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Construction of a primary school and providing clean water for the rural population of Kebisoni
Kebisoni          September 6 - September 26, 2014

Volunteer project: The volunteers will support a primary school in a rural area of Kebisoni. The construction of the school was started by international volunteers in 1996 in conjunction with the local community members. There was only one old grass thatched mud and wattle school building built 60 years ago accommodating about 100 pupils which was in such a dilapidated state, nearly collapsing. Since that time, volunteer groups have helped constructing a building accommodating from Primary 1 to 7. Due to the Universal Primary Education system in Uganda (free education in primary schools), the school now accommodates over 1000 pupils but the buildings are not enough for them.

Lake Nyakasanda is a small lake of about 150sq meters. It is located near the school and very close to the house where the volunteers will be accommodated. The lake water is used for domestic purposes including drinking, bathing, cooking, etc. At the same time people swim in the same waters. Clean drinking water from a spring well could be obtained from a distance. The water in the lake is contaminated while its outflow is poor. Some domestic animals like cows, goats and sheep also drink from the same source. We also noted that people make a locally brewed beer from bananas using the same water. There are very few fish in the lake due to water contamination and some parts of it have a lot of papyrus reeds.
There is currently installation of a gravity water system since the area has a lot of hills. Some houses are already receiving clean water in their homes, although very few. There is need to help the local people to clean their lake water as well as educating them about hygiene.

The volunteers will work on the further construction of the school, support its day to day running, water supply and sanitation of Lake Nyakasanda, environmental awareness and promoting eco-tourism.

Language: English

Leisure time: The project site is about 100km from Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park where gorillas are found, and Queen Elizabeth National Park and Mt. Rwenzori are also not very far. It is also possible to visit Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale near the border of Uganda and Rwanda and the hot springs in Kitagati Lake Mburo National Park.

Accommodation: In a house in the community. Please, bring your sleeping bag.

Location: Kebisoni Sub-county, Rubabo County, Rukungiri District, about 360 km from Kampala in the western part of Uganda.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Help preserve the tropical forests of Uganda
Busia          October 10 - October 31, 2014

Volunteer project: This project is a partnership between the community of Buwuluhiro and local and international volunteers, to raise awareness on environmental conservation and management through reforestation. The local population is day by day increasing, and with more demand for fire wood, timber and other necessities from the forest, it is becoming an enemy of the environment. The project is therefore addressing the conservation, protection and environment degradation aspect for the benefit of the surrounding communities and teaching them to live in harmony with the environment. The conservation area covers 20 hectare of different species ranging from the original Mvule tree to the Pine tree. It is located in the eastern border town of Busia in the Mt Elgon Region. The major problems the project faces are bush fires, logging and cutting for fire wood.
We are looking for motivated volunteers willing to volunteer and help for the development, protection and conservation of the environment in Busia.

The international volunteer workcamp will help with mobilization and sensitization of the community. Volunteers' tasks include: tree planting, community mobilisation, sensitization, bush clearing and environmental awareness work.

The people in this area are Samia who descend of the Bamasaba in the Elgon Region. The volunteers will have the opportunity to learn about the Samia Culture during the project.

Study theme: Local history, sustainable tourism and improving the livelihood of local communities.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted by local families in their huts, with an option of staying in a community hall.

Location: The project is located in the eastern border town of Busia (Kenya-Uganda border) in the slopes of Mt.Elgon. It's 230 km away from Kampala.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Empower women through knowledge and entrepreneurship
Butebe          November 6 - November 27, 2014

Volunteer project: The project is located in Kabarole district which was part of the Toro Kingdom; it became a district in 1980. The district is bordered by Bundibugyo in the west and north, Kasese in the south, Kamwenge and Kyenjojo in the east. The project was started by community women who formed an association to generate income within their homesteads, taking advantage of the developing tourism industry in the region. Mt Ruwenzori is seen within the vicinity, as well as other natural sites like Queen Elizabeth national park.

The volunteers will get involved in HIV/AIDS awareness and Family Life Education work. They will also support the income generation activities of the women. The aim of the project is to help Butebe families improve their standard of living by selling crafts and processing locally available fruits. This would help young women live their life to full potential.

