If you are tired of expensive volunteer abroad programs and cross-culture trips then Go Volunteer Africa’s free volunteering in Uganda program will be the best option for you. Go Volunteer Africa offers a totally FREE volunteering in Uganda program, No project fees, No Program fees!! This is the ONLY free volunteer abroad or Africa program you will find.
Have you always wanted to visit and volunteer in Uganda, but volunteer program fees have always stopped you? If so, Go Volunteer Africa has the perfect volunteering in Uganda opportunity for you! This is the ONLY free volunteer program we offer!
Why is the Uganda volunteer program FREE?
Our partner in Uganda is a well-established foundation with a number of income generating sources including Agriculture farms, charity shops, invested heavily in the booming tourism sector across East Africa and with a solid foundation of supporters. Most of the community development projects, the partner is running are funded with grants and income from the revenue of the business established since 2006. With this background, the partner is in position to support volunteers who are driven by the desire to share their skills with needy local communities.
This non-profit do not charge any volunteering fee, which is good news for students and budget travelers! In some cases, our partner is even able to offer free accommodation, meals, and more for specific skilled volunteers who are offering long-term commitment.
Free volunteering opportunities in Uganda require a minimum time commitment of 2 weeks and maximum commitment of 12 months (with free visa/work permit extension support). The free volunteer program in Uganda is designed for individual travelers, students, recent grads, families, small teams, or anyone with the desire to volunteer in Uganda. The time you spend volunteering in Uganda and the volunteer projects in Uganda in which you will be involved are all geared to your skills and interests and the current community’s needs.
Go Volunteer Africa’s Uganda volunteer program typically bring together a temporary community of 10-20 international volunteers from different backgrounds working alongside local teams to provide services to local community projects. The volunteers in Uganda carry out skilled and unskilled tasks that would not otherwise be possible. The practical work is only part of the main objective. The volunteer work in Uganda is a tool and method to promote inter-cultural understanding and friendship between the volunteers and with the local host community.
Depending on the season, the program in Uganda, our partner always has a list of much needed services which can be provided by volunteers within the projects around Uganda. The volunteer work in Uganda always provides a wonderful learning experience on many levels, particularly for languages, but also for practical work skills, social and interpersonal skills, geographical and inter-cultural experience, self-awareness, understanding the realities and hopes of the hosting community, seeing life as it is from a wholly different perspective… Tolerance of differences, willingness to share, a sense of humour and a constructive approach to solving interpersonal problems are essential qualities for volunteers.
Our development partner in Uganda is committed to meeting the needs of the communities and place volunteers in projects that have the skills that fit the community’s need as well as the motivation to make the best out of their stay. If you are interested in participating in our volunteer program in Uganda, choose a project below, fill a volunteer application form or write to us and we will work with you to identify your best volunteer placement options in Uganda.
VOLUNTEER PROJECTS IN UGANDA
Uganda, commonly known as the Pearl of Africa, officially the Republic of Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa. It is bordered to the east by Kenya, to the north by South Sudan, to the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the south-west by Rwanda, and to the south by Tanzania. The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, shared with Kenya and Tanzania.
About 40m people, call Uganda home. It is a country with wonderful natural scenery and very friendly people, and as most safaris tour the country by road, you are able to really take in the atmosphere and beauty of this land.
Located on the western side of the Great Rift Valley – Uganda benefits from Flora and Fauna species of both East and West Africa, in addition to having a wide variety of indigenous species. The mountain ranges of the Rwenzoris and Virungas , the ancient and extinct Mount Elgon volcano, the many lakes and rivers including Lake Victoria – the largest lake in Africa, and the legendary source of the River Nile.
Uganda has a lot to offer from its numerous and diverse cultures, thriving and abundant wildlife, to the tallest Mountain Range in Africa, the largest Lake in Africa, extinct and dormant volcanoes and Welcoming People in all our destination!
Capital: Kampala (Population: 2,500,483)
Currency: Uganda Shillings (Ugx) $1 = 3700Ugx / £1 = 4600Ugx (2019)
Population: 40,664,462 (approx)
Official languages: English
Area: 236,040 sq km
International Calling Code: +256
PROJECT LOCATIONS & QUICK FACTS
The highlight of embarking on a Uganda adventure is usually seeing the incredible mountain gorillas, either in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or in Mgahinga National Park on the northern slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes. However, Uganda offers a huge amount more.
Uganda is also an incredible birding destination, with well over 1000 species found, including the rare shoebill and many Albertine Rift endemics. Uganda offers the traveler a great safari attraction. It is also a country of great diversity with much more to offer than only splendid wildlife.
Did you know that Uganda is famous for pineapples, avocados, bananas and mangoes? Or that peanuts are called ground nuts? For anyone interested to explore further afield in Uganda, there is plenty to experience.
Volunteering in Uganda projects offered by Go Volunteer Africa allows the volunteer to make a real contribution to genuine development projects benefiting and involving the local community of Uganda. As a participant in volunteer Uganda program, you play a significant role in the implementation of a truly people-centered development model in the community.
