Affordable Volunteer Opportunity in Uganda
We will provide to our volunteers an integrated development experience consisting of practical leadership opportunities, International Internships and participation in a global learning environment. We aim to put our volunteer’s skills to use in supporting the development initiatives of local communities in Uganda.
Our volunteer program focuses on local grassroots projects, cultural immersion and travel learning opportunities while helping out to Improve the lives of deprived people in less-fortunate communities (often rural, poor and economically marginalized) by connecting volunteers to grassroots projects, to enhance learning opportunities for positive transformation.
Below is some of the brief description of our volunteer projects which include the followings.
1. The Medical volunteering for the volunteers with the medical background. This project aims to promote health awareness and to increase healthcare for rural people, decrease the prevalence of endemic diseases and improve village health by providing public health projects and promoting general health education and is ideally suited to individuals who come from a medical background.
2. Women Empowerment Project – women empowerment project is a good match for those volunteers interested in empowering women against gender related issues. Although women have great contribution to the African socio-economic development, in Uganda, they still remain among the most vulnerable members of the society. Women face many challenges including; discrimination, low social status, low literacy rates, limited access to education, unequal rights, poverty, and greater risk of HIV/AIDS infection; which is directly attributed to the long-standing patriarchal traditions and extreme poverty.
Our main goal for this project is to promote gender equality, help women overcome difficult circumstances, and empower them with practical knowledge in their farming by turning subsistence farming into profitable small enterprises. The project provides training in a range of improved farming practices, introducing better livestock breeds and crop species, techniques to farm sustainably and prevent soil erosion, and help participants acquire new skills such as bee-keeping, aquaculture and managing small businesses such as the production and sale of indigenous African crafts such as jewelry, baskets, and mats; and the raising and sale of goats for profit. The main goal for his project is to see that each family generates a sustainable source of income that wholly supports their family and allows their children to remain in school.
Volunteers in this field are role models and may conduct sensitization trainings on management, finance, and enterprise development, reproductive health, counseling, vocational skills, and self-esteem building; develop savings and micro-credit opportunities; offer free medical services; develop small grant proposals, research for funding agencies and raise funds for local women projects; and help explore possible market for women’s products. Empowering women will not only improve their leadership skills but will also teach them about independence, initiative and self-motivation.
3. Environmental and Conservation Management project- perfect for volunteers who are concerned about environmental and agricultural issues. Volunteers who are interested in environmental management practices through training the students and communities in environment protection activities such as tree planting, flood control mechanism, fruit growing and energy conservation technologies. It is intended to help people living on degraded land to improve their lives through environmentally sound development projects. We also have the sport development project for the volunteers who would love to teach sport to the school children.
Volunteers in this field do hands-on work and have a direct impact on the preservation of the environment in the host communities. Participants may help to integrate environmental curricula in schools; promote sustainable utilization of natural resources— proper sanitation practices and alternative energy practices; promote environmental awareness activities— wastewater management, recycling, environmental youth clubs and park management; as well as promoting environmental approaches— sustainable agriculture, fuel efficient stoves and various agri-business strategies.
4. Construction/Renovation Projects – This project is suitable for volunteers interested in getting their hands dirty and wants to see their efforts transforming communities for the better. Although Uganda is endowed with abundance of natural resources, it remains a least developed country, with the lowest indicators of socio-economic development, due to extensive political and social corruption, and extreme poverty. The most affected population is the majority Ugandans who live in rural areas with poor infrastructures. Often roads, schools and health centers are extremely poor, with no clean water and poor sanitation.
Volunteers in this field work in manual labor jobs alongside skilled and unskilled local builders to help with the construction work. The buildings are made using traditional methods and locally sourced materials. The construction techniques are also simple to master and are ideal for sites with limited facilities. No electricity is required at the site– everything is done by hand! Participants’ task can include digging foundations, mixing cement, building walls, constructing a roof either with grass or iron sheets/tiles, plastering, painting and white-washing, landscaping, digging of trenches, refurbishing sports fields, brick laying, and construction of local huts.
5. Youth Development Projects - youth development project is an excellent match for volunteers interested in improving lives of young people, Youths are a critical force in the development of any society. In Uganda many young people have no formal employment, due to the high population growth rate (the country has the youngest population in the world, over 75% below the age of 30 years), slow economic growth, small labor market, the rigid education system, rural-urban migration and limited access to capital.
Such frustrating situations have created high dependence burden, unemployment, vicious cycle of poverty, high risk to HIV/AIDS among young people since they can easily be exploited, and a threat to youth productivity diverting their youthful enthusiasm into harmful social activities such as alcohol, drug and substance, and militancy. We work directly with the youth to inspire and make proactive young people by enhancing their social and professional life skills, and engaging them in the development and transformation of their communities. Volunteers in this field are role models and may conduct English language classes, life skills training, organize leadership and entrepreneurship workshops; engage youth in art performances, theater, script writing, and choreography aimed at raising HIV/AIDS awareness; facilitate workshops on reproductive health, effective communication, self-esteem building, positive decision-making; provide medical treatment, care and health education. A variety of activities are conducted to create great platform for the youth to get involved in career development and live to their full potential.
6. IT & Computer Projects – This project is suitable for those volunteers with interests in sharing their computer skills to the children and adults of the poorest communities. Uganda faces the same challenges as most developing economies, the poorly developed ICT infrastructure. The most specific factors constraining connectivity especially in rural areas are the largely poor communications infrastructure, limited electricity coverage, and the high capital costs involved in setting up a computer laboratory. Majority of public and community schools do not have access to computers. The few schools which have computer centers have limited computers, with un-skilled or qualified teachers. In the 21st century, computer literacy is a skill which is valued almost as highly as standard literacy! It is therefore a huge advantage to learn the basics of computer use, and this is something which our IT volunteers can help with, while working in schools and with local community center.
