Jinja, UgandaJinja, Uganda

Jinja, Uganda

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At the very source of the Nile River, Jinja, Uganda is recognized as one of the most beautiful places on earth. The region is a popular destination for travelers due to its stunning landscapes and proximity to several major tourist attractions including Bujagali Falls and Mount Elgon.  


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Jinja is relatively small, making most places accessible by foot or by bicycle. Citizens face challenges ranging from poverty to climate change - GESI participants will have the exciting opportunity to work alongside Ugandan-led NGOs focusing on these and a host of development issues.


Fast Facts

  • Formal Name: Republic of Uganda
  • Nationality: Ugandan
  • Currency: Ugandan shilling. Check XE for current exchange rates.
  • National Population: 35,918,915; 36th in the world
  • Jinja Population: 1,938,401
  • Poverty Rate: 24.5% nationally
  • Religions: Roman Catholic 41.9%, Protestant 42%, Muslim 12.1%, Other 4%
  • Languages: English (official), Ganda/Luganda, Swahili, 41 other languages. GESI students will take Luganda during pre departure.
  • Climate: JUN-AUG average high 77℉ average low 59℉, average rainfall 3-4.5in, and SEP-DEC average high 76℉ average low 60℉, average rainfall 4-5in  
  • Independence: Former colony of Britian, independence 1962