We’re looking for helpful volunteers with a compassionate heart to serve vulnerable rural communities, apply through the link below. https://www.uvfo.org/apply/
As an education/teaching assistant volunteer, you will support local staff in providing a safe, learning and fun environment for youngsters in classrooms, daycare centres and after-school clubs. You will help with a range of activities such as arts and crafts, songs, games, story time and also formal learning such as reading and writing. When you join the education volunteer project you may be asked to help children who need a little more help and group work. This is very important as this rarely happens in classes with such high student numbers. If you are a qualified and experienced teacher you may be asked to provide training and support to local staff.
Education has been identified as a global priority by the UNDP and early years attendance is key in giving children a great start in life, as well as enabling parents to go out and earn a living while their children are in a supervised setting. Many centres and schools lack classroom assistants who can help with preparation, running group sessions or helping children who need extra learning support. As a volunteer, you may help local staff with the running of activities and share your ideas with teachers to enrich lessons which often take a more formal approach or use rote learning. You will gain an insight into the daily challenges and realities facing teachers, children and communities in enabling children to attend school full time.
As an education volunteer focused on children you must have a love of working with children, a genuine interest in learning and a high energy level. If you are creative and happy to inspire children with songs, stories and games to consolidate classroom learning these placements could be perfect for you! All of our teaching placements require volunteers to complete a police record check. If you are a TEFL, early, primary or senior school teacher why not take a bushman’s holiday and share your training and experience with local teachers while learning how they manage with poor attendance, large class numbers and a lack of classroom resources.
Volunteers in this project may also help in the following activities
- Helping as teaching assistants in classrooms
- Cleaning, feeding and caring for the younger children
- Working hand in hand with teachers in planning for work schedules.
- Training and reskilling of teachers.
- Teaching foreign languages
- Teaching skills like music, dance, drama, sports etc.
- Compound maintenance and classroom cleaning.
- Weeding and digging gardens
- Planting trees
- Office work including marketing the organization, proposal writing and fundraising.
- Teaching children basic health habits like washing hands after visiting the toilet etc.
Bring your love of reading, learning and sharing your ideas and join us at GNUVF to inspire young learners or develop teacher capacity on an education volunteer placement.
SUSTAINABLE & ECOLOGICAL FARMING
The “Sustainable Agriculture” project brings the local population closer to sustainability. To protect the environment and the soil and for high-yield harvests, it advocates efficient use of the land, natural pest control and soil conservation, and trains the local population on these issues. The project works on building a self-sufficient and sustainable agriculture for the school of the Uganda Volunteer Foundation. For this purpose, vegetables are grown and pigs and poultry are raised. The proceeds are used for their own school meals. In addition, it is planned to help the children and take lessons in sustainable agriculture so that they can sustainably support themselves in adulthood.
• Transfer of knowledge about sustainable agriculture • Practical activities in agriculture: horticulture, raising animals etc. • Support, guidance and exchange with the population • Documentation • Bringing in new ideas
Demands on you
– You like to work practically and in nature – You lend a hand and are not afraid of getting dirty – At best, you already have experience in agriculture / horticulture – You are flexible, creative and have a talent for improvisation – Teamwork but also independent work no problem – you are willing to learn and patient – you are open to other people and cultures – you are ready to work and live in simple circumstances
Volunteers interested in Sustainable Agriculture can participate in the following project:
Agriculture is the main economic backbone of Uganda, as well as the primary source of income for basic households in many parts of the country. As many areas throughout the country are struggling with issues of food security, this is a great opportunity to try new and tried and true methods of farming to tackle these issues. When you join this program you will assist local farmers and communities who are not only trying to feed their own families and make a living, but those who are trying to share the knowledge they have attained to keep the farming culture alive and thriving.
Ssissa, Namuzzi is one of those places, and local villagers spend their lives farming, vegetables and food, as well as taking care of their livestock.
In this program, you’ll get the chance to experience the authentic countryside of Uganda by living amongst locals and helping out the villagers on their gardens and also farms.
Your tasks include:
• Cutting and cleaning up the grass areas around the gardens, farm and school.
• Planting, cultivating, weeding, and watering of plants and trees.
• Helping take care of the livestock
• Addressing various community needs
• Learning about the use of nutrient rich water for soil-less farming (hydroponic farming)
Working up close with local farmers will not only teach you new skills, but will also allow you to get authentically immersed in a new culture and lifestyle.
Volunteers not only help support the local economy, but, most importantly, the livelihoods of the people who depend upon it. Sustainable agriculture is vital to countless communities around the world, and volunteers can make a difference by helping nurture agriculturally-dependent economies and offering assistance to small farmers working to get their products on the market.
Volunteers participating in sustainable agriculture projects do hands-on work that leaves a lasting impact on farming communities in need. By assisting throughout the numerous steps of the agricultural process, volunteers are able to be immersed in the local agriculture scene, learn about sustainable farming methods and agriculture processes from around the world, volunteer alongside local workers, and see the literal fruits of their labor. Participants not only serve their host community directly—by helping raise food and crops to nourish and support members of the community—but also indirectly by becoming advocates for the efforts of sustainable, environmentally-friendly farming practices.
