APPLICATION FORM TO VOLUNTEER WITH BEACON OF HOPE UGANDA
BoHU Volunteers/Interns are typically enthusiastic, hard-working, self-motivated and proactive people who are able to work under their own initiative and as part of a team. They do not replace or take jobs away from local Ugandans – they assist them with the various projects running in the area around Mukono and other districts where we work. BoHU volunteers are also realists – they know they won’t change Uganda, but they hope they will make a difference to the lives of some of the local people. If this describes you, then we’d welcome an application from you.
BEFORE YOU COMPLETE THE APPLICATION FORM BELOW, PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT NOTES
Costs: Please make sure that you know how much it will cost you to join our volunteer program. Full details can be found in the Volunteering section of our website under the heading Costs. In summary, you will pay a non-refundable deposit of USD$100 to secure your place on the program, and this is payable immediately on acceptance onto the program and USD$85 for the airport pick once you arrive in Uganda. Then an additional amount, which is USD$200 one week, USD$300 for two weeks, USD$400 for three weeks and USD$500 for four weeks (for food, accommodation, laundry, electricity and domestic water), should be paid in full upon arrival in Uganda.
Our Refund Policy is as follows:
Refund Policy: The deposit of US$100 is non-refundable. As it is very difficult for us to fill volunteer places at short notice if someone cancels prior to starting their placement or leaves the program early, we require a 12-week notice period, and we can only refund any money already paid in excess of 12 weeks from cancellation of, or departure from, the volunteer placement. For example, if your placement is for 24 weeks and you decide to leave after eight weeks, you would be entitled to a refund equivalent to the cost of the last four weeks of your placement period (i.e. placement length of 24 weeks minus 8 weeks spent in Mukono minus 12 weeks notice period = 4 weeks). Please remember that nearly all of the money you pay for your placement goes directly towards running our charitable projects in Uganda. Refunds may be paid in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the Directors of Beacon of Hope Uganda.
Placement Availability: Please note that we may not be able to accommodate you for your preferred dates. This is because we can only take a maximum of 16-20 people at one time, and the places fill up quickly. If possible, we will offer you alternative dates.
Starting Your Placement: It often takes our volunteers some time to settle into life in Uganda. You must be prepared to be patient as the pace of life in Uganda is much slower than you will be used to. Please also remember to ask if you want any additional information from the managers at project site.
Short Stays: Realistically, you will not be able to achieve a tremendous amount during a short stay, but you will be able to get involved with some projects. Your stay will also give you the benefit of experiencing life in rural areas of Uganda.
Volunteer Program: Unlike many volunteering operations, our volunteer program is not rigidly structured. It is really up to you what you become involved with when you reach Uganda. The local community has so many needs that we find it is better all round if volunteers find their ‘niche’ once they reach Mukono and have had time to talk to the other volunteers, the Coordinators, and our Managers, and also have been able to have a good look at the general area, the primary schools, the nursery schools, the health centre, administrative tasks etc. The vast majority of our volunteers have the time of their lives, but a few have found it difficult to become fully involved. You will get the most out of the program by being enthusiastic, resourceful and imaginative – and it’s important to remember that you will get out of it what you put in.
Volunteering Information: Please make sure you have read all the information in the Volunteering section of our website so that you understand fully your role as a BoHU volunteer. We can also send you additional information and guidelines on how to get most out of your placement and stories of past volunteers who have worked with us on various projects.
Christmas and New Year: Please note that the period between Christmas and New Year in Uganda is very quiet – the schools are closed (see next paragraph) and most people in Uganda are on holiday. In the past, volunteers with placements running over this period have taken the opportunity to take a trip to Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Burundi or further a field. Therefore, please be aware that there may not be many volunteers at Mukono House if you arrive over the Christmas and New Year period.
Term Dates and School Holidays: School terms vary annually but are likely to be: Feb 1 to April 15, May 20 to August 20, Sept 20 to November 30
If you are volunteering as a teaching assistant and your placement period includes one or more of the term breaks, please be aware that there may be less or no work to do at the primary and secondary schools, although, in the past, volunteers have organised additional clubs and classes during the holidays. We suggest that term breaks are the best time to arrange any trips you might want to take.
Primary school students in Standard 7 leave school after taking their Primary School Leaving Certificate examinations, but they will be attending lessons during the term breaks after Terms 1 and 2.
At least three of the nursery schools will be open year round as we ensure that their holidays are staggered.
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