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Volunteer projects in UGANDA

Restoration and protection of the historic heritage of Buganda kingdom
Kasubi, Kampala district          1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: The Buganda kingdom dates 200 years back and has a very rich history. One of the outstanding treasures of Buganda is the Kasubi Tombs which were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In 2010 some parts of the site were almost completely destroyed by a fire. After this tragedy, the Buganda Kingdom has vowed to rebuild the tombs of their kings, and the kingdom is looking for motivated volunteers to help rebuild the former glory of the kingdom by conserving, protecting and promoting the heritage site in all aspects. The Kasubi Tombs is the only Heritage Site of its kind in Uganda. The volunteers will be partnering with the kingdom to rebuild, restore, and document some of the activities of a two decade legacy.

Volunteer tasks include: restoration, promotion and protection of cultural values and sites; intercultural exchange; social work; educational support; raising awareness; guiding and counseling; tree planting.

Study theme: Protection, preservation and promotion of historic heritage, sustainable tourism and improving the livelihoods of local communities.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in a host family or a group accommodation on site.

Location: The site is located in the Central region of Uganda, Kampala district, which surrounds the capital city.

Age range: 19 and over

Participation fee: $590 CAD

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Education, care and support for orphans in rural Uganda
Kayingo Bulonde, Wakiso district          3 - 12 months

Volunteer project: The volunteers in this project will support an Orphanage for children in Kayingo Bulonde, Kajjansi township, Wakiso district, Central Uganda. The orphanage provides home and support network for orphaned and abandoned children in rural areas of Uganda. These children came to the orphanage for different reasons and every child has a different story. Some were orphaned by HIV/AIDS and some by tragic road accidents, some came to us because their families no longer wanted them whilst others arrived with families who still loved them but could no longer care for them.

Currently the orphanage is temporarily closed because of the appalling condition of the premises. The children had to be resettled because of the bad environment and the dilapidated buildings which need renovation and rehabilitation. The orphanage intends to keep providing care and assistance for children who have a home to stay in but are still in need of some basic necessities or guidance.

The project is looking for enthusiastic volunteers who can help revamp the orphanage, provide support and care for the children and create a safe and friendly environment for them. The major activities will be teaching and educational support, renovation and rehabilitation; career development; coordination of club activities; mentoring the youth to help them confront drug use and abuse.

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

Language: English

Duration of the project: 3 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in a host family or a group accommodation on site.

Location: The project takes place in  Wakiso district, 14 km from the city centre. The site is located in the Central region, with Kampala city and Entebbe town not far away.

Age range: 19 and over

Participation fee: $590 CAD

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;

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 and outreach support for the children and the community of Kikandwa
Kikandwa, Luwero district          3 - 12 months

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 above), 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 construct 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. Quite a big number of them are attacked by malaria and others have jiggers in their feet. They lack mosquito nets and medicines. Therefore, the Centre has started an agricultural project where they grow vegetables and fruits on a large scale for children's consumption at school.

The volunteers will support the staff in teaching and organising outdoor activities and sports for the children. Help is also needed in gardening, construction and tree planting projects at the centre. The volunteers will organise outreach programs for the surrounding communities focused on orphans and vulnerable children, and HIV/AIDS awareness. They may also help the communities in small sustainable tourism and income generation projects in the area and help develop and design promotional materials for the centre. The nearest Governmental Hospital is in Wabusana, 7 km away and that’s where the HIV/AIDS awareness program will be conducted.

Study theme: Local history, teaching, care for kids, sustainable tourism and improving the livelihoods of local communities.

Language: English

Leisure activities: Site visits, cultural talks, picnic, and enjoying the outdoors.

Duration of the project: 3 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

Accommodation: Housing in a host family within the community, near the centre.

Location: The project site is in Luwero district in the Central region of the country, 50 km north of the capital Kampala.

