.
I really love Kampala. I think it's a fun city with lots going on, lots of good nightlife etc. It is VERY congested. I always felt safe and was out day and night. You can eat very cheaply (like a buck or two) at local places, all the way to top end, very expensive. There are plenty of places that serve 'western food' which tends to be a bit more expensive than in the states (or Ireland). For example, you'd pay a few bucks more at the food court in Garden City (a mall) than you would at home. Garden City also has a gym that seemed popular.
As for nightlife and drinking, you're covered. Ugandans are partiers, for sure. Bubble's O'Leary was a popular Irish pub when I lived there (7 years ago now - wow). Other popular bars and clubs included Ange Noir, Silk, the bar at the Speke hotel, Al's (infamous for hookers) and, especially popular with the ex-pat crowd, Just Kicking. I also really loved going to the National Theater to see live bands.
I was there two years too, and loved it. You'll have a great time :).
Apr 8, 2011 6:37 AM
2This will give you an idea of a good fitness center:
500 gr Corn Flakes: 11,000
Kilo of minced beef: 8,000
100gr Lindt Chocolate bar: 10,000
1kg Granny Smith: 7,000
Mouton Cadet Wine 750ml: 29,000
300ml Guiness: 2,000
330ml Heineken: 3,000
Just a rough/approximate idea as to what supermarket prices are.
Apr 13, 2011 5:14 AM
Apr 19, 2011 1:53 AM
4Have you taught abroad before? I'm a teacher and was in Uganda for 3 months last year doing volunteer work. Although I wasn't based in schools I visited a couple and got to know lots of children very well. The overwhelming difference from the children I teach in the UK is how much the children in Uganda want to learn and do well at school. It is obviously a different teaching style with 'talk and chalk' being widely used with upwards of 100 children in a class (unless of course the job is at an international school?)
Not sure I could live in Kampala for 2 years but definately want to go back to visit.
(3 star Hotel)
From US$125.43 per night
(4 star Hotel)
From US$200.00 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$84.75 per night