You were looking for a volunteer project to be part of, Uganda is that country. It’s your chance to have an affordable and meaningful experience and experience one of the most exciting adventures an international volunteer can offer.
Choosing the country of Uganda to volunteer in is probably one of the best choices you can make in life. The country will not only leave you amazed by its nature, climate and gastronomy, but also by its culture and people.
The Capital of Uganda is Kampala. Having English as the official language. Although a Swahili derivative is commonly spoken.
From the accommodation to the projects you can walk between 20 and 35 minutes. From the volunteer’s home, you can also take a Wedding-Wedding if you wish. There are also the motorbike transports (up to 3 people can go on them).
All the programs we work in have been part of a project that has been in the community for more than 5 years. Making a positive impact on the whole community.
PROGRAM IN UGANDA
Uganda has been one of the few countries that has achieved very good results in reducing the spread of the HIV / AIDS virus. Due to the importance of awareness, information and strategy implementation.
The program is focused on providing children with adequate attention, food, education and clothing. The contribution and help of the volunteer is essential and important for the orphanage as well as for the children. Be part of this experience.
Community awareness actions in Uganda are carried out throughout the year. Usually the volunteer works from Monday to Friday at least 4 hours a day.
The places where the talks and workshops are held vary, depending on the needs of each community and family. Schedule of activities will be provided on the day of the induction to the program and the place.
All projects are located in the town of Ford Portal, in the southwest of the country, a few kilometers from Ecuador. It is a quiet, very safe village surrounded by valleys and mountains.
In Uganda, volunteers stay at the volunteer’s home. You will sleep in rooms with volunteers of the same gender (approx. 4 volunteers per room). The housekeeper will change the bedding weekly. All beds have a mosquito net. Wifi, electricity and drinking water are also available in the volunteer’s home. (It is also recommended that the volunteer buy bottled water to drink.
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 pm. It is usually served for dinner as a mashed potato with different sauces such as matoke (a mixture of banana and potato), rice or different types of pasta such as spaghetti, macaroni or others.
For volunteers who require or have a different dietary need (vegetarians, food intolerants) we ask you to tell us in advance. This will be taken into account in the preparation of the meal. We also emphasize that it is a volunteer program in a different country and that the food there is not going to be the same as what we normally eat at home. We will do our best to make the volunteers feel well cared for.
As a volunteer you are very important to 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 that you meet these requirements that we mentioned you can participate:
- You must be 17 or older to participate in Adventure Volunteer volunteer programs.
- Availability for various jobs.
- To be a participative and committed person.
- Be good and respectful of the people you work with and the community.
- You must be aware of the culture and customs of the country you are working with.
- Ability to work in a team.
In addition you must submit the following documentation:
- One passport-size photo
- Copy of passport information sheet
- Criminal record sheet (police check)
Participation in some of the volunteer programs in Uganda from 2 weeks onwards costs 590€. Each additional week costs 130€.
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
- Pick up from the airport and transfer to your accommodation
- Accommodation in the volunteer’s home
- Three (3) meals during the completion of your program
- Orientation day in the project area
- 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
- Program monitoring and evaluation meeting
- Induction to the program
- Volunteer certificate upon completion if required
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
- Flight to Uganda
- Visa, if necessary
- Health Insurance
- Return to the airport on the last day
- Special drinks or meals
- Trips within or outside the country
ARRIVAL AT DESTINATION – ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
We will pick you up at the international airport of Entebbe (EEB). Where a local team coordinator will identify and take you according to the time of your arrival directly to Fort portal. Possibly, you have to stay for a night in the capital Kampala by the time of arrival. It is important that you arrive in the country on a Friday to better coordinate the transport logistics and pick up with the rest of the volunteers. Depending to Kampala traffic there will be a distance of 5 or 6 hours.
Once you arrive at Fort Portal you will be assigned a room and a locker. The rules of the house will be explained to you, as well as the functions and presentation of the rest of the team. After the explanation of the rules, you will have an orientation day through the village of Fort Portal. This orientation will allow you to move comfortably to the projects. In addition to go to the pharmacy or grocery store to buy in case you need it or just go for a drink with the rest of the volunteers.
THE COUNTRY OF UGANDA
Like all countries in the tropics. Uganda is also divided into wet season and dry season. The dry season is comprised between the months of December to February and June to September. From April to May and from October to November you will find a climate with tropical rains. During the day, it is advisable to use sunscreen when you are on the way to the projects or while cooperating during them. Since Uganda is close to the Ecuator, the sun is quite aggressive. In addition, the town is 900 meters above sea level, which means that its temperatures are between 15 and 30 degrees throughout the year.
There will be a time difference of two hours more than in Spain. Three hours for England and Portugal, and 10 hours for the countries of the American continent.
CURRENCY OF UGANDA
Chelin is the official currency of Uganda. It is equivalent to € 0.0002. In Uganda, you can enjoy meals and drinks at great prices. Volunteers usually find that with € 20 they have enough for their weekly basic expenses. Not including the weekend excursions in case they they have done it.
WHERE TO BOOK THE FLIGHTS
For your volunteering in Uganda. The flight must have as final destination the international airport of Entebbe.
Hepatitis, tetanus, yellow fever and typhoid vaccines are recommended. The latter are mandatory depending on where you come from. The risk of malaria is high throughout the year included in the cities. As a volunteer, you should go to your health center and see what vaccines they recommend. You can also call the Ugandan Embassy in your country.
ABOUT THE VISA TO ENTER UGANDA
Before making any type of trip overseas, we recommend registering your information in the register of travelers of the ministry or embassy of your country. Passport must have a minimum validity of six months. As a Spanish citizen, you will need a visa to enter the country of Uganda that you would obtain at the same Entebbe airport. The visa is valid for a maximum of three months and has a cost of US $50, which will be paid in cash. In case that you wish to spend more time in the country, you would have to request an extension of stay. This procedure can be done in the immigration department of the Ministry of the Interior.
Before your arrival, we will send you an email providing you with the address where you will stay at the volunteer’s house; this information will be requested to you at the airport. You must also state the reason for your trip..
TOURIST PLACES TO KNOW DURING YOUR VOLUNTEERING
With a journey of around three hours from the village, you can found the Queen Elizabeth Natural Reserve. It is one of the most important areas in Uganda. Together with the rest of the volunteers, you can rent a convertible van for a visual safari. All kinds of animals can be seen in their natural habitat.
Lake Victoria is another of the tourist attractions that the great country of Uganda has. One of the largest lakes in the world. Around the lake, you can do many water activities. You can do many activities before or after your volunteering, since it is located in the south of the country bordering Tanzania and Kenya.