Press Release

Teaching English in Uganda

BAR HARBOR, Maine — Ted Wells, a former Peace Corps volunteer in Uganda, will talk about his period of time teaching in Uganda at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at the Jesup Memorial Library.

Wells said, “Until last fall, I was a 60+ year-old Peace Corps Volunteer in East Africa in Uganda, known as The Pearl of Africa by British colonizers, and also known as the Terror of Idi Amin. Today, Uganda is relatively peaceful and quiet, and my post was in the village of Kidetok where I spent a relatively peaceful and quiet two years. I taught English, literature and computers to secondary school students at a small girls Catholic boarding school. Even though the official language of Uganda is English, because of the country’s British colonial history, my students were village girls and knew very little English on their arrival for the first year of secondary school. I didn’t understand most of what they said, and of course they didn’t understand most of my American English.”

The Jesup Library and the Hancock County International Club are sponsors of the event