Beacon of Hope Uganda (BoHU) has many opportunities for volunteers. If you’re interested or talented in a specific area, we most likely can use you! We strive to provide volunteers with a holistic outlook on issues such as poverty and international development. Beacon of Hope Uganda is proud to work amongst various faiths and backgrounds, diversity reflected in our volunteers and the communities in which we work.
Volunteers at Beacon of Hope Uganda are involved in a range of tasks that involve different aspects of our programs. Volunteers at Beacon of Hope Uganda will attain hands-on experience in teaching or care-giving. Volunteers who choose to stay longer at Beacon of Hope Uganda will be involved in NGO-specific administrative work and general management of the organization. Beacon of Hope Uganda aims to equip volunteers with enhanced knowledge of how a grassroots, education- and- Community Development focused NGO functions.
Beacon of Hope Uganda volunteer positions are available year-round. If you would like to make a meaningful contribution to the work BoHU does, we invite you to join our team of volunteers from all around the world!
Our Volunteer Program is an immersion program customized for individual travelers, students, professionals, families, groups, or anyone with the desire to serve in rural villages in Uganda.
Beacon of Hope Uganda provides international volunteers with meaningful affordable placements in Uganda. Our programs include 1 week to 24 weeks placements all year round. We offer one of the most affordable program options and placements in orphanage, healthcare, HIV/AIDS, teaching English, women empowerment, construction and community development.
If you are interested in volunteering with us here in Uganda, please contact us for more details:
Beacon of Hope Uganda is honored to announce the receipt of a grant award from Lions Club of Hamburg – Harburg in Germany, and the support goes directly to fund our Hope Mixed Farm and the Livestock project and the profits from the project will go to support vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS and poverty under our programs at The Hope Centre. The support came through with the support of our great partners howareyou– in Germany.
The grant award will allow BoHU to cover the cost of the livestock program and help the children we currently serve!
The key objective of the program centers on Building sustainability of the organization.
At Beacon of Hope Uganda we believe long term success begins and grows at the community level. With the intent of reducing donor reliance, we have introduced various projects aimed at raising an income for operational expenses of the school and the Hope Centre in general. We have introduced the livestock farm project, food growing project and other projects will be introduced soon. At the moment our sponsorship program provides funding to 100% of all school attendees
The livestock farm project will provide milk, food, eggs for the children and an income for the centre. This would allow The Hope Centre to embark on an income generating venture to bring a sustainable income to the school and in turn fully support the orphans and vulnerable children.
This farming project includes a chicken/egg production building that will house 500 chickens, a pigsty, a goat’s house, a heifer kraal and a caretaker’s room and a store. At the Hope Centre there will be a ready garden for a variety of vegetables to be harvested on a regular basis.
The surplus produce that will not go to feed the vulnerable and orphaned children will be sold in the local markets for additional provisions. This livestock farm initiative is a win-win situation because it will allow the children to enjoy a more nutritious and varied diet as well as a badly needed income to support other expenses from the school.
We are so grateful to our friends at howareyou from Germany
If you would like to spend time volunteering in Uganda we have opportunities for building, community outreaches on HIV/AIDS Awareness, organizing games and sports, working with women in crafts projects and teaching primary and high schools in English and Geography and other social subjects.
The beneficiaries of our projects will welcome you into their community with open arms. You will be made to feel at home and you will taste all the different cultural foods, see their dancing and have the opportunity to join in.The children always enjoy having visitors and will be very friendly towards you. They can take you for walks to see the monkeys and you can learn about the various local medicinal plants.
Uganda has plenty for you to be doing and seeing during your time off, from white water rafting to on foot safaris.If you are interested in volunteering with us please write to us firstname.lastname@example.org
We shall be very happy to talk to you as soon as possible!
Beacon of Hope Uganda volunteers enjoy an extremely unique experience not only in the work they do but also in the atmosphere they live in. The hard work volunteers put in during the week undoubtedly warrants some fun and relaxation during evening free time and on the weekends. During the week we organize a variety of activities for volunteers in the evenings. We often play football (soccer), cards and board games or chill out around the bar or go out for a dance getting to know fellow volunteers from around the world. Musical ballads are known to break out from time to time as well as the always entertaining pub-quiz nights.
Volunteers work Monday through Friday. Every weekday morning, breakfast is served from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM, and at 9:00 AM on Saturday. The workday generally finishes around 4pm and dinner is served at our headquarters from 7pm-9pm.
