Volunteering in Kampala Uganda

Volunteering Abroad near Kampala Uganda: Kampala is the capital city of Uganda and lies just a few miles off the shores of Lake Victoria. This is a pleasant, bustling city with a population of about 1 million people. Unlike many capital cities in Africa, Kampala is considered quite safe and clean. Kampala has a few interesting sights, mainly the National Museum, Lake Victoria and Kabaka’s Palace. Kampala also serves as a major travel hub for the region with many travelers coming overland from Kenya and Tanzania.

The MICATZ volunteer house is located 10 miles outside of Kampala in the Wakiso District in Bulenga and Kikaaya villages. These are semi-rural villages with dirt roads that turn to sticky mud in the rainy season and dust in the dry season. The village had a mix of small mud and brick homes and larger homes for those working in Kampala. Most community members struggle to meet their basic needs and strive to put their children in school. Main jobs include brick making, selling fruits and vegetables, small scale animal rearing and other manual labor.

Our programs serve the most vulnerable community members in Wakiso District of Uganda. We offer community development projects including pig and poultry house construction and repairs, home repairs, health/HIV/AIDS, youth and child education, animal rearing, water and sanitation (including well construction),construction of a Volunteer centre, vocational skills development, project planning and management or other skills that can help us transform this community.
With our volunteer program we allow you to discover the wonders of East Africa, while doing meaningful and rewarding community work. This is a great opportunity to explore life in rural Africa, live and work amongst the locals and realize one person can make a difference.

We offer the following programs near Kampala:

Program Length: From 1 to 24 weeks
Program Date: Flexible Start & End Date
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8 hour per day
Accommodations: Shared volunteer house
Meals: Yes, 3 meals a day
Requirements: 17 years or older, an open mind to new adventures.

* To be successful volunteering with a local NGO you need to be able to motivate yourself. Regardless of the country and program, to get the most out of your time abroad you need to quickly get to know the placement.

Find out where you can be of the most help and jump right in. Sometimes you might be the only person working on your particular project. You will have to decide what to do and how to do it. While our MICATZ In Country Director and local staff are a great resource for getting ideas and talking about your plans, you shouldn’t be surprised when they leave the big decisions up to you. Successful MICATZ Volunteers all have one thing in common: they take advantage of this freedom to design really excellent projects or manage existing ones and are capable of working hard without a great deal of supervision.

Children’s Education Program

Volunteers needed for nursery and primary school levels (ages 4yrs-13yrs) to teach English and other subjects. Teaching experience is not required. You can begin working with some children, teaching English and basic math. These are rural schools for the children of the community. The objective of this program is to contribute to the academic development of the school in order to provide the best opportunity for the orphans to receive quality education.

Volunteers support the local teachers; encourage students to learn and play and instill pride in their schooling.  School terms vary from year to year but are approximately as follows: February 1 to April 30, and May 20 to August 30, September 15 to November 15.  Volunteers can assist with the physical upkeep of the school; painting, decorating, mending desks etc. Most important volunteers should try to develop activities/programs that can be sustained in the future. Prior teaching experience is not required; volunteer simply need an open mind, caring spirit and a compassionate nature.

Community Development / Building Program

Volunteers are needed for the on-going construction and water building projects in the community. Volunteers needed for manual labor jobs working alongside skilled and unskilled local workers.  Some tasks include farming, pig rearing, construction of the volunteer center, expansion, water well building and renovation work. Volunteers do not need prior experience, but skilled workers are very welcome.  This is a very hand on, hands dirty sort of program. Enthusiasm, a good sense of humor and helping spirit are required.  Volunteer can also spend time in the children’s school teaching classes.

Health Care Program

Volunteers with medical experience are needed to work in a community health clinic outside of Kampala. Most clinics are very busy, understaffed; with limited medical supplies and equipment. There is a wide variety of cases but disease such as malaria, HIV/Aids, tuberculosis and syphilis, as well as childbirth/maternity needs are most common. Medical volunteers; doctors, nurses, EMT, physical therapist participate in direct patient care such as diagnosing, injections, IV starts and lab work.  Nursing and medical students are welcome and assist with tasks like dressing wounds, record and immunization chart keeping, helping dispense medications, helping to screen and organize patients and assisting with administrative needs or seminars. *Medical volunteers must submit a copy of their credentials or nursing certificate.

