Volunteer in the Medical Project in Uganda

Are you looking for an affordable way to travel where you will also have the opportunity to use your specialized skills and interests to help improve the health.

  • Budget-friendly medical volunteer program starts at just $150
  • Opportunity to help improve the health and future health of disadvantaged Ugandans
  • Receive constant support to ensure a safe and quality experience
  • Highly reviewed and reputable

Global Crossroad's healthcare volunteering in Uganda project is located within the town of Wakitaka at the region's health center. This health center provides community health services on various levels – ranging from outpatient services and blood tests to community outreach, family planning and antenatal services. In collaboration with the health clinic's local and permanent staff members, volunteers help with administering vaccinations and routine health-related tests (blood pressure, blood tests, etc.) as well as providing consulting assistance. Other healthcare-related services offered to the community include Preventing Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) due to the high presence of HIV/AIDS in Uganda.

Role of Volunteer

In Medical volunteering in Uganda project, your duties may include assisting local medical personnel and taking on various tasks independently at the clinic or hospital. Volunteers assist with outpatient department services, dispense medications and deliver injections/immunizations. Volunteers also support health education via community outreach programs and assist with family planning, antenatal services and deliveries.

  • Outpatient Department Services (OPD)
  • Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin or "mean cell hemoglobin" (MCH) – blood tests checking for anemia-based conditions
  • Consultations
  • Dispensing medications
  • Injections/Immunizations
  • Health Education
  • Community Outreach
  • Antenatal Services
  • Deliveries
  • Family Planning

NOTE: Above are sample activities and vary from day-to-day, depending up on the schedule of the project. The local project's staff members may request assistance in various activities deemed necessary or beneficial to the clinic or those in need.

Medical volunteers will shadow local doctors and learn mostly from observation. Due to inherent risk involved and medical regulations, volunteers cannot treat patients or become involved in surgery during the project.

Skills and Qualifications Needed

To participate in medical volunteering in Uganda project, you must have certification or proof of experience in a medical field, such as a medical student ID, EMT or paramedic certification, or nursing or physician's credentials. Due to the health risks involved, volunteers who are not properly trained in healthcare cannot support this project.

Your understanding of Ugandan culture and diversity can help improve the experience for both you and your patients. Consider enrolling in our one-week Language & Cultural Immersion program.

Dates: Volunteer in Uganda

All volunteering opportunities in Uganda start every Monday, though we allow for flexibility due to travel constraints.

Price: Volunteer in Uganda

Most affordable quality volunteer work in Uganda are available through Global Crossroad. We strive to keep our costs low. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion. Global Crossroad's volunteer abroad in Uganda application and registration fee cost US $299.

In addition to the application fee, you are required to pay a weekly program fee. You will pay your weekly fee directly to your host family and project. This way, the fees that you pay will benefit those who rightfully deserve them, and not for company profit.

    Duration Orphanage/Teaching/Medical/HIV
  1 week   $150
  2 Weeks   $250
  3 Weeks   $350
  4 Weeks   $450
  5 Weeks   $550
  6 Weeks   $650
  7 Weeks   $750
  8 Weeks   $850
  9 Weeks   $950
  10 Weeks   $1,050
  11 Weeks   $1,150
  12 Weeks   $1,250
Program fees cover:
  • Accommodation (host family)
  • Food (local food 3 times a day)
  • In-country support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers
Program fees exclude:
  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

How your fee is allocated?

The Uganda volunteer opportunity program fees will cover expenses that will begin on the first day of the program to the last day of the program. If you arrive before the first day of the program or you decide you stay beyond your program's last day, you will be responsible for the additional expenses, which would typically be around $30 a day for room and meals at a hostel.