Getting involved ...
i can’t believe these two months are over😭 hands down it has been one of the best experiences in my life, full of laughter, craziness, music, dance, gratefulness, it’s just impossible to put it up in words.
The bond i’ve made with these kids (and everybody else) is incredible, it literary breaks my heart when they tell me not to go; that i need to stay forever.
But unfortunately everything has an end, and as a friend from there said, if i don’t leave i won’t be able to come back, and i’m 100% coming back this year.
I’m still in the airport and I’m already missing the african vibes 🙁 Thank you for everything ❤️
#diengrapen (Dec – Jan 2018)
Who can volunteer at our Uganda project?
When you undertake volunteer work in Uganda you help to build upon work that started in 2007. A Ugandan NGO was formed by members of a rural community in South-West Uganda, who developed a local school for orphans & other children from poor families, and started community based projects that will equip the villagers with the skills and knowledge to face a safer and brighter future.
The project itself is well integrated into the community and those undertaking volunteer work are always given a warm welcome, especially by the local children who love spending time with volunteers from all ages and backgrounds. We offer what we consider to be the first choice volunteer experience in Uganda.
Volunteering at Uganda Lodge is suitable for whole families, motivated and self-reliant teenagers, and also seniors who are fairly mobile – there are no steps but the ground can be uneven.
You will be in “The Heart of Africa” and you will be staying at a locally owned and run Guest House and working at a School or Medical Centre. For medical students we can facilitate your official medical elective placement with no additional fees charged. Staying at Uganda Lodge could also count for the residential section of the Gold DofE Award and Queens Scout/Cuide Awards.
UK charities help support these establishments by fundraising and offering advice, but please be aware that you are not being sent out there by or working for, any UK charities .
What can I do?
Anyone can offer help simply by sharing their experiences of life and general knowledge with the villagers.
You need to speak English, and even if you are not a Teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) teacher (although useful!), you can go into the classrooms and make a meaningful difference. Experienced teachers can take over a whole class if they wish, after consulting with the teacher on content.
We now have over 500 students in the Ruhanga Development School next to the Lodge. English conversation is needed for the older children in particular, also showing picture books etc. or simply talking to babies helps nurture their stimulation and growth.
Children at our Nursery School and in the classes from P1 to P6 at the primary schools do love help from our volonteers to learn new rhymes and songs, talk about pictures in books or get inspirations with craftwork and painting.
We have a series of educational interactive DVD’s that are already translated into Runyankole as well as English, and they can be facilitated by volunteers both at Uganda Lodge using the TV or in the heart of the villages on portable DVD players.
Have you thought about the benefits you will get from volunteering? If you consider the many benefits you will receive, you will be asking yourself why you aren’t more involved with helping a cause. You will get more out of your volunteer experience than you put into it. Don’t hesitate to identify and donate some of your time to a worthy volunteer opportunity. You will be glad you did.
What will it cost me to volunteer?
For your food and accommodation whilst staying at Uganda Lodge we charge £105.00 per week including full board consisting of three meals and, additionally, afternoon tea.
We do ask for at least two weeks to be paid as a deposit to prevent the staff and community in general being disappointed. This fee for your food and accommodation is paid in the UK before you arrive and except in special circumstances, it is not refundable. Any extension of your stay should be paid upfront when requested rather than when you leave.
We do not charge any marketing or registration fees as all the background work is done for free, however we do ask our volunteers to try to fundraise an additional £50 or more each person – that with some consultation can be spend on building new classrooms or a project of your own choice as you see a need.
Why should I pay for my accomodation?
A good question, please let us explain. In Uganda, as in most developing nations, there are many highly qualified young people who are coming out of universities with degrees but who still cannot find jobs…they simply are not out there.
If a project has enough money to pay a salary, or indeed even support a person by providing transport, food and accommodation then the leaders of this project should be spending the money on the nationals from the country itself and not supporting; overseas visitors.
This is why we firmly believe that any reputable NGO or Charity or locally run Project should not be offering free placements. I also believe that volunteers should not be asked to pay out for large placement or management fees, and should ensure that anything except a minimal admin fee over the basic costs of their stay should actually benefit the community they are working in
Skills, trades and qualifications.
If you have a specific interest, for example singing & music, or sports. or arts & crafts, or you have medical experience, or computer knowledge, or have a trade such as a builder or a welder, then if you wish, we can utilise these skills and match them with work and training that can be done around Uganda Lodge.