Volunteering in an orphanage in Uganda

Volunteer programme in Ugandan orphanage

There are countries where the majority of the population lives below the poverty line and children are the worst affected. Uganda is no exception. Many Ugandan families are forced to abandon their children in search of better work opportunities to provide a better quality of life for their children. However, access to education is difficult for poor children. As you may know, there are many centres in Uganda that support many children, including our volunteer programmes with children. Even so, staff and social workers are few, so help is needed to work with these children.

In the centre where we collaborate with the volunteer programme in Uganda, specifically within the volunteer programme in orphanages in Uganda, we try to provide the children with adequate care, food, education and clothing. In addition, the orphanage is working on the active search for adoptive parents to give these children a family.


WHAT WILL I DO AS A VOLUNTEER AT THE ORPHANAGE IN UGANDA?

The contribution and help of the volunteers in orphanage volunteering in Uganda is focused on the children but also on the local staff. Basically the volunteer supports in the daily tasks of the orphanage and in the care and attention of the children. On a daily basis, the local staff performs specific tasks in the maintenance of the orphanage. They also organise the preparation of the food, which takes up a lot of time and takes away from the time spent caring for the children.

This is where your dedication and help is important for each child. Every day you have to organise the activities to be done. Such as maths classes, English, basic subjects, didactic games. You should also keep track of each child you work with. Many of these children may not attend school. So in this space and in this place we try to give them tools that will help them to move forward in the future.

Being part of the volunteer programme in an orphanage in Uganda entails a high degree of responsibility, attention and dedication. The volunteer participates and collaborates in the following activities on a daily basis:

  • Attention and dedication to the children.
  • Support in the maintenance of the orphanage such as: food preparation, cleaning and organisation of the orphanage.
  • Organise and teach maths, English and other basic subjects.
  • Playing educational and didactic games with the children.
  • Participation in singing, dancing, reading stories and painting.

The centre currently houses 40 children. The staff available for volunteering at the orphanage in Uganda are 3 adults. In addition there is the support of volunteers, who are trusted completely, as they help the running of the centre and the development of the children’s skills and knowledge.


WHEN CAN I HELP THE ORPHANAGE IN UGANDA?

ARRIVALS

  • Volunteers should arrive in Uganda on weekend.

TIMETABLE AND COLLECTION POINT

  • You should arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB) or Jinja Airport (JIN).

WHAT WILL MY SCHEDULE BE AT THE ORPHANAGE IN UGANDA?

  • The volunteer programme at an orphanage in Uganda is located in Jinja. The working hours start at 8:00 a.m. where you support at least 4 hours a day from Monday to Friday.

The schedule of tasks will be provided to you on the day of the induction programme and venue. However, if you are able to bring material and ideas for classroom activities, you are welcome to do so.


WHAT IS THE ACCOMMODATION LIKE AT THE ORPHANAGE IN UGANDA?

  • The house where you will stay has rooms that you will share with other volunteers (approx. 4 volunteers per room). Bed linen will be changed weekly by the caretaker. All beds are equipped with mosquito nets.
  • Wifi is available, which you have access to in the house.
  • The house has electricity and drinking water (it is also recommended that the volunteer buys bottled water to drink).
  • Daily meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided at the volunteer house.

Volunteers on volunteer programmes in social orphanages who require or have a different dietary requirement (vegetarian, intolerant to a particular food) should indicate this in advance. We would also like to point out that this is a volunteer programme in a different country and that the food there will not be the same as what we normally eat at home.