Volunteer Opportunities

We’re looking for helpful volunteers with a compassionate heart to save vulnerable rural communities in the following programs and projects.

Education/Teaching Assistant

Sustainable farming 

Community development

Water, Sanitation and hygiene

Women and Girl Empowerment.

Skills Development

Fundraising / Grant Writing

Marketing / Networking

Child Care

Special Needs Care.

Public and community health

Social Gerontology (Elderly Care)

Teacher and staff training        

Education/Teaching Assistant

The objective of this program is to contribute to the development of under-resourced local schools and provide opportunities for Ugandans from disadvantaged backgrounds to receive a quality education. Teaching in a Ugandan school is a truly humbling experience and although the students have experienced tough upbringings, they are extremely polite, cheerful and eager to learn. Volunteers on the Teaching project are placed in the UVF School where they work alongside local teachers. Typical subjects include English, Maths, Sports, arts, Music etc. Students can range in age from 3 to 20 years. As volunteers work with the support of UVF’s local team and placement staff, they do not need to be qualified or experienced teachers to participate. However, we encourage volunteers to come prepared by completing some relevant training, like a teaching English as a foreign language Schools in Uganda run for three terms per year and the Teaching project will not operate during the school holiday periods. Volunteers will switch to other available community project, such as women empowerment, community development etc during the holidays.

School Holidays

  • 5th December – 6th February
  • 6th May – 28th May
  • 26th August – 17th September
  • 9th December – 4th February

Women and Girl Empowerment.

Those who choose to volunteer for the women and girl empowerment would have the chance to work with disadvantaged women and girls towards their upliftment. Volunteers are involved in teaching, providing awareness on women’s rights, reproductive health, domestic violence, gender equality. How they can start up income generating activities to support their families and more. Volunteering for women in Uganda is of a great importance as it can bring about a paradigm change in this gender section. Making them aware of global trends, and helping them learn a skill that can help them become an independent individual is the ultimate objective of this volunteer program. Volunteers interested in the cause of upliftment of the women and making a difference in their lives would find this project fulfilling and rewarding.
Volunteer tasks under the Women Empowerment program
Volunteers working for women empowerment will be expected to fulfil the following tasks on a daily basis.
• Work with women to teach them skills such as sewing, painting, cooking, computer and other skills which can help them in their daily lives.
• Provide counselling and monitoring.
• Provide guidance for nutritional and wholesome diet.
• Assist the local staff in organizing adult literacy classes for women.
• If need be fund raise for these women money to start up small businesses.

Volunteers are free to bring in new ideas that can help empower the women.

Fundraising / Grant Writing

We are focused on improving our Organization, with many sustainable plans for the future. We hope to support more vulnerable communities, thanks to previous fundraising efforts. There is a lot of work being done every day, but still the biggest challenge is resources. If you have willingness and/or experience with grant writing, fundraising, report writing; if you know organizations, people or businesses, who/which could support us, you could make a huge difference here and in the lives of the disadvantaged.

Volunteers in this project will be responsible for resource mobilization through online platforms like

  1. Go Fund me – https://funds.gofundme.com
    2. YouCaring – https://www.youcaring.com
    3. Indiegogo – https://www.indiegogo.com
    4. Razoo – https://www.razoo.com
    5. CrowdRise – https://www.crowdrise.com
    6. Universal Giving – http://www.universalgiving.org
    7. Paypal.
    Make donating to your cause effortless. Copy and paste a Donate button to your personal fundraising website, blog or email. All donations go directly into your PayPal account for easy access and tracking. You can even accept credit card payments.
    8. Fundly – https://fundly.com/
    9. Causes – https://www.causes.com/
    10. https://www.generosity.com

Marketing / Networking

As a growing and ambitious organization, we strive to get on a fast track with our projects. Thus we are in need of marketing and networking our organization and its projects as widely as possible. If you know some good organizations that could support us, or would like to help extend our network, you are welcome to do so.

Volunteers in this project will be responsible for networking and market UVF online and offline by sourcing for more potential volunteers and partners for sustainable grow.

Child Care

Uganda has an extremely high number of children living in poverty and many of these vulnerable children have lost one or both of their parents as a result of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and other diseases. Volunteers in the Childcare project are placed in day care centres and UVF School which are extremely under resourced and volunteers play a key role in ensuring they operate effectively. Volunteer activities vary across the different centres, however typical tasks include, educational activities and basic teaching of English, Math, Health/Hygiene, Reading and Writing. Other activities include play therapy and games, dancing, singing, arts and crafts, as well as assisting with feeding and daily chores.

