Volunteer in Uganda
Looking for a life changing experience? Want to make a difference in a developing country? Get inspired by our rewarding community development programs which are available to join all year round. Apply to volunteer in Uganda today.
Volunteer Programs in Uganda
Search safe, structured, free & low cost volunteer opportunities in Uganda with international agencies, charities, local NGO's and non-profit organisations.
Top Reasons to Volunteer in Uganda
- The local people are very friendly, they will usually greet you with smiles, curiousity and waves
- Uganda is has spectacular natural beauty and a spectacular rainforest, waterfalls and lakes
- You will get a really authentic experience, this country is less touristy than other places to volunteer in Africa
- There are some of the best eco and reponsible tourism initiatives on the planet here
- With so many worthwhile projects operating where you can make a real impact
- Wildlife is in abundance due to the nature and National Parks
- Taking a gap year in Uganda is becoming more popular
- You might be suprised to learn Uganda has vibrant nightlife with bars, cafes and clubs
Types of Programs
We have programs for solo travelers, couples and families where you can do something inspiring like working at orphanages, helping children on care projects, teaching in primary and secondary schools, assisting medical placements in hospitals, help prevent the spread of HIV and Aids on educational awareness projects, coaching sports or helping building and construction initiatives.
Despite its incredible natural beauty, Uganda has one of the highest orphan populations in the world and you can help to improve the lives of vulnerable children who have been affected by HIV/AIDS and poverty. As a volunteer you will spend your time offering support in the community, choose between assisting with orphan skills training community support or teaching basic subjects and school activities.
Working with well-established community based organisations you can help to improve the standard of life for underprivileged children in Uganda by researching and working with families in need of help by making home visits and writing reports that will ensure help is given where it is needed. Projects mainly seek to help marginalised young people and children orphaned and living on their own or children living with terminally ill parents, many affected by the AIDS/HIV epidemic. There are also building projects where you can work in groups to improve facilities and plan/construct new buildings beneficial to local communities.
Medical & Healthcare
Despite its incredible natural beauty, Uganda has one of the highest orphan populations in the world. You can help to improve the lives of vulnerable and orphaned children in this area affected by HIV/AIDS. As a volunteer you will spend your time offering support in the community, choose between assisting with orphan skills training community support or teaching basic subjects and school activities. Working with a well-established community medical organisation you can help to improve the standard of life and healthcare for underprivileged children in Uganda. You will be involved with researching families in need of help by making home visits and writing reports that will ensure help is given where it is needed. Projects mainly seek to help marginalised young people and children orphaned and living on their own or children living with terminally ill parents, many affected by the AIDS/HIV epidemic.
Location of Projects
There are lots of projects in townships like in Jinja, Fort Portal, Kasese, Wakiso, Mpigi and the capital Kampala. Most people join programs in Kampala but if you don't fancy living in the city there are lots of rural placements with communities and villages.
There are no specific qualifications or requirements needed to take part on this trip. We do however require that all travellers have a sense responsibility for other travellers, project staff and local community and most importantly... a sense of fun and adventure! You will need to be aged 18 and also have the necessary vacinations and injections. Some placements like medical volunteering programs will require you to have experience in this field.
You can apply throughout the year and join anytime, there is no best time to apply but you will need to register well in advance of a prefered start time.
Usually you will work around 5-8 hours per day 5 days per week with evenings and weekends free. This can vary depending on the placement.
How to Apply
If you are looking for a safe and structured experience we recommend applying through an international organisation - most of these placements come part of a package which includes:
- Airport transfers to and from Entebbe Airport, Uganda
- Orientation on arrival
- Project transport, as required
- All accommodation during your stay at the shared volunteer house
- All Meals on the project
- Full support and assistance from your coordinator throughout your time in Uganda
- 24 hour support number
What's Not Included:
- Personal travel insurance for the duration of your placement, which should include cover for repatriation
- All flights
- Airport transfers if you arrive or depart outside of the set dates and times
- All items of a personal nature, such as curios, gifts, clothing (work and other)
- E-mail/Internet and telephone calls
- Soft drinks, beer, wines and spirits
- Any excursions over and above your planned itinerary in Uganda
Volunteer in Uganda for Free
There are also free and low cost volunteer programs in Uganda, you can find these usually with local NGO's and charities - you might though need to pay for flights, accommodation and meals seperately.
Uganda Volunteer Reviews
Have you ever been to work in Uganda? Share your experience or review an organisation. Contact us today, You can view past staff testimonials below:
Kikooba Health Centre Project
"I met some fantastic people, volunteers and locals alike, and managed to infiltrate the Ugandan culture through the volunteer project in a way that no ordinary tourist could have. The welcome and treatment of us throughout the project by the local community was so warm and we were privileged enough to be invited to attend ceremonies taking place in the local area. The work we achieved was very worthwhile; continuing with a health centre, providing AIDS education to the local community and spending time with the children of the school. I was instructed new construction techniques and was amazed at the capabilities of the locals; they were great to watch in action." - Sam volunteered in Uganda with Concordia International Volunteers
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
"I have recently returned from Uganda where I worked at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. I completed a 6 and a half month internship working as an assistant guide and head of Rehabilitation Centre. I have worked with a wide variety of antelope, rabbits, birds and domestic cats. I was involved in the darting of our dominant male rhino when he was bullying the calves that were chased away by their mothers as a new calf had been born. I was also involved in the tracking of a male leopard that was caught in a bear trap off the sanctuary in order to bring back and rehabilitate." - Jade N, UK
Volunteering with Children in Uganda with Another Hope
"We had the honor to stay three wonderful weeks in the children's home from Another Hope Children's Ministries (AHCM). After a very long journey, the very helpful and nice couple and also leaders from AHCM, Daniel and Ruth, picked us up and brought us the children's home. This home is located at a very nice place - surrounded by green forests and nice people. During the days, we learned a lot about the children, the children's home, the organization and also about ourselves. The thankfulness of people in Uganda and as well of the children and employees is overwhelming. Despite the tragic stories from the childrens, they were always happy and cheerful. Thanks God for this! The children's home, the meals, the ressources and the supply are very great and versatile. The children get a lot of offerings and positiv influence.
What have we done in the three weeks? Mainly we were present. We played with the kids and could get to know to them. We also had the opportunity to take share at the daily evening prayers and lead them. There were nice sunday services with worship, prayer and preaching. Trips to a community kid and as well to a community church were accomplished. We took a trip to the Lake Victoria and also did some trekking to mountains near by. It was a very blessed time. Full of experiences and friendships. We are so thankful for the blessing we received." - Conny & Alex