Volunteer Program

“To volunteer here is a life changing experience which you will never forget. To Volunteer with an organization Called BoHU ( Beacon of Hope Uganda) is certainly not only going to put something into a desperately poor community, but also give you an adventure of a lifetime.”- Chris (former volunteer) from- Denmark


Beacon of Hope Uganda unlike other volunteer hosting organizations, we are entirely run by a team of committed  local Ugandans who are very concerned about our communities which volunteers come to help. Beacon of Hope Uganda does not spend any money on paid advertising and our operating costs are minimal meaning that the money you pay to participate in our programs is spent to the development of the communities we serve.

Volunteers participate in our programs from all over the world including Denmark, Mexico, Ireland, Canada, U.S, U.K, Australia, South Korea, Austria, Czech Republic, Finland, Scotland, Israel, Germany, Switzerland and so many other countries. Volunteers come from all walks of life and ages, we started hosting volunteers in 2007 and volunteer applications are accepted from all over the world.

Are you looking to do something more meaningful on your holiday? Beacon of Hope Uganda (BoHU) recruits volunteers for locally-run community, conservation, teaching, health care, building and sports projects around Uganda. Volunteers are an integral part of everything that happens at BoHU. We couldn’t do it without you! There are many ways to volunteer your time, skills and talents to help out. Depending on the season, we always have a list of much needed services which can be provided by volunteers within our projects around Uganda.

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. The time you spend volunteering, your destination, and the projects in which you will be involved are all geared to your skills and interests, and the community’s needs.

Volunteer Program - Beacon of Hope Uganda

Volunteer Program – Beacon of Hope Uganda

The volunteer program came about in collaboration with BoHU and the under-served rural villages. We are committed to meeting the needs of our communities and place volunteers in programs that have the skills that fit the community’s need as well as the motivation to make the best out of their stay.  simultaneously we provide safe and meaningful experiences for you as our volunteer.  If you are interested in participating in our volunteer program, write to us and we will work with you to identify your best placement options in Uganda!

Because it is an immersion experience, days in the villages allow for a variety of opportunities. And whether you work in a clinic, school, or orphanage,  participate in building or agricultural projects, or simply assist in the day-to-day tasks. BoHU will work closely with you to ensure comprehensive preparation, including both an understanding of the people with whom you will be working, and all considerations necessary for traveling overseas.

Community Outreaches & Improvement of Living Standards:

Volunteer Program on Rural Health Projects:

BoHU reaches out to the rural villages with a team of volunteers for 2-5 days a week to organize health workshops. BoHU aims to fight diseases by educating the communities in and around Mukono district about awareness and prevention. Drawing from the education seminars and resources from the Uganda Ministry of Health training programs, this objective is achieved through the exchange of knowledge in seminars, working together in organized camps, and Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) programs. Topics discussed in the seminars range from Malaria control, family planning, to HIV/AIDS and Epilepsy. Apply Now!


Volunteer Program – Beacon of Hope Uganda

Volunteer within Community Sanitation Projects:

The BoHU team engages into programs and projects which improve the sanitation of  rural people. This includes clearing of drinking wells, building of dry racks and the digging of latrines as well as education on a healthy life style.. Join the team and help in improving the poor conditions of sanitation in Uganda’s rural villages. Apply Now!

Material Support:

BoHU provides material support to those in the Mukono District who are unable to and care for themselves. This may include the elderly, orphans, the disabled, prisoners, and those living ith or affect by HIV and AIDS

This support may include:

Home, Prison, or School Visits;

Supplying sanitary kits to village school girls;

The delivery of food supplies from development programs to orphans;

Sporting events for orphans to improve the social aspect;

Providing school supplies to schools per term for orphans;

Elderly Support Programs include heling them with clothes washing, visitation, and the construction of sanitation areas including kitchens and areas where clothes can easily dry.

 We supply clothing, sanitation supplies, and provide counseling to  prisoners.

Teach Volunteer Program:

The main focus is providing education to hundreds of children in poor communities in Uganda. Village schools provide English, Math, health lessons to children aged 3yrs-12yrs. The schools provide not only education but also opportunities for sports and play, health talks, a nutrition center and a meeting place for the community. Apply Now!

With our volunteer program we allow you to discover the wonders of Uganda, while doing meaningful and rewarding community work. This is a great opportunity to explore life in rural Uganda as well as to visit rural schools, live and work amongst the locals and realize you can make a difference.

Volunteer program - Beacon of Hope Uganda

Volunteer program – Beacon of Hope Uganda

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 program is to contribute to the academic development of the school and the children 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.

Develop a poor community in Uganda/ Building  Volunteer Program:

You will have the opportunity to try different roles and projects, dependent on your interests and skills. These volunteer opportunities do not require specialized skills (although these would be an advantage!).  We accept volunteers for both short and long-term placements, all year round. Volunteers certainly gain an amazing life experience from their participation in our building program. On arrival, most volunteers see all the projects before selecting the tasks that fit them best.

