Uganda Medical Volunteer!
Do you want to gain medical volunteer abroad experience? Are you seeking an opportunity to explore a fascinating country while serving poor families and children? Then Global Crossroad's medical volunteer program in Uganda is the perfect fit for you.
Uganda is a spectacular country with gorgeous natural sceneries and a rich culture and history. The country is most famous for its breathtaking high green hills, the national parks and the river Nile, the longest river in the world.
Taking part in this Uganda medical volunteer program will be an eye-opening experience for you. You will enrich your medical skills while experiencing authentic African cultures. After joining the project, in collaboration with the health clinic's local and permanent staff members, you will help with administering vaccinations and routine health-related tests (blood pressure, blood tests, etc.) as well as providing consulting assistance.
Reach out to us today to learn how you can enrich your medical skills while saving lives in impoverished communities.
Volunteer Responsibilities & Impacts
In Medical volunteering program in Uganda, 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
- Dispensing medications
- Health Education
- Community Outreach
- Antenatal Services
- Family Planning
The tasks mentioned are just a sample of many exciting activities that you will be able to undertake.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.
Becoming a medical volunteer in Uganda is very impactful. You will gain invaluable international medical experience that helps in your future endeavors. Besides, you will also gain deep insight of the authentic African culture while making a difference.
Skills and Qualifications
To participate in medical volunteering program in Uganda, 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. If you are passionate about helping people in need and interested in healthcare you also qualify for this program.
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.
While working on this project get ready for fun, exciting and new experiences everyday. You will have the opportunity to work with doctors and patients and save lives of people who are desperately in need at the same learn new skills and experiences.
There is no fixed program because tasks may vary everyday. Get ready to have a great time while helping at all times. That said, this is what your typical daily schedule would look like:
Here is a sample daily schedule:
First Day: On your first day of medical volunteer experience in Uganda, you will be escorted to the hospital by your in-country coordinator and introduced to the medical colleagues. The rest of your day will be spent briefing you on your duties and responsibilities.
- Weekdays: The medical work start on the second day, however not everyday will be the same but a typical day will be as follows:
- 7.00 to 7.30 AM: Local delicious breakfast served by your host family. Usually, breakfast in Uganda is home-cooked and shared together.
- 7.45 AM: Following breakfast, you will set out to leave home and travel to the hospital for a fun day, filled with activities like first aid, wound dressing and teaching personal hygiene.
- 12.00 PM: Around noon you will break for a delicious local lunch with your medical colleagues and other volunteers.
- 3.00 PM: You day generally ends around this time and you now free to rest and discover the hidden gems of Kampala City.
- 6.45 PM: Your day ends with a traditional Ugandan dinner together with your host family as you share experiences and culture.
Uganda Medical Volunteer: Dates and Fees
Dates: Volunteer In Uganda
All volunteering opportunities in Uganda start every Monday, though we allow for flexibility due to travel constraints.
Fees: 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.
Mandatory comprehensive travel insurance $3.49 a day »
Airport Pick up $75
How your fee is allocated?
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:
- Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
- Daily transportation
- Airport return transfer
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.
Accommodation and Meal
While working for medical volunteer program in Uganda, you will stay with a loving, respectful and friendly local host family who will treat you like part of their family. They will also prepare for you three local delicious meals everyday and make sure you are safe and secure in their home.
Your host family has years of hosting experience they will provide you with a comfortable home featuring western style toilets and electricity.
Free Time and Weekend Exploration
There will be plenty of free time to explore Uganda during your volunteer project. In the week you work of 4-5 hours and you can spend your evenings discovering around the city. It is also a chance to join fellow volunteers for joint escapades. During the weekend you will have two full days to travel on longer trip across Uganda.
Read more about the exciting destinations while volunteering in medical program in Uganda.
Safety and In Country Support
Your safety is very important to us. We take serious comprehensive steps to ensure that you always feel safe and comfortable while undertaking your volunteer project. We support you in all the necessary preparations, and when you arrive in Uganda you will have an in-country coordinator available at all times of day if you need help.
Uganda Medical Volunteer: FAQs
Arrival and departure
You should fly into Entebbe International Airport in Kampala. We suggest you reach Uganda a day prior to the start of your Uganda volunteer program.to avoid any confusion.
Ensure you send us your complete final flight information once your ticket processing is completed since GCR offers airport pick-up services to international volunteers, but for our local representative to get to the airport on time, you must provide correct flight details. Any last-minute flight changes must be communicated immediately.
Kindly be informed that Global Crossroad does not provide drop off services after the completion of its medical volunteer projects but your in-country coordinator will assist you to arrange for transportation to the airport.
To participate in Uganda medical volunteer program, you need to get an e-Visa. On arrival visa is not available in Uganda. Please visit for more information in details.
You require certain types of vaccinations before leaving to take part in Uganda medical volunteer experience. It is always a great idea to visit the Center for Disease Control's website for traveler's health recommendations.
These are the following Vaccinations that you should have while volunteering in Uganda such as hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR).
Why Uganda Medical Volunteer?
You will make a valuable difference in the lives of the underprivileged population
Volunteering in Uganda in medical program is a noble opportunity to make a meaningful health related difference in the lives of the impoverished in the communities. Your contribution in providing adequate and timely health treatment for saving lives will make a huge difference in the way they lead their life.
Get an opportunity to learn and work alongside medical experts
While working medical health project you will get to learn directly from experience doctors and medical professionals. You get to hone your medical skills in real world situation adding experience to your existing knowledge while taking part in medical volunteering program in Uganda.
Gives you satisfactory feeling of accomplishment
Taking part in Uganda health program you will provide medical aid to the ailing people. They are unable to get timely medical help due to poverty. By providing effective medical aid on humanitarian grounds free of cost will give you an accomplished feeling of saving life.
Derive better understanding about the Health System of Uganda
When you come for Uganda medical volunteer opportunity, it will be a great chance for you to immerse yourself in a new and different health treatment system that exists in Uganda. The practical experience that you get will give you a better understanding about the wide gap that exists between Uganda and the countries around the world.
Other Volunteer Opportunities Available In Uganda
No matter your passion or interests, we offer a variety of life-changing, volunteer programs in Uganda such as
volunteering with HIV/AIDS victims,
work in orphanage and much more.
For more information on our exciting programs in Uganda, contact us today.
Medical Volunteer Opportunities in Other Countries
Other than this medical program in Uganda, GCR offers great medical volunteer opportunities in many countries cross the world.
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