Volunteers in this field, impart various practical computer skills to students in schools as well as their teachers, community youth, women; ranging from how to turn a computer on and off, to explaining software application and systems such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and demonstrating how to use the internet for research and communication. Other practical work include, helping students during activities, creating learning materials and a student database system, helping with hardware maintenance, as well as redesigning ASTCF’s websites to make it more appealing or endorsing it, to create a more informed global community.
7. Sports Coaching Projects - Volunteers with interests in sports and desires to improve the talent of young and ambitious people. Sports has the powerful ability to draw people together, even beyond international borders, help to build strong communities, and contribute to the creation of healthier, happier individuals. Sports also can offer a route out of poverty and a path of excitement and promise to many young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
However, for children in deprived communities, opportunities to participate in creative games are rare, due to lack of resources to provide specialized sports and physical education teachers. Yet, if engaged in sports they would acquire numerous benefits including; improving the physical health, fitness and wellbeing. Sports volunteers help to encourage teamwork, build confidence, leadership and discipline, motivate parents to discover talent and other great opportunities with sports to their children.
Volunteers in this field, interact daily with local students, children, young adults, and their leaders in schools, sports clubs and youth organizations; design and organize various sports activities like— track and field; conduct physical education lessons; coach local games such as volleyball, football, basketball, netball, athletics; organize sports tournaments among different schools or local clubs; bring fresh ideas and introduce new sports and games; promote healthy sports habits and serve as positive role models for young, impressionable individuals.
8. PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHING PROJECT – This project is worthwhile for volunteers who have passion in teaching and making a difference as role models. Teaching is an immense privilege, inspiring young minds and seeing them grow can be one of the most exciting things a person can ever do.
While quality education for both boys and girls is crucial in reducing poverty and promoting gender equality, many schools in rural areas are struggling with overcrowded classes, shortage of skilled teachers, shortage of resources such as text books and support materials; hence increasing illiteracy rates and unemployment among children of poorest families and communities.
Although these kids live in tough situations of poverty, they are extremely polite, cheerful and friendly, and are eager to learn. Teaching is a direct way to make a huge difference in their lives, impact educators, and contribute to the academic development of poor schools. Volunteers in this field work alongside local teachers or on their own; at preschool, they teach basic English skills, and carry out basic childcare duties; at primary and secondary, they teach core subjects, such as English, mathematics, science, and can initiate extra-curricular activities after school such as art, music, theater, sports or gardening; they may also carryout small and manageable community groups or individual tutoring outside class for adults. Participants should not count on teaching resources being available and many classes may have large numbers but it is a challenge that is highly rewarding.
Our volunteer projects are currently located in three towns:
1. Kampala – this is the capital city of Uganda and the central district of Uganda
2. Kamuli – this is a rural town located in the Eastern region of Uganda about 2hrs drive by road from Kampala.
3. Fort Portal – this is a rural town located in the Western region of Uganda about 4hrs drive by road from Kampala.
The projects are open to volunteers 18 years and older
REQUIREMENTS: A good ability to work in a team and to adapt in the work context and environment in volunteers will be operating. Participants should be open minded, flexible and prepared to encounter difficult situations and living conditions.
AIR PORT TRANSFER: The transfer from the airport to the accommodation is organized and provided by the host organization.
FEE: The Application fee, is US$150 and must be paid by the time of application.
PROGRAM FEE: The program fee starts at US$150 and must be paid to the coordinator of the project upon arrival in Uganda.
The flights and other extra expenses of the trip have to be paid by the volunteer.
WHAT TO BRING: Participant must bring a sleeping bag, mosquito net, pillow, mat , sunscreen, mosquito repellent (preferably against tropical insect), work gloves , boots or work boots , a sewage treatment plant water (optional), flashlight and personal effects (soaps, toothpaste and toiletries).
During the day you have to use light clothing. During the night, however, temperatures can drop significantly and you will have to put on warmer clothing. Volunteers can also bring along musical instruments and all the material they consider useful for a presentation of themselves and their own culture.
How to apply
Choose your preferred project from our website and fill out the online application form.
Africa Sustainable Tourism Care Foundation
Africa Sustainable Tourism Care Foundation a registered tourism Non-Governmental Organization – NGO that strives for the conservation of biodiversity and development of rural communities in high tourism potential areas in Uganda to supplement household incomes through a diverse and holistic, sustainable tourism practices as a tool to alleviate poverty, to fight gender inequality, to empower local communities and in particular disadvantaged groups (women, children, youth, ethnic people), and to encourage the conservation of cultural and natural heritage.
Our goal is to develop sustainable tourism in partnership with poorer rural communities, in order to sustain village life and culture, improve livelihoods, empowers rural women and youth with skills training, connects them to global market opportunities, and enables them to earn an income to transform their communities in remote rural areas and reduce the need for outward migration.
One of our program components is the humanitarian volunteer program which we established with an aim of mobilizing international volunteers to live with and work alongside with local people on sustainable humanitarian projects with the goal to help the local communities improve their standard of living. The main goal of our volunteer program is twofold:
1. To foster the understanding and appreciation of the various cultural interfaces associated with globalization through broad-based inter-cultural exchanges, and volunteerism.
2. To Work with the poor as well as with local communities that are marginalized to identify areas of mutual cooperation like reducing poverty, diseases and ignorance and professional collaboration.
The main objectives for our volunteer program are:
• To promote peace, justice and tolerance through cross-cultural understanding and global cooperation.
• Link volunteers from different cultural and/or professional backgrounds, through volunteer opportunities available within our organization.
• Enable local communities tap into the global wealth of skills, knowledge and resources that would otherwise be expensive for them to acquire.