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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 9-12months;

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

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 9-12months;

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

                                                                                                         

 

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 9-12months;

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          3 - 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: 3 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.

                                                                                                         

 

Environmental protection and waste management program in Buwenge
Buwenge, Jinja District          2 - 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: 2 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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

 

Support the income generation activities of women in Kabarole district
Kabarole District          3 - 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 as a result of exploiting the developing tourism industry in the region. Mt Ruwenzori is seen within the vicinity, as well as other natural settings like Queen Elizabeth national park.

The volunteers will support the income generation activities of the women. The aim of the project is to help families to improve their households by selling crafts and processing locally available fruits. This would help young women live their life to full potential.

Language: English

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

Accommodation: Accommodation will vary from host families to a group accommodation depending on the 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 9-12months;

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

                                                                                                         

 


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