Volunteering in Uganda

VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS IN UGANDA

If 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 in Uganda 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 in Uganda you can participate in the teaching and childcare project. All you need is your knowledge and skills.


TEACHING AND CHILDCARE

This volunteer project in Uganda aims to provide children with adequate care, food, education and clothing. In addition, the social orphanage is actively searching for adoptive parents to give the children a family.


REQUIREMENTS FOR VOLUNTEERING IN UGANDA

As a volunteer in Uganda 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, you only need to meet the following requirements in order to participate:

  • 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 passport-size photo
  • Photocopy of passport with necessary information
  • Criminal record check

WHERE WILL I BE DURING MY VOLUNTEER WORK IN UGANDA?

Volunteer projects in Uganda 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 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.

2022 Fridays
January07 and 21July08 and 22
February04 and 18August05 and 19
March04 and 18September02, 16 and 30
April01, 15 and 29October14 and 28
May13 and 27November11 and 25
June10 and 24December09 and 23
2023 Fridays
January06 and 20July14 and 28
February03 and 17August11 and 25
March03, 17 and 31September08 and 22
April07 and 21October06 and 20
May05 and 19November03 and 17
June02, 16 and 30December01, 15 and 29

ARRIVAL AT YOUR DESTINATION

You will need to arrange your arrival to be at Entebbe International Airport (EEB). Here you will welcomed by a local team coordinator. You may have to spend one night in the capital of Kampala, due to the arrival time of your volunteer program in Uganda.

It is important that you arrive in the country on a Friday (see arrival dates in the project details) to better coordinate the logistics of arrival and welcome with the rest of the volunteers.  

Once you arrive at For Portal you will be assigned a room and a locker. The house rules will be explained to you in addition to meeting and understanding the functionality of the rest of the local team. Afterwards, you will be given an orientation tour through the town of For Portal. This way you will be able to orient yourself and have autonomy of movement to go to the projects or simply go for a drink with the rest of the volunteers.

VACCINE

The only mandatory vaccine is yellow fever. We suggest that you consult with your medical provider about the recommended vaccinations for this region since most African countries don’t require vaccinations.

COVID–19 REQUIREMENTS

Negative PCR test issued no later than 72 hours prior to arrival at Entebbe.

Note: There is no quarantine required upon arrival as long as you have no symptoms and your certificate is valid.

At departure, you must show another negative PCR (approximately €40 at the exchange rate) issued no later than 72 hours. Without this, you will not be able to depart.

VISA TO ENTER UGANDA

A visa is required to enter Uganda. Visas are processed directly on arrival at Entebbe airport and cost €80. Volunteers must have entry and exit tickets, proof of their yellow fever vaccination and 2 passport size photos. 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 yourself 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 bring anyone outside of the organization to the volunteer’s home.
  • Avoid risk areas in every place you visit.
  • Travel frugally in your daily transfers and in your excursions.
  • Avoid attracting attention with jewelry and accessories.
  • If possible, 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). Bed linens will be changed weekly by the housekeeper. 

  • All beds have a mosquito net.
  • Wifi, electricity, and drinking water are available in the volunteer’s house (It’s also recommended that the volunteer buys bottled water to drink).

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
2650€
3790€
Additional140€

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 FOR?

  • 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
  • Program monitoring and evaluation meeting
  • Program induction
  • Volunteer certificate upon completion if required
  • Tax certificate
  • Guidance, advice and management in the program of choice
  • CR and accident insurance

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

  • Flight to Uganda
  • Visa
  • Health Insurance (mandatory)
  • Internal transportation (including to the airport for departure)
  • Bottled water
  • Special drinks or meals
  • Travel in or out of the country (excursions)

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 MY VOLUNTEERING IN UGANDA?

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.

While in Uganda, you will be able to 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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