Welcome to Volunteer in Uganda

Do you dream of traveling abroad but think you can't afford it? Would you like to explore Africa? Consider volunteering abroad in Uganda and experience exciting personal growth and adventure.

A majestic, bio-diverse, and culturally rich country, Uganda lies on the equator where the East African savannah meets the West African jungle. Warm weather, welcoming people, breathtaking scenery, the Rwenzoris mountain range, delicious food, and vast national parks all make Uganda a country not to be missed. You'll also find incredibly diverse wildlife, the largest remaining mountain gorilla population, and extreme adventure sports along the Nile river.

Beside this beauty, poverty is still a challenge in Uganda, which remains among the poorest countries in the world. Limited social programs, inadequate sanitation, high rates of HIV infection, lack of education, and poor nutrition all contribute to poverty in Uganda. Rural populations in the northern and eastern parts of the country are affected most. 

Today, Uganda needs volunteers more than ever.

You can help improve lives when you volunteer in Uganda. Work in an orphanage, teach English, or support HIV/AIDS awareness and other health care programs.

When you decide to volunteer-abroad in  Uganda, you will help create positive change for children, families, and the communities in which they live.

Find new direction in your life while helping those less fortunate. Request information about volunteering in Uganda and start your adventure, today!

Volunteer in Uganda Programs

Global Crossroad offers variety of exceptional volunteering and special programs to meet your volunteering as well as travelling need. Please feel free to choose any program you love and contact us for more information:

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.

Accommodations and Meals: Volunteer in Uganda

During your volunteering trip to Uganda program, Global Crossroad's weekly fees include management of volunteers' meal plans and accommodations throughout projects and travel options. Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided and will consist of local ingredients and feature traditional cuisine choices.

Our volunteer program in Uganda meal program can accommodate vegetarian needs; however, we are not able to provide for other dietary restrictions. Food and drinks outside of mealtimes are the volunteer's responsibility. In most cases, there are restaurants and markets nearby the homes in which our volunteers stay.

While completing volunteer work in Uganda, you will stay with a host family. Volunteers staying with a host family usually have a single bedroom, but may occasionally share a room with another volunteer of the same gender. Our host families are chosen carefully and are esteemed community members, who have experience in the realm of hosting international travelers.

Host family residences are in comfortable, clean and safe neighborhoods and rooms are simply furnished and tidy. Staying with a host family can offer the support system to those having a volunteering experience in Uganda will crave during their program and it is a great way to learn about a host country's culture and customs.

Unless you are traveling with your husband or wife or fiancé, opposite gender rooming will not be permitted. You will either have your own private room or will be sharing with a same gender roommate. You can request to room with your travel partner if you are of the same sex.

When you volunteer abroad in Uganda, it is highly advised that you do not eat food from street vendors and do not drink the tap water. You are responsible for paying for bottled water and or asking your host family to boil you water to drink for the day.

Free Time Options: Volunteer in Uganda

Our volunteering in Uganda projects are located in and around Kampala or Jinja. Rural Uganda hosts various incredible wildlife viewing opportunities. Local villages can be explored on hikes through the countryside. These excursions provide genuine Ugandan cultural experiences.

Kampala is the capital and largest city (approximately 1.2 million) Uganda. It is located just 10 kilometers from Lake Victoria and source of Nile. The city of Kampala offers a plethora of attractions, such as the Ssezibwa Falls, the Ugandan National Theater, the Balikuddembe Market, and Nakasero Market. There are also number historical sites that provide glimpses into Uganda’s past. Kampala is said to have been built on seven different hills, with each hill representing something significant in Uganda’s history.  When you join a volunteer abroad in Uganda trip, you will have the opportunity to explore this amazing city.

Jinja is the second largest commercial center in Uganda, and is located in the southeast of Uganda only 87 kilometers from the capital. Jinja is situated on the shores of Lake Victoria and close to the source of the White Nile River. Jinja has a post office, town hall, hospital, golf course, and numerous Internet cafes. Echoes of Jinja’s Indian influence are reflected in the city’s architecture. Some of Jinja’s attractive features included whitewater rafting, a brewery, Bujagali Falls, as well as an animal sanctuary and memorials for both Gandi and Buddha. See all of this as part of your volunteering experience in Uganda.

