WHAT VOLUNTEERS SHOULD CATER FOR:
Airport pickup and drop off.
Trips or tours you will in Uganda
Accommodation ranging from $10, $15 and above per night.
Internet and Telephone
Transport to and from the placement each day.
Purchasing materials and items needed to be used at the placement during the volunteer time.
Pay for certificate and Recommendation Letter at the end of your program @ $15 both.
NOTE: Also note that part of whatever you donate goes towards the support of the vulnerable children at Entebbe Road Primary School for their feeding, medical care, scholastic materials, clothing also for the organization ie program supervision, administration costs like internet, rent etc.
Spending money (volunteers in Uganda generally find US $100 or $150 be sufficient for basic weekly expenses), unless otherwise because this may differ from one volunteers life style to another.
The flights to Uganda are your responsibility; please let us know your flight schedule at least two weeks before, so we can plan the airport pick-up schedule. UVF has a Facebook group, page and email you are welcome to consult with us.
The volunteers are responsible for obtaining the proper visas for the relevant target country. UVF can provide each volunteer with a formal letter that states that he or she has been accepted into our program.
Uganda Volunteers Foundation will not provide medical coverage of any kind, and the volunteers are responsible for acquiring a full medical and health insurance policy. We recommend including medical evacuation in this policy. The program will require each volunteer to send a copy of his or her insurance policy for its records, and to sign a waiver that releases UVF of responsibility for any medical or health-related situations that may occur.
Check with the nearest consulate or embassy for your target country to find out what health requirements and restrictions are in place for volunteers. It is likely that you will be required to present documentation for some vaccinations the airport.
While getting used to the local food, you might experience intestinal discomfort digestion in the first couple of weeks of your stay. UVF staff will be on hand to provide comfort and help. UVF is within few minutes’ drive from a local hospital, and we have a list of doctors that can be contacted, you can be accompanied to a medical clinic if you wish.
The safety and security of our volunteers is always our number one priority. Accommodations/ hostels are regularly monitored by 24-hour security guards.
In addition, we ensure that all of our team are first aid trained, with immediate access to a full first aid kit. Hospitals and medical centers are located in the town, and a car is always available for transportation.
Uganda Volunteers Foundation is committed to continually reviewing and updating our safety procedures in order to protect volunteers and staff from harm.
SECURITY TIPS FOR VOLUNTEERS:
• Try to travel in a group and avoid walking on the streets alone at night. Avoid dark/enclosed areas.
• At night, use taxis rather than buses, and call for a taxi company rather than pick up a cab randomly on the street.
• Do not walk around wearing expensive-looking items.
• Carry around only enough cash for your expected purchases, and a credit card only if you expect to use it. Do not keep all of your money in one pocket. Distribute it in different pockets.
• Make a copy of the biographical page of your passport and carry this with you.
• Take extra care when taking out money from an ATM. Beware of suspicious characters lurking nearby. It is best to use the machines located inside banks, buildings, and shopping centers.
• Keep digital cameras in your pocket or in nondescript paper or plastic bags, and don’t leave belongings unattended.
Internet and Telephone
Each volunteer is required to purchase a local SIM card and make sure he or she is available via the phone in case staff or group member needs to contact them. The cost of calls is not expensive, and a small sum should tide you over during your stay in Uganda.
Internet costs is the volunteer’s responsibility, we only guide you on what internet provider to us, you will be able to access email accounts and Skype your friends and family with this connection. Note that power cuts limit this service for several hours most days, and that Internet connections are not as fast as you may be used to. Data plans and SMS packages are usually available.
The official languages for UVF volunteers are both English and Luganda in working with local volunteer projects. You will be offered lessons in the local language in a non-English speaking country.
What to Pack
A set of bed linens and usually one towel. Insect and mosquito repellent are usually recommended, as well as a good pair of walking shoes and a hat and/or sunblock, rain coat, You may be able to buy toiletries locally (such as soap, shampoo, etc.), but if you do bring them with you, please choose ecologically friendly brands. It is not customary among most of the local communities to wear revealing or tight-fitting clothes, and we ask you to respect this custom.
