In countries where the majority of its population lives in poverty, children are the most affected. Uganda isn’t an exception. Many Ugandan families are forced to separate themselves from their children in order to find better-paid jobs and provide them with better opportunities. In Uganda there are many social orphanages that help these children. However, it’s often difficult to provide the children with good education as there aren’t enough staff members and only very scarce resources.
The social orphanage where the volunteer program in childcare centres in Uganda is developed seeks to provide children with proper care, food, education and clothing. They also actively search for adoptive parents and thus give the children a family.
The contribution and help of volunteers is not only focused on the children but also on the local staff. The volunteer provides support in the daily tasks of the centre, and in the care of and attention to the children. On a daily basis, the local personnel perform specific tasks for the maintenance of the place. In the same way, they organize the meal preparation, which takes a lot of time and leaves them with fewer opportunities to spend time with the children.
This is where your dedication and help become very important for the children, as there must be activities organised for them every day. These include Maths, English or other basic-subject classes and didactic games. You will be asked to also keep track of each child you work with. Many of these children may not have attended school and our main gol is to teach them skills that will help them move forward in the future.
YOUR ROLE AS A VOLUNTEER
Being part of the volunteer program in childcare centres in Uganda involves a lot of responsibility, attention and dedication. The volunteer will daily carry out the following activities:
- Care of and attention to children.
- Support in the organization and maintenance of the centre, for instance: meal preparation and cleaning of the spaces.
- Praparation of classes and teaching of Maths, English and other basic subjects.
- Creation of didactic and educational games for the children.
- Participation in the activities of singing, dancing, storytelling and painting.
The social orphanage currently houses 40 children. There are three adult members of staff available to take care of them, with an additional support of volunteers who help greatly in the operation of the centre and the development of skills and knowledge of the children.
SCHEDULE AND PLACE OF WORK
The volunteer program in childcare centres in Uganda is located in Kampala and Fort Portal. Our volunteers usually start at 8:00 am and work for at least 4 hours a day.
All information on the preparation of activities will be provided on your day of induction to the program. However, if you can bring any material or your own ideas for activities and classes, they will be very appreciated.
The program is open all year round.
ARRIVAL IN THE COUNTRY
To be picked up from the airport, volunteers should arrive in Uganda on one of the Fridays chosen for arrivals and their flight should have as its final destination the Entebbe international airport. If you choose a different day of the week for your arrival in the country, you will be asked to pay an additional fee for the transport to the project.
These are the Fridays chosen for arrivals (you can participate from 2 to 12 weeks):
|ARRIVAL DAYS IN 2019|
|January 11 and 25||July 12 and 26|
|February 08 and 22||August 9 and 23|
|March 08 and 22||September 06 and 20|
|April 05 and 19||October 04 and 18|
|May 03 , 17 and 31||November 01, 15 and 29|
|June 14 and 28||December 13 and 27|
ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
In Uganda, volunteers stay at the volunteer house, where they share rooms with other volunteers of the same gender (approx. 4 volunteers per room). The housekeeper changes the bedding every week and all beds have a mosquito net. Wifi, electricity and drinking water are also provided in the house (we also recommend buying bottled water to drink).
The housekeeper will provide you with daily meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
- Breakfast will consist of bread, butter, jam, honey, hard boiled eggs and fruits such as watermelon, pineapple and bananas.
- For lunch you will usually have rice with peanut sauce, pasta with meat, guacamole beans and traditional Ugandan vegetables.
- Dinner is served between 7 and 8 pm. It usually includes mashed potatoes with different sauces such as “matoke” (a mixture of banana and potato), rice or different types of pasta such as spaghetti, macaroni and others.
Volunteers who require a special diet (vegetarians, intolerant to particular food) are asked to let us know in advance and it will be taken into account during the meal preparations. We also emphasize that it’s a volunteer program in a different country and that local food is not going to be the same as the one we normally eat at home. However, we will do our best to make the volunteers feel well cared for.
COST OF THE PROGRAM
The cost of the volunteer program in childcare centres in Uganda is divided into two parts. To register for the program, you must pay a €150 deposit. One month before the start of the program, the rest of the program fee is paid.
Each additional week costs €130. The program prices are in euros, you can check the currency exchange rate in the period of your trip.
WHAT ARE YOU PAYING FOR?
- Airport pick-up and transfer to your accommodation
- Accommodation in the volunteer house
- 3 daily meals during the duration of your program
- Orientation and induction day in the project area
- 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
- Monitoring and evaluation of the program
- Volunteering certificate
- Donation to the project
- Accident insurance during your volunteering
- Civil liability insurance for your volunteering activities
- Guidance and advice on the choice of the program
- Volunteering t-shirt
WHAT ISN’T INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM COST?
- Flight to Uganda
- Visa, if necessary
- Health insurance
- Return to the airport on the last day
- Extra meals and drinks
- Travels in or out the country