If you are tired of expensive volunteer abroad programs and cross-culture trips then Go Volunteer Africa’s affordable volunteering in Uganda program will be the best option for you. Go Volunteer Africa offers meaningful and extremely affordable volunteering in Uganda program.
Our 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.
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. 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.
Why Volunteer in Uganda?
Uganda is one of the poorest nations in the world. Despite making enormous progress in reducing the countrywide poverty incidence from 56 percent of the population to 34.5 percent, poverty remains deep-rooted in the country’s rural areas, which are home to 84 percent of Ugandans.
People in rural areas of Uganda depend on farming as the main source of income and 90 per cent of all rural women work in the agricultural sector. In addition to agricultural work, rural women are responsible for the caretaking of their families. The average Ugandan woman spends 9 hours a day on domestic tasks, such as preparing food and clothing, fetching water and firewood, and caring for the elderly, the sick as well as orphans. As such, women on average work longer hours than men, between 12 and 18 hours per day, with a mean of 15 hours, as compared to men, who work between 8 and 10 hours a day.
To supplement their income, rural women may engage in small-scale entrepreneurial activities such as rearing and selling local breeds of animals. Nonetheless, because of their heavy workload, they have little time for these income-generating activities. The poor cannot support their children at school and in most cases, girls drop out of school to help out in domestic work or to get married. Other girls engage in sex work. As a result, young women tend to have older and more sexually experienced partners and this puts women at a disproportionate risk of getting affected by HIV, accounting for about 5.7 per cent of all adults living with HIV in Uganda.
Maternal health in rural Uganda lags behind national policy targets, with geographical inaccessibility, lack of transport and financial burdens identified as key demand-side constraints to accessing maternal health services; as such, interventions like intermediate transport mechanisms have been adopted as a means to improve women’s access to maternal health care services in rural regions of the country.
Gender inequality is the main hindrance to reducing women’s poverty. Women are subjected to an overall lower social status than men. For many women, this reduces their power to act independently, participate in community life, become educated and escape reliance upon abusive men.
Depending on the season, the program in Uganda 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.
Go Volunteer Africa 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
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 20 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
- 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 volunteer guest house or in a homestay/host family accommodation managed by the local coordinating team.
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 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!
APPLICATION & BOOKING
To participate in this program, you have to fill an online application form, and submit it for consideration.
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.
For Medical / Healthcare Volunteers: *Hospital administration fee of $100 per month (regardless of lesser duration) is added for all medical placements. Have an inquiry? Contact Us