Volunteer Programs in Uganda
For an African adventure, check out the volunteer trips throughout Uganda, where you can travel to the Fort Portal Town, Jinja Town, and Kamuli Town to work in teaching, sports, medical and health promotion, construction, biodiversity and environment protection, or even take on special projects such as a microfinance internship or women and girls’ empowerment workshops.
A few ways you can help include coaching sports in a youth club, building and repairing houses and schools, and teaching in a local school. Check out also the review of Ratner family from Israel who have been building a water well and pit latrine for the Kahangi village near Fort Portal for two weeks.
Volunteer in Uganda - Opportunities and Experiences
All volunteer programs are available at Fort Portal Town, Jinja Town and Kamuli Town:
FORT PORTAL TOWN located in the west of the capital Kampala. It is about 300kms and it takes 4 – 5 hours drive by road. The projects take place in Kahangi village that is located right on the border of the Kibale Forest National Park, famous for its large chimpanzee population and just outside of Fort Portal town.
JINJA TOWN: Located about 80Km east of the capital Kampala, on the shores of Lake Victoria, Jinja is one of Uganda's largest urban centers. This being said, the city does not have the hustle and bustle feel of Kampala, the traffic is usually made up of bicycles! The town center overlooks the lake and considered to be the source of the Nile River. In recent years tourism has provided a boost to Jinja's economy. The peaceful laid-back atmosphere, gorgeous weather all year round, plus the variety of available adventure activities at Bujagali Falls; white water rafting, bungee jumping and kayaking have contributed to Jinja's growing popularity as a tourist destination.
KAMULI TOWN: - located in the East of the capital Kampala. It is about 145km and it takes 3hours drive by road. And it is is approximately 72 kilometres (45 mi), north of Jinja, the largest city in the Busoga sub-region. Kamuli is semi urban area which is the administrative and commercial centre of Kamuli district. Kamuli town center has reasonable access to running water, electricity and basic internet. The project is located at Buphadhengo village bordering with Jinja District ( Jinja town) hence between Jinja town and Kamuli town.
Arrival Airport: Entebbe International Airport. Volunteers will travel by road, through the capital Kampala, eastwards to Jinja and northwards to Kamuli, a journey of 4-5 hours depending on traffic.
Accommodation & Meals for the Volunteers in Uganda
The type of accommodation depends very much on the project the volunteer will be working, but generally it will fall into one of the following categories: 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. Each volunteer in Uganda will be given their own room – although in some cases they may need to share with one other volunteer of the same sex. Housing conditions are basic, but all houses have electricity and running water. The accommodation is regarded as more than adequate considering the normal standards of Uganda.
Each Volunteer Guest House is taken care by a “house keeper” who is responsible for preparing all the meals for the volunteers, and the general cleanliness of the house.
Start & Duration
Projects in Uganda start on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month. Volunteers should arrive on Sundays.
You can choose to volunteer from 1 to 24 weeks.
Orientation takes place the first day in Kampala. The tour takes place at the project city.
You must be at least 18 years old at the start of your Volunteer in Uganda placement.
All volunteers must have adequate volunteer travel insurance and are required to provide credentials depending on the chosen program.
Knowledge of intermediate English is a pre-requisite.
You will have a competent support and advices from the local team and project leaders. Someone will always be available in the case of any emergency. Please keep in mind that you are in a different country and should take some precautions to avoid exposing yourself to certain risks.
The local coordinators will give you all the information to have a safe and unforgettable experience.
Uganda Volunteer Program Fees
- The program fee is paid directly to the host organization.
- All of the projects incur a registration fee of US$ 199.00 on top of the program fee.
What is included in the volunteer in Uganda program fee?
- Airport Pickup
- Orientation plus city tour on arrival at the project site
- Accommodation for all projects
- 3 meals per day
- Support from local staff & Program supervision
- In-country 24/7 support throughout your stay
- In-country administration costs
There are no hidden costs. These projects are the most affordable to volunteer in Uganda.
Iko Poran is an NGO based in a developing country. We are dedicated to helping you help others, at the lowest possible price. We are interested in making volunteering abroad more accessible so that more people can help do really important work.
Participants in our Uganda programs normally find US$ 50 to be sufficient for weekly expenses in the country.
The program fee should be paid to the host country and it is due 30 days before the project start date.
Start your volunteer experience in Uganda now!
Proceed an fill out the application form on the Homepage of IKPVA