Community Building and Construction (Help Build a Social Center)
Volunteers, who will indicate their desire to work in construction and building, will 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!
When your volunteer vacation comes to an end, you’ll be tired and a bit dirty. But, you will have made a big difference in the lives of local children, youth and general community. You’ll leave the village with visible proof of the work you\’ve done and happy memories of the people you\’ve helped.
Kasala Child Care Center
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 during the workcamp will 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 Music, Dance and Drama, 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 during the work-camp who will be contributing to this program will plan and lead practices of understanding the activity.
English Teaching Classes For Community
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.
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 during the work-camp who will wish 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 will 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 will also actively get 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.
Environmental Conservation (Kids Go Green/ Trees For Youth Development)
BoHU’s Environmental Conservation Program aims to develop initiatives that support locals in the improvement of their neighbourhoods 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.
Rural Health| HIV/AIDS Awareness and Sanitation:
Knowledgeable volunteers as well as those certified to carry out medical tasks will assist doctors with several health-related activities. Those interested in helping to combat and help people affected or living with HIV/AIDS will reach out to the rural villages to organize health workshops about awareness and prevention and Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT). The team will also engage into programs and projects which improve the sanitation of rural people. This will include clearing of drinking wells, building of dry racks and the digging of latrines as well as education on a healthy life style.