Volunteer in Uganda and Empower Rural Lives!

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.

Volunteer in Uganda
Volunteer in Uganda

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 beaconyouths@yahoo.com

We shall be very happy to talk to you as soon as possible!

Volunteer Life

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.

Schedule

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

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.

Volunteer in Uganda
Volunteer in Uganda

English Classes 

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.

School Murals 

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.

Community Construction

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!

Environmental Conservation

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.

If you are interested to volunteer in Uganda- write to us: beaconyouths@yahoo.com

Or Visit our website: http://www.beaconofhopeug.org

Gap Year Volunteering in Uganda

Gap year volunteering experience with Beacon of Hope Uganda will help you make a meaningful contribution to the rural and under-served communities of Uganda. Volunteers will assist in serving the many Beacon of Hope Uganda community development projects. Volunteers will be connected and fully placed in BoHU Orphanages, Schools, Outreach Programs, Water and Sanitation projects, Building and Construction projects, Childcare projects, Environment Conservation, Administrative tasks, Crafts projects, women empowerment projects, Youth empowerment projects, Income generating ventures, Micro-finance projects, Teaching placements, Healthcare and medical service and Sports, games, music, dance and drama projects.

Gap Year Volunteering
Gap Year Volunteering

Experience the best that a gap year in Uganda can offer with Beacon of Hope Uganda. This gap year program in Uganda offers a great mix of community and environment conservation activities for those volunteers that are keen to take on a challenge and support our ongoing projects. Whether you stay with us for 2 weeks, 1, 2 or 3 months, you will have the opportunity to make a real difference through sustainable, life-changing project work that will improve the lives of rural communities, and at the same time take on personal challenges as you trek mountains, Gorrillas, Chimpazees and other wildlife adventure safaris.

 Gap Year Volunteering
Gap Year Volunteering

Beacon of Hope Uganda gap year and volunteer projects provide a perfect balance between fulfilling community work, skills development, adventure, travel and fun.

We also design programs for groups in our volunteering opportunities that are designed to give you the chance to fully immerse yourself and become part of a community in a different culture, off the beaten track. The exact nature of project work depends on you, what you want to do and the skills and talents you have to share. We recognize that not everyone wants to stand up and teach in a classroom, but there are so many different ways in which you can get involved. You could be coaching sports, running after school clubs, renovating school buildings or getting involved in the wider community. We give you the flexibility to make the project your own, to use your initiative and develop your skills whilst helping others.

Gap Year Volunteering
Gap Year Volunteering

Our Costs:

 Since we are not a profit making organization and we are not middle –man but the community itself which you will be serving we offer, low cost affordable volunteer programs in Uganda.

Booking Fee:

After you have been accepted into the project by the volunteer coordinator, then you will have to pay a non-refundable $100 booking fee. Since we started, the numbers of volunteers applying has increased by each year. Unfortunately only a third of those who promise that they will come, have in fact arrived. The wastage in volunteer coordinators’ time and the fact that volunteers who could have come were refused due to holding the space for someone else who didn’t turn up, has forced us implement this. We hope that by implementing the fee, only serious volunteers will thus secure the chance to volunteer in our projects.

The booking fee will go towards paying for communication expenses incurred by the coordinators to keep in touch with you and the projects, and website maintenance. You will be given 3 weeks to pay from the time of acceptance.

Program fees:

1 week- USD$200

2 weeks-USD$300

3 weeks- USD$400

4 weeks- USD$500

The program fees can be paid upon arrival or before departure for proper preparations of your placement.

Additional Fees: USD$ 85 Airport pickup for arrival paid upon arrival.

Program fees covers:

  • Pre-service (e.g. culture, health talk, program orientation, training etc);
  • 1 day sightseeing guide fee around Kampala or Jinja, Equator, world heritage sites, (e.g. game parks, zoos, museums, rivers etc)
  • Accommodation, Laundry and food during placement with a host family or volunteer house (3 meals a day);
  • Transportation to the project site from BoHU base in Mukono
  • Regular follow up support
  • Support for local staff and volunteers;
Gap Year volunteering
Gap Year volunteering

When a volunteer arrives in Uganda, our Coordinator meets them at the airport and brings them to our orientation place in Mukono. From that point our volunteers spend between 1 to 3 days in our orientation program. This training provides volunteers with a very detailed understanding of how to be acquainted in Uganda’s Life and culture.