Specific suggestions of what to pack will be provided to you based on your choice of project and the time of year.
The volunteer acknowledges and accepts the responsibilities and risks associated with their agreement to travel to, temporarily live in and provide volunteer services in a developing country. Such travel and volunteer work can be often hazardous and involves a certain degree of risk, inherently dangerous activities and personal perils to the volunteer, both foreseen and unforeseen, all of which are fully accepted by and solely assumed by the volunteer. Therefore, UVF including any and all of its employees, managers, directors, shareholders, host families are not liable, to the maximum extent of the law, for any loss or harm the volunteer or associates may suffer, including but not limited to loss caused directly or indirectly by:
• Personal injury;
• Emotional injury;
• Illness or disease;
• Damage to or loss of property;
• Hostage situations; or
• War or terrorism.
The volunteer agrees to indemnify UVF against any and all liability which UVF incurs arising directly or indirectly out of, or in connection (in any way) with, the volunteer’s travel to, living in and providing services in the volunteer’s nominated country.
Drug and Alcohol Use.
The volunteer must abide by the rules put in place by UVFs volunteer placement institution in regards to alcohol consumption. Drug use (unless prescribed by a doctor) is strictly prohibited and will result in instant dismissal from the program with no refund.
Child Protection Policy
The volunteer has read the complete Child Protection Policy. They fully understand and agree to follow all procedures contained within. If at any time the volunteer fails to follow the guidelines set forth by the UVF Child Protection Policy, they understand that their volunteer program may be terminated and appropriate action will be taken.
The volunteer agrees to comply with UVFs code of conduct and waiver.
UVF reserves the right to use feedback and images provided by volunteers for social media and website materials such as testimonials.
UVF provides a service connecting volunteers to placements. You agree that UVF is not liable for any placement.
To the full extent permissible at law, all representations, terms, warranties, guarantees, or conditions whether implied by statute, common law or custom of the trade or otherwise, including, but not limited to, implied warranties and guarantees, are excluded.
This website is presented solely for the purpose of promoting UVFs services and those of its partner organizations. This site is controlled and operated by UVF in Uganda.
UVF reserve the right to remove the volunteer from the program if he or she goes beyond their limits of behavior.
All dates and times referred to in these terms and conditions are based on East African Standard Time.
UVF has no liability for any lack of performance, unavailability or failure of the services or its website, or for any failure of UVF to comply with these terms and conditions, where the same arises from any cause reasonably beyond the control of UVF.
A volunteer doesn’t have full rights and power to make decisions in the organization unless approved by director.
The type of accommodation depends very much on how many volunteer we have, generally speaking, the following categories are available: Volunteer Apartment or Volunteer Guest House sharing with other volunteers. In all of our projects we ensure that the accommodation we provide is safe, secure and comfortable.
In these accommodation settings, volunteers live together but in private rooms. These can be very fun places to stay when volunteers from different nationalities live together, however although in some cases two or more volunteers of the same sex will have to share a room. Housing conditions are basic, but all houses/hostels have electricity and running water. As compared to normal standards of Uganda, the accommodation can be regarded as more than adequate.
In cases of launching our volunteer house soon A house manager will be taking care of each of the volunteer. He/she is responsible for preparing all the meals for the volunteers, and the general cleanliness of the house.
Start & Duration
Projects in UVF are open to any dates. Volunteers should arrive a day before their placement though.
You can choose to volunteer from 1 to 24 weeks.
Orientation takes place the first day in our offices.
Requirements to volunteer with UVF.
You must be at least 18 years old at the start of your Volunteer work with UVF.
All volunteers must have adequate volunteer travel insurance and are required to provide credentials depending on the chosen program.
These terms are governed by the laws and Constitution of Uganda.
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