VOLUNTEERING IN UGANDA QUICK FACTS
- The program is open all year-round
- Specific start dates ( Arrivals must be: 1st or 15th of the month)
- Flexible End dates
- Over 10 oustanding sustainable project options
- Projects are based across the country with major location being Kampala, Jinja and Mukono
- Accommodation available at host families and volunteer guest houses
- No Program fees (The volunteering is free)
- Free Accommodation and meals for Longterm volunteer (3 months +)
- You pay for accommodation (if you prefer Guest House/Volunteer House to Host family)
- Free Accommodation (Host family)
- You ONLY contribute or buy your own food (Short term volunteers 1 week- 12 weeks)
- You pay for airport transfers
- 24/7 in-country support
As a volunteer with Go Volunteer Africaa, you will get to integrate into local society, sample the tasty food, experience the vibrant culture and also make a difference. There are summer and year round programs available where you can help people and the environment. Volunteering in Uganda and contribute towards economic and social development is a highly rewarding experience and there are also lots of cultural and sightseing activities you will get to do in your spare time.
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 Go Volunteer Africa's local Coordinators on arrival in the country.
SAFARIS & TOURS
Safaris, day and cultural tours can be organized over the weekends for volunteers. This is a fantastic opportunity to see the famous Uganda wildlife. There is a lot to see and do in Uganda.
BEFORE YOU GO
§ Pre-departure support & documentation
§ Travel & medical advice & documentation
§ Advice on visas & equipment advice
§ Project orientation
§ 3 meals a day
§ Airport pickup
§ In-country emergency support
§ 24-hour HQ backup
§ Free GVA t-shirt
VOLUNTEERING IN UGANDA HIGHLIGHTS
Volunteer Guest house/ Host Family
ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP
After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Entebbe International Airport in Entebbe, south-west of Kampala.
A member of staff from our local partner organization in Uganda will meet you on arrival at the airport and take you to the volunteer guest house or host family in Kampala, Jinja or Mukono which will be your base for volunteering.
Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. This airport services numerous regional and international. Uganda has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.
ACCOMMODATION & LIVING IN UGANDA
Volunteers in Uganda are provided accommodation in a guest house (paid for by the participant) or in a homestay/host family accommodation (free) managed by the local coordinating team. Volunteers staying for a long-term placement 3 months are provided with free meals, short-term volunteers contribute or buy their own meals daily.
The accommodations are neat and clean. Accommodation (at host family) is shared amongst volunteers on the ‘same gender sharing’ basis rooms. Wifi internet, warm water is not guaranteed.
The accommodations are close to useful amenities like banks, ATM’s, currency exchanges, restaurants, cafes and shopping places. All placements are around 10 - 45 minutes from the accommodation (Unless if carrying outreaches).
The hard work volunteers put in during the week undoubtedly warrants some fun and relaxation during evening free time and on the weekends. During the week we organize a variety of activities for volunteers in the evenings. We often play football (soccer), cards and board games or chill out around the bar or go out for a dance getting to know fellow volunteers from around the world. Musical ballads are known to break out from time to time as well as the always entertaining pub nights.
Yet one of the biggest perks of volunteering in Uganda lies in the plethora of weekend outings we organize. We arrange city day tours and long-weekend safari holidays. No matter what your interests, there is always something for everyone to enjoy!
It’s FREE to Volunteer with Go Volunteer Africa in Uganda. However volunteers to book and confirm their placements, are required to pay the booking and placement registration fees. Volunteers also cover up their airport transfer fees.
Placement Booking & Registration
USD$ 75 – Airport Transfer (One way) Paid in cash upon arrival at airport
Volunteers can come for as short as 7 days and as long as 12 months!
WHAT IS INCLUDED:
- Placement Booking & Confirmation
- Pre-departure support & documentation
- Project orientation
- Free Accommodation (Host family)
- Three meals a day (Long Term volunteers- 3 months+)
- In-country emergency support
- 24-hour international HQ back-up
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
Guest House Accommodation: If you choose to live at the guest house, you are required to pay for your daily fees (the guest house is run by our partner and profits got, support its education and healthcare projects).
Meals for short term volunteers: For any volunteer staying for 1 week – 12 months, you are required to contribute or buy your own food, whether you are staying at the guest house or host family (usually you can pay weekly fee and share pre-arranged meals with other volunteers or members of the family) or you can prepare your own meals.
Flights: Flights are not covered by the host organization or GVA.
Visas and Work Permits: The Republic of Uganda allows visitors to obtain a visa on online unless if they come from one of the visas exempt countries. (Citizens of several African countries do not require a visa to enter Uganda, except where there is a reciprocal visa requirement for Ugandan nationals). Volunteers need a Tourist Visa to enter Uganda. All visitors must hold a passport valid for at least six months with at least one empty page. Volunteers staying longer than three months, will be assisted to renew their visa or obtain work permits for FREE.
Insurance: You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the program. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave your home to the day you return.
APPLICATION & BOOKING
To participate in this program, you have to fill an online application form, and submit it for consideration. After application process and acceptance into the program, you will be required to pay registration and placement booking fee within 7 days of your acceptance. Uganda is our most popular volunteer destination and so placements fills up quickly. Failure to make the placement booking and confirmation payment will lead to cancelation of your program.