Volunteering in Uganda

VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS IN UGANDA

Were you looking for a volunteer project in Uganda to be part of? You have found the right place. This is your chance to experience one of the most exciting adventures 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 a variety of projects that are open at your destination. Volunteering in Uganda will fill your soul. All you need is your knowledge and skills to help.


TEACHING AND TUTORING

The project aims to contribute to the academic development of the school in order to provide the best opportunity for orphans to receive a quality education. Volunteers support the local teachers, encourage the students and play with them. Always instilling a good study and learning dynamic.

In Uganda volunteers participate in the volunteer teaching programme in kindergartens and primary schools (ages 4-17 years) to teach English and other subjects. Teaching experience is not required.

The education system in Uganda is mainly run by public schools, which have the same cost to the student as the few public schools found in the country. Although their lives have been hard, the children in the area are very cheerful and friendly and eager to learn. You will find that the children are very polite and friendly and have excellent behaviour. Typical subjects taught include English, maths, science, social studies, art and physical education.

Your immersion in children’s education will not only bring a smile to their faces. It will also create a lasting and constructive future for each child, their family and Ugandan society as a whole.

School in Uganda lasts for three trimesters although the school terms may vary from year to year, but are roughly organised as follows: Term 1 – January to March, Term 2 – May to July, and Term 3 – September to November.

There are short breaks between these terms in the months of April, August and December, during which volunteers can take a break, travel, participate in tourist activities such as safaris, do tutoring (individual classes during the holidays), in particular for pupils with more difficulties, or participate in another programme, e.g. volunteers can help with teaching in the orphanages or in organised tutoring classes or summer school, with school maintenance, painting, decorating, etc.

Volunteers do not have to be qualified or experienced teachers. Volunteers simply need an open mind.

Open all year round, Monday to Friday, approximately 4 hours during the mornings. School hours for this volunteer programme are from 9.00 a.m. to 13.00 p.m.

In the school holiday periods, volunteers will participate in organised tutoring classes and summer school, or teaching the children at the orphanage.

Arrival and pick-up included on the following dates (every other Friday before 15 p.m.):

  • January: 6 and 20
  • February: 3 and 17
  • March: 3, 17 and 31
  • April: 7 and 21
  • May: 5 and 19
  • June: 2, 16 and 30
  • July: 7, 14, 21 and 28
  • August: 11 and 25
  • September: 8 and 22
  • October: 6 and 20
  • November: 3 and 17
  • December: 8, 15 and 29
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Maximum age: None
  • Copy of CV required: No
  • Qualifications required: Certificate of criminal offences and basic English level
  • Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by parents.
  • Adaptability, humility and respect for customs are required. It is also advisable to be proactive in creating workshops, etc.

In this programme you can go from 2 weeks and it has a cost with the donation included:

WeeksCost
2790€
Additional110€

WHAT DOES VOLUNTEERING IN UGANDA OFFER?

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off every other Friday
  • Orientation and induction to the project or programme
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
  • Programme monitoring and evaluation
  • Certificate of weeks spent volunteering
  • Tax certificate to be deducted from your income tax return
  • Guidance, advice and management in the choice of the programme
  • Liability and volunteer insurance
  • Accommodation during your volunteering stay
  • 3 meals during your volunteering
  • 24/7 support from the local organisation
  • Orientation and induction to the project

WHAT IS NOT ON OFFER IN VOLUNTEERING IN UGANDA?

  • Flight to Uganda
  • Visa if required
  • Vaccinations, if required
  • Internal transport or excursions
  • Trips or excursions within or outside the country
  • Travel medical insurance with Covid coverage
  • Beverages, special diets or meals


ORPHANAGE CARE

The volunteer will help those children whose families have no resources or who have no family. They will be in the day to day life of these children, trying to meet their needs.

The volunteer performs support tasks in the care and activities with the children. There are three staff members and the rest are volunteers. It is good to bring ideas about activities to be carried out. It is a reception centre, nursery and school for orphans.

There are recreational activities, sports, cleaning the home, taking care of the animals they have, preparing the food, etc.

The aim is to help the staff in the development of the centre and in the care of the children.

The aim of the volunteer work is to support the staff in the development of the centre and the care of the children. The caregivers of the orphanage have to perform many tasks, not only childcare, but also maintenance and preparation of meals, so they have little time to give exclusive attention. This is why the volunteer’s work with each child is important: organising games, paying attention to them, trying to teach them English and other basic subjects, as they will never go to school, keeping track of them, or helping with the day-to-day tasks at the centre.

Volunteers who participate in orphan schools, do activities with the children, related to games, teaching English or sports activities. It is an incredible experience and a very positive cultural exchange on both sides.