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Safety and Field Support

Our number #1 priority is the safety of our volunteers. Global Crossroad is a leading volunteer organization serving thousands of volunteers. We pride ourselves on providing the safest, highest quality, and most professional programs to our volunteers since 2003. Our dedicated team works closely from start to finish with each volunteer (and parents/guardians) to ensure a successful, satisfactory, and safe volunteering experience.

Below is a list of our safety and field support features that will demonstrate the level of support and safety each of you will receive while volunteering abroad.

1. Country Coordinator and Field Staff :

In each country, where we operate, we have a very strong and dedicated team of country coordinators and local staff members to support and take care of you. All of our country coordinators and field staff are highly experienced and responsible individuals. They have been running volunteer abroad program for many years. They have served thousands of volunteers, so they understand your needs and know how to run safe, rewarding, and meaningful volunteer abroad program for you.

Our In-country staff is responsible for a number of things. Below are some of the main services that they will provide:

  • Airport pick-up and transfer to host family or work site
  • Management of room and food in host family/hostel
  • Orientation of local country, culture, host family, safety, and related issues
  • Introduction to your host family and project staff
  • Periodic follow up visits or calls (1-2 week intervals) to ensure everything is going smoothly
  • Advice for solving any issues, problems, or concerns
2. Airport Greeting

We are dedicated to keeping you save and comfortable from your point of your arrival until your point of departure. We will always receive our volunteers at the airport and transfer them safely. Depending upon the country in which you choose to volunteer, our coordinator, local staff, or a professional transfer company employee will greet you at the airport.

3. Orientation and safety discussion

Regardless of where you join the Global Crossroad volunteer program, our program starts with an in depth discussion on safety, history, cultural people, religion, life, and do’s and don’ts. Depending upon the country, these orientation programs range from a few hours to three days. During orientation, we explain the different aspect of safety and general guidelines to help keep yourself safe while volunteering abroad.

4. Safe Host Family and Accommodation

While volunteering abroad, the majority of the time you will reside with a local host family, hostel, or similar accommodation. We always carefully select the host families and other forms of accommodations to make sure that you will be safe and comfortable. In all destinations, we have selected host families who are socially respected and responsible. Most of our host families have hosted international volunteers before, so they completely understand your needs. Your host family will always take care of you and keep you safe.

Similarly, all of our volunteer houses and hostels are located in very safe locations. These hostels are always guarded by security guards or supervised by the local staff very frequently to make sure that you are safe and secure. Also you will be staying with other volunteers from all over the world. You will never be alone.

5. Comprehensive Insurance and Evacuation Plan

While volunteering abroad, you will be covered by international insurance. This protects you in case something unforeseen happens. It is mandatory that all volunteers obtain a travel insurance policy when volunteering abroad. Global Crossroad offers one of the most comprehensive insurance packages from a third party. Our insurance policy provides excellent protection in the event that a health-related issue occurs, an accident, or other unpredictable incidences.

6. Placement with Other Volunteers

Global Crossroad is happy to place you with other volunteers (depending on availability) if this is something that would make you feel safer.

Any international travel requires caution and awareness; volunteering abroad is no exception. We suggest that all volunteers consult their own government advisory office before making the decision to participate in any overseas volunteering opportunities. International travel presents risks, especially with the modern day threat of international terrorism.

The U.S. State Department issues travel warnings and advisories in many countries for American travelers. These travel advisories and warnings frequently change, as situations in each country transform.

These links provide valuable travel information:

It is also wise to consult the Center for Disease Control for health related information and issues that might come up during your time volunteering abroad. Check out www.cdc.gov for possible health risks. One must also keep in mind that the sanitary conditions in developing countries are likely very different from those in your home country. It is also strongly advised that you do not drink the tap water and do not eat food from street vendors.

Most Frequently Asked Questions: Volunteer in Uganda

Global Crossroad has all the answers to all of your questions about volunteer programs in Uganda.