HIV/Aids Prevention Program

Volunteers work with a local organization that is providing HIV/AIDS prevention education and support to rural communities in the Wakiso district. This project focuses on providing culturally sensitive methods of awareness and education with the goal of preventing transmission of the disease and seeks to offer assistance and encouragement to those infected with the virus. Some of the activities for volunteers include: Promoting safer sex through education, assisting with home-based care for victims with HIV/Aids, providing free blood testing for the disease, woman empowerment projects for surviving widows of the community, and most especially rural outreach programs to those in need with food distribution, assistance with activities of daily living and providing words of encouragement. Experience in this field is not required. Volunteers with a strong interest in making a difference are welcome.

Through our education program we teach students about HIV/AIDS, STD/STIs, reproductive health, family planning, decision making, hygiene and so much more. Volunteers have completed two student HIV/AIDS murals and build tippy-tap hand washing stations with students for their schools. The goal is to teach through games, interactive activities, stories and writing and art assignments. It is the belief of the project coordinators that students learn best when they are presented with information in multiple ways, when students have the opportunity to learn through experiences, images, and so much more. With this in mind we work to make our health and empowerment lessons fun and student centered.

Child Care Assistance

Volunteer are needed to help at a rural orphanage outside the capital city. These children have lost parents to Aids, some have been abandoned, and they know abuse, hunger and fear. The orphanage strives to provide a better future for some of the most vulnerable children in Uganda. As a volunteer, you will primarily assist with the daily care of the kids; including bathing, feeding and clothing. You can play games, arrange activities, create arts & crafts projects and share your time and caring with these wonderful children.  Prior experience not necessary, volunteers should have a lot of patience, an open mind and a sense of compassion. The children range in age from toddlers to pre-teens. Volunteer work is 35-40 hours per week, 5 days a week. **Volunteer transportation (not included in program fee) varies between $30-$40 per week for this project. Volunteers will be volunteering at a rural orphanage and need to take public transportation from the volunteer house to the orphanage each day.

Program Includes:

Accommodation provided at the Volunteer House (10 miles outside of Kampala). The Volunteer House has electricity, running water, indoor plumbing and access to internet. All MICATZ programs, except the orphanage, are within walking distance to the Volunteer House. Three local meals per day are provided. Airport picks up and drops off at Entebbe airport.

Our MICATZ local Project Coordinator will provide orientation tour on arrival, project briefing, an introduction to work placement and local host family.

Volunteering in Rural Uganda; Volunteering Abroad Opportunities at Ugandan Missions Overseas

Volunteering Abroad in the Mukono District Uganda: This is an opportunity to work with grass roots organizations in rural Uganda. The program site is located about 5 miles outside of Mukono Town (mid way between Kampala and Jinja)

This rural community, with dirt roads that turn to sticky mud in the rainy season and dust in the dry season. Boda Boda taxi bikes share the road with bicycles and animals. As in most parts of Uganda, the community members struggle to meet their basic needs and strive to put their children in school. Main jobs include brick making, selling fruits and vegetables, small scale animal rearing and other manual labor jobs.

As a volunteer in this program, you will experience traditional Ugandan life and participate in daily activities such as visiting elderly villagers, collecting water from a well, teaching children in outside classrooms, assisting in the brick making programs, feeding animals as well as health outreach programs.

These programs serve the most vulnerable community members in Mukono District.
The main focus is providing education to hundreds of children in the surrounding villages. A village school provides English, Math, health lessons to children 3yrs-12yrs old. The school provides not only needed education but opportunities for sports activities, health talks, feeding center and meeting place for the community.

The community development projects including pig and poultry house construction and repairs, home repairs, health/HIV/AIDS workshops, youth education, animal rearing, water and sanitation (including well and waterway construction) and project planning and management or other skills that can help us transform this community

With our volunteer program we allow you to discover the wonders of East Africa, while doing meaningful and rewarding community work. This is a great opportunity to explore life in rural Africa, live and work amongst the locals and realize one person can make a difference.

