Volunteering in Uganda

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.


Volunteering in Uganda
Volunteering in Uganda

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.


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 ...
Uganda Arts Volunteer Program

UGANDA: Arts Volunteer Program

If you want to teach arts, music or dance abroad, Go Volunteer Africa has a volunteering opportunity in Uganda. Volunteer with our Uganda Arts volunteer program as an instructor and get a chance not only to make a positive impact in a needy community, gain leadership experience and build new skills, but also to share ...
Uganda Medical Volunteering Project

UGANDA: Medical Volunteering Project

The Uganda Medical volunteering project offers skilled medical professionals with the chance to experience a new culture and working environment, while learning and developing their specialized medical knowledge. The Uganda medical volunteering project run by Go Volunteer Africa is best suited to professional medical and medical students aiming to gain valuable experience in a medical ...
Uganda Community Volunteer Program

UGANDA: Community Volunteer Program

Go Volunteer Africa is recruiting volunteers for our Uganda Community Volunteer Program who are interested in conservation, teaching, building and sports projects, medical, women support and youth empowerment projects. There are many ways in which participants in our Uganda Community Volunteer Program could volunteer their time, as well as their skills, to help out in ...
Uganda Construction Volunteer Program

UGANDA: Construction Volunteer Program

Help make a difference at Go Volunteer Africa’s Uganda Construction Volunteer Program. Go Volunteer Africa’s help in rebuilding homes, schools, community centers, toilets, rain water harvest tanks and other important structures is vital to a healthy, happy communities in Uganda. The purpose of our Uganda Construction Volunteer Program is not only to help build infrastructure ...
Volunteer With Refugees Uganda

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 ...
Uganda Special Needs Volunteering

UGANDA: Special Needs Volunteer Program

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 ...
Uganda English Teaching Volunteering

UGANDA: English Teaching Volunteering

Go Volunteer Africa is looking for English teaching volunteers for Uganda English Teaching Volunteering program. The Uganda English Teaching volunteering project is an enriching and satisfying experience where the volunteer get the opportunity to teach children who are eager to improve their conversational English skills. Our partner operates primary and secondary schools in needy communities ...
Organic Farm Volunteer Work

UGANDA: Organic Farm Volunteer Work

Go Volunteer Africa with its development partner in Uganda is offering an opportunity to volunteer at an organic farm project. Organic farm volunteer work offers you a great opportunity to immerse yourself in rustic natural beauty and peaceful countryside of Uganda. We offer organic farm volunteer work opportunities to people with a serious interest in ...
Uganda Environment Volunteer Program

UGANDA: Environment Volunteer Program

Go Volunteer Africa believes in (re)connecting people with our planet and with each other and this is true when you volunteer on our Uganda environment conservation program. This Uganda environment conservation volunteer work program brings people together from around the globe to plant thousands of trees, learn, connect, give back, grow and get active. Not ...
Uganda Sports Volunteer Program

UGANDA: Sports Volunteer Program

Go Volunteer Africa is looking for sports coaching volunteer assistants for our Uganda Sports Volunteer Program. Sports coaching volunteer assistants do not need previous experience and we can tailor the program to suit your skills, interest and experience. Through our Uganda Sports Volunteer Program, Go Volunteer Africa is aiming at enhancing the physical, social and ...
Uganda Childcare volunteering project

UGANDA: Childcare Volunteering Project

Through the Go Volunteer Africa- Uganda Childcare volunteering project, you will work alongside local teams that provide at-risk children and abandoned babies a safe environment in which they are nurtured and they participate in a number of extra-curricular activities. The way a child is brought up determines the future of the child. Children are abandoned ...


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


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.



  • 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, 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.





§  Pre-departure support & documentation

§  Travel & medical advice & documentation

§  Advice on visas & equipment advice




§  Project orientation

§  Accommodation

§  3 meals a day

§  Airport pickup

§  In-country emergency support

§  24-hour HQ backup

§  Free GVA t-shirt






  • Immerse yourself in rural, slum, semi-urban & engaging community
  • Promote sustainable community livelihoods
  • Improve the living standards of local people
  • Make friends for life



Airport pickup


Volunteer Guest house/ Host Family


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.


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!


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

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Fill Volunteer Application Form here or Make an inquiry here