Age range: 19 and over

Participation fee: $590 CAD

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;

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 of the World Heritage Sites of Uganda
Uganda          1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: Heritage Trails, Uganda is a museum of Uganda’s history and culture with 3 sites inscribed by the UNESCO in three different places of the country, organized together with Uganda Wildlife Authority, Uganda Tourist Board, Uganda Museum and Uganda Wildlife Education Center, as a response to growing interest of young people to undertake concrete actions and to play an active role in the promotion and preservation of Uganda’s heritage initiated the Heritage Trail working on “making good relationship between nature and human beings” aiming to make people especially youth appreciate and know different aspects of heritage whether cultural or natural. As a bridge between people and culture/nature, a lot of outdoor activities are organized, like international volunteer projects, festivals and cultural gala for youth, individuals, institutions and well wishers.

The international volunteers will explore the forests and the villages of the three UNESCO Heritage Sites and will organise outreach programs for the benefit of the surrounding communities. They will promote environmental awareness, conservation and protection of the sites. The volunteers may help local communities on small sustainable tourism projects in the area. They will also develop and design promotional materials for the individual sites.

Study theme: Local history, sustainable tourism and livelihood among communities.

Language: English

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

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

Accommodation: Housing on the site grounds in the community near the heritage sites, bring sleeping bags.

Location: One of the sites is peri-urban and the two are rural, Mountain of the Moon is in Kabarole district which forms part of the Ruwenzori Mountain boarding the DRC, and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is located in Kanunga/Kisoro districts also boarding the DRC which is sanctuary to the few remaining world gorillas and other World fauna and flora.

Age range: 19 and over

Participation fee: $590 CAD

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;

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

                                                                                                         

 

Community upliftment program in war affected Luweero District
Luwero          1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: The volunteers in this project will work with communities in Luwero District which are still recovering from the 5 year Ugandan Bush War (also known as the Luwero War or the Resistance War) waged between 1981 and 1986. We will support the efforts of local organisations promoting social protection and helping the communities of Luwero to improve their livelihood. Self-motivated volunteers with a strong interest in sustainable agriculture, nutrition education and food access are needed.

The volunteers will organize an outreach program in the communities and assist with the local government's programming in education and agriculture. They will teach children, provide child care, guidance and counselling, and encourage skills development. The group will help arrange and take care of some school gardens. The volunteers will also visit local farms, educate locals about agriculture, raise environmental awareness and promote education in the communities.

Study theme: Improve on school food security and livelihood of the communities around to increase enrollment and attendance for quality education in school.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in a host family or a group accommodation on site.

Location: The project takes place in Luweero District, in the Central region, an hour drive from Kampala.

Age range: 19 and over

Participation fee: $590 CAD

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;

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          1 - 12 months

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.

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

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: 19 and over

Participation fee: $590 CAD

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;

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

                                                                                                         

 

Rehabilitation and reconstruction of war-devastated communities in Northern Uganda
Northern Uganda          1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: The program is a partnership with local organisations and government to rehabilitate the affected communities of the Northern region of Uganda. The area was devastated by the Kony war in the past decades. Now the area is secure, reconstruction and settlement of the affected areas is ongoing, but the major challenge is the social services in the area, which were destroyed. The population is traumatized, without proper accommodation and sanitation. International volunteers will join the efforts to uplift the service delivery to the returnees and the affected population of the north.

The volunteers will help in the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the affected communities in the context of learning and transforming conflicts management related to international voluntary service.

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

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in a host family or a group accommodation on site.

Location: The project is located in the Northern region of the country, 350 km from Kampala, the capital city.

Age range: 19 and over

Participation fee: $590 CAD

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;

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 of the World Heritage Sites of East Africa
Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania          1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: This East Africa Heritage initiative was conceived in 2012 in the framework of the UNESCO World Heritage Education Program, to mobilize and involve local youth and volunteers in East Africa in heritage preservation and promote regional integration. The project is a joint collaboration with civil society organisations, East African communities and local authorities.

