Start and duration of Uganda Volunteer Program: The volunteer program begins on the first and third Monday of each month. Volunteers can choose to volunteer for periods ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks.
Uganda Volunteering Requirements: Volunteers must be 12 years or older on the volunteer program start date, have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a criminal background check to Volunteers 2 Uganda staff on arrival in Uganda.
How many other volunteers will be there? Between 10 and 30 volunteers start on our volunteer programs in Uganda each month. What does this mean for you? More people to socialize with and travel with, more people to meet from different cultures, more people to volunteer with, more projects to work on, more staff support, better infrastructure for volunteers and lower fees!
Special Needs Care Programs
In Uganda, there are increasing numbers of children born with either mental or physical disabilities, as well as young people and adults who become disabled through the course of their lives. Volunteers on the Special Needs Care project in Uganda are placed in day schools for individuals with special needs, or in a special needs treatment center, handling both in and out-patients. Volunteers work as teacher aids, assisting with vocational training, providing care and playing games with individuals during their free time. Volunteers on this project do not need to have previous experience or training, as they work closely with local staff, however adequately trained volunteers can occasionally assist with speech and occupational therapies, physiotherapy, social work, orthotics, prosthetics and wheelchair making. Volunteers who are specialized in particular areas are encouraged to provide these details to Volunteers 2 Uganda, upon applying, to assist the local staff in placing you where you will be most effective, however volunteers do need to be flexible and willing to work within other areas as needed.
The objective of the Teaching project in Uganda is to contribute to the development of under-resourced local schools and provide opportunities for Ugandans from disadvantaged backgrounds to receive a quality education. Teaching in a Ugandan school is a truly humbling experience, although the students have experienced tough upbringings, they are extremely polite, cheerful and eager to learn. The presence of mzungu (western) volunteers is always a great novelty for the children too. Volunteers are placed in nursery, primary or secondary schools, where they work alongside local teachers. Typical subjects include English, Math, Sports, Science, History, Music and Social Studies. Depending on the school in which volunteers are placed, students can range in age from 3 to 20 years old. Schools in Uganda run for three terms per year and the Teaching project will not operate during the school holiday periods. The school holidays for 2014 are as follows: 26 April to 18 May, 9 August to 7 September, 6 December to 1 February. During these periods, volunteers will switch to another available project. Volunteers do not need to be qualified or experienced teachers to participate on this project
Are you a qualified doctor, nurse or health professional? Do you want to share your knowledge and experience with severely deprived communities? We need volunteers to join our medical/health program in Uganda. Malaria, typhoid, pneumonia, and tetanus are treatable diseases, yet many still die in Uganda as a result of not receiving proper medical care. Government-run hospitals and medical clinics are ill-equipped to handle the volume of people in need of care. As a medically qualified volunteer you can help by sharing your medical skills and working alongside local staff to provide those in need with basic medical care. Volunteers have the opportunity to work in the areas of general medical practice, maternal health, minor surgery, and laboratory work. This role is suitable for self-directed, caring people who are medically qualified.
Further your medical experience by working alongside doctors and nurses in a Ugandan medical facility. Those with professional medical experience can get involved in a more hands-on capacity.
Construction and Renovation Program
Many Ugandan communities are in great need of new infrastructure, as well as improvements and maintenance to existing structures. Volunteers on the Construction and Renovation project assist with construction work and improvements to medical centers, childcare centers and schools within the local communities. Volunteer tasks can include, but are not limited to, building, renovating, painting, landscaping and bricklaying. Volunteers do not need prior building experience to participate on this project, as they work alongside a local foreman to complete the work, but skilled workers are very welcome. New construction and renovation projects develop based on community need, so volunteers can expect to work on different projects in different locations during their time in Uganda. The Construction and Renovation project has a surcharge of US$49 per week for supervision and materials, which will be included in the Program Fee quoted to you after you apply.
Sports Education Programs
Ugandan children are incredibly enthusiastic and love learning new sports! The Sports Education project in Uganda provides these children with a range of activities and sports to participate in and volunteers are placed in primary or secondary schools to assist with Physical Education classes and other sports activities. Volunteers generally follow the school curriculum and teach the topics scheduled for that term, however volunteers are also welcome to introduce new sports, if they bring or purchase the required resources and equipment. Volunteers do not need previous teaching or coaching experience to participate on this project, however it is important to note that volunteers may be required to teach other classes during the school day. Volunteers on this project also have the opportunity to work in a local street children placement, which runs most Wednesday afternoons and takes children (predominantly teenage boys) off the streets, encouraging them to become involved in sports activities. While football/soccer is the most common sport in Uganda, the children also welcome the introduction of new sports. As the Sports Education project is predominantly run in schools, the project will not operate fully during the school holiday periods and volunteers will therefore need to supplement their work with another project available during these periods. The school holidays for 2014 are as follows: 26 April to 18 May, 9 August to 7 September, 6 December to 1 February
In Uganda, about 7.2 percent of the population is living with HIV/AIDS, this amounts to around 1.4 million people, including an estimated 190,000 children. In an effort to assist and provide care to these individuals, a variety of initiatives have been established throughout Uganda, however much more help is needed, especially in regards to education and awareness surrounding HIV/AIDS. Volunteers on the HIV/AIDS project assist on empowerment programs providing counseling to
patients, hygiene education and nutrition programs.
The nutrition program includes teaching patients how to grow different crops, to ensure that they can have a nutritional diet and continue to live a healthy life. Volunteers also work with health workers in the local villages to carry out community outreach programs. While each program will have a specific purpose, the overriding aim is to highlight the importance of HIV/AIDS education and awareness among all ages, through classes on hygiene and how to prevent transmission. Volunteers who are medically qualified, with training in phlebotomy, will have the opportunity to work alongside local medical staff, assisting them in a variety of tasks including taking blood samples and testing for HIV/AIDS. Volunteers are not required to be medically qualified in order to participate on most aspects of the HIV/AIDS project, however medical tasks, including testing, will only be available to medical professionals or those with the appropriate training.
Women Education programs
Women in Uganda face a wide range of challenges including discrimination, low social status, lack of economic self sufficiency, and greater risk of HIV/ AIDS infection. Many women are still able to function and participate in different activities on a daily basis and what they need is just support for them to be able to carry out different income generating activities. So, Volunteers can assist in this range of areas;
Provide training and sensitization for women’s groups on management, financing and educational development to increase independence and allow mothers to better support their families.
Create educational training materials on topics such as reproductive health, counseling, vocational skills and self-esteem building.
Performing arts activities like basket weaving, sewing, tailoring, jewelry-making, in order to generate income and provide for their families that promote the importance of good decision making.
Provide counseling and other social services for women and families affected by HIV.
Hygine & Sanitation,
Child Care Programs
Uganda has an extremely high number of children living in poverty and many of these vulnerable children have lost one or both of their parents as a result of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Volunteers in the Childcare project in Uganda are placed in day care centers, nursery schools and kindergartens to assist local staff in the day to day running of these centers. All of these centers are extremely under resourced and volunteers play a key role in ensuring they operate effectively. Volunteer activities vary across the different centers, however typical tasks include, educational activities and basic teaching of English, Math, Health/Hygiene, Reading and Writing. Other activities include play therapy and games, dancing, singing, arts and crafts, as well as assisting with feeding and daily chores.