Tell us about your educational background, your skills and your interest as well as what you expect in terms of comfort and hosting.  Together we can find a suitable placement for you! All information you need before coming to Uganda can be provided to you and while on your placement you can count on our support!

Volunteer Program - Beacon of Hope Uganda

Volunteer Program – Beacon of Hope Uganda

One of the advantages of the Community project is that you are not limited to caring out jus one  role and will have the opportunity to ‘sample’ other tasks during your placement. To become involved in another projects simply inform a member of staff who will happily make any necessary arrangements.

Volunteers work side by side with the locals’ in on-going construction work and digging as well as extention of wells in the community. Volunteers needed for manual labor  work alongside skilled as well as unskilled Ugandans. Apply Now!

Some tasks can also include farming, pig rearing and renovation work. Volunteers do not need prior experience, but skilled workers are very welcome. This is a very hand on, hands dirty sort of program. Enthusiasm, a good sense of humor and helping spirit are required.

Work in an Orphanage:

As a volunteer you perform a variety of much-needed work such as teaching Basic English, Math and other subjects to HIV/AIDS infected or hunger-stricken children in Uganda. Apply Now!

English/Math, Geography Teaching in Rural school

Help to improve school children’s English and French speaking skills, paving a road for a brighter future – instilling them with a very useful command of the English language.

Health Projects in Uganda:

Knowledgeable volunteers as well as those certified to carry out medical tasks  are in great demand. Help assist doctors with several health-related activities.  Opportunities are available all year around in Uganda.

HIV/AIDS Awareness in Uganda:

Interested in helping to combat and help people affected or living with HIV/AIDS?  Help create hope among the sick in Uganda and bring back confidence and purpose to their life assuring  them that they can still live productive lives, despite their sickness!

Other Projects in Uganda:

BoHU has projects in various fields and a wide range of opportunities is available to  volunteers who want to make a difference in the lives of people in rural Uganda.

Volunteer Projects include:

Community work, Sports Coaching, Teaching & Education, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Research, Expeditions, Corporate Volunteering, University Volunteering, Family Volunteering, Tailor-made opportunities for individuals and groups.

We provide volunteer opportunities to people of all ages and backgrounds which enables you to have an active part in helping develop a local community. We would also greatly appreciate any financial donation you can make towards any of our programs! We make it possible for you to see exactly what your money has done for the local people and how it has helped them and their community.

BoHU recruits and places foreign volunteers with community based projects and schools around Uganda. Through our volunteer placement program, we aim to build the capacities of local projects and raise awareness around the world about the successes and challenges of life in Uganda.

These include office work (IT training for local villagers mostly youth), Vocational Training (Sewing), and HIV/AIDS education, public health/hygiene, family planning, condom use, creativity workshops, promoting small business development the importance of basic education, and women’s rights and empowerment. Apply Now!

Community outreach:- Includes home visits to elderly, disabled, and persons living with HIV/AIDS to keep company, offer relief, and assess needs.

Administration:- Budgeting, fundraising and handcraft marketing

Community Development:- You will be encouraged to take part in a flexible schedule which will include some or all the activities offered by the program. The exchange of ideas, experiences and culture is encouraged. This placement sometimes requires walking long distances in the sun; you are encouraged to bring a sleeping bag, protective clothing and shoes.

Teaching Orphans:- Teaching English, Math and other subjects, organize games and arts. The main aim is to create a loving environment for these children. Telling stories, Help in the construction of the new orphanage Homes and schools. Carpentry, builders, porters and helpers, group volunteering is welcome, Fundraisers contact us for details. Apply Now!

Website Designer & Data Base Manager:

We believe that communication through digital media, design and storytelling is the most exciting way to achieve the ambitious goal we’re working towards: providing resources for quality education in under-resourced communities and helping individuals fulfill their potential and shape their world. We think the public responds increasingly more to creativity and outstanding design rather than guilt-driven campaigns. With that in mind, we love exploring new ways of telling the story of our mission, educating the public and inspiring people to get involved. The BoHU website is visited by over 500 people each month and has the potential to reach the public on a massive scale. We’re looking for a remarkable volunteer designer who can catch our organizational vision and commit to creating a truly unique and impactful brand, helping us change the lives of thousands
around Uganda.

Volunteer Program - Beacon of Hope Uganda

Volunteer Program – Beacon of Hope Uganda

Please choose any project you would like to get involved with and if you have any questions, let us know and we shall answer it.

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.

Please note: We like to set the challenge for all volunteers coming to volunteer with Beacon of Hope Uganda to throw themselves into fundraising and aim to bring a donation of $ 500 each! We know you can do it! (If you raise more the better) (This is not mandatory though)

If you would like to bring a group out to work with Beacon of Hope Uganda, please email: beaconyouths@yahoo.com

Apply Now!

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);
  • 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 UgandaPlease contact us for a volunteer application, fill it and send it back to us for consideration. We shall get back to you within 48hours.E-mail: beaconyouths@yahoo.comWebsite: http://www.beaconofhopeug.org


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