Open all year round, collaboration hours from Monday to Friday 4-5 hours approximately.

Arrival and pick-up included on the following dates (every other Friday before 15 p.m.):

  • January: 6 and 20
  • February: 3 and 17
  • March: 3, 17 and 31
  • April: 7 and 21
  • May: 5 and 19
  • June: 2, 16 and 30
  • July: 7, 14, 21 and 28
  • August: 11 and 25
  • September: 8 and 22
  • October: 6 and 20
  • November: 3 and 17
  • December: 8, 15 and 29
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Maximum age: None
  • Copy of CV required: No
  • Qualifications required: Certificate of criminal offences and basic English
  • Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by parents.
  • Adaptability, humility and respect for customs are required. It is also advisable to be proactive in creating workshops, etc.

In this programme you can go from 2 weeks and it has a cost with the donation included:

WeeksCost
2790€
Additional110€

WHAT DOES VOLUNTEERING IN UGANDA OFFER?

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off every other Friday
  • Orientation and induction to the project or programme
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
  • Programme monitoring and evaluation
  • Certificate of weeks spent volunteering
  • Tax certificate to be deducted from your income tax return
  • Guidance, advice and management in the choice of the programme
  • Liability and volunteer insurance
  • Accommodation during your volunteering stay
  • 3 meals during your volunteering
  • 24/7 support from the local organisation
  • Orientation and induction to the project

WHAT IS NOT ON OFFER IN VOLUNTEERING IN UGANDA?

  • Flight to Uganda
  • Visa if required
  • Vaccinations, if required
  • Internal transport or excursions
  • Trips or excursions within or outside the country
  • Travel medical insurance with Covid coverage
  • Beverages, special diets or meals


EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM WITH WOMEN AND GIRLS

The volunteer works with the women’s community to promote their development. They collaborate on their own land and also help them in teaching and developing new skills.

The volunteer works in the women’s community for a better development of their lives. Empowerment workshops, handicraft workshops, hygiene workshop, disease prevention, teaching, etc. are conducted.

In this program, you will have the opportunity to experience life with Ugandan locals, help the community by giving more hands and effort, as well as live a cultural immersion and engagement with the local community.

You can contribute ideas, projects and workshops. The goal is to achieve a better quality of life for women and their families.

Open all year round, collaboration hours from Monday to Friday 4-5 hours approximately. Weekend arrivals.

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Maximum age: None
  • Copy of CV required: No
  • Qualifications required: Certificate of criminal offences and basic English
  • Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by parents.
  • Adaptability, humility and respect for customs are required. It is also advisable to be proactive in creating workshops, etc.

In this programme you can go from 2 weeks and it has a cost with the donation included:

WeeksCost
2790€
Additional110€

WHAT DOES VOLUNTEERING IN UGANDA OFFER?

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off every weekends.
  • Orientation and induction to the project or programme
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
  • Programme monitoring and evaluation
  • Certificate of weeks spent volunteering
  • Tax certificate to be deducted from your income tax return
  • Guidance, advice and management in the choice of the programme
  • Liability and volunteer insurance
  • Accommodation during your volunteering stay
  • 3 meals during your volunteering
  • 24/7 support from the local organisation
  • Orientation and induction to the project

WHAT IS NOT ON OFFER IN VOLUNTEERING IN UGANDA?

  • Flight to Uganda
  • Visa if required
  • Vaccinations, if required
  • Internal transport or excursions
  • Trips or excursions within or outside the country
  • Travel medical insurance with Covid coverage
  • Beverages, special diets or meals


What are the requirements to volunteer in Uganda?

As a volunteer in volunteering in Uganda, you are very important for the development of the volunteer programmes. To participate in some of the volunteer projects in which we collaborate does not require you to be an expert or to have a specific speciality, only if you meet these requirements you can participate:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Willingness to collaborate in various activities
  • Be a participative and committed person
  • Good conduct and be 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 in.
  • Ability to work in a team

Where will I be during my volunteering in Uganda?

The project is located in the town of Jinja, in the south west of the country, a few kilometres from Ecuador. It is a quiet, very safe village surrounded by valleys and mountains.


For more information, questions or assistance with a colleague of our team you can contact us via phone or Whatsapp here.

The steps to follow to register are as follows:

  • Fill out the form to reserve your volunteering.
  • Wait for our confirmation of availability.
  • Make a 1st donation for the registration to the Adventure Volunteer association.
  • You will receive an email with the volunteer agreement to be completed by you.
  • You will return to us by email all the requested information and you will be able to purchase the flight.
  • A few weeks before you start you will receive information from the local organization.
  • Now you only have to pack your suitcase, you have a whole team that will make everything easier for you and you will be in contact at all times, so you don’t have to worry.

REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

To be part of the volunteer programs in Sri Lanka, it is not necessary any specific training and it is only required:

  • To be of legal age (possibility minor with guardian or parents).
  • To be a participative and committed person.
  • Be respectful of people, culture and customs.
  • To know how to adapt and work in a team.
  • Criminal record certificate for social work.
  • Sign cooperation agreement and interview with our team.
  • Appropriate clothing for the destination.
  • Knowledge of English.

VOLUNTEER HOMESTAY IN UGANDA

In Uganda volunteers sleep in the volunteer’s house, in rooms with volunteers of the same gender (approx. 4 volunteers per room). On a weekly basis the house keeper will change the bed linen.

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

Volunteer accommodation in Uganda

What is offered in the accommodation?

  • The house keeper 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.
  • Mashed potatoes with different sauces such as “matoke” (a mixture of banana and potato), rice or different types of pasta such as spaghetti, macaroni, etc. are usually served for dinner.

For volunteers who require or have a different dietary need (vegetarians, intolerant to any particular food) we ask you to let us know in advance. This can be taken into account for the preparation of the food. We would also like to point out that this is a volunteer program in a different country and that the food there will not be the same as the food normally eaten at home. We will do our best to make the volunteers feel well cared for.

WHAT WILL THE ARRIVAL AT THE DESTINATION BE LIKE?

You need to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EEB) or Jinja Airport (JIN), where a local team coordinator will welcome you. You may have to spend one night in the capital Kampala, due to the arrival time of your volunteer program in Uganda.

It is important that you arrive in the country on weekends to better coordinate the logistics of arrival and welcome with the rest of the volunteers.

Once you arrive at Jinja you will be assigned a room and a locker. The house rules will also be explained to you. In addition to the functionality and the presentation of the rest of the local team. After the explanation of the house, you will be given an orientation through the town, so you can orient yourself and have autonomy of movement to go to the projects or just go for a drink with the rest of the volunteers.

VISA IN UGANDA

To enter Uganda it is mandatory to have a visa. Visas are processed directly on arrival at Entebbe airport and cost 80€. Volunteers must have entry and exit tickets, proof of yellow fever vaccination and 2 passport/ID size photographs. The visa for volunteering in Uganda is valid for 3 months initially.

SECURITY IN UGANDA

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

Generally the tourist areas are safe, but we still recommend you to keep these details in mind:

  • Notify your coordinator, in case you are going on an excursion.
  • Have your coordinator’s phone number and the address where you are staying.
  • Avoid giving out information about where you are staying, the project and your fellow volunteers.
  • Do not bring anyone who is not from the organization to the volunteer’s house.
  • Avoid risky areas in every place you visit.
  • Travel frugally in your daily transfers and excursions.
  • Avoid drawing attention to yourself with jewelry and accessories.
  • If possible, avoid taking out your cell phone in public places.
  • Try to use the country’s safe transportation services.
  • Avoid walking alone on unfamiliar streets.
  • Never take someone you do not know in an unfamiliar vehicle or in your own vehicle.
  • Do not drink any beverage whose origin you do not know.

The financial contribution is divided into two parts:

  1. The registration fee, which you will donate to the Adventure Volunteer association. This contribution has a tax benefit of 80% which you can deduct in your income tax return.
  2. The remaining part of the cost of the programme will go to the partner organisation that we will send on your behalf as a substitute or you can hand it in directly to the project.
WEEKSORPHANAGE AND EDUCATIONEMPOWERMENT
2 790€ 790€
3 900€900€
Additional110€110€

WHAT DOES VOLUNTEERING OFFER?

  • Welcome at the airport every weekend
  • Accommodation in the volunteer’s home
  • Three (3) meals during the volunteering period.
  • Orientation and induction day to the project and the area
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
  • Programme monitoring and evaluation meeting
  • Volunteer certificate upon request
  • Tax certificate on request for tax deduction
  • Guidance, advice and management in choosing the programme
  • Accident and liability insurance

WHAT IS NOT OFFERED IN VOLUNTEERING?

  • Flight to Uganda
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Internal transport
  • Bottled water
  • Beverages, dietary allowances and special meals
  • Travel within or outside the country (excursions)

How to book my volunteering in Uganda?

STEP 1

Once you fill in the form to the programme, we will verify everything and confirm your place within 24 hours.

STEP 2

You pay the registration fee within 7 days, then your place will be guaranteed and you will be formally part of the family.

STEP 3

We send you the volunteer guide, compulsory insurances and the international volunteer agreement.

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.

1 Euro = 4,086 Shilling Ugandan (April 2023)

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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