Volunteering in Uganda!
Are you searching for a meaningful and exciting adventure abroad? Do you dream of making a difference in needy people’s life while exploring a new country?
Would you like to explore Uganda? Consider volunteering 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.
When you decide to volunteer, 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!
Volunteering in Uganda: Programs
Are you looking for a volunteer project that really suits you and your passions? Global Crossroad has a variety of programs to choose from. We invite you to explore the various programs we offer so you can select the one that will give you the most satisfaction, and match with your desire to give back.
Uganda suffers from serious social deficits, such as extreme poverty, rampant disease, and poor social infrastructure, amongst others. These issues left unchecked create other ones, as with the case of Uganda’s high number of orphaned children. Many children have been orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic or have been abandoned due to extreme poverty or other unfortunate social situations.
Global Crossroad’s Orphanage volunteer program in Uganda offers much needed assistance and care in orphanages and childcare centers. If you have the passion and patience to work with children, Global Crossroad’s orphanage program is an ideal option for you. The children in the center love interacting with volunteers, and will appreciate you greatly.
Like most other African countries, Uganda has a high rate of illiteracy. Here a family’s income level directly determines the children's quality of schooling. Understandably, this creates a large gap amongst student's education. Most upper-class children receive ideal English instruction, but children of poorer families and communities lag far behind.
This difference is significant, and has a great impact on future employment and economic well-being. As the tourist industry grows, the best employment opportunities often go to those Ugandans with English language skills. Thus, with the help of programs like this, many children can aim higher in Uganda, for a better, brighter future.
Through participating in Global Crossroad’s Volunteer teaching English program in Uganda, you will have the opportunity to help local children and orphans develop their English language skills. Without a doubt, this will help them prepare for a more successful future.
When you participate in Uganda medical volunteer program, you will gain an eye-opening and life-changing medical experience. You will work alongside the local doctors and nurses, shadowing them to treat minor diseases.
Your main responsibility will be to help with outpatient services, take blood tests, and otherwise promote awareness about family planning, and infant services, in collaboration with the health clinic's permanent staff members.
Presently, HIV/AIDS is widespread in Uganda, especially in rural areas. Each year, thousands of HIV infected patients die in Uganda with a little or no help from the government. Also, the lower income people with the least services have the hardest time dealing with the challenges of this horrible disease. Without a doubt, there is an urgent need for volunteers!
By joining Global Crossroad’s HIV / AIDS Volunteer opportunity in Uganda, you will get to work in local medical clinics, where the help of dedicated international volunteers is greatly needed.
Global Crossroad collaborates with local organizations to promote awareness, while simultaneously providing comfort and treatment to HIV/AIDS-infected patients. This project also trains local community workers to effectively educate others about HIV/AIDS. This project's primary objective is to create hope among the sick, and halt the spread of this deadly disease.
In addition to the above projects, we also offer family Volunteering, alternative spring break, high school volunteering, college/university volunteering and many other programs. Contact Global Crossroad for further information.
Volunteering in Uganda: 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.
Accommodations and Meals
Are you a little bit curious about what you might eat, or where you might be staying in Uganda? Global Crossroad is committed to making sure its volunteers have safe, and comfortable experiences, which includes all your daily needs. We make sure you are well-housed, comfortable, and well fed, with options available to you.
During your volunteering program in Uganda, Global Crossroad's weekly fees include management of volunteers' meal plans and accommodations throughout projects. 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 with hosting international travellers. Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided and will consist of local ingredients and feature traditional cuisine choices.
Travel and Weekend
Uganda is an exciting country to travel. As a volunteer with Global Crossroad, you won’t miss out on the opportunity to see exciting places. Work days are typically 4-6 hours long, leaving the rest of the day open for adventure, and weekends are entirely yours to use for exploring, or whatever your heart desires.
Volunteering in Uganda: FAQs
Have you got more questions? That sounds good to us. We have assembled a list of answers to frequent questions. Read on, and learn more about the exciting opportunities that await you.
Which airport do I need to fly in?
You will be flying to Entebbe International Airport, Entebbe, Uganda. This may vary depending upon the nature of the project and its location that you have chosen. You will be given this information directly once you have been selected for a program.
What happens if I missed flight or arrived late to join my volunteer program in Uganda?
