UGANDA: Special Needs Volunteer Program

Uganda Special Needs Volunteering
Uganda Special Needs Volunteering

Become a Special Needs volunteer in Uganda with Go Volunteer Africa. Volunteering with Special Needs projects in Uganda is one of the most rewarding volunteer experiences you will ever have abroad. The special needs support volunteering in Uganda is a highly rewarding and a challenging experience at the same time. This project allows volunteers to enrich the lives of children and adults with special needs in communities in Uganda.

A special needs support volunteering placement in Uganda may require working with people with various types of health conditions, including individuals who are deaf, blind or autistic with instruments to support them. Volunteers working on our special needs support volunteering project may have a variety of different roles, including but not limited childcare support, art, music or dance teachers, sports instructor, reading and writing teachers etc.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Work as a caregiver
  • Prepare meals for children and adults under program
  • Serve meals
  • Teach reading and writing
  • Sports and Games instructor
  • Arts, dance and music instructor
  • Offer support therapy

As a Special Needs Support volunteer, you will be working with children and adults with cognitive development difficulties (autism, intellectual disabilities, attention deficit disorder) from the age of five to adulthood. Volunteer responsibilities would differ from day to day but in most cases, you will be assisting staff with teaching, supervising and the overall care of the beneficiaries in the program.

PROJECT LOCATION:

The trip starts and ends in Uganda’s capital Kampala. You will be based in Mukono or in a rural based program. Mukono is one of the most relaxed and attractive suburbs, east of Kampala (the capital city of Uganda). Mukono is a great place to stay if you want to explore Uganda’s fascinating capital city or the adventure capital- Jinja.

Mukono has her own tourist attractions and you will discover many during your humanitarian service placement with us.  These tourist attractions include but not limited to:

  • Mabira Forest which is famous for forest walks, Picnics, cycling trails, zip-lining, over 100 Species of moths and 300 bird species. Mabira forest is also popular for its rich on Flora & Fauna
  • Lake Victoria – Africa’s largest lake and second largest fresh-water lake in the world
  • Sezibwa River & Falls – which is believed by Buganda legend to have been born. The river flows into Lake Kyoga. Sezibwa falls offers beautiful scenery for tourists and nature lovers. The site also has a natural forest reserve which is popular for forest trails and nature walks, bird watching with over 100 bird species and wildlife.
  • Kalagala Falls- one of the most beautiful, thundering falls and naturally endowed waterfalls in the country. Kalagala Falls are found along the Victoria Nile within Kalagala village, Kangulumira sub-county in Kayunga district (formerly part of Mukono district)

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 Mukono which will be your base for volunteering. This airport services numerous international carriers. Uganda has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.

ORIENTATION:

Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. Generally, your volunteer orientation is an overview of the project’s mission, expectations and introduction to the local community and project site.

PROJECT DETAILS:

Our development partner in Uganda, started a special needs program to support children and youth with special needs. The program provides comprehensive services, care and support to children and adults development disabilities.

We are looking at recruiting volunteer therapists and teachers to work with the local staff in various roles and capacities. The project is also in need of volunteers to work with the administration in fundraising and resource mobilization. Volunteers working with the special needs projects provide much-needed support and assistance to children and adults in Uganda. Volunteers are the backbone of this project.

The local staff and volunteers who have stayed longer at the project trains the new volunteers to understand the unique situations that may occur when working with individuals with disabilities. Bring your skills, enthusiasm and creativity and make a difference.  Go Volunteer Africa is the leading and largest volunteer travel organization in Africa.

SKILLS REQUIRED:

No particular experience or skills required to get involved in our volunteer work in Uganda. All you need is a desire to make a difference. Volunteers should also be flexible, self-motivated and have a strong willingness to learn and take new initiatives.

GROUP VOLUNTEER TRIPS:

Get some friends together or organize a group from your school and embark on this incredible adventure! Discounts are offered on any group of 5+ participants on Uganda volunteering program.

LONGTERM VOLUNTEER WORK:

Please contact us for more information about our long-term volunteering program in Uganda. We will guide you on the best times of the year, what to pack, and what extra health precautions to keep in mind and all logistics.

VOLUNTEER ACCOMMODATION:

Volunteers are provided accommodation in a volunteer house or in a homestay accommodation managed by the local coordinating team. Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) are provided to the participants from Monday – Friday. The accommodations are neat and clean. Accommodation is shared amongst volunteers on the ‘same gender sharing’ basis rooms. Wifi internet, warm water is not guaranteed.

The homes are close to useful amenities like banks, ATM’s, currency exchanges, restaurants, cafes and shopping places. All placements are around 10 – 30 minutes from the accommodation. At some point volunteers might be on the move and hence we suggest also bringing a sleeping mat and sleeping bag/pillow for travel and weekends away on adventures. Bathrooms are usually shared. There is a lounge area for relaxing, reading, or watching movies.

AGE REQUIREMENT:

Our program is for anyone eighteen years and above who loves children, youth, women and social experiences with people from all over the world. We also accepts volunteers of 16+ years of age if they are in a group with a guardian or supervisor above 25years. Volunteers under 16 years old are only considered when accompanied by a parent/guardian. There isn’t a maximum age limit, though a reasonable fitness level is necessary. Families are encouraged to apply and are welcome!

VISAS:

Visitors to Uganda must obtain a visa on arrival to Uganda or from one of the Ugandan diplomatic missions, unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months. Uganda began issuing electronic visas (e-Visa) on 1 July 2016. Passengers who have been issued an e-visa must travel with a printed e-visa confirmation

Electronic visas are expected to replace the visa on arrival facility. As a temporary measure, passengers who have not applied for an e-visa on line, will still be able to apply for their e-visa on arrival in Uganda. However, facilities will be very limited and passengers may experience delays. The 90-day East African Tourist Visa is also available on arrival, which is valid for Uganda, Kenya, and Rwanda if first used in the country that issued the visa.

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.

WEEKENDS AND FREE-TIME:

Over the weekends or evenings, participants are free to eat out and explore the different delights that Uganda has to offer. We arrange city day tours and long-weekend safaris. No matter what your interests, there is always something for everyone to enjoy!

PROJECT FACTS:

Availability: Project open all year round
Duration: One Week or More
Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs or older for solo travelers.
Minimum Age: ——————
Start Dates: 2nd or 16th of the month
Arrival dates: 1st or 15th of the month
Airport Arrival: Airport pickup, meet and greet by GVA partner representative
Working Days: Monday – Friday – 5 days a week, 3-5 hours in a day
Weekends:
Travel / Sightseeing NOT included in program cost
Accommodation: Host Family or volunteer house
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
Support: Pre-departure guide, In-country staff available 24/7
Location: Mukono (Around Uganda)
Language: English

PROGRAM FEE: (USD$):

1 Week
$160
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
Accommodation
3 Meals a Day
Airport Pickup
In-country Support
Flights
Visas
Insurance
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop off (Can be arranged upon request)
Apply Now
2 Weeks
$260
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
Accommodation
3 Meals a Day
Airport Pickup
In-Country Support
Flights
Visas
Insurance
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop off (Can be arranged upon request)
Apply Now
3 Weeks
$360
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
Accommodation
3 Meals a Day
Airport Pickup
In-Country Support
Flights
Visas
Insurance
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop off (Can be arranged upon request)
Apply Now

APPLICATION & PLACEMENT BOOKING FEE:

Please Note: An application and placement booking fee of $180 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment to secure your placement. 

The fee covers: Administration Costs, Placement Booking & Confirmation, Pre-departure support & documentation, 24-hour international HQ back-up. Have an inquiry? Contact Us