Uganda Community Volunteers
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  • Culture 4 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • Experience local life in Uganda
  • Using the skills you have to make a difference to the lives of the children
  • Getting to know the locals and experience their renowned hospitality and enthusiasm
  • Feel the rewards of helping those who really need and appreciate it

 

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Dedicate your energy and skills to helping some of the world’s poorest children. Assist this community in Uganda – support and improve the welfare of orphaned, vulnerable, or disadvantaged children and their families, many of whom have been affected by HIV/AIDS and live under extremely impoverished circumstances.

 

You will also be there to help raise awareness on children’s rights and strengthen child protection mechanisms, or spend your time teaching basic subjects and organising school activities. This is one of the most rewarding projects that you could volunteer on.

 


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What will I be doing?

  • Volunteer Role (4 – 12 weeks)

  • Helping Vulnerable Children (4 – 12 weeks)

  • Enterprise skills (4 – 12 weeks)

  • Vocational skills (4 – 12 weeks)

  • Teaching (4 – 12 weeks)

Volunteer Role: 4 – 12 weeks

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Destination info

Uganda: concentrated Africa in one gap year – all the African best bits in one country.


It’s where the rolling savannah of East Africa meets the steamy jungle of West Africa. It has the source of the Nile. It has the highest mountains on the continent – the Mountains of the Moon in Rwenzori. It’s one of the few safe wild places left for the mighty mountain gorilla (and you can get in as close as possible in Bwindi National Park). It’s picture-postcard beautiful. Its people have a tradition of hospitality and an easy-going nature that will make you delighted you chose Uganda for your student travel.

 

  • Location: Uganda

Your day as a volunteer in the Uganda community is obviously dictated either by the school day or by the schedule of the organisation you’re working with.


You’ll be up and about around 7, having breakfast and getting ready for the day ahead and leaving around 9. You’ll have a chance to relax over some lunch around midday before the afternoon sessions start around 1. The evenings are yours.

 

This hand-on programme gives you the opportunity to make a direct and much-needed contribution to the community in Uganda. We’re supporting a number of different programme primarily based in Wakiso District near Kampala. The programme co-ordinator will assess your skills and take into account your preferences and recommend the project you’ll have the biggest impact on.
 

Helping Vulnerable Children: 4 – 12 weeks

Next Leg

Destination info

Uganda: concentrated Africa in one gap year – all the African best bits in one country.


It’s where the rolling savannah of East Africa meets the steamy jungle of West Africa. It has the source of the Nile. It has the highest mountains on the continent – the Mountains of the Moon in Rwenzori. It’s one of the few safe wild places left for the mighty mountain gorilla (and you can get in as close as possible in Bwindi National Park). It’s picture-postcard beautiful. Its people have a tradition of hospitality and an easy-going nature that will make you delighted you chose Uganda for your student travel.

 

  • Location: Uganda

The project works to raise awareness of the rights of children, strengthening child protection and improving the welfare of orphaned, vulnerable or disadvantaged children and their families. Inevitably, many of the project’s clients are living lives ravaged by HIV and AIDS.

 

You’ll be making home visits to assess needs and create needs profiles - important because they drive the funding and sponsorship effort without which none of this work would have any impact.

Enterprise skills: 4 – 12 weeks

Next Leg

Destination info

Uganda: concentrated Africa in one gap year – all the African best bits in one country.


It’s where the rolling savannah of East Africa meets the steamy jungle of West Africa. It has the source of the Nile. It has the highest mountains on the continent – the Mountains of the Moon in Rwenzori. It’s one of the few safe wild places left for the mighty mountain gorilla (and you can get in as close as possible in Bwindi National Park). It’s picture-postcard beautiful. Its people have a tradition of hospitality and an easy-going nature that will make you delighted you chose Uganda for your student travel.

 

  • Location: Uganda

If you’re studying business here’s a fabulous opportunity to put your learning to good use in the community in Uganda. The project trains young people to market their skills; access small bank loans and start small businesses; shows them how to be creative and enterprising and learn from each other; and develop the habits of saving and an understanding of changing economic realities.

Vocational skills: 4 – 12 weeks

Next Leg

Destination info

Uganda: concentrated Africa in one gap year – all the African best bits in one country.


It’s where the rolling savannah of East Africa meets the steamy jungle of West Africa. It has the source of the Nile. It has the highest mountains on the continent – the Mountains of the Moon in Rwenzori. It’s one of the few safe wild places left for the mighty mountain gorilla (and you can get in as close as possible in Bwindi National Park). It’s picture-postcard beautiful. Its people have a tradition of hospitality and an easy-going nature that will make you delighted you chose Uganda for your student travel.

 

  • Location: Uganda

You’ll join the team at a vocational skills training centre, set up by community volunteers to support the ever increasing number of orphaned and vulnerable children and give them the ability to lift themselves out of the poverty trap. The centre improves the welfare of HIV and AIDS orphans and children in the Uganda community by equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to be independent – giving them the chance of a better future. Could be anything and everything from computer skills training to bricklaying to carpentry to improved agricultural practices to tailoring and dress making.

Teaching : 4 – 12 weeks

Destination info

Uganda: concentrated Africa in one gap year – all the African best bits in one country.