If you miss your flight, we are prepared to adapt and make sure you still get picked up and taken to your program. You should contact the in-country coordinator and explain him about your delay and also about the missed flights, who will make all the necessary adjustments to the schedule.
Who will come to pick up me? How do I recognize the person at the airport?
You will be picked up at the airport by our in-country coordinator or a project related staff member. You can easily figure out the person as he or she will be holding a placard with your name on it. If you miss your pick up or cannot find that person, you will only need to call the in-country coordinator immediately at the number provided.
Where are the projects located?
Our volunteering opportunities in Uganda are located in the city of Kampala.
Kampala is the capital and largest city of Uganda, with plenty of attractions. You can observe its natural, free-flowing waterfalls, or visit its ancient historical places of importance. You may also choose to visit to the National Theater. When you are ready to get to the heart of it, you can visit the crowded and bustling market area of Balikuddembe and Nakasero, where swarms of people go about their daily buying chores.
Will I have enough time to travel after work and in weekend?
Yes, there is enough time available for you to travel after work and also on the weekends. You will learn about local attractions during your stay.
Who will guide or support me during my Uganda volunteering program?
You will be well guided and supported by the in-country coordinator and the project staff. These people are professionals who will be available to you whenever you ask, or at the earliest possible convenience.
Can I change project if I do not like?
Yes, you can change your volunteer in Uganda program if you are not satisfied with it. However, to date more than 95% of our volunteers report having a happy and satisfying experience. To change your project you need to contact your in-country coordinator.
Can I work in more than one project?
Generally you are not allowed to work in more than one volunteer program at a time, as it is simply not practical. If in case that you really want to work in two Uganda volunteer programs, you will need to talk to the in country coordinator. Regardless, you will absolutely have to complete the current project that you are working on before engaging a new one.
Will I receive training before the start of the project?
Yes, training is given to you before you actually begin. The training is provided by the in country coordinator, and will cover important topics such as local cultural beliefs, traditions, language, and sentiments of the people, as well as do’s and don’ts for personal security.
Is there dress code in the project?
Yes, there is a specific dress code that is needed to be followed here in this program. In Uganda you should dress conservatively in order to respect local customs. No short-shorts, or tank tops should be worn while working in a project.
Why pay to volunteer abroad?
Global Crossroad is a not-for-profit organization. The payment that you make helps us in running the day to day operations, maintenance, and other administrative activities. It also goes to cover your food and accommodations.
Why are Global Crossroads fees so much more affordable than other volunteer organizations?
Global Crossroads Uganda volunteer opportunity’s fees are more affordable than other volunteer organization because we follow a non-profit business model. Our programs do not involve any kind of middlemen, helping to keep costs at a minimum.
Can I get help to raise fund?
Yes you get adequate help and support for raising funds while taking part in Volunteer opportunity in Uganda. We put you through our existing and various ongoing fund raising volunteering campaigns. We also have a network of local organizations, with whom you will be put in touch for more help and overall information on fundraising.
Is it safe to travel to Uganda?
Yes, it is safe to travel and volunteer in Uganda, but with necessary precautions. You should always keep yourself updated about current events and any recent advisories about the country to which you are traveling. Below are some vital links to some official information:-
Kindly make note of the following links to collect more travel information:
What are safety measures you take for the volunteers working in Uganda program?
Safety measures are always of paramount concern for us. We make sure that you arrive safely and get back home safely. Upon arrival, you are picked up from the airport and transferred to our office, where an orientation program awaits, organized by our in country coordinator. The orientation provides with the relevant dos and don’ts about the entire program. We are always available to discuss or help with any and all safety concerns you may have during your stay.
What Vaccination Do I need to take?
While taking part in volunteering opportunities in Uganda some vaccinations will be required. Please consult the center for disease controls traveler's health recommendations for the latest information. These are a few recommended vaccinations by CDC for Uganda. Hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and peruses), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza and others.
What kind of visa do I need to work as a volunteer?
You need to apply for a tourist visa for taking part in volunteer opportunities in Uganda. You can get tourist visa and all relevant information from the Ugandan embassy nearest you, or online.
How do I contact with Global Crossroads local coordinator?
You can always contact the in-country coordinator either by phone or email. All contact information will be provided to you.
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.
Page updated: 30th August, 2019