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VOLUNTEERING IN UGANDA

Why Volunteer In Uganda?
Uganda or “the pearl of Africa” is known for its striking physical features, safe and peaceful state, and as a bird watcher’s paradise.

Unfortunately, it’s also been ranked as one of the 20 poorest countries in the world, and the majority of the population lives under the poverty line. This can be clearly seen in the lack of fundamental infrastructures such as education, healthcare, clean running water and waste management.

Our programs in some selected needy communities in Uganda would give you the opportunity to share some of your skills, experience or knowledge to help others as you soak yourself in the local cultures and explore the country.

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Volunteer requirements
Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate, unless volunteering with a parent or guardian. All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a criminal background check to AVV’s local team on arrival in Uganda. Additional requirements apply for Medical volunteers, please read the project description below.

Pre-Departure Information Manual- All volunteers are encouraged to read through our pre-departure information manual, which is available exclusively to registered AVV volunteers. The manual is designed to build an understanding of important aspects that need to be considered before embarking on an AVV program. It helps volunteers to prepare in the right way by providing advice on what it takes to be a safe, responsible and valuable volunteer.

 
 

At A Glance
checkmark  Available year-round
checkmark  9 meaningful project options
checkmark  The program is based in the capital city of Kampala
checkmark  Accommodation in volunteer Guest houses
checkmark  Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
checkmark  Program fees from $250 for 1 week
checkmark  Between 5 and 15 volunteers start in Uganda each month

Volunteer programs At a Glance
checkmark  Child Care program
checkmark  Teaching program
checkmark  Sports Development program
checkmark  Medical & Health Program
checkmark  HIV / AIDS Prevention program
checkmark  Construction & Renovation program
checkmark  Environmental & Conservation Program
checkmark  Community Development Program
checkmark  Women & Girl Empowerment Program

 
 

Why volunteer with AVV?


checkmark  Most affordable fees - No Hidden Cost - Because African Volunteer Vacations (AVV) is a non-profit charity organization and not a travel agency. Our application fee is one of the most affordable in this field. And, last but not least, volunteers pay their programs fees directly to the host organization, which guarantees that there are no hidden costs – your money goes directly to where it is needed.

checkmark  Superior support - your experienced AVV Program Manager, teamed with our local team in Uganda will ensure you feel supported every step of the way - from planning to volunteering.
Responsible projects - we're dedicated to ensuring that our projects are responsibly-run and have sustainable positive impacts that are supporting local needs.

checkmark  Safety-first - volunteer safety is a top priority for AVV and we have clear standards for risk management on each program. You can feel confident that you are placed with trustworthy institutions, organizations and families that have been screened by our local teams.

checkmark  New friendships - as an AVV volunteer you’ll always be in the company of friendly locals and like-minded volunteer travelers who will quickly become your life-long friends.

checkmark  Epic weekend adventures - you'll have your weekends free to explore Uganda with your new-found friends.

Location And Duration

The program is based in the town of Seguku, which is located 6 kilometers from the capital city of Kampala. Volunteer orientation and general administration is carried out in Seguku by our Uganda partner organization. Volunteer placements are located in and around the capital city of Kampala. Possible placement locations include, but are not limited to, Kampala, Fort Portal and Kamuli.

The volunteer program begins on the first and third Monday of each month. Volunteers can choose to volunteer for periods ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks.

Orientation

Orientation is hosted by our Uganda team at the volunteer base in Seguku. Orientation begins on the morning of your chosen start date and covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Uganda – Introduction to Uganda, Culture and Customs, Rules and Expectations, Safety, Language Basics (Luganda), Travel Opportunities, Introduction to Project and Placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.

Volunteer Schedule


First Day: On your first day of volunteering, you will be escorted to your placement by a local coordinator and introduced to the placement staff you will be working with.

Weekdays:Volunteers work for approximately 3 to 5 hours per day. A typical schedule is as follows:

7.00 AM Breakfast at the volunteer house, prepared by the local cook.

7.30 AM Volunteers travel to their placements either by taxi or by walking. Start time and daily workload depends on the project that the individual volunteer is participating on.

1.00 PMVolunteers break for lunch. Volunteers either travel back to the volunteer house or eat a packed lunch at their placement. After lunch, volunteers continue with their volunteer work (where applicable).

3.00 PM - 4.00 PMWork at the placement usually ends. Volunteers are free to return to the volunteer house, plan for the following day’s activities or use their free time as they wish.

7.00 PM Dinner at the volunteer house, prepared by a local cook.
Please note, this schedule will vary depending on the particular project the volunteer is participating on.

Accomodation

Volunteers are accommodated in both in private dormitory-style volunteer houses in the Seguku area, approximately 15 minutes outside of Kampala City. The volunteer house can accommodate up to 40 volunteers and volunteers can expect to share a bedroom with two to four other volunteers of the same gender. The volunteer houses are safe and secure in a quiet area. The bathrooms in the homes have western toilets and showers. There is electricity and running water, however it is common for power or water to occasionally be cut off in Uganda. Bedding is provided and volunteers will need to bring their own towels. There are staff who clean the accommodation throughout the week, however volunteers are required to keep their rooms and common areas tidy. It is recommended that volunteers bring their own mosquito net, however these can be purchased once in Uganda, if you do not have much room in your luggage.

Meals

Volunteers are provided with three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner), prepared by an on-site local cook. If you wish to snack or eat outside of meal times, this will be at your own cost and there are local shops within the villages where you can purchase snacks. Breakfast generally includes tea, eggs, bread and fruit. For lunch and dinner, there is a revolving menu of local dishes, which include typical Ugandan stews (beef, chicken, pork, goat, fish and vegetable), beans, rice, chapatti, groundnuts and vegetables. Starchy foods such as white bread, white rice, pasta, potatoes, sweet potatoes, matoke (boiled green bananas), and cassava are dietary staples. The tropical climate of Uganda also contributes to a healthy choice of seasonal fruits, including bananas, watermelon, papayas, mangos, jackfruit, and pineapples. Bottled drinking water is readily available in Uganda and volunteers should budget approximately US$5 per week for this.

If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know well in advance of your program so our local team can make arrangements for you. We do, however need to stress the point that you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home. We will do our best to see that you are well taken care of, but also as a volunteer, there is a need to be flexible.

Weekends & Travel

There is no shortage of things to do in Kampala or further afield in Uganda, so volunteers can fill their free time with safaris, adventurous activities, markets or simply exploring parts of the local town. Uganda is a popular tourist location for gorilla trekking as well as game safaris and bird-watching. There are beautiful national parks and great opportunities for adventure activities such as white water rafting. See our Uganda Travel and Tours page for more volunteer travel options in Uganda!

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