* It is important for potential volunteers to understand that the culture in Uganda is quite different from what you are accustomed to. Volunteers should bring with them an easy-going, open-minded and relaxed attitude. Locals are curious, very friendly and social people. While ABV will endeavor to maintain a daily routine, volunteers should understand that things move slowly in Africa (and indeed in rural communities). Relax and enjoy the slow pace. Remember that life in Africa is not as organized and predictable as life in developed countries. Although volunteer work can be very busy and active, at other times work is determined by many number of factors including weather, availability of resources, whether a relevant contact has turned up, cultural activities etc.

We offer the following programs near Mukono:

Program Length: From 1 to 12 weeks
Program Date: Flexible Start & End Date
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8 hour per day
Accommodations: Local Host Family
Meals: Yes, 3 meals a day
Requirements: 17 years or older, an open mind to new adventures.

* To be successful volunteering with a local NGO you need to be able to motivate yourself. Regardless of the country and program, to get the most out of your time abroad you need to quickly get to know the placement.

Find out where you can be of the most help and jump right in. Sometimes you might be the only person working on your particular project. You will have to decide what to do and how to do it. While our MICATZ In Country Director and local staff are a great resource for getting ideas and talking about your plans, you shouldn’t be surprised when they leave the big decisions up to you. Successful MICATZ Volunteers all have one thing in common: they take advantage of this freedom to design really excellent projects or manage existing ones and are capable of working hard without a great deal of supervision.

Children’s Education / Teaching Program

Volunteer in a rural school. Nursery and primary school level classes are provided (ages 3yrs-12yrs) teaching English and other subjects. *Teaching experience is not required. You can begin as a teaching assistant and then work in small groups with children in need of extra attention.

The objective of this program is to contribute to the academic development of the school in order to provide the best opportunity for the orphans to receive quality education. Volunteers support the local teachers; encourage students to learn and play and instill pride in their schooling.

School terms vary from year to year but are approximately as follows: February 1 to April 30, and May 20 to August 30, September 15 to early December. Volunteers can assist with the physical upkeep of the school; painting, decorating, mending desks etc. Most important volunteers should try to develop activities/programs that can be sustained in the future. Prior teaching experience is not required; volunteer simply need an open mind, caring spirit and a compassionate nature.

Community Development / Building Program

You will have the opportunity to try different roles and projects, dependent on your interests and skills. These volunteer opportunities do not require specialized skills (although these would be an advantage), and we accept volunteers for both short and long-term placements, all the year round. Volunteers certainly gain an amazing life experience from their participation in our placement program. On first arrival, most volunteers sample all the projects before selecting the tasks that suit them best.

The first few days of your placement will be orientation and adjusting to Ugandan life. After this initial period, your placement work will begin. The type of work you are involved with will be dependent on your interests, abilities, level of experience as well as your comfort levels.

One of the advantages of the Community project is that you are not limited to one job role and will have the opportunity to ‘sample’ other roles during your placement. To become involved in another projects simply inform a member of staff who will happily make any necessary arrangements.

Volunteer work side by side the locals’ on-going brick construction and water building projects in the community. Volunteers needed for manual labor jobs working alongside skilled and unskilled local workers.

Some tasks include farming, pig rearing, construction of the volunteer center, expansion, water well building and renovation work. Volunteers do not need prior experience, but skilled workers are very welcome.  This is a very hand on, hands dirty sort of program. Enthusiasm, a good sense of humor and helping spirit are required.

Program Includes:

Accommodation provided with a local host family. Family home has electricity. Volunteers have their own sleeping quarters with bed and bedding. With rural communities, there is no indoor plumbing. Outhouse facilities at the home, and fresh water available for boiling and bathing. All ABV programs are within walking distance from the host family. Three local meals per day are provided. Airport picks up and drops off at Entebbe airport. Our MICATZ local Project Coordinator will provide orientation tour on arrival, project briefing, an introduction to work placement and local host family.


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