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 Uganda has a beautiful culture full of rich history, there is still a long way to go in ensuring that the communities have access to their basic needs.
Our partner has built relationships with many small schools in Mukono and Buikwe Districts and work to empower children and give them a chance at a brighter future.
As an international volunteer, you will be able to give back directly to these kids with your encouragement, creativity, and love.
This is an opportunity to break the kids away from their usual day of rote learning. Volunteers bring games, songs, and interactive lessons to primary school classrooms. If you have a heart for grassroots development, then journey to Uganda for a deep cross cultural experience! [Read below for more info ↓]
Locations: Mukono and Buikwe District rural areas, Uganda
Experience Length: 2 weeks minimum
Work Type: Teaching in a primary school
Arrival Airport: Entebbe International Airport (EBB)
Finish Date: The program will end four weeks after the start date. We can help arrange onward travel but it isn't included in the price.
Recommendations: Please note that all projects require volunteers who are self-starters and can conduct their daily activities with minimal supervision.
There are many privately-run primary schools in Uganda that cater exclusively to the education, housing and feeding of needy children. Volunteers can teach primary subjects and organize sport and art activities for the children.
Each school is structured differently in terms of fees – as a whole, the fees are low cost (far under the market value) and in some cases, free. The schools often have to charge something, even a very small amount, to ensure the parents/guardians take ownership in the kids’ education – while it sounds unusual, in Uganda services that are free are generally seen as having no value.
The schools we work with charge regular fees to those that can afford it and allow a number of needy children to attend for free. Basically, it all depends on their regular donors or other sources of income (farming/other business). The schools have to be sustainable so have to charge something, but if they are sponsored from abroad, the fees are often very low or non-existent.
Volunteers are expected to work a minimum of 4 to 6 hours a day, 5 days a week from Monday to Friday. Sundays are days off. Volunteers are able to work beyond this minimum commitment.
It is vital that you are flexible and willing to adapt to situations as they arise. You cannot predict what each day may bring. We also ask that you are prepared to follow any rules set by us or our partners to ensure continuity of the program. New initiatives you may wish to set up at your project should be discussed with your project director supervisor before implementation to ensure that what you set up is appropriate for the project.
School terms vary from year to year but are approximately as follows: Feb 1 to April 15, May 15 to August 15, September 15 to November 30.
Placements at local secondary schools can be arranged upon request. Volunteers will require a university degree to be eligible to teach at the secondary level.
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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 the volunteer guesthouse in Mukono town to begin your adventure. We have procedures for all arrival times. Book the flights that work best for you.
- Daily support from our experienced team of coordinators
- In-depth orientation on arrival
- Tour of Mukono town
- Meals provided throughout volunteering
- Fully supported throughout your stay
You will live in the home of the school director and their family. You may share 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, 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.
You are advised to bring a flashlight since power cuts are frequent in Uganda.
Outdoor toilets are pit latrines (outdoors) and water for bathing comes from a well or rain water collection tank.
As windows in Uganda are typically without screens, you may wish to bring a mosquito net.
- Minimum age 18.
- Volunteers will require a university degree to be eligible to teach at the secondary level.
- 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.
- All accommodation
- All in-country transport
- 24/7 support from our guides
- 3 meals a day
- 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
US $1250: US $90 per day
Remote Childcare 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.
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 dwelling 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.
There are great online resources for finding cheap flights, such as www.skyscanner.com or www.google.com/flights. If you would like to speak to an agent you can use our preferred agent by clicking on this link STA Flights.
Please book a flight that arrives into Entebbe international airport (airport code EBB) on the chosen arrival date. On arrival one of our team will be waiting for you at the airport with a sign saying your name, they will transfer you onto the volunteer guesthouse. When you have your flight booked you must send to us the flight number (usually a code consisting of two letters and three numbers, for example; BA009) and the arrival time. Without this information we cannot collect you from the airport and that would just suck!
It's also a great idea if you can send us a number for a mobile or cell phone that you plan to bring with you so that we can try to contact you if for some reason we're unable to locate you at the airport.
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.
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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