Language: English

Accommodation: Participants will be accommodated at host families.

Location: Butebe Village, Burahya County, Karambi Sub-county, Kabarole District, about 350 km east of Kampala.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Building a volunteer and training center in Kampala
Kampala          November 7 - November 28, 2014

Volunteer project: We are putting up a permanent volunteer and training center in the region of Kampala to cater for the increasing demand for skilled labour and volunteer opportunities. The center will accommodate volunteers, trainees and youth from Uganda and other countries of the East African region, and will work as a one stop center for regional integration.

Volunteers are needed to help accomplish this project. The group will take part in the construction of the volunteer and training center. The volunteers will also work on raising awareness and developing strategies for the effective operation of the center.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in host families.

Location: Kampala

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Construction of water and sanitation facilities for a rural primary school
Mukono          November 7 - November 21, 2014

Volunteer project: With this project we would like to improve the facilities and learning environment in a village primary school in Mukono District, 20 km from Kampala. The long-term goal is to increase school enrollment and attendance, and to provide quality education for the village kids. The school has over 300 children, but very poor sanitation facilities and insufficient staff to tend to the growing children population. One of the permanent structures was recently taken down by heavy downpours.

The volunteer group will join the construction of water and sanitation facilities at the school and will be teaching in classroom. The volunteers will also organise activities with the local people, aiming to raise awareness of the role of the school for the community and mobilize support for its activities.

Language: English

Accommodation: Housing is provided in host families in the community.

Location: The project is based in Mukono District, 20 km from the capital Kampala, in the Central region of Uganda.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Environmental protection and AIDS prevention in Buwenge
Buwenge          December 5 - December 19, 2014

Volunteer project: This program was initiated by a youth group in Buwenge, in Jinja District in Eastern Uganda about 20 years ago. They had realized the importance of protecting the natural environment after seeing how the community had been affected by deforestation. A big number of trees had been cut down for fire wood and charcoal burning for sale, and many people were destroying the wetland areas by cultivating them to grow food crops. There was an acute shortage of rain and food in the area and poverty was at its most rampant. Community members took up reforestation and quite a good number of trees have been grown since then.
In 2006, there was an outbreak of epidemic diseases in Buwenge Township, like cholera, typhoid, diarrhea, dysentery, an increase in the malaria cases, and jiggers had invaded the region. This was as a result of poor waste collection methods used by the town council (there was not even a truck for removing waste to the final disposal sites) and lack of basic hygiene in the average household. The town had turned into a stinking place due to the littering of the water sources with solid wastes. Since then, the Town Council, community members and international volunteers have worked together for improving the standards for waste collection and disposal.

The volunteers will be involved in various environmental protection activities in Buwenge: tree planting, advocacy for wetland management, nature conservation, waste collection and management. The participants in this project will also be given the opportunity to participate in the HIV/AIDS awareness work and testing at Buwenge Hospital.

Language: English

Leisure time: This project is located very near to the Lake Victoria, the source of River Nile, and to the Bujagali Falls, Jinja. It is possible to visit the Sipi Falls in Kapchorwa District and Mt. Elgon in Mbale in the free time.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in a village house in Buwenge.

Location: Buwenge Town, Kyerida Parish, Munyegera Zone, Kamuli District - Jinja, about 150 km east of Kampala.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Support farming initiatives and alleviate poverty in Uganda
Mukono          December 5 - December 19, 2014

Volunteer project: The Farming Initiative project aims to create employment opportunities for youth and young mothers in Ugandan communities by providing access to training and start up capital.
The Farming Initiative project intends to:
- Develop community-led initiatives to create self-sufficiency for women, children and men who determine their own goals and implement their own solutions.
– Support community-based organizations and equip them with the skills and resources to drive local development, maintain continuity in programming, and benefit children for the long term.
– Invest in capacity-building to increase local partner and community independence quickly and shift the focus to areas of greater need.

Youth unemployment levels in Uganda are among the highest on the continent and are expected to remain high because of the high population growth in the country. While most female youth grow some crops and vegetables for home consumption, many of the male youth are hardly involved in any agriculture. Their low interest in agriculture is based on the fact that agriculture is hard work and its benefits seem very limited. For Northern and Central Uganda, agriculture still remains one of the economic drivers of growth since there is just too few other employment opportunities in the region. However, access to skills training for youth is limited as the minimum qualification is an O’ level certificate which most youth in Northern and Central Uganda have not attained and access to funds for longer-term education is problematic.

Volunteers will work towards achieving the project's goals through advocacy, education, cooperative partnership with governmental and other organisations. We will work to foster greater understanding and appreciation of the agribusiness as we alleviate extreme poverty in the community. The activities involve tree planting and raising awareness among the communities around.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in a host family’s house, with an option of staying in a community hall. Living with a host family provides an opportunity to interact with local people, and understand and appreciate their culture.

Location: The project is located 20 km from the city centre of Kampala, in Buntaba Village, Kyampisi sub-county, Mukono District

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Women's empowerment and community outreach in Central Uganda
Wakiso          December 5 - December 19, 2014

Volunteer project: The volunteers in this project will lend a hand to a community based women’s group operating in Kawempe Division of Kampala district and Wakiso District. The aim is to improve the economic wellbeing of the communities around by preserving and protecting the environment for sustainable living. This involves working with underprivileged women, people living with HIV/Aids and young mothers, to provide care, support and improved livelihood, as they work on income generation projects by producing charcoal from waste and waste management. The project is managed purely by women.

The volunteers will be involved in different projects: care and prevention for HIV/Aids patients, community outreach, fruit and juice production, women empowerment activities.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will live in a host family within the community and thus will have the opportunity to learn more from the local people and also to share their daily life.

Location: The project takes place in the central region, Maganjo Parish, Nabweru Sub County, Wakiso District.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Promoting education and building a lab block for a secondary school in Mukono
Mukono          December 5 - December 19, 2014

Volunteer project: The volunteer project supports a secondary school providing education and skills development to the communities of Nakaswa and the neighboring districts by bringing nearer social facilities which helps in uplifting their wellbeing and livelihood. We are mobilizing the community to get involved in the project by creating awareness, helping in the day to day management of the school for quality education delivery, thereby improving access to education facilities. We are working together with the local governments of Mukono, Kayunga and Buikwe districts to achieve these objectives.

The aim of the project is provision of quality education in the poor communities of Mukono, Kayunga and Buikwe. We need volunteers motivated to promote education and skills development among the local communities. The volunteers will help with the construction and completion of the Laboratory Block of the school.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation will vary from host families to a group accommodation on site. This is purely a traditional Toro setting and most of the food stuff is original Toro food.

Location: Kukukulu Parish, Nakifuma Sub county, Mukono District, Central Uganda

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Protection and promotion of the Ruwenzori Mountain
Kabarole          December 5 - December 19, 2014

Volunteer project: The Ruwenzori Mountains National Park covers nearly 100,000 ha in western Uganda and comprises the main part of the Ruwenzori mountain chain, which includes Africa's third highest peak (Mount Margherita: 5,109 m). The region's glaciers, waterfalls and lakes make it one of Africa's most beautiful alpine areas. The park has many natural habitats of endangered species and a rich and unusual flora comprising, among other species, the giant heather.

The Ruwenzori Mountains National Park provides stunning views of glacier and snow-capped mountains just kilometers from the equator, where it is contiguous with the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Having the third highest mountain in Africa at 5,109 m (after Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya), the Park includes a much larger alpine area than either, covering an area of 99,600 ha of which 70% lies at over 2,500 m in height. The Ruwenzori Mountains are the highest and most permanent sources of the River Nile, and constitute a vital water catchment. Their multitude of fast flowing rivers, magnificent waterfalls and stratified vegetation make the property exceptionally scenic and beautiful. The mountains are well-known for their unique alpine flora which includes many species endemic to the Albertine Rift in the higher altitude zones including giant heathers, groundsels and lobelias. The Park also supplies local communities with various wild resources and is an important cultural heritage.