Children and Youth Development
Through our Youth Development projects, we aim to enhance the physical, social and emotional development of children in Uganda. Volunteers can get involved at a local daycare center, participate in the skills and youth leadership training or participate in our Sports Program and Music, dance and drama.
Kasaala Child Care Center (The Hope Centre)
The Center provides at-risk children a safe environment in which they participate in any number of extra-curricular activities. These activities are designed to provide kids from 3 to 10 years old with creative outlets and opportunities to make constructive use of their time. The center is managed by a local teacher with the support and involvement of volunteers from Beacon of Hope Uganda. Volunteers help children to practice reading, writing, arithmetic, and English while making time for various games and recreational activities. Beacon of Hope Uganda also helps coordinate important educational workshops in areas lacking emphasis in general school curricula such as recycling, nutrition, hygiene, and self-esteem. This is a fun project for anyone who loves working with children. The kids are very enthusiastic and always keen to learn, play, and interact with volunteers.
MDD, Sports & Recreation
Beacon of Hope Uganda MDD, Sports & Recreation Program collaborates with local communities to promote healthy lifestyles amongst local children/youth through teaching basic skills and tactics of football (soccer) and volleyball, teaching music, dance moves and drama. Given the lack of adequate recreational opportunities available to kids in the villages, our programs seek to provide at-risk children and youth with a safe environment where they can practice these activities in order to make productive use of free time. In addition, we emphasize important core values like mutual respect, trust, fair-play and self-esteem as well as sportsmanship, teamwork, and leadership. Volunteers contributing to this program will plan and lead practices of understanding the activity.
Education is the key to a child’s success in Uganda. The Beacon of Hope Uganda Education Program focuses on English language classes, international cultural exchanges and educational murals. These initiatives are aimed at a wide range of audiences, from school children to local villagers.
Education is a priority, it is one of the most important tools Beacon of Hope Uganda can give the children in order to break the cycle of poverty affecting their lives and to help them become independent adults. Some children excel at academics and strive to earn scholarships to attend university. Others receive vocational training in one of many hands on professions like ceramics, carpentry, hairdressing, tourism, computer sciences, electronics, child care, and husbandry.
The murals we paint are directed towards local schools to help raise awareness on key issues such as personal hygiene, recycling and environmental preservation. Improved knowledge of English provides locals with a crucial skill in seeking further education and can unlock new job opportunities.
The community has shown great interest in learning English from our international volunteers, most of whom speak English as a first or second language.
We teach English to a wide variety of ages, ability levels, and professional orientations. Yet one of the most unique aspects of our Saturday/Weekly Evening classes is the incorporation of a cultural exchange element, which allows locals to learn about the diverse cultural backgrounds and customs of our volunteers while enriching volunteers’ own understanding of the local culture.
We are always looking for people with TEFL certification qualifications or previous teaching experience to manage our English programs by coordinating with local counterparts regarding new and existing courses, preparing appropriate lesson plans, teaching classes, and training other volunteers who are interested in supporting this initiative.
We are helping to make schools brighter, more interesting and more colorful places for kids to study by painting murals that engage students in important themes concerning general youth development and healthy lifestyles. Depending on the needs and desires of the schools, themes range from recycling and proper hand-washing techniques to promoting school spirit. These projects are a fun way for volunteers to engage the community and leave behind an image that has a lasting impact.
Community Development Initiatives
Volunteers wishing to get involved in one of our Community Development Initiatives (CDI) will work as part of a team dedicated to a particular project pertaining to one of our three main program areas: Education, Youth Development, and Environmental Conservation. These volunteers have the chance to interact directly with the community by preparing and coordinating workshops and activities with local counterpart organizations, community groups, government agencies, and NGOs whose goals are closely related to those of BoHU. They are also actively involved in the execution of educational training workshops and project monitoring and evaluation. BoHU’s Community Development Initiatives provide volunteers the unique opportunity to continuously improve program parameters and best practices. Our programs are constantly enriched by the participation and insight of volunteers with a wide range of experience and educational backgrounds.
Volunteers who indicate their desire to work in construction enjoy a wide variety of projects to choose from every week. This is the most flexible branch of BoHU operations, 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).
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 BoHU Construction Volunteer: 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!
BoHU’s Environmental Conservation Program aims to develop initiatives that support locals in the improvement of their neighborhoods as well as providing them with basic sanitation. We are currently engaged in fruit tree planting initiatives at schools and homes that give volunteers the opportunity to contribute to environmentally friendly projects that are made sustainable through education and inclusion.