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Volunteer in Uganda Orphanage!

Are you passionate about helping underprivileged children to make a difference in their lives? Do you dream of visiting Uganda to see the source of the River Nile? If yes, then this volunteering in orphanage in Uganda is fit just for you.

Uganda is a stunning country best known for its source of the great river Nile. It is also one of the countries sharing the Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest fresh-water lake. As well as famous for its centuries of culture and traditions, that is still practiced in modern cities.

Uganda’s population is sadly still heavily affected by the worldwide pandemic of HIV/AIDS. Children are often born to AIDS-infected parents whom they lose before they are able to make a contribution to their children's lives. Therefore, there are a lot of orphans who need your help.

The orphanage volunteer program in Uganda is working to offer a solid foundation to meet all of the needs of these children in an attempt to grant them a brighter future. By committing to volunteer work in Uganda, you will be helping these establishments operate to their best abilities and in turn significantly helping these children.

Joining this project is an incredible way to help these poor children receive the love, care, education, and companionship that they need and deserve. Your role is vital to the improvement of the present and future lives of these disadvantaged children.

If you would like to change lives of these kids, and help them become great people in the society, contact GCR today and learn more about the exciting opportunities available.

Volunteer Responsibilities & Impacts

When volunteering in orphanage program in Uganda, your focus will be on helping with the day-to-day care of the children. You will also be responsible for providing formal and information education opportunities. There are many areas in which volunteers can support the children and ongoing activities that take place at the orphanage. Your commitment to this orphanage project in Uganda will have monumental and positive effects on these children’s lives. Depending on the individual interests and skills, volunteers may be involved in any of the following activities:

  • Teaching basic conversational English skills and other subjects like math, science, and art
  • Developing creative free time programs, such as dance, art, music, and other physical activities
  • Helping the children with various health and personal hygiene needs
  • Teaching important life skills
  • Housekeeping, cooking, and serving food to the children, as well as the administrative and operational center staff
  • Assisting the children with their homework
  • Taking the children on cultural excursions
  • Escorting the children to school
  • Visiting homes where other children are with caregivers and or guardians

These activities are just a tip of the exciting activities that await you in Uganda. There will be many tasks to do which will vary from day to day depending on the schedule of the school. The local staff members and teachers may request your help with various other tasks that are beneficial to the children.

Orphanage volunteer program in Uganda is very impactful. Your support will yield long-term skills for children in the orphanages. Since many are understaffed you will provide the needed relief to the local workers to care and support more children. By sharing love and hope with the children you will inspire and change lives of many children in Uganda.

Skills and Qualifications

No specific qualifications are required to join a Uganda orphanage volunteer program. However, you will be required to be passionate about caring for children in addition to being compassionate, kind, patient, open minded, creative, and flexible.

Working as a volunteer, your days will be fun, exciting and full of new experiences. You’ll have a great opportunity everyday to share your love, skills and passion for children to impact real changes in the community.

Each orphanage has its own needs, tasks and program, there is no fixed schedule for each day, but be prepared to help at all time with different exciting tasks.
Here is a sample daily schedule:

First Day: On your first day of orphanage volunteer program in Uganda, you will be accompanied to the orphanage by a local coordinator and introduced to the local staff you will be working with. The rest of day you will have an orientation about the country, safety, project, rules and regulations of the project,

  • Weekdays: A typical volunteer day will be as follows:
  • 6.00 to 7.30 AM​: You will wake up positively and  ready for traditional local breakfast that you will share with your host family.
  • 7.45 AM:  Following breakfast it is time to head out and make positive change in the community by performing tasks like teaching, administrative duties.
  • 12.00 PM: It is lunchtime you may choose to share a local Ugandan meal with the children or colleagues at the orphanage.
  • 3.00 PM: Work usually ends at this time You are free to travel home, prepare for the next day or even head out for coffee in the local shopping center.
  • 6.45 PM: Time to get home for a family dinner. This is your opportunity to learn more about Uganda and its rich traditions and culture

Volunteer in Uganda Orphanage: 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.

    Duration Orphanage
  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

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:
  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • 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 volunteering in orphanage in Uganda, a loving, friendly and respectable family in the community will accommodate you. They will provide you with three delicious meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) a day and ensure that you are safe and comfortable in their home. Be ready for comfort, as the home offers modern facilities including fans and running water and western-style toilets. 

Your host family has a proven track record of hosting hundreds of happy international volunteers and they will welcome you to their home and teach you their culture and traditions.

Learn more our your amazing host families and food they offer in Uganda

Free Time and Weekend Exploration

There will be enough time to explore during your Uganda orphanage volunteer program. Everyday you will work an average of 4-5 hours leaving you plenty of time during the week to check local places around you. Additionally, over the weekend you will be able to go on longer trips across the country.

Read more about exciting destinations in Uganda

Safety and In Country Support

Your safety is our primary goal, and here at GCB we ensure that you always feel safe and comfortable during your volunteer project. We will support you to take necessary vaccinations before travelling to Uganda and when in the project you will have an in-country coordinator assigned to assist you any time should any problem come up. We also offer a comprehensive insurance and evacuation plan to ensure your safety.

Learn more about our comprehensive safety measure available for you in Uganda.

Volunteer in Uganda Orphanage: FAQs

Arrival and departure

You need to arrive at the Entebbe International Airport to take part in our Uganda orphanage volunteering program. We suggest you to be in Uganda one day before your assignment actually begin.

Global Crossroad arranges airport pick up services for our volunteers. Please send us your final flight details after your ticket is confirmed. Our airport representative will pick you up at the airport and transfer to your host family. However, we do not provide any kind of airport drop off services but your in-country coordinator or your host family will be more than happy to assist you get transportation.


Citizens of all the countries should obtain an e-Visa. You can get your visa extended for a maximum of 90 days from the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration by visiting personally. Please visit for all the information about visa processing in details.


Volunteers need specific types of immunizations before joining Uganda volunteering program. It is always recommended and advisable to the Center for Disease Control's website for traveler's health recommendations. These are some of the vaccines that you need to have while volunteering in Uganda orphanage project which are hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR).

Volunteer in Uganda Orphanage?

Lend support to the orphanages in their struggle for caring distraught children

Participating in volunteer in Uganda orphanage program, you will help and assist the local orphanages in reaching out to more number of orphans. You will attend to their smallest of needs allowing them to thrive, prosper and grow with confidence.

Provide a safe and secured environment to the orphaned kids

While volunteering in our orphanage programs you will have an opportunity to give children secure and safe childhood. You will care, love and protect these kids for healthy living. These efforts will have a long-term positive effect in changing their lives forever.

Teach children creative life skills to lead a better life.

Teaching the children creative life skills will be an important contribution that you will make while working in Uganda orphanage volunteering program. You will include various creative programs such as games, music, art, and painting and make sure that they enthusiastically take part and learn for their future well being.

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
teaching English,
volunteering with HIV/AIDS victims,
medical work and much more. 

For more information on our exciting programs in Uganda, contact us today.

Orphanage Volunteer Programs in Other Countries

Other than this Orphanage program in Uganda, we also offer great volunteer opportunities in many countries cross the world.

Check out some of the most popular orphanage programs below