The volunteers will visit different World Heritage Sites in three countries of East Africa: Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. The group will work on at least two heritage sites in each country. The volunteers will organise and participate in different activities related to promoting, preserving and protecting the sites, strengthening cultural values, awareness raising, educational support, screening of cultural films and tree planting. The project will start in Uganda with a two-day orientation.

Study theme: Local history, protection, preservation and promotion of historic heritage, sustainable tourism and improved livelihood for local communities.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be placed in host families to better understand and appreciate the local culture. Electricity, running water, telephone or wireless network may not be available at all locations.

Location: UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania

Age range: 19 and over

Participation fee: $590 CAD

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;

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          1 - 12 months

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.
The people in this area are Samia who descend of the Bamasaba in the Elgon Region.
We are looking for motivated volunteers willing to volunteer and help for the development, protection and conservation of the environment in Busia.

Volunteer tasks: Teaching and educational support; Guidance and counselling; environmental conservation activities; coordination of club activities; career development; study of the Samia Culture.

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

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

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: 19 and over

Participation fee: $590 CAD

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;

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, Buikwe district          1 - 12 months

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.

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

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in a host family or a group accommodation on site.

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: 19 and over

Participation fee: $590 CAD

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Education and outreach program in Kayunga District
Kizanyirizi, Kayunga District          1 - 12 months

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 teaching and outreach program for care and protection of the children in need of support.

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

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in a host family or a group accommodation on site.

Location: The Orphanage is located in Kayunga District, in Central region.

Age range: 19 and over

Participation fee: $590 CAD

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;

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 and developing programs for a volunteer and training center in Kampala
Kampala          1 - 12 months

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 will be involved in the designing, planning and development of programmes for the day to day running and effective management of the center, developing strategies for effective implementation, mobilising and sensitization, as well as some construction work.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

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

Location: 20 Km from Kampala – the project is located in Central region.

Age range: 19 and over

Participation fee: $590 CAD

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;

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

                                                                                                         

 

Renovating a primary school in Mukono district
Mukono          1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: This project is in support of a primary school. The aim is to improve the learning conditions of the school. The school has a population of over 300 children with very poor sanitation facilities, low staff manpower to tend to this growing children population. The permanent structures available once was removed by the heavy downpours and the community around needs to be mobilized for them to take charge in the activities of the school .

The volunteers will help improve the school water and sanitation facilities to increase enrollment and attendance for quality education. They will also work with the community to raise awareness about the importance of education.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in a host family or a group accommodation on site.

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

Age range: 19 and over

Participation fee: $590 CAD

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;

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

                                                                                                         

 

Community development program in Wakiso
Wakiso          1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: This is a community based initiative in Mau village, Nabweru Sub-county Wakiso district. The aim is to improve the water, sanitation and hygiene in Maganjo parish by creating, developing awareness materials and other relevant initiatives which will help in mobilizing communities to get involved. Local people are also running a primary/nursery school for children and income generating activities like handcrafts, coffee making, juice packing, knitting and tailoring to improve on their livelihood.

Volunteers' tasks: Promotion of community work and preparing and support for outreach programs, training in apprenticeship and organic farming.

Study theme: Improving livelihood through community involvement and strengthening income generation for sustainable development. 

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in a host family or a group accommodation on site.

Location: Nabweru Subcounty, Wakiso District, 14 Km from Kampala in Central region.

Age range: 19 and over

Participation fee: $590 CAD

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;

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 education in poor communities in Mukono district
Mukono          1 - 12 months

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 the staff with daily activities including prepping, teaching, awareness raising, community work, daily manual labour, mainly construction. There will be an opportunity for volunteers to plan and implement activities based on their own interests.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in a host family or a group accommodation on site.

Location: Mukono district is located 60 Km from Kampala central Region, the project is located in western region.

Age range: 19 and over

Participation fee: $590 CAD

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;

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 special needs and their families
Wakiso          1 - 12 months

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.

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

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: 19 and over

Participation fee: $590 CAD

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;

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          1 - 12 months

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: Festivals cultural restoration and protection; career development; developing synergies, coordination of heritage club activities; 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.

