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:
Nursery and primary schools level provide classes to children aged 3yrs-14yrs. A volunteer can help with teaching English and other subjects. Teaching experience is not required. You can begin as a teaching assistant and then work in small groups with children in need of extra attention.
The objective of this Teaching Volunteer Work program is to contribute to the academic development of the school in order to provide the best opportunity for the orphans to receive quality education. Volunteers support the local teachers; encourage students to learn and play and instill pride in their schooling.
School terms vary from year to year but are approximately as follows: February 1 to April 30, and May 20 to August 30, September 15 to early December. Volunteers can assist with the physical upkeep of the school; painting, decorating, mending desks etc. Most important volunteers should try to develop activities/programs that can be sustained in the future. Prior teaching experience is not required; volunteer simply need an open mind, caring spirit and a compassionate nature.
More Information about the project:
Program Length: From 4 weeks to 6 months
Program Date: Flexible Start & End Date
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8 hour per day
Accommodations: Volunteers House
Meals: 3 meals are provided everyday
Age requirement: 18 years and above
Week – $200
Placement Booking: $100
Airport pickup: $85
We don’t charge application fees, we screen applications first, before accepting them into our program, but once accepted, all programs attract a Placement Booking fee $100 paid in 7days of acceptance in the program
You don’t have to choose between taking an adventure holiday and volunteering when you sign up to Beacon of Hope Uganda’s amazing volunteer and adventure combo tours.
As a growing Educational and Sustainable Development charity, we are now providing adventure combined with volunteer projects in Uganda for people taking a gap year, career break, retirement or time out from education, employment or training. School, corporate and adventure expeditions for groups can be tailor-made to suit specific requirements.
Travelling across Uganda, all our combo tours include a length of stay on at least one volunteer projects that we run giving you enough time to make a difference and get the full volunteering experience without compromise.
Then when your work is done, explore the wonders of the Pearl of Africa with Wanderlust Safaris our experienced local tour guides. You can also book a Full-Adventure Combo (Volunteer work+ Wildlife Safari) or book a Mini-Adventure Combo (Volunteer work+ Day safaris/tours) around Kampala, Jinja, Mbale, and other tourist destinations.
After your project you will follow it up with an amazing weekend adventure tour with activities such as a 3 day white water rafting trip, horse-back riding, rainforest trekking, sight-seeing tours, village-walks and so much more.
Adventures for change:
Beacon of Hope Uganda isn’t about adventures; it’s about being part of a community of like-minded people. Ordinary people, who want to do something extraordinary with their lives, make a difference in the world and new friends along the way. A Beacon of Hope Uganda Adventure package is not just for enjoyment, It is a way for change.
Why Choose Beacon of Hope Uganda?
Today a huge array of volunteering organizations is available for anyone who wants to volunteer abroad, especially in Africa. Each seem to offer volunteers the opportunity to go on the unique trip of a lifetime, yet some do not always operate in a way that is beneficial both to the individual volunteer and to the local community in which they are working.
Beacon of Hope Uganda is supportive of all volunteer opportunities which contribute to the goals of sustainable development. However one of the main reasons we started our volunteer program was to provide much-needed support services to people and communities that are largely ignored here in Uganda.
Beacon of Hope Uganda is focused on some of the most challenging issues faced by individuals and communities. We are small and therefore specific and focused on only a few communities so we can make a significant impact on improving their day to day life and empowering them to change their own future. We work with the communities directly and the projects are our own initiated projects that result from interviews with the villages themselves.
Often potential participants ask us to inform them why Beacon of Hope Uganda is a safe option for an ethical volunteering experience. The list below highlights why volunteers choose to go away with Beacon of Hope Uganda:
Quality: Every week the staff at Beacon of Hope Uganda interviews its volunteers for feedback on their daily experiences and from those responses we make necessary adjustments to continually improve on the quality of your experience. We have on staff professionals who take pride in caring for your living accommodations and see to it that your experience with us is a positive one.
