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Volunteer opportunities in UGANDA

Women's empowerment and community outreach in Central Uganda
Wakiso          May 2 - May 23, 2015

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, women empowerment activities, fruit and juice production, briquette and soap making.

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.

Terminal: Entebbe International Airport

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Educational, renovation and maintenance support for the Children's Day Centre and Boarding school in Kikandwa
Kikandwa          May 9 - June 6, 2015

Volunteer project: The Children's Day Centre and Boarding school in Kikandwa was started by a small group of female teachers who were born in Kikandwa and Kikyusa villages, in conjunction with the local community members in 2006. They had realized that children in the area were exposed to ignorance and diseases as a result of poverty, the average illiteracy rate being about 70%. The area has many people affected by HIV/AIDS. A number of orphans, over 250, whose parents have died of HIV/AIDS, are living with foster parents e.g. grandparents who are too old to look after them (70 years and older), and others live with friends and well wishers or next of kin.

Kikandwa and Kikyusa villages are amongst those villages which were destroyed by the war in 1980-1986, which took many victims, left many people homeless, or forced them to migrate to big cities e.g. Kampala for their safety. The teaching of the pupils was done by the Church which was the only existing building in the area with only 20 pupils.

In 2007, 50 acres of land were donated to the Centre and the community mobilized funds to construct 3 temporary wooden classrooms roofed with corrugated iron sheets. They currently have 270 pupils from nursery to primary 5 level. International volunteers have helped them to build three permanent classroom blocks and an office, to wall plate pending roofing, put doors and windows, make the floor.

Since most children live with old grandparents, they usually come to school without breakfast or anything to eat during break or lunch time. Some of these children are malnourished. Therefore, the Centre has started an agricultural project where they grow vegetables and fruits on a large scale for children's consumption at school. They are also planting some trees for environmental protection. They have also constructed a fish pond but have not yet introduced in fish due to lack of food for fish.

The international volunteers will be involved in the following activities:
- teaching;
- roofing of the three classroom blocks and the office;
- tree planting and working in the school garden;
- outreach work focused on orphans and vulnerable children;
- HIV/AIDS awareness.
Volunteers are expected to participate in all the mentioned programs (construction, gardening, tree planting, etc.). The nearest Governmental Hospital is at Wabusana, 7 km away and that’s where the HIV/AIDS Program will be conducted.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a house near the centre.

Location: Kikandwa Village, Kikyusa sub-county, Bamunanika County, Luwero District, about 50 km north of Kampala.

Terminal: Entebbe International Airport

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 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          May 30 - June 20, 2015

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

The volunteers will help with the construction and painting of a dormitory for the girls, 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

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

Location: Kagoma-Maganjo, Maganjo Parish, Nabweru Sub County, Wakiso District, in the Central region of Uganda

Terminal: Entebbe International Airport

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 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          June 6 - June 27, 2015

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 a hygienic and clean environment, and supporting them in their development stages like training them to use toilets, speech therapy, etc.
The center will provide both practical and technical information to address the common complications of children with Down syndrome by working in partnership 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 about 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, basic pre-school skills training.

Volunteer duties:
- To offer hands-on training to parents in nutrition, speech and physiotherapy to support children in their development.
- To 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 and 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 with special needs to appropriate schools.
- 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 to 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

Accommodation: Housing provided in the community near the project site.

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.

Terminal: Entebbe International Airport

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 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          July 6 - July 26, 2015

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: 250 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.

                                                                                                         

 

Teaching children in a primary school in Butambala
Butambala          July 11 - August 1, 2015

Volunteer project: Volunteers in this project will support a primary school in Butambala district. With over 800 children and 9 teachers, the pupil-teacher ratio in the school is 1:75. And the population of the school is still expanding. This has caught the attention of the community and administration who are willing to partner with international volunteers interested to give a helping hand for improving the education of children in Uganda.

The volunteers will take part in the following activities: Group teaching, classroom assistants, painting of teaching aids on the walls inside and outside the classrooms, mentoring and provision of guidance and counselling service to the children.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation is available at the school compound.

Location: The project is located in the central region of Uganda, Butambala district, between Kamengo and Buwama.

Terminal: Entebbe International Airport

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 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.

                                                                                                         

 

Conservation and protection of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park          August 7 - August 28, 2015

Volunteer project: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of Uganda's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It has been described as “an isolated forest of outstanding biological richness”. This ancient forest contains more than 160 species of trees and over 100 species of ferns - and more famously, almost half the world’s mountain gorillas. As it is surrounded by one of the most densely populated rural areas in Africa, community benefits arising from gorilla tracking and other sustainable tourism initiatives may be the only hope for the future conservation of this precious site.

The volunteers will explore the forests and villages of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and will organise outreach programs for the benefit of the surrounding communities. They will promote environmental awareness, conservation and protection of the site. The group will provide educational support in the villages and plant trees. The volunteers may also help the local communities on small sustainable tourism projects in the area, as well as develop and design promotional materials about the park.

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

Language: English

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

Accommodation: Housing is provided in the nearby communities. Please, bring a sleeping bag.

Location: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is located in Kanunga and Kisoro districts in south-western Uganda, bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo. It comprises 331 square kilometres (128 sq mi) of jungle forests. The forest is one of the richest ecosystems in Africa and is known for its exceptional biodiversity. Many types of birds and butterflies can also be found there, as well as many endangered species. The forest is home to almost half of the world’s mountain gorilla population.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 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 school and teaching children in a poverty-stricken area of rural Uganda
Mabira          August 14 - September 4, 2015

Volunteer project: The project is based in Buikwe district in the Central region of Uganda. Volunteers' help is needed in a local nursery and primary school serving the community of Mabira. With around 300 children, the school doesn't have proper permanent structures. The school was started with the aim to provide a safe place to study and protect children from rape, traditional sacrifices and other calamities happening as they walked through the forest for more than 5 km to attend schools in other communities. The local people are mostly sugar plantation workers, some hit by HIV/AIDS, living in poverty and often leaving their young ones alone to care for their siblings. We are trying to put up permanent structures for the school and support its day to day running.

The international volunteers will teach the children in the school, will organise awareness activities with the local population about care and protection of children, and will help in the construction of a permanent building for the school. They will also join the efforts to help improve the school water and sanitation facilities.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay with local host families.

Location: The school is located in Mabira, on the boundaries of Mabira forest, Kitigoma parish, Nyenga sub county, Buikwe district in Central Uganda.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 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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