The program fee excludes the following:

  • Airfare, Visa and Visa extension fee
  • Transportation during weekends travel
  • Personal travel and sightseeing (trekking, jungle safari etc);
  • Internet access, telephone, drinks or other costs accrued during training and placement;
  • Gifts to project staff and host family, if you wish to buy any;
  • Should you wish to spend more time in Uganda pre and post placement period, please remember to budget accordingly!
  • Travel and medical insurances, immunization, health expenses;
  • You will also need a weekly budget of up to US $50-100 to cater for all your other expenses.

Want to Apply?

Great thanks for choosing Beacon of Hope Uganda

Please send us your resume, attach a photo, skills and interests and how long would you like to stay in Uganda and which project interests you, we shall get back to you within 48hours.

E-mail: beaconyouths@yahoo.com

What To Expect From The Volunteer Program

Once you arrive at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by Isaac Ssamba himself and be transported to Mukono. While still in Mukono the next day you will be able escorted to the bank to exchange currency and take care of any other personal needs before leaving for the villages.

All meals are prepared by house help and volunteers helps out with the cooking at the house. All water is boiled for safety and bottled water may be purchased in the local village shops. House staff is available for laundry services and other assistance you may need. While they are paid by BoHU, a small gratuity is appreciated. Please note, laundry is done using very strong locally made soaps and manual washing.

A typical work day begins with breakfast around 8 a.m., from 9am working in your volunteer program until lunch around noon, continuing work until around 4 p.m., time for tea, relaxing with your volunteer companions or evening discussions with the locals, and discussing the activities of the day and planning for tomorrow. Dinner is served around 8 p.m.

Teaching Volunteer Program
Teaching Volunteer Program

The house has enough electricity and running water. Water for hygiene needs is boiled and provided as needed.

Weekends and Uganda national holidays are free time. Remember, in Uganda, events and schedules are not always on time as many villagers do not have watches or clocks.

 Choosing a Volunteer Program

Health Care Volunteer Program:

Working with our health team on the BoHU Mobile Clinic Program, caring for the terminally ill, helping expectant mothers, and assisting with administering medications and other hygiene needs. Medical training and education are helpful but not always required.

Education Volunteer Program:

Teaching in local schools, assisting teachers, caring for disabled children at special needs school, teaching music and dance at performance arts schools, teaching art in primary and secondary schools. Math Science and Geography are strong subjects and teaching opportunities are available in these subjects as well.

English is the language of instructions, however Luganda is the local language and most children speak it until English is learned. Uganda schools operate on the British system of education.

Teaching experience is not required, just the desire to help children learn.

Women Empowerment Volunteer Program
Women Empowerment Volunteer Program

Community and Social Development Volunteer Program:

Working within women’s cooperative and helping women in the villages with their craft projects; instructing adult educational workshops; business experience or training is helpful but not necessary. Building additional classrooms and repairing current dilapidated school building, construction skill are not required, anyone can help.

Other Volunteer Program:

While these are a few examples of how you can volunteer, you may have other skills and interests that fit your goals and expertise more appropriately. Your volunteer ideas are welcome, contingent on logistics and host village approval.

Please note that instead of choosing one of these possibilities, you can also ask us to find you a position specifically tailored to your interests and experiences.

Medical Volunteer Program
Medical Volunteer Program

# Medical students, nurses or doctors are invited to work with our health Team in the BoHU Mobile Clinic Program. We gained a lot of experience in our health services to the rural communities. The volunteers work closely together with local staff and in many cases can assist in minor surgery at a local referralHospital. The actual work the volunteer will do is decided locally by health staff. Please note that the local medical situation is very much unlike western conditions, making this position an exceptionally challenging one.

# For small NGOs, bookkeeping courses and management trainings must be set up. Lots of small organizations have fantastic ideas and great people working there, but not a lot of experience in paperwork.

# ICT assistance such as website building for local NGOs or local government. A real challenge, since equipment is never up to date, and one has to be inventive to deal with power cuts and the like.

Email us: beaconyouths@yahoo.com