Study theme: Local history, preservation, protection and promotion, sustainable tourism and improved livelihood for local communities.

Language: English

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

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in a host family or 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: 19 and over

Participation fee: $590 CAD

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;

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          1 - 12 months

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

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in a host family or a group accommodation on site.

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

Age range: 19 and over

Participation fee: $590 CAD

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;

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

                                                                                                         

 

Raising awareness and improving the ecosystem of Lake Nakashandha
Rukungiri          1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: With only one Lake in Garubunda Village there is increasing pressure from the community in the use and protection of the water. The local government of Rukungiri District together with concerned residences has embarked on the program of creating awareness; advocacy, educate the community, and improving and enhancing the ecological, recreational and community values of Lake Nakashandha and its watershed.

The project work will include: creating awareness, expanding the vegetation system; training communities on eco protection and tourism.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

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

Location: Lake Nakashandha is located in the south western region of Uganda close to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Age range: 19 and over

Participation fee: $590 CAD

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;

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
Kabarole          1 - 12 months

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 Teaching and educational support; career development; vocational skills training, coordination of club activities; mentoring the youth to help them confront drug use and abuse. 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.

Study theme: Local history, protection, preservation and promotion of historic heritage, sustainable tourism and improved livelihood for local communities.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in a host family or a group accommodation on site.

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

Age range: 19 and over

Participation fee: $590 CAD

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;

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

                                                                                                         

 

HIV/AIDS Education and care for affected children in Central Uganda
Wakiso          1 - 12 months

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 volunteer work includes social work in the communities where volunteers will be involved in the general care of children with HIV/Aids, working in the local school where you will be involved in promotion of HIV/Aids education, guidance and counseling, you will also be involved in the children innovation and creativity activities that will also promote economic empowerment of people living with HIV/Aids. Volunteers will also be involved in helping in organizational duties and home based work within the communities.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

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 way of life.

Location: The site is located in the Central region of Uganda, Kampala district, which surrounds the capital city.

Age range: 19 and over

Participation fee: $590 CAD

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;

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 waste management program in Buwenge
Buwenge, Jinja District          1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: The volunteers will work with a Youth Environmental Protection group that has worked with volunteer groups since the 90s with a common aim of promoting and protecting the Environment in Buwenge Town Council and the country at large. Buwenge is a fast growing urban council and is affected with all the challenges of urbanization and globalization. With the population of Buwenge escalating, the council is facing a problem of waste management and deforestation. In cooperation with the town council and the local community, the volunteers will be looking for a way forward to help the communities of Buwenge cope with pollution, environment degradation and other health hazards. So the town council of Buwenge is looking for motivated volunteers with the skills to guide the council and local communities on waste management and environmental issues.

The volunteers' tasks involve teaching and educational support; guidance and counseling; environmental conservation activities; coordination of club activities; career development.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

Accommodation: Since it’s not easy to appreciate and understand cultures before you interact with them and stay together volunteers will be placed in host families. The first two days will be for orientation. Note: We cannot guarantee electricity, water (shower), telephone or wireless network for we work in rural settings, where some of these facilities are not available.

Location: The project is located 102 Km from the city centre of Kampala. From Jinja Town the project is located 20Km off Kamuli Rd in the eastern district of Jinja which is an industrial and tourist attraction.

Age range: 19 and over

Participation fee: $590 CAD

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12months;

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 District          1 - 12 months

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

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

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: 19 and over

Participation fee: $590 CAD

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12months;

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          1 - 12 months

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 preparation of short workshops and trainings in agriculture, support to workers, introducing apprenticeship and entrepreneurship to the community, work with youth and women on sustainable projects. The volunteers will provide skills development, and educational support; guidance and counselling; help in environmental conservation; training on data management. They will also take part in practical trainings in the gardens and field work.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in a host family. 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: 19 and over

Participation fee: $590 CAD

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;

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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