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VOLUNTEERING IN UGANDA

You were looking for a volunteer project in Uganda to be a part of, you’ve come to the right place. This is your chance to have an affordable and meaningful experience, as well as to experience one of the most exciting adventures that international volunteering has to offer.

The country will not only amaze you with its nature, climate and cuisine, but also with its culture and people.

As a volunteer you can participate in the teaching and childcare project. You only need your knowledge and skills to support our children.


TEACHING AND CHILDCARE

The project aims to provide children with adequate care, food, education and clothing. In addition, from the social orphanage, it works on the active search for adoptive parents and thus give the children a family.


REQUIREMENTS FOR VOLUNTEERING IN UGANDA

As a volunteer you are very important for the development of volunteer programs in Uganda. Participating in some of the volunteer programs in which we collaborate does not require you to be an expert or have a specific specialty, only if you meet these requirements that we mention you can participate:

  • You must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Availability to perform various jobs.
  • Be a participatory and committed person.
  • Have good behavior and be respectful of the people you collaborate and the community.
  • You must be aware of the culture and customs of the country you are collaborating. 
  • Capacity for teamwork.

Additional you must present the following documentation:

  • A size photo
  • passport-Copy of the passport information

WHERE WILL I BE DURING MY VOLUNTEER WORK?

The project is located in the town of Ford Portal, in the southwest of the country a few kilometers from the Equator. It is a quiet, very safe town surrounded by valleys and mountains.


WHEN CAN YOU COLLABORATE ON VOLUNTEER PROJECTS IN UGANDA?

  • Teaching and childcare is open all year.

The awareness actions Community  are held all year. Usually the volunteer works from Monday to Friday at least 4 hours a day.  

The places where talks and workshops take place vary, according to the needs of each community and family. The programming of the activities will be provided to you on the day of the induction to the program and the place.

ARRIVAL AT YOUR DESTINATION

We will pick you up at the Entebbe International Airport (EEB). Where a local team coordinator will recognize you and take you according to the time you arrive at the Ford portal. You may have to spend a night in the capital Kampala, by the time of arrival. 

Important that you arrive in the country on a Friday (see the days of arrival in the project detail) to better coordinate transport logistics and be picked up with the rest of the volunteers.  

Once you arrive at For Portal you will be assigned a room and a ticket office. You will also be explained the rules of the house. In addition to the functionality and presentation of the rest of the team. After the explanation of the house, you will have an orientation day for the people of For Portal. So you can guide and have autonomy of movement to go to the projects or just go have a drink with the rest of the volunteers.

VACCINE

Only the yellow fever vaccine is required. We suggest that you consult your medical advisor about the recommended vaccinations for this region, as in most African countries vaccinations are not mandatory.

VISA TO ENTER UGANDA

A visa is required to enter Uganda. Visas are processed directly on arrival at Entebbe airport and cost 80 euros. Volunteers must have entry and exit tickets, proof of their yellow fever vaccination and 2 passport size photos/DNI. The Uganda visa is valid for 3 months initially.

SECURITY IN UGANDA

Uganda is considered a safe country. But nothing is perfect, and as in many countries of the world you have to take certain precautions and know how to handle in certain areas.

In general, tourist areas are safe, but we also recommend that you keep these details in mind:

  • Notify your coordinator, in case of any excursion.
  • Have your coordinator’s phone number and the address where you are staying.
  • Avoid giving information about where you are staying, about the project and your colleagues (volunteers).
  • Do not take anyone who is not from the organization to the volunteer’s home.
  • Avoid risk areas in every place you visit.
  • Travel in austerity in your daily transfers and in your excursions.
  • Avoid attracting attention with jewelry and accessories.
  • If you can avoid taking out your mobile phone in public places.
  • Try to use the country’s safe transport services.
  • Avoid walking alone or alone on unfamiliar streets.
  • Never get in an unknown vehicle or yours to someone you don’t know.
  • Do not ingest any beverage from which you do not know the origin.