In this project, we are collaborating with Uganda Wildlife Authority and Uganda Tourism Board to preserve, protect and promote the site given its status as World Heritage Site.

Volunteers will coordinate heritage club activities and produce awareness materials and screen relevant heritage films. They will also run a heritage gala and an awareness raising workshop with debates, reflections and discussions on World Heritage issues, involving local communities working closely with the site manager.

Study theme: Local history, preservation, protection and promotion, sustainable tourism and improving the livelihood of local communities.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation will vary from host families to a group accommodation on site. This is a purely traditional Toro setting and most of the food stuff is original Toro food.

Location: Kabarole district is located 324 km from Kampala central Region, the project is located in the western region.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Social and educational support for disadvantaged children and youth in Northern Uganda
Gulu          December 5 - December 19, 2014

Volunteer project: With this project, we'll support a youth parent local organization in Gulu District, Northern Uganda. It was formed by a group of youth with an interest in creating employment opportunities for the generally underprivileged youth in the district. The aim is to empower youth in Gulu District and surrounding areas economically and socially through basic vocational and life skills training, health awareness creation, provision of support to persons living with disability and development of income generation projects.

The work includes social work in the communities where volunteers will be involved in the general care for the children, working in the local school where you will be involved in promotion of the education growth of the children both through classroom work and also practical work, you will also be involved in the children innovation and creativity activities that will also promote the education growth of the children. Volunteers will be involved in helping in organizational duties and home based work within the communities.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteer will live in a host family within the community and this will provide you with the opportunity to learn more from the local people and also share in their daily life. Meals will be provided in the host family from what is locally available in the community. Volunteers are therefore advised to be flexible and open minded to be able to integrate freely and easily in the local way of life since there will be no special diets in your host family.

Location: The project is located in northern region which is about eight hours drive from Kampala city.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Support for children with disabilities and their families
Wakiso          December 5 - December 19, 2014

Volunteer project: This center for children with special needs was formed after the founders’ experience in raising a child with Down syndrome in Europe. The founders wish to support parents in Uganda who are struggling to cope with raising children in a similar situation. The center has a strong desire to work closely with parents, because we believe families first have to accept and appreciate these children for society to change their perception. Families need to create a conducive environment for these children to grow, for example by bringing them to public places like churches, keeping them in hygienically clean environments and supporting them in their development stages like training them to use toilets, speech therapy and others.
The center will provide both practical and technical information to address the common complications of children with Down syndrome by working in partnerships with hospitals and government ministries.
Our vision is to see that children with Down syndrome can realize their potential and be fully integrated into society. We will create a platform where parents can freely share their experiences in raising these children and later to be able to advocate for their rights.
Our mission is to be the voice and break the silence of Down syndrome in Uganda. We strive to give hope to those who had given up on their children. We need to give the syndrome a “human face” that despite the disability, these children still remain beautiful, lovely and important to the social fabric of society.

Volunteer activities include child care, social skills training, behavioural modification, pre-school basic skills training.

Volunteer duties:
- Offer hands on trainings to parents in among others, nutrition, speech and physiotherapy to support children in their development
- Provide training tools to parents that will aid their trainings at home. Like tools to stimulate the thinking of children, toys and others.
- Physical and material support: Provide aid material like special feeding chairs, wheel chairs, feeding materials, pampers, sanitary towels to ease the care for these children
- Counseling and guidance: Offer Counseling and guidance services to parents who are struggling to raise children with special needs and also provide life skills techniques
- Information dissemination: Develop, print and distribute Information Education Communication materials on care guidance for use in capacity building and behavior change.
- Raising awareness: Awareness creation on the need to recognize children with special needs in the society and community at large, Publish flyers, T-shirts for publicity and recognition of these children in society. The centre will further participate in special events like world child day to exhibit their activities
- Advocacy: Create a campaign for the involvement and inclusion of children with special needs into policy design and implementation on the topic “We need to be in school”.
- Education: Identify and link children to schools with special needs.
- Extra-curricular activities: Organize special events for children and their parents, for instance visiting the zoo and beaches, exchange visits and tours to enable society recognize that such children also need activities like that.
- Employment opportunities: Provide special training in activities that can enhance the livelihood of children with special needs so that they are better able to fend for themselves and enjoy a sense of independence.

