We’re looking for helpful volunteers with a compassionate heart to save vulnerable children and women in our programs/projects with the following skills:
Education/Teaching Assisting in the classrooms
The objective of this program in Uganda 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 Entebbe Road primary School or Bright future secondary school for high school teachers, where they work alongside local teachers. Typical subjects include English, Math, Sports, Science, History, Music and Social Studies. Students can range in age from 3 to 20 years old, depending on the school in which you are placed. 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 another available project in Uganda, such as women empowerment, during the holidays.
School Holidays 2017
- 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, land rights, domestic violence. 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 fulfill the following tasks on a daily basis;
• Help the NGOs with work on various different projects
• Provide support in IT related work; such as website update, social media, typing and maintaining of records.
• 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 counseling 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.
However, we call up on well-wishers and volunteers to help fund the project above in anyway one can, we welcome.
1. Financial assistance to help these women with capital to start up small businesses.
2. Ideas on income generation activities and good saving skills.
3. Teaching these women practical skills.
Fundraising / Grant Writing
We are focused on improving our Organization, with many plans for the future. We hope to support more vulnerable children, thanks to previous fundraising efforts. There is a lot of work being done every day, but still the biggest challenge is money. 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.
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 wide 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.
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. Volunteers in the Childcare project in Uganda are placed in day care centers, nursery schools and kindergartens to assist local staff in the day to day running of these centers. All of these centers are extremely under resourced and volunteers play a key role in ensuring they operate effectively. Volunteer activities vary across the different centers, 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 in Uganda 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 can require up to an hour of travel time, each way, on public transport.
Medical & healthcare.
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.
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.
IT for online growth and support
Our website needs design and systemic improvements; however, we lack the tools enabling us to update our website. We would like to have a monthly newsletter to report achievements, challenges and news, but we struggle with editing, design, and implementation.
Video Capturing and Editing
A volunteer with skills of capturing and editing videos is much needed as well, since people would like to visually see what our Kids are rather than merely reading about it. Sharing this on YouTube, the kids website, and on our Facebook page would raise awareness among a larger number of people, increasing the opportunity for receiving help.
Administration / Management training
With growth, we meet the challenges of more effective administration/management of our organization and its projects. We need our organizational structures and procedures to be revised, perhaps new policies to govern our activities to be implemented. We welcome all kind of project management trainings.
Sports education and Development
Children in Uganda are mostly active and physically fit, but we lack professional sport training. The favorite game here is football (soccer) – every boy dreams of being a football player. Thus football coaches would be most welcome. Children 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!
Participants here work with a grassroots communities focused on improving the quality of life through a wide variety of community development initiatives, including adult education programs, income-generation activities, such as poultry and livestock rearing, HIV/AIDS education, construction projects, and more. Volunteers with this program must be open minded, creative, and ready to fundraise for the project and adapt to the realities of everyday life in Uganda.
Music / Dancing / Drama education
We have a huge bunch of very creative children at our school (and one drum!) but we lack a professional arts teacher. Music, singing, dancing and/or drama teachers would be very welcome. Our Future vision is to have our own students’ band!