UGANDA: Women Volunteer Program

Uganda Women Volunteer Program
Uganda Women Volunteer Program

The Uganda women volunteer program offers a unique experience for volunteering to positively affect the lives of young women and girls in Uganda. Volunteers contributing to the women empowerment volunteer program spend their days teaching women business skills and vocational skills. We empower the Ugandan woman with earning power in local markets, and connect them to cooperatives, and village associations.

Volunteering in Uganda with our women empowerment program is a great way to see the world, experience new cultures and contribute to a sustainable projects, which will yield long-term results for the individual and the community as a whole. The goal of the program is provide a steady foundation for the woman on her road to stability.

As a Women’s empowerment volunteer, your duties include teaching basic language, computer skills, adult literacy classes and vocational skills, mentoring women to build their confidence, conducting women’s health care workshops and guidance on income generating resources. Based on your skill , you can also provide informal training in creative skills like beauty therapy, computing, sewing, embroidery and knitting.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • You can participate in Adult education (English, Reading & Writing)
  • You can train computer literacy to girls
  • You can carry out Skills training and health workshops
  • You can enable women to form their own businesses
  • You can help women become financially independent

Our Uganda women volunteer program is focused on skill building, women’s education and confidence building. Through the skills they learn, women will develop confidence, a new identity, ability to get jobs or earn higher income, and secure a better future for themselves.

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:

In many communities in Uganda, women and girls still lack sufficient access to education, employment opportunities, and proper healthcare. Our Uganda Women Volunteer Program offers women with economic empowerment and skills training programs that creates sustainable solutions to their problems, giving women the resources they need to gain social and economic independence.

If you are passionate about empowering women from disadvantaged communities in Africa, the Uganda Women Volunteer Program is the best volunteering opportunity for you. Volunteers gain hands-on practical skills whilst making a difference, immersing yourself in the local language, culture, and contributing towards economic independence of poor women.

Health awareness is another huge factor, and we coach them to maintain their health , including reproductive health, and provide access to reliable health facilities. They learn the importance of civic participation, and are motivated to pass on the message, creating an empowered sisterhood.

You will be involved in a variety of interesting activities to help the women and girls in the community through our Uganda Women Volunteer Program. If you have areas of specialty, you may be asked to run focused sessions during your time at the project site. You will find the experience extremely rewarding as you build trust and spend time sharing your own experiences with the women and girls, and listening to their own stories.

You don’t need specific experience working with women’s groups but if you have training, teaching, counseling or business skills they will be most useful.  A willingness to help where needed, a genuine interest in supporting women in need and being sensitive are some of the attributes you should have as a women’s empowerment volunteer.

You might like to develop business plans and small grant proposals and help to design and successfully market handmade products. Whatever your background you can be sure that the guidance, knowledge and enthusiasm you bring to this project will benefit the women for years to come.

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 empowering 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)
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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