This project in sustainable agriculture is an excellent fit for participants who are interested in farming, agriculture, and sustainable practices. Volunteers who are curious about agricultural procedures and how they play a role in communities around the world find these projects engaging and informative. Participants with any or no experience with farming or sustainable agriculture can contribute in invaluable ways to these projects; the most important qualification is that volunteers are not averse to rolling up their sleeves, getting their hands dirty, and spending time outdoors.
WOMEN & GIRL EMPOWERMENT
What is the Women Empowerment project in Uganda is all about?
The project gives individuals opportunities to increase skills.
The Women Empowerment project in Uganda focuses on the training and mentoring of vulnerable women within the rural communities. The work that volunteers provide will be centred on basic entrepreneurship and small-scale business skills.
Uganda is a developing country with a high volume of vulnerable women. Amongst others, this includes single mothers, women living with HIV/AIDS, victims of domestic violence, and women living in extreme poverty. A lot of the women in these communities are illiterate, have no source of income, and lack the opportunities to thrive.
Women’s vulnerability in Uganda arises from social inequality and from unequal power relations, which grant women less access to and control over assets and resources than men. Therefore, many women find themselves within the informal sector. Unfortunately, the majority of such women lack basic entrepreneurial skills, sufficient access to capital, markets, and collateral, all of which are necessary in the start-up of small businesses. There is a need to support and aid vulnerable women with entrepreneurship skills in order to help them out of the cycle of poverty.
By contributing to the women’s empowerment program in Uganda as a volunteer, you will be able to contribute to alleviating poverty for the many vulnerable women and their families, enabling them to create sustainable livelihoods.
Why choose this Women Empowerment project in Uganda?
- You will learn about the sustainable development model of empowering rural women.
- You will contribute to a women’s empowerment program.
- You will also learn about how vulnerable women in Uganda make a living and care for their families.
- Share experiences with the women and communities.
Role of the Women Empowerment Volunteers
As a volunteer involved in the Women Empowerment program, you will be providing a group of women with basic business training. Direct work with the women: imparting activities such as sewing, craft and art painting, needlework, cooking or computer skills. Support and exchange with the women. Imparting knowledge about healthy nutrition. Support in organizing literacy courses. Introducing new ideas
You will also mentor them on managing start-up loans for small-scale business development. Working together with the community colleagues, you will meet and interact with women within their community, and create interactive training methods to develop their growth.
In addition, you will also be directly involved in disseminating basic health information to the women. The ultimate objective is to empower vulnerable women to fight poverty, and to become self-sufficient so that they have the capacity to provide a meal, education, and other basic needs to their children.
Volunteers interested in Women Empowerment can also participate in the following projects:
Empowering Village/Rural Women
This program is geared toward assisting women who may not have had access to basic education and may find it difficult to thrive, particularly in this age where understanding the importance of education and an ability to manage basic technology have become fundamental aspects for survival. The ability to navigate issues such as personal development, environmental awareness, budgeting, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy also help to build a resiliency that cultivates sustainable development.
Therefore, through our program, we utilize the engagement of international participants with some groups of local women, who may never have had any kind of real-life exposure to outsiders, to help them to expand their worldview and personal perspective. Participant immersion in the community promotes a mutually beneficial relationship with the local women where all those involved gain just as much as they give.
This is an opportunity to form relationships with someone from another background and culture and create an exchange that motivates both younger and older women to show their hidden talents and enable them to participate in developmental activities of family, society, and nation.
Creative teaching methods and a positive outlook are extremely helpful and go a long way to engaging the women and breaking down the existing barriers. Participants are encouraged to use different techniques to teach topics that they are passionate about, and/or have first-hand knowledge, as long as they are relevant and assist with the goals outlined by the women being served through the program. Since English is widely spoken here, there is a greater capacity for you to convey your knowledge with ease and use anything you have in the way of reference materials and resources more easily.
You’ll also be part of the collective effort to support the educational goals of our girls. These village mothers and grandmothers are using their skills and abilities to create unique and intricate beadwork jewellery and accessories knowing that every piece they make and sell gets them closer to earning enough to cover school fees and to supplement the household income enough to provide nourishing meals to their families.
Your efforts can go towards the creation of a database, building a roadside stand to sell items, teaching the women basic English or math, help complete the concrete floor at a local community where they currently meet underneath a tree, or help to build a proper stand for access to the water tanks, plate racks and hand washing facilities at the communities or schools. The ways in which you can be of service are many. The life lessons and sincere smiles you will receive in return are invaluable.
What skills do you need to be a Women Empowerment volunteer?
-You should have the confidence to teach other women something.
-You have to be flexible, creative and have a talent for improvisation.
-Teamwork but also independent work are no problem.
– You are willing to learn and communicate.
– You are physically and mentally resilient.
– You are open to other people and cultures.
– You are ready to work and live in simple circumstances.
– Some level of spoken English is essential for this placement and be open minded.
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 pri schools for ECD programs and SABEC School which are extremely under resourced and volunteers play a key role in ensuring the schools operate effectively. Volunteer activities vary across the different schools, 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 daily chores.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PUBLIC AND COMMUNITY 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.
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.
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.
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.
STAFF / TEACHER TRAINING
Our staff / 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.