UGANDA ORGANIC FARMING AND AGRICULTURE VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE
Journey to the country of Uganda which is full of many contrasts. The forbidding mountains act as a foil to the softer meadows and broad savannah, while the dry uplands contrast with the swamplands of the lake shores.
While a country full of beauty and rich culture, many of these communities live on such a minimal income that it's a struggle for them to provide basic education, food, and running water for their families day to day.
Located near the Mabira Rainforest, volunteers have the unique opportunity to get involved with sustainable farming initiatives and see how lives can be changed through the work being done. [Read below for more info ↓]
US $1250: US $90 per day
Organic Farming and Agriculture Volunteer Experience 2 week extension
Please note that your international flights are not included in the above price.
To secure your spot, you pay a deposit of US $250 - you can then choose to pay the remainder in weekly instalments or as one lump sum a couple of months before the experience starts. Once you have made the deposit payment, you will receive a comprehensive experience guide which covers everything from what to bring, to travel insurance and international flight recommendations.
Locations: Mukono and Buikwe District rural areas, Uganda
Experience Length: 2 weeks minimum
Work Type: Organic Farming
Arrival Airport: Entebbe International Airport (EBB)
Finish Date: The program will end two weeks after the start date. We can help arrange onward travel but it isn't included in the price.
Recommendations: Volunteers with a green thumb and an interest in environmental conservation
The exact cost of the 2 week volunteering in Mukono Town is $990. If you wish to stay longer, the price will be $495 for week three and four then $200 per extra week after the fourth week.
This goes towards covering everything from in-country transport and accommodation to project fees and staff support. Please note that your international flights are not included in the above price.
To secure your spot you pay a deposit of US $250 (you can then pay the rest in weekly installments or in full a couple of months before you travel). We also provide you with a comprehensive travel guide which covers everything from what to bring, to travel insurance and international flight recommendations.
This village based placement teaches and promotes modern methods of organic farming and environmental sustainability in rural Ugandan communities.
Volunteers work alongside Ugandans digging and maintaining demonstration gardens to promote better nutrition, efficient use of land, natural pest control, soil conservation, and income generation. Depending on the season, volunteers will prepare soil, plant, weed, chase pests, or harvest. Volunteers are given basic training and appropriate tools upon arrival, but bring gloves if you have sensitive hands. This project requires working in the sun.
Volunteers take part in a flexible schedule, which includes some or all activities offered by the program. Other activities such as teaching and community sports may be on offer by the host organization. Volunteers are encouraged to dig in and try everything. The exchange of ideas, experiences, and culture is also encouraged.
You will have two days off a week, Saturday and Sunday. Long weekends can also be arranged if you would like to explore Uganda further however this is at your own cost.
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Every day on this project is unbelievable and unforgettable - guaranteed! We've packed so much into this that you'll be exhausted! Here are a few snippets to whet your appetite.
- If you arrive into Entebbe international airport, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation to begin your adventure.
- Daily support from our experienced team of coordinators
- In-depth orientation on arrival
- Meals provided throughout volunteering
- Fully supported throughout your stay
You will live in the home of the organization’s director and their family. You may share a room with another international volunteer. Meals and water for bathing and clothes washing will be provided by the family. You are advised to buy your own bottled water for drinking once you arrive in Uganda.
Living in a family home is a unique experience. You’ll fit yourself into family life and become an auntie or uncle to all the local children.
It is typical for homes to have electricity but some will have no running water or western toilet. Outdoor toilets are called pit latrines (outdoors) and water for bathing comes from a well or rain water collection tank.
You are advised to bring a flashlight since power cuts are frequent in Uganda.
As windows in Uganda are typically without screens, you may wish to bring a mosquito net.
- Minimum age 18.
- Enthusiasm and flexibility - schedules can change without notice due to uncontrollable factors.
- Willingness to get your hands dirty and work as a team.
- An open respect for other cultures and customs.
- Travel and medical insurance.
- Background checks are required and a general waiver of liability is to be signed on arrival
- All accommodation
- All in-country transport
- 24/7 support from our guides
- Heaps of meals
- Project donation and supplies
- International flights
- Spending money
- Tourist visa – you must get your visa before arrival to Uganda. You will be given detailed instructions on how to do this. It is $50USD.
- Meals and drinks other than those stated in the above descriptions.
- Travel and medical insurance
Projects are based in rural Mukono and Buikwe Districts. All projects are aimed at providing primary and secondary education to needy children, community outreach and counselling, and adult literacy. Most projects have little or no resources, so foreign volunteers with different ideas and experiences are highly valued. Please note that all projects require volunteers who are self-starters and can conduct their daily activities with minimal supervision. Specific daily schedules and activities will be determined between volunteers and their coordinator upon arrival. 3 meals are provided each day which will consist of local foods, such as matooke (mashed plantain), posho (corn bread), potatoes, and rice. They are generally served with beans, peas, or groundnut sauce. The usual breakfast is tea and bread.
Volunteers must act with a courteous and respectful manner towards their accommodation provider, the home they are living in and other volunteers they are living with at all times.
Be considerate to others: You are asked to keep communal areas free of personal belongings; keep your bedroom space clean and tidy; remain quiet when people are sleeping; keep personal hygiene to a high standard; if you require a shower at a certain time discuss with others in the house beforehand; maintain an acceptable standard of dress at all times; before inviting guests to your accommodation seek the permission of your host.
Alcohol: Alcoholic drinks are not permitted in the accommodation unless agreed to by the accommodation provider. Returning drunk to your accommodation is not permitted.
Smoking: Smoking is not permitted at your accommodation. If you need to smoke please leave the premises to do so.
Illegal Substances: The use of illegal substances, such as drugs, is not permitted at any point through the duration of your time on the program or while staying in your accommodation.
Curfew: You are asked to observe the curfew time set by your accommodation provider.
Once you arrive in country please let one of our team know your departure information, they will be able to help arrange transport for you back to the airport when necessary.
SPENDING MONEY AND CURRENCY
Ugandan currency is called the Ugandan Shilling. At the time of writing the exchange rate is $1 = UGX3,500. You can easily change money on arrival at Entebbe International Airport
General day to day living in Uganda can be very cheap with meals costing as little as UGX7,000, a beer for UGX4,000, bottled water for UGX1,000 and upwards. The further you are from Kampala and other tourist spots, the cheaper day to day living costs. It's highly likely that you can live on as little as $20-45 per week but if you like to shop or party then you need to budget accordingly.
As we're not medical professionals we're not permitted to give medical advice.
However, most travel clinics suggest having the following vaccinations; typhoid, yellow fever, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, meningitis, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and influenza.
Note you will need a yellow fever vaccination to enter Uganda.
Please do seek medical advice from your GP or local medical travel advice clinic for absolutely up to date information.
To confirm your place on the program we just require a deposit of US $250. Once we have received your deposit your placement will be confirmed by email. If you haven't received that email in 48 hours, please check your spam or junk folder.
We require your placement to be fully paid a couple of months before your confirmed arrival date. We can set you up with a weekly payment plan if you prefer. Just contact our team to make that happen.
Throughout your project you will be accompanied by experienced team of coordinators and guides. They are there to help you understand the culture and customs, help you with arrangements, answer any questions that you may have and to ensure that you enjoy your time to its fullest. If at any time you feel unsafe, either in general or on your placement, we expressly urge you to speak to your coordinators immediately. In almost all cases whatever the issue is can be resolved quickly and with minimum effect to your placement.
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