Volunteers who indicate their desire to work on a construction and building volunteer program in Uganda enjoy a wide variety of projects to choose from every week. This is the most flexible branch of Beacon of Hope Uganda, as volunteers may choose to work on different projects every week or, alternatively, work on various stages of one project through to completion (assuming they are able to stay throughout the duration of the project).
You can help build even if you have never picked-up a hammer before. This unique volunteering opportunity in Uganda lets you get your hands dirty and actually see what a difference you’ve made before you head back home. But, don’t think it’s all about hard work. The volunteer program in Uganda also give you the chance to travel around the communities you are working in, explore the country, and get to know the people you are helping.
When your volunteer vacation in Uganda comes to an end, you’ll be tired and a bit dirty. But, you will have made a big difference in the lives of local community. You’ll leave the village with visible proof of the work you’ve done and happy memories of the people you’ve helped.
The aim of this construction and building volunteer program in Uganda is to tackle local development issues through infrastructure development. The development of a formal education and healthcare structure and the building of schools and health centres is seen as key to achieving this goal and improving the lives of people here.
This program promotes and improves the quality of healthcare and education in the communities of Uganda. The main focus is lifelong healthcare and education systems for sustainable development and improvement on their quality of life. The primary focus of the projects is construction and repairing of local schools and community health centre. We have a number of ongoing construction projects funded by local people and support grants.
The people here are hard working and appreciative of our contribution to their community and are incredibly responsive to our presence on the project. Although the work may occasionally be arduous, it is rewarding and fulfilling, giving us an unforgettable experience and the opportunity to make a real difference! The projects help to improve the infrastructure and quality of educational and healthcare facilities in Uganda.
- Contribute towards community project
- Daily manual construction work
- Community education, healthcare development
- Improving schools’ or healthcare infrastructure and facilities
- Painting classrooms and health centres
Although certain projects often present unique needs and challenges, there are several core areas (and corresponding activities) you will likely find yourself contributing to at some point during your service as a Beacon of Hope Uganda Construction Volunteer in Uganda: Site Preparation (demolition, digging foundations, clearing rubble, etc.), Building (Mixing and pouring concrete, bricklaying, carpentry, plumbing, etc.), or Community Beautification (planting trees, landscaping, community cleanups, painting murals, etc.). Whatever your interest, rest assured you’ll get your hands dirty from the start!
You don’t need any previous building experience, though you should be physically fit and willing to work hard in order to take part in this project. You will be working from Monday to Friday in a small team of like-minded individuals. The day-to-day work program will vary according to the time of your visit and the stage of the improvement work. Whatever your contribution, you are sure to find this project incredibly rewarding when you see the progress the project has made.
Volunteers must be:
- Physically fit and able bodied.
- At least 18 years or older at the start of the program.
- Have an open mind and flexible attitude towards working in new and different environments.
- Prepared to do some manual work in their placement.
What do we provide?
Airport Pickup/ Transportation:
- Volunteers are picked up from the Entebbe International Airport by an appropriate BoHU representative.
- Volunteers who will already be in Uganda will be met by a staff member at a pre-arranged location.
- For volunteers arriving by bus from neighboring countries, meet and pickup will be arranged at agreed bus stop.
Orientation Day in Uganda:
All volunteers are provided with an orientation covering topics such as safety and security, transportation, language, local culture, project details, staff as well as a one day guided city/community tour.
Volunteers are provided accommodation in a volunteer house or in a homestay accommodation managed by the local coordinating team. The accommodations are neat and clean. Accommodation is shared amongst volunteers on the ‘same gender sharing’ basis rooms. Wifi internet, warm water is not guaranteed. ( private room can be provided by prior arrangement.)
The homes are close to useful amenities like banks, ATM’s, currency exchanges, restaurants, cafes and shopping places. All placements are around 10 – 30 minutes from the accommodation. Over the weekends or evenings, participants are free to eat out and explore the different delights that Uganda has to offer.
Some volunteers are also provided accommodation in the project premises itself. For example – Volunteers working in orphanage project can be provided accommodation in the project premises itself in a separate room that is allotted for volunteers.
Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) are provided to the participants from Monday – Sunday. Breakfast served is hearty and well balanced. It includes tea and coffee, bread, jam, fruit and a main dish, depending on the wish to prepare that day (Ex. eggs, bacon, pancakes, French toast, cereal, porridge, etc.).
Lunch is typically the main meal of the day in Uganda and volunteers will often eat their meals on-site, prepared by local families or community members. If not, Project Leaders will bring volunteers to a local restaurant, which will offer several traditional options. A typical Ugandan lunch features beef, chicken or fish coupled with potatoes, rice or beans (usually rice).
Dinners at BoHU offer a vegetarian and non-vegetarian option each night.
Always be wary of street vendors’ food, which is more susceptible to contamination, undercooked meat and raw fruits or vegetables. DO NOT drink water straight from the tap. Brushing your teeth with it is usually fine, but, for personal consumption, be sure to buy bottled water from a store or boil tap water before drinking (though the later is far less practical).
The project placements are located across Uganda, and you will be placed according to your interests and chosen program. Program regions include: Central, East, North and Western regions of Uganda. Regardless of where you are placed, you will be placed in a program run by Beacon of Hope Uganda.
It is essential that volunteers are able to speak English.
24 hour support is provided by our staff members. Once you arrive in the country you are in the care of BoHU, so try to follow guidelines, tips and utilize all support provided.
After being accepted into the program, payment of booking and placement deposit all participants are provided with a pre-departure information booklet by e-mail which will contain all the vital information about your program, such as: details of the country, project location, Visa requirements, Immunization requirements, details of accommodation, contact information and suggested packing list.
What you are paying for?
The program fee, placement booking and airport transfer fee is used to provide a professional and welcoming volunteer program, as well as providing some financial support for the project you will be supporting.
The following are included in the cost:
- Pickup from the airport, transport to your placement.
- Project donation
- Sightseeing guided tour.
- Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information.
- 24 hrs Assistance and support from BoHU Staff.
- 2 T-shirts
- Ground Transport
What is not included?
The following costs are NOT included in the above fee and will need to be covered by the volunteer:
- Airfare / travel to Uganda
- Visa and Visa extension fees. Tourist
- Any personal expenses
- Any other donations