  • When should I apply for a volunteer in Uganda project?
  • What happens once I submit my documents and application to Global Crossroad?
  • How long does it take to process my application to volunteer in Uganda?
  • What documents do I need to submit with my application to volunteer in Uganda?
  • Are there any necessary requirements to participate in volunteer in Uganda projects?


  • What are the Visa Procedures?


  • Who manages the volunteer in Uganda projects?
  • What are the daily schedules while volunteering in Uganda? s
  • When volunteering in Uganda, where are the possible project locations?
  • What is the language spoken in Uganda?
  • When are volunteer in Uganda projects available?
  • How long can I do volunteer work in Uganda for?


  • Who will arrange my flight to Uganda?
  • At which airport should I arrive to volunteer in Uganda?
  • If my assignment begins on Monday, when should I arrive in Uganda?
  • Will someone pick me from the airport? If so, how will I know who they are and where they are?
  • What should I do if my flight is delayed?
  • How can I get to my accommodations from the airport, if I did not connect with Global Crossroad's local representative in the airport?
  • What do I need prior to departure from my home country?
  • If I want to arrive earlier than when my assignment begins, where do I stay and who will organize the accommodations?
  • When should I depart from Uganda after my volunteering overseas in Uganda program is complete?
  • From which airport shall I depart to volunteer in Uganda?
  • Who will bring me to the airport for my departure?


  • While volunteering in Uganda who will arrange my accommodations and what are they?
  • Where do volunteers stay?
  • What support do Global Crossroad provide me?
  • Are single rooms available while during volunteer work in Uganda?
  • If I arrive with my friend, or girlfriend/boyfriend, can we stay together while volunteering in Uganda?
  • Will there be other foreign volunteers/interns at my volunteer project in Uganda?
  • What are the bathroom facilities like?
  • What are the laundry arrangements?
  • Can I use appliances if I bring them from my home country?
  • Who manages my meals?
  • Can you accommodate special diets?
  • Is the running tap water safe for drink?
  • Are there hot and cold-water facilities available?
  • Will bottled water be provided?


  • How safe is Uganda?
  • What are the principle health risks in Uganda?
  • Is the food safe if I buy it from a street vendor?
  • What are the sanitary conditions in Uganda?


  • Are ATMs easily available while I am on my volunteering trip in Uganda? If yes, which debit and credit cards are accepted?
  • What is the local currency, and how do I know the exchange rate?
  • Where should I exchange my money?
  • How much money should I bring with me when I volunteer abroad in Uganda?
  • Is it safe to carry cash with me?


  • How do I contact the Global Crossroad's local coordinator while volunteering in Uganda?
  • How do I contact my family and friends once I arrive in Uganda?
  • How can my family members contact me?
  • Can I bring my telephone from my home country?


  • Is there a special dress code that I should follow while volunteering in Uganda?
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  • What should I know about religious conduct in Uganda?
  • How do I respect the people of Uganda?


  • What is the weather like in Uganda?
  • When will be the official holidays in Uganda?
  • What are the necessary supplies for volunteering in Uganda?

NOTE: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is generic information and should not be used as a definitive travel guide. Travel information and situations abroad change constantly. Participants should consult Global Crossroad or their personal travel advisors to verify this information.

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Mr. Innocent Isaac and Mrs. Irene Ouma


A native of Uganda , Mr. Innocent Isaac is a social activist who runs various community projects. His passion for serving his fellow Ugandans has inspired him to open an orphanage in addition to other social projects which benefit the local children and the communities they reside in. A well-educated man, Mr. Isaac is deeply-respected within his community - serving as a member of numerous social organizations - and has worked with many international volunteers.

Mr. Isaac strongly believes in world peace, humanitarian missions, and cultural exchange - all raising the awareness of problems facing not only Uganda , but the global community as well. Eager to contribute to the success of your volunteer experience in Uganda, Mr. Isaac and his wife, Mrs. Irene Ouma welcome those possess a willingness and passion to help other. Mrs. Irene Ouma, also very well-respected within their respective community, helps her husband to ensure that those volunteering in Uganda have a memorable and life-changing experience. Mrs. Irene greatly enjoys working with international volunteers in hopes of helping those who wish to help others gain and acknowledge a global concept of the world.

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