VOLUNTEER HOUSE ACCOMMODATION IN UGANDA

In Uganda, volunteers stay in the volunteer’s house. They will sleep in rooms with volunteers of the same gender (approx. 4 volunteers per room). Weekly the caretaker of the house will make the change of the bed linen. 

  • All beds have a mosquito net.
  • You have wifi, electricity and drinking water in the volunteer’s house. (It is also recommended that the volunteer buy bottled water for drinking).

WHAT DOES THE ACCOMMODATION INCLUDE?

  • The housekeeper will provide you with daily meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
  • At breakfast you will have at your disposal bread, butter, jam, honey, hard boiled eggs and fruits such as watermelon, pineapple and bananas. For lunch you usually eat rice with peanut sauce, pasta with meat, guacamole beans and traditional Ugandan vegetables. Dinner is served between 7 and 8 at night.
  • Mashed potatoes are usually placed for dinner with different sauces such as “matoke” (a mixture between banana and potato), rice or different types of pasta such as: spaghetti, macaroni, others.

For volunteers who require or have a need for a different diet (vegetarians, intolerant of a particular food) we ask you to indicate it in advance. So you can take into account for the preparation of the meal. We also highlight that it is a volunteer program in a different country and that the food there will not be the same as what we usually eat at home. We will do our best to make the volunteers feel well cared for.

The contribution in the volunteer projects in Uganda for a period of 14 days is 660€ and with the tax deduction you will only pay 361.50€

WEEKSSOCIAL PROJECTS
2660€
3790€
Additional130€

You will be able to deduct approximately 45% of the total economic contribution to the program by means of the tax certificate that we will give you.

WHAT ARE YOU PAYING?

  • Welcome at the airport and transport to the accommodation
  • Accommodation in the volunteer house
  • Three (3) meals during your program
  • Orientation day in the project area
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
  • Programme monitoring and evaluation meeting
  • Program induction
  • Volunteer certificate upon completion if required

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

  • Flight to Uganda
  • Visa, if necessary
  • Health Insurance (mandatory)
  • Return to the airport on the last day
  • Special drinks or meals
  • Travelling in or out of the country

We remind you that the value of the donation can be deducted from your full income tax liability, up to a limit of 10% of the taxable base.

  • Donations up to 150 :(donation equal to or less than 150), the deduction will be 80%
  • Donations over 150 euros: (donation over 150 ?), will be 35% and 40% if made for more than 3 years in a row of the same value or more to the same association.

NOTE: There is a deduction from the IRPF for donations made to non-profit organisations under Law 49/2002, of 23 December. established in Articles 68.3, 69.1 IRPF Law and 69.2 Regulations. Royal Decree-Law 17/2020 of 5 May. (refunds are made in the year following payment). As a donation, the 150 euros initially contributed are not refundable.

HOW TO BOOK?

CLIMATE

Like all countries in the tropics, Uganda is also divided into wet season and dry season.  

  • The dry season is between the months of December to February and from June to September.  
  • From April to May and from October to November you find a climate with tropical rains.  

For the day it is advisable to use sunscreen on the way to the projects or cooperating in the programs. Being so close to Ecuador the sun is quite aggressive.  

CURRENCY

The Shilling Ugandan is the official currency of Uganda.

In Uganda you can enjoy food and drinks at great prices. Volunteers usually find that with € 20 they have enough for their weekly basic expenses. Not including weekend excursions if they did.

FLIGHT

The most popular airlines you can find to travel to Uganda are: Emirates, Qatar Airways, Iberia, KLM or Lufthansa.

  • Flights range between € 550 and € 750 approximately.
  • You can find good deals on flights on google flights or skyscanner.

TOURIST SITES

With a journey of about three hours from the town is the Queen Elizabeth a nature reserve. It is an area of ​​the most important in Uganda. Together with the rest of the volunteers, you can rent a convertible van for a visual safari. They will be able to see all kinds of animals their natural habitat.

In Lake Victoria is another tourist attraction that has the great country of Uganda. One of the largest lakes in the world. Around the lake you can do many water activities. Many of these activities can be done before or after your volunteering, as it is located in the south of the country bordering with Tanzania and Kenya.

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