Special Needs Care.

In Uganda, there are increasing numbers of children born with either mental or physical disabilities, as well as young people and adults who become disabled through the course of their lives. Volunteers on the Special Needs Care project  are placed in day schools for individuals with special needs, or in a special needs treatment center, handling both in and out-patients. Volunteers work as teacher aids, assisting with vocational training, providing care and playing games with individuals during their free time. Volunteers on this project do not need to have previous experience or training, as they work closely with local staff, however adequately trained volunteers can occasionally assist with speech and occupational therapies, physiotherapy, social work, orthotics, prosthetics and wheelchair making. Volunteers who are specialized in particular areas are encouraged to provide these details in their application when applying, to assist the local staff in placing you where you will be most effective. Volunteers do however, need to be flexible and willing to work within other areas as needed. Volunteers on this project should note that some placements.

Public and community health

With the aim of increasing access to quality healthcare in Uganda, volunteers on the Medical project are placed within local clinics and medical centers that are incredibly low on resources and staff. These clinics and medical centers encompass a wide range of medical fields and offer in and out-patient services, tending to a high volume of patients each day. Volunteers work as assistants alongside local doctors and nurses and tasks undertaken are dependent on their level of experience and qualifications. It is important for volunteers to be aware that most patients speak very little to no English so one-on-one interaction with patients is limited. Volunteers must be fully qualified doctors and nurses, or have completed at least 2 years of nursing or medical school in order to participate on the project. Possible areas of work include, Maternity, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Laboratory, Pharmacy, Cancer Screening, Family Planning, Immunizations, De-Worming, General Medicine, Gynecology, Dentistry and HIV/AIDS. There is also the opportunity for volunteers to participate on outreach and community work at least once a week. Medical volunteers who are specialized in particular areas are encouraged to provide these details in their application when applying, to assist the local staff in placing you where you will be most effective. Volunteers do however, need to be flexible and willing to work within other areas as needed. Once registered on the program, all Medical volunteers are required to provide a copy of their qualifications and certificates to our local team in Uganda in order for an adequate medical placement to be arranged. If you are still studying, a copy of your academic transcript will be needed. These must be received by our local team at least 2 weeks prior to your arrival in Uganda.

Teacher training

Our teachers are qualified and devoted to their work, but still in need of new, more effective, up-to-date teaching techniques and materials, as well as support, encouragement and renewal. We have nursery and primary classes here at the school. If you have the qualities and abilities to teach young children and train our staff, your help would be highly useful.

The volunteers applying for this should be ready to work more on training our teachers on new skills, ideas and technics.

Sports education and Skills Development

Children in Uganda are mostly active and physically fit, but we lack professional sport training. The favourite game here is football (soccer) – every boy dreams of being a football player. Thus football coaches would be most welcome. Children and youth are very open to other sports too, like volleyball, basketball, karate, etc. So if you can train any sport and love working with children, you will absolutely enjoy it because the kids are very eager to learn! New types of sports.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 

Participants in this project work with vulnerable grass root communities focused on improving the quality of life through a wide variety of community development initiatives, including agriculture, adult education programs, income-generation activities, such as poultry and livestock rearing, HIV/AIDS education, construction projects, and more. Volunteers with this project must be open minded, creative, and ready to fundraise for the project and adapt to the realities of everyday life in rural Ugandan communities.

Sustainable Farming.

Do you love spending time in nature and getting your hands dirty? Are you also excited about traveling abroad? Volunteer for agriculture and plant some seeds. Empower communities to practice sustainable agriculture. Alleviate poverty and hunger through your efforts in agricultural development or support the conservation of ancient practices. Organic gardening, ploughing the field with the help of oxen or eating ripe fruit and foods right off the tree and gardens are possibilities within your reach.

Volunteer abroad at one of the many agriculture programs and embrace the practice which keeps us alive. Ditch the luxuries for a while and work together with nature. Feel the earth and witness the transformation an agriculture volunteer opportunity will have on both the environment and yourself. Ready for some dirty work? Lather on some sunscreen and pick up a shovel or hatchet. This will be a hands-on experience where you will be helping with tasks such as:

  • Crop farming
  • Animal farming
  • Fertilizing
  • Teaching techniques to the community
  • Making chicken coops
  • Compost stations
  • Seedling boxed and station
  • Organic farming
  • Ecological farming
  • Teaching

