Volunteering with us is very flexible and can be based around your skills and personal interests. You can work with the children in our school, assisting local teachers deliver formal lessons or spend time with the children, helping them with their English, and doing crafts and sports etc.
If you are a medical professional you can volunteer in our health centre or the local hospital. We always have other ongoing projects which we need help with, such as DIY, building, maintenance, painting and decorating.
Participate in educational outreach programs to promote women's health and hygiene in the local communities.
Empower young people from the community with the skills and resources they need to start their own businesses and create sustainable livelihoods for themselves and their families.
Work directly with teachers to deliver lessons and share good teaching practices. Support children in and out of the classroom by helping with their spoken and written English.
Help improve agricultural practices to create sustainable livelihoods for farmers and their families.
Work closely with our local staff and support the various domains of our organization such as project management, fundraising, marketing, amongst others.
Work alongside our experienced staff to provide a range of services, including health screenings, education programs, and community outreach initiatives.
Volunteering at Uganda Lodge is suitable for families, students, gap year teenagers, seniors or anyone who would like to experience a holiday with a difference. Our project is well integrated into the local community. Our volunteers are always given a warm welcome, especially by the local children who love spending time with visitors of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities.
When volunteering you help to continue work that started in 2007. The UK charity (Uganda Lodge Community Projects) fundraised to build a local school for orphans & other children from poor families, to teach them skills and knowledge to face a safer and brighter future. A Ugandan NGO manages the projects on a daily basic.
For medical students we can facilitate your official medical elective placement with a small additional fee charged.
Staying at Uganda Lodge could also count for the residential section of the Gold D.of E. Award and Queen’s Scout/Guide Awards.
What will it cost me?
For your food and accommodation whilst staying at Uganda Lodge we charge £175 per week including full board consisting of three meals and, additionally, afternoon tea. We charge a small booking fee of £100 to cover the cost of registration. All profits from this social enterprise facility are re-invested into the school, vocation centre, medical clinic and other projects that directly benefit the rural communities.
During your experience you will be staying at our guest house, Uganda lodge. It hosts over 20 rooms (bandas) , each with a hot shower and comfortable bed. Rooms look out over a pretty garden with stunning views of the surrounding hills. In the Lodge grounds there is a large, covered dining area, a bar and several thatched gazebos for relaxing. A camp fire is lit in the bar area in the evening where visitors can play pool, darts or enjoy a few drinks.
Tracking the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural surroundings is arguably one of the most exciting wildlife encounters to be had in Africa. Approximately 800 mountain gorillas remain in the wild today, with their habitat spread across the borders of Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
We can arrange an overnight gorilla trekking expedition to Mgahinga National Park. The trek can take anything between 1 and 5 hours to locate the gorillas and then one hour is spent in close contact with the gorilla family. The incredible privilege of a personal encounter with these gentle giants in their natural environment is a truly magical once-in-a lifetime experience!
Tours and Safaris
Queen Elizabeth National Park, 3 hours from the lodge, is Uganda’s most popular tourist destination and favourite safari for our visitors. It is home to more than 95 mammal species, including 4 of the ‘Big Five' (rhinos are only found in Uganda in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary), and an incredible 600 bird species. You are likely to see many elephants, the famous tree-climbing lions of Ishasha, Uganda Kob, waterbucks, warthogs, hippos, buffaloes and crocodiles, among many others. You may even see hyenas or an elusive leopard!
Batwa Tribe Experience
The Batwa people are one of the oldest surviving Indigenous tribes in Africa. We can arrange a ‘Batwa Trail’ - a 5 hour trek with these forest people in the mountains to learn a little of their old ways of life. Profits from your hike helps fund local Batwa children learn to keep their heritage alive.
Authentic Community Immersion
You’ll be immersed in Uganda lifestyle and culture and be treated like a family member. Past volunteers have attended weddings, family gatherings and been welcomed into local people’s homes, making Uganda Lodge a truly authentic community immersion.