It’s where the rolling savannah of East Africa meets the steamy jungle of West Africa. It has the source of the Nile. It has the highest mountains on the continent – the Mountains of the Moon in Rwenzori. It’s one of the few safe wild places left for the mighty mountain gorilla (and you can get in as close as possible in Bwindi National Park). It’s picture-postcard beautiful. Its people have a tradition of hospitality and an easy-going nature that will make you delighted you chose Uganda for your student travel.

 

  • Location: Uganda

We’re involved with three schools – one urban and two rural, and you’ll be providing invaluable support to hard-pressed teachers, who have to cope with seriously limited resources and are in desperate need of your help. The support you can give doesn’t end with teaching basic subjects though. You can get involved in after-school activity, help in workshops and take part in local community development schemes. You’ll also have the chance to work with an African children’s rights advocacy movement, working with teachers and school administrations to promote children’s rights, child protection policies and children’s parliaments. . Schools in Uganda has three academic terms; Term 1- February to April; Term 2- Last week of May to August; Term 3- Last week of September to First week of December.

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What's included?

  • Airport transfers to and from Entebbe Airport, Uganda
  • Orientation on arrival
  • Project transport, as required
  • All accommodation
  • All Meals on the project
  • 24 hour support number

What's not included?

  • Travel insurance
  • All flights
  • Airport transfers if you arrive or depart outside of the set dates and times
  • Visas

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum age 18 years, maximum decided on potential participants’ health.

 

Accommodation

You will stay in a comfortable, but basic shared volunteer house with up to three other volunteers in each room in Wakiso District near Kampala. By western standards, you will find the houses very rudimentary at first, but will also find it a luxury, in comparison to those you will be visiting on the project. The houses do have flush toilets and showers, but there are often water shortages in this part of Uganda, so be prepared to collect your own in buckets if you want to wash!! Power cuts are also not uncommon, so remember to bring a torch. This is Africa!


The houses are situated in safe areas. There are staff at the houses who act as housekeepers and cooks, though volunteers are also expected to do their bit to keep the house clean and tidy. You will also have a night watchman for your security. You will be taking local taxis, accompanied by your fellow volunteers and a member of staff, to rural locations.

 

Meals

Three meals per day are provided. Breakfast is usually on a self-service basis, consisting of fruit and breads etc. Lunch is usually taken back at the volunteer house or as a packed lunch at your project, while dinner will be a hot meal, prepared for you by the cook.

 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our staff at any time should you need to.

 

FAQ

1. What is the accommodation like?

You will stay in a comfortable but basic shared volunteer house and will be sharing with up to three other volunteers. The houses do have flush toilets and showers, but be prepared for water shortages and cold showers in this part of Uganda!

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2. What food will I be provided?

Breakfast is usually on a self- service basis, consisting of fruit and breads etc. Packed lunches can be provided, or you may eat at one of the schools. Dinner will be a hot meal, prepared for you by the cook.

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3. What about washing my clothes?

You will be able to get your laundry done whilst at the house. You may either hand-wash items yourselves, or the staff may wash items for you for a small fee.

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4. How much spending money should I take?

We recommend that you take around £50-70 per week.

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DBS

This trip requires a Police Check to be carried out - please contact us for further information on how to do this. 

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Darren Campbell - May 2013

How would you rate your overall experience?
(7/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Life changing experience, but very tough emotionally.

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(1/10)
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(9/10)
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(3/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(9/10)
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(1/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Highlights were working with the children in the school and doing the community outreach project, especially at the slum project. Also the staff at the project were so friendly and welcoming

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Perpare some basic lessons in english, maths, science for the school BEFORE YOU GO ... because you are expected to just jump in and teach!! 2. Take materials for the school: stickers, paper, pens, pencils, posters, arts and crafts etc. 3. Take old clothes etc for the outreach project and fund raise as much as you can to help the projects.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

No

Any other comments?

Overall The Trip Was Great, Thanks To The In-country Team, But I Was Disappointed With Real Gap. I Used You 2 Years Ago And Thought You Were Fantastic, But I Feel That The Administraion And Organisation Of The Office Needs Improvement.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Claire Knights - October 2011

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Working alongside such a worth while charity. These people are fighting for such a strong and passionate cause, trying to bring children and families from the starvation and death line, up to the poverty line and hopefully beyond, to give them a better quality of life. Going to Rakai to visit the families there, trying to help where possible and ensure everyone has the chance of hope and prosperity in their life! The other volunteers, like minded people and we got on like a house on fire.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Bas Helmink - October 2011

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(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Highlights: - Supply medical treatment (anti malaria) to infected child. - Donations to vulnerable families - Commitment of local team - Various voluntary opportunities in 8 weeks - Start up of Nursery school - Helping locals with start of small businesses and advise roll - positive progress in Project around HIV/AIDS

Hannah Reid - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Best two months of my life so far! Unforgettable.

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(10/10)
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(10/10)
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(10/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
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Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Andrew Mcwilliams - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
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You can't sum up this trip with ten words. Incredible!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(8/10)
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Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(7/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Please let it be known that the co-ordinators, within the Uganda project, were second-to-none. Just incredible and fascinating people! So hospitable, so welcoming, so honest and yet so humble, whilst still wanting to make a difference. Also, just being in a different culture, drum lessons. bead making classes, church, safari!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. If you're going to go to Africa, you have to be prepared, you have to throw yourself fully into the culture and soak up every single moment. 2. ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS OVER budget- a day trip of ours went VERY wrong when we had NO money. 3. Do safari!

Would you recommend us?

Yes

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