Study theme: Care for special needs children and improving livelihood of families within the communities hosting children with special needs.

Language: English

Leisure time: Site visits, biodiversity and cultural talks, picnic, and enjoying the outdoor environment, mountain climbing.

Accommodation: Housing provided in the community near the project site, bring sleeping bags.

Location: Nansana-Wakiso District. The site is peri-urban, in the outskirts of Kampala district which form the capital city, in Nabweru Sub County and Nasana Town council. About 8 km from the city centre.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Protection and preservation work in Mgahinga National Park
Kisoro          December 5 - December 19, 2014

Volunteer project: Mgahinga National Park is listed among one of the World Heritage Sites in Uganda yet to be inscribed. We are implementing a project aimed at promoting, preserving and protecting the countries’ heritage through volunteering and intercultural cooperation.
Mgahinga National Park is situated in the corner of south-western Uganda in Kisoro District, 10 km south of Kisoro town, bordered by the Republic of Rwanda to the south and the DRC to the west. It covers an area of 33.7 km2 and lies at latitude 1o 23' South and longitude 29o 39' East. Mgahinga National Park is contiguous with Parc National des Virunga (240 km2) in the DRC, and Parc National des Volcans (160 km2) in Rwanda, all forming the proposed transboundary PA known as the Virunga Conservation Area covering an area of 434 km2. The park includes three of the Virunga volcanoes - Mt Muhabura (4,127 m), Mt Gahinga (3,474 m) from which the park derives its name, and Mt Sabyinyo (3,645 m). It lies in Bufumbira county, Nyarusiza and Muramba sub-counties and adjacent to the three parishes of Gisozi, Rukongi and Gitenderi.

Volunteers who are motivated to promote World Heritage, work with communities around are needed.
Volunteer activities: Awareness raising, sensitization, conservation and protection within the community surrounding the site, production of awareness materials and screening of relevant heritage films. They will also run a heritage gala and an awareness raising workshop with debates, reflections and discussions on World Heritage issues, involving local communities.

Language: English

Leisure time: Site visits, biking, visiting local markets, etc.

Accommodation: Accommodation will vary from host families to a group accommodation on site.

Location: Kisoro district is located 7 hours from the capital Kampala, the project is located in western region.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Building houses and organising activities for underprivileged children
Kagoma          February 6 - February 27, 2015

Volunteer project: This project is responding to the appalling situation of most the vulnerable and underprivileged children in Uganda so as to raise their hope, identify their talents and potentials, nurture and mentor them to become next generations leaders. We are embarking on construction of small startup  houses for children headed families and a child fostering home.

The volunteers will help with the construction and painting, guidance and counselling, mentoring the children, day to day management. Volunteers for this project must be motivated to work and play with the children. Creativity and ability to organise entertainment for young children is encouraged.

Language: English

Leisure time: Ngamba highlands for the chimps, Site visits on Lake Victoria the botanical gardens, swimming by the beaches, City Centre tour and Entebbe. 

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in a project house located 7 miles from Kagoma city centre.

Location: Kagoma-Maganjo

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Providing care for kids and improving the facilities in an orphanage
Mukono          January 2 - January 23, 2015

Volunteer project: The project is organised in support of a primary and nursery school located in Kizanyirizi parish, Kakukulu subcounty, Kasawo County. The Orphanage promotes early childhood education and Universal Primary Education. With the increase in enrollment in not for profit private school, this has increased the load to staff and other workers to deliver quality services to the children. It serves a population of more than 300 children with 6 teachers. The program tends to build formal and non-formal training, develop the fortitude needed to succeed at home, in school and in life.

Volunteers are needed for construction and child care activities in the orphanage.

Study theme: Improving school water and sanitation facilities to increase enrollment and attendance for quality education.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation will vary from host families to a group accommodation on site.

Location: Kizanyirizi parish, Kakukulu subcounty, Kasawo County, Mukono District

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

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