Mukono Travelers’ Home
Beacon of Hope Uganda started Mukono Travelers’ Home as a place to host volunteers and to start offices for the organization. The guesthouse consists of one big house with kitchen, bathroom and living room and “live in maid” room. The home is primarily aimed at volunteers, but others are welcome to stay (expats, tourists and travelers of all sorts). For volunteers, it is a place to relax after the intense experiences of the day, and to discuss these with other volunteers. From the home, we can help arrange trips and expeditions around the country including wildlife safaris, mountaineering, white water rafting and so many other activities.
Staying here costs USD$ 10 a night (non-volunteers) and this covers your accommodation, breakfast and laundry (all dorm rooms/beds). All beds have good mosquito nets and you don’t need to bring your own sheets etc. All income from this facility is used to support the projects of BoHU and other humanitarian projects.
Accommodation at this home is in dorm rooms, accommodating up to 20 people when full. There are between 2-4 beds per room depending on the size of the room and the time of year you come (off-season there will commonly be 1-2 per room). The emphasis at the home is placed on a relaxed friendly family like atmosphere.
Most people who stay here are travelling alone and so it gives an opportunity for people to live with and make friends with other travelers and volunteers. We offer a safe and family-like environment in which to come to Uganda and give your time. We offer pre-arrival support by answering your questions about Uganda and by finding a project that best fits your skills and interests (if you are to volunteer).
We offer in-country assistance by collecting you from the airport, getting you to your placement, and unravelling some of the more complicated cultural issues you face when entering Uganda for the first time.
It is not easy to come to a completely foreign culture on your own. We want to be there to give you encouragement, advice, and support in order for you to be most effective while you are here. This is a comfortable Ugandan family kind of a guest-house in Mukono town, 20 minutes walk from town (Mukono). 3 minutes drive from all important spots of the town centre.
All the details that you need to plan your break, a holiday or volunteering in Uganda are on the pages of our site – please feel free to have a good look around.
Before you do, though, there is just one more thing we’d like to say. “Whenever you choose to come, you’re assured of a very warm welcome.”
Whenever you choose to stay at Mukono Travelers’ Home, even if you are not directly volunteering with any of our projects you are supporting one of our projects and programs, because proceeds from the facility go to train the vulnerable, support education for orphans and so many of our humanitarian development work.
We have flush toilets, hot water showers, standby fridge, fully equipped kitchen, nice green fruit filled gardens. The home has electricity and a generator is available for use when the electricity fails. Wireless internet is available in the house to check your emails, social media updates, of course not for video streaming. The overall consensus of the internet speed is “Not too bad”.
The compound is only shared by BoHU staff, we do not allow outsiders inside the house (may be only at the office). A maid is always available at the house or at the office (Secretary). Three meals a day are prepared for the volunteers by the maid. The maid keeps the house clean.
If you are looking for a place to get away from it all, you will love it here.
3 Rules for those coming from abroad:
- Firstly, you must bring a poster, picture or something that either represents where you are coming from or is just plain funky.
- Secondly, we would like you to bring your favorite book and add it to the book collection.
- You get a free coffee if you can teach (Isaac) the guitar. In fact, we think that’ll be a new volunteer project.
Many organizations see volunteers as a potential cash cow and are guilty of charging extreme rates. Beacon of Hope Uganda makes every effort to keep your costs to a minimum, as it is your talent and time that are most valuable to us and the communities we serve. If you are interested in volunteering long-term, BoHU will discuss alternative arrangements with you concerning finances. We hope to see you here in Uganda very soon and if you are already here, we hope you might make some time in your travel schedule and stay with us for a while.
As BoHU is in a period of tremendous growth, there are many expenses that come with this. As you make your decision to volunteer here, we appreciate any efforts you might make towards fundraising within your own community on our behalf. Anything you can donate towards making this home as comfortable as possible is particularly appreciated. This could be books, solar lanterns, extra furniture, renovation costs or anything you can think that will make you and future volunteers feel more comfortable.
You are welcome to the Pearl of Africa!