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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1 week- USD$200
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;
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.