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UGANDA: Volunteer with Refugees

Volunteer With Refugees Uganda – Do you want to volunteer with refugees’ support project? We are in need of volunteers able to dedicate themselves to refugees support volunteer work in the two refugees’ settlement camps where we work. Volunteer services required include: Medical, Teaching, Translation and special events organizers.

Volunteers in Uganda doing refugees support volunteer work, you’ll be working to help children, men and women in refugees settlement camps adapt to their new circumstances by teaching, provision of medical care, child care and leading activities such as sports, music, theater, and other activities carried out by our teams in Uganda.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Get involved with a conservation project
  • Participate on a construction project
  • Join the  childcare project
  • Get into the settlement school and teach
  • Help with an agriculture project
  • Help out at a medical/healthcare project
  • Join the women empowerment project
  • Support the youth empowerment project
  • Join the sports development project
  • And so many other projects

Participants who choose to volunteer with refugees Uganda program will be part of a team that works to bring a sense of humanity to refugee camps in Uganda and make the lives of displaced men, women, and children better.

PROJECT LOCATION:

Yumbe District is a district in Northern Region, Uganda. Like most other Ugandan districts, it is named after its ‘chief town’, Yumbe, where the district headquarters are located. Yumbe District is one of Uganda’s most northern districts. The district is bordered by South Sudan to the north, Moyo District to the east, Adjumani District to the southeast, Arua District to the south, Maracha District to the southwest and Koboko District to the west. The district headquarters at Yumbe are located approximately 75 kilometres (47 mi), by road, north of Arua, the largest town in the sub-region. The coordinates of the district are:03 28N, 31 15E.

Kamwenge District is a district in Western Uganda. It is named after its ‘chief town’, Kamwenge, where the district headquarters are located. Kamwenge District is part of the Kingdom of Toro, one of the ancient traditional monarchies in Uganda. The kingdom is coterminous with Toro sub-region. Kamwenge District is bordered by Kyenjojo District to the north, Kyegegwa District and Kiruhura District to the northeast, Ibanda District to the east and southeast, Kitagwenda District to the south, Kasese District to the west Bunyangabu District and Kabarole District to the northwest.

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 where orientation will be done before heading to the project site. 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:

People with other specialized skills such as physiotherapists, counselors, social workers, photographers, bloggers are encouraged to get involved in this noble work. Volunteers who can teach English are highly welcome, medical volunteers are also very welcome and volunteers who are interested in physical activities contribute their time in activities involving arts and crafts, sports, exercise, dance and other social and/or fun activities for the refugee community.

There are many ways in which volunteers working with refugees could utilize their time, as well as their skills, to help out in Uganda. Depending on the season, we always have a list of much needed services of volunteers within the refugees settlement camps.

Volunteer with refugees Uganda program allows our volunteers the opportunity to work alongside settlers and to  help ensure their survival. Working with very willing disadvantaged communities also forms part of the make-up of these incredible life enhancing experience.

We facilitate volunteer placements for individual solo travelers and groups, for a minimum of one week and we can secure the placement within two days of receiving your inquiry. This refugees support program Uganda will either utilize skills you hold already or give opportunity to learn new skills.

Through our refugees support volunteering program, we are committed to enabling skill transfer, enabling projects in Uganda refugees settlements to access different skill sets and to helping volunteers realize the value they can add using the skills they hold. We will match your skills and expectations with those of the project to ensure your placement is a professionally, as well as a personally, rewarding experience.

DETAILS ABOUT THE REFUGEE CAMPS

Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement– is a refugee camp in northwestern Uganda. With over 270,000 South Sudanese refugees fleeing the ongoing civil war, as of early 2017 it was the largest refugee settlement in the world. Bidibidi covers 250 square kilometers of the eastern half of the district of Yumbe, stretching southward from the South Sudanese border and spilling over into Moyo District along the western bank of the Kochi River.

Bidibidi was a small village before becoming a refugee settlement which was opened in August 2016. There have been growing concerns about health conditions and access to health services as the number of South Sudan refugees entering Uganda continues to increase.

Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement – is a refugee camp in Kamwenge District in southwestern Uganda. It is home to nearly 70,000 refugees. The Rwamwanja camp is managed by the UNHCR and the Ugandan Office of the Prime Minister’s Department of Refugees (OPM).

Services to refugees are implemented by a host of “implementing partner” NGOs including Go Volunteer Africa’s development partner. Most of the current residents of the Rwamwanja settlement are Congolese nationals who fled the M23 rebellion and the broader Kivu conflict beginning in early 2012.

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, forex exchange points, banks is not guaranteed.

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: Yumbe, Moyo or Kamwenge Districts
Language: English

PROGRAM FEE: (USD$):

1 Week
$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
2 Weeks
$460
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
Any Extra Week
$100
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