Certain projects focus on sustainability and being self-sufficient. This will involve the volunteer to help with daily task and increase awareness. It gives volunteers the chance to learn sustainable habits and take them home with them. By joining one of these projects, you are supporting the community by taking part and lessening the load. You will also be contributing to the conservation of some of the oldest agricultural practices. Other agriculture volunteer projects are set up to support communities that are lacking agricultural skills and know how. The task of the volunteer is to teach agricultural practices and help communities become self-sufficient. Volunteer for agriculture and increase the quality of life within the local community. Some of the things you will be teaching during a project focused on agricultural development are:

  • Efficient use of the land
  • Natural pest control
  • Soil conservation
  • Income generation from agriculture

Volunteer for agriculture and learn how crucial it is to humankind. Learn invaluable (organic) farming techniques and take the opportunity to connect with the local community while helping them grow.

Water, Sanitation and hygiene

WASH is the collective term for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. Due to their interdependent nature, these three core issues are grouped together to represent a growing sector. While each a separate field of work, each is dependent on the presence of the other. For example, without toilets, water sources become contaminated; without clean water, basic hygiene practices are not possible.

The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) entails the provision of safe water for drinking and other domestic use, the safe disposal of waste (toilet and other waste) and health promotion activities to encourage protective healthy behavioral practices amongst the population. Nearly 90 percent of Uganda’s 37 million people live in small towns and rural areas, and roughly two thirds of them lack access to safe water.

More Water Facts:

  • Over half the population in Uganda lacks a safe place to go to the toilet.
  • 8 million People in Uganda don’t have access to safe water. This is almost a quarter of the population.
  • Over 22 million people don’t have access to adequate sanitation in Uganda, almost two thirds of the population.
  • Over 12,000 children die every year from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation in Uganda.

Pit latrine coverage in Uganda is low, 47%. A study done by UNICEF(1993) showed that pit latrine coverage was 20% and those families who  have the pit latrines but do not using them, while others have them but in poor hygienic conditions, and yet others do not have them at all. As a result of this, there is a high incidence of diseases caused by poor sanitary conditions especially worm infestation and diarrhoea diseases. This is where you come in!

What will a volunteer do?

As mentioned above, the main traditional sources of water in most part of rural Uganda are small ponds and unprotected wells, both of which are easily polluted, causing disease and ill-health. The ultimate goal of your volunteering effort is to be able to help these communities to access safe sustainable clean water for their home use.

Volunteers in this field work alongside local communities to ensure that water, sanitation, and hygiene project, programs, and awareness are implemented effectively, professionally, and in accordance with the culture and practices of the local population.

Since there are so many processes involved in bringing clean water and sanitation to the communities, volunteers can choose among our  three WASH project components including water construction and engineering, construction of Pit Latrines, and community healthy outreach.

  1. WATER CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING.Volunteers taking on this component work in manual labor such as digging the water wells, constructing of Spring Water Well and digging of trenches alongside skilled and unskilled local builders to help with the construction work. Volunteers can also help in the Construction and renovation of Boreholes and water wells and Provide Technical Advice and skills to the WASH team in water. Both of these fields are fundamental in creating a working water system. Much of this type of volunteer work requires physical labor, in sometimes extremely conditions Volunteers working on the construction or engineering components of clean water projects abroad should be well prepared for these conditions upon arrival.
  2. CONSTRUCTION OF PIT LATRINES.Goal: Ensuring everyone has access to a toilet is goal 6 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: “By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations.”

You will work alongside skilled and unskilled local builders to help with the construction work. These projects will be contributing and supporting the capacity building of rural communities through intercultural learning experience. You do not need prior experience this projects.  These are a very hand on, hands-dirty sort of program. Enthusiasm, a good sense of humor, and a helping spirit are required.

Social Gerontology (Elderly Care)

Are you looking for opportunities to volunteer with elderly people to provide companionship and operational support within elderly care centres abroad?

This project is well suited to caring and patient volunteers who are comfortable assisting with a range of duties within communities. In many of our project locations, the responsibility of caring for the elderly is often left to families but most cannot provide adequate support to their elders, and the support of international volunteers within these communities is greatly appreciated. Volunteer work varies by location but can include recreation and stimulation, feeding, physical therapy, as well as help with cleaning and maintaining homes.

In addition to the operational support, the friendship, cross-cultural sharing, and mental stimulation that international volunteers provide is invaluable in supporting their overall health and wellbeing of the elders.

You can choose to volunteer for durations ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks and you don’t need any specific qualifications or experience to participate on an Elderly Care project. If you’re a qualified or training healthcare practitioner, these projects welcome those seeking healthcare or physiotherapy volunteer opportunity.