Flexibility: Unlike some of the volunteer travel organizations around Africa, we allow our volunteers to start on any date of the year and stay as long or as short as they like! The only exception is when Beacon of Hope Uganda has a specific project it has generated that has a stated start and stop deadline associated with it.
Safety: We take safety of our volunteers seriously and thoroughly arrange everything with our projects before sending volunteers to the community. If we feel a certain area or a project is not safe we postpone the project until all safety concerns can be met. Our volunteers are responsible for securing their own travel and medical insurance before they arrive.
Benefit to Communities: Beacon of Hope Uganda works directly with local communities in Uganda to ensure they get support directly from the volunteers. Part of your program fee will go directly to the projects, community, workers and coordinators to help them financially. A constant flow of volunteers means that these people and parts of communities are getting constant support both financially and personally.
Quick & Personal: We work as a team and are always there to help you and answer your questions. We aim to reply to your e-mails within 6-8 working hours or less. You can also reach us by phone or leave a message to have a quick reply back to your queries. Our goal is to make sure you are completely comfortable before you leave for Uganda and while in Uganda.
Respected: Beacon of Hope Uganda has been operating in Uganda since 2006 and from its humble beginning; it has grown into an organization with multiple projects around the country with projects in over 40 districts of Uganda and working alongside reputable international organizations.
Reputable: Beacon of Hope Uganda distinguishes itself by having a proven track record of working with over 700 volunteers for safe, enjoyable, educational and fulfilling experiences.
Service: All Beacon of Hope Uganda’s programs carry our standard support and services whilst individual, family & group programs offer tailor-made services to fit; be Volunteer combo or the Mini adventure combo & Full adventure combo that over cultural and adventure exploration weekends.
Commitment: Beacon of Hope Uganda programs provides a long term solution to our villages. Over 85% of volunteer contributions are spent directly on the volunteer and adventure activities.
What does it cost? (Apply prices in USD$)
Most volunteers come to Africa to make their contribution to the local community. But you really should see Uganda while you are there! The Volunteering Combo only includes the above mentioned service while the other packages are inclusive of excursions i.e. the Mini & Full Adventure Packages give the best of insight into Uganda’s wildlife, Fresh Waters and beautiful sceneries at discounted prices. Other excursions can be added as optional extras.
All packages attract a non-refundable Placement Booking fee
No Excursions or adventures Included, No Airport pick and Drop-off Included
Inclusive of White-Water Rafting, Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth & Lake Mburo wild-adventure safaris, sight-seeing, rain-forest treks, Quad-Bike Safaris, Horse-riding safaris, Volunteer placement, culture-immersion tours, Airport pickup and Drop-off Included
We also run some fantastic optional excursions to make your volunteer adventure truly outstanding. Optional excursion prices for are;
On additional to price for the weeks you would like at the Volunteer Combo- Airport pickup and Drop Included
Mountain Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, – 3 Days
Couples get 5% OFF each person.
Groups (3 people and above) get 10% OFF each person.
Children (under 16 years) get 15% OFF each.
The Beacon of Hope Uganda Volunteer, Mini & Full Adventure Combos packages offer fantastic value for a fully inclusive, accompanied volunteer experience of a lifetime. Our unique packages include the support you will need to have an enjoyable, useful and safe experience:
2 days of induction with basic training
2 or 4 weeks to 8 weeks of project placement
Ongoing mentoring and full time support
Basic local language lessons
Full time field support and local staff living on site
Your accommodation and food are included:
Transfer to the project destination/Village
Accommodation at the volunteer home throughout your stay
Food while at the volunteer house (3 good meals per day)
What’s not included?
You need to budget for your travel to Uganda, health arrangements and personal spending money:
Flights to and From Entebbe Airport
Malaria Preventatives (compulsory)
You will need $40 -$100 (for personal expenses) each week.
Airport pickup and drop-off (For Volunteer Combo package, an additional $85 will be required for pickup)
For more information about our volunteer program, please visit our website: