Beacon of Hope Uganda offers an opportunity to work with women in Uganda and empower them. The project focuses on women and young mothers. We provide a systematic approach to uplift women within society that helps secure a brighter future for them and their children through various volunteer programs and activities.
This women empowerment volunteer program has a number of projects that aim to transform the livelihoods of Ugandan women through education, economic empowerment and entrepreneurship. The volunteer projects helps women aged between 18 and 35 to become economically self sufficient, providing them with the space and support to develop their business ideas, learn new vocational skills and join a community of supportive women.
Statics show that once women are able to earn a living independently they marry later, bear fewer children and have greater autonomy in their households and communities. The result is social inclusion and a sustained increase in income which can be spent on food, medicine and schooling for their families.
Volunteers in Uganda working on the empowerment program are encouraged to share their existing knowledge and skills with the women on the project. Volunteers can lead workshops in business skills, IT, administration, financial literacy, people management and customer care. You can offer counseling, information on reproductive health or help with the harvest of cash crops or you can just join the girls in their sports activities.
You will be involved in a variety of interesting activities to help the women and girls in the community. If you have areas of specialty, you may be asked to run focused sessions during your time at the project site. You will find the experience extremely rewarding as you build trust and spend time sharing your own experiences with the women and girls, and listening to their own stories.
You don’t need specific experience working with women’s groups but if you have training, teaching, counseling or business skills they will be most useful. A willingness to help where needed, a genuine interest in supporting women in need and being sensitive are some of the attributes you should have as a women’s empowerment volunteer.
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 from 7pm-9pm.
As a volunteer you will be able to:
- You can participate in Adult education (English, Reading & Writing)
- You can train computer literacy to girls
- You can carry out Skills training and health workshops
- You can enable women to form their own businesses
- You can help women become financially independent
Volunteers must be:
- Willing to work with women and young mothers
- At least 18 years or older at the start of the program.
- Have an open mind and flexible attitude towards working in new and different environments.
- Prepared to do some manual work in their placement.
What do we provide?
Airport Pickup/ Transportation:
- Volunteers are picked up from the Entebbe International Airport by an appropriate BoHU representative.
- Volunteers who will already be in Uganda will be met by a staff member at a pre-arranged location.
- For volunteers arriving by bus from neighboring countries, meet and pickup will be arranged at agreed bus stop.
Orientation Day in Uganda:
All volunteers are provided with an orientation covering topics such as safety and security, transportation, language, local culture, project details, staff as well as a one day guided city/community tour.
Volunteers are provided accommodation in a volunteer house or in a homestay accommodation managed by the local coordinating team. The accommodations are neat and clean. Accommodation is shared amongst volunteers on the ‘same gender sharing’ basis rooms. Wifi internet, warm water is not guaranteed. ( private room can be provided by prior arrangement.)
The homes are close to useful amenities like banks, ATM’s, currency exchanges, restaurants, cafes and shopping places. All placements are around 10 – 30 minutes from the accommodation. Over the weekends or evenings, participants are free to eat out and explore the different delights that Uganda has to offer.
Some volunteers are also provided accommodation in the project premises itself. For example – Volunteers working in orphanage project can be provided accommodation in the project premises itself in a separate room that is allotted for volunteers.
Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) are provided to the participants from Monday – Sunday. Breakfast served is hearty and well balanced. It includes tea and coffee, bread, jam, fruit and a main dish, depending on the wish to prepare that day (Ex. eggs, bacon, pancakes, French toast, cereal, porridge, etc.).
Lunch is typically the main meal of the day in Uganda and volunteers will often eat their meals on-site, prepared by local families or community members. If not, Project Leaders will bring volunteers to a local restaurant, which will offer several traditional options. A typical Ugandan lunch features beef, chicken or fish coupled with potatoes, rice or beans (usually rice).
Dinners at BoHU offer a vegetarian and non-vegetarian option each night.
Always be wary of street vendors’ food, which is more susceptible to contamination, undercooked meat and raw fruits or vegetables. DO NOT drink water straight from the tap. Brushing your teeth with it is usually fine, but, for personal consumption, be sure to buy bottled water from a store or boil tap water before drinking (though the later is far less practical).
The project placements are located across Uganda, and you will be placed according to your interests and chosen program. Program regions include: Central, East, North and Western regions of Uganda. Regardless of where you are placed, you will be placed in a program run by Beacon of Hope Uganda.
It is essential that volunteers are able to speak English.
24 hour support is provided by our staff members. Once you arrive in the country you are in the care of BoHU, so try to follow guidelines, tips and utilize all support provided.
After being accepted into the program, payment of booking and placement deposit all participants are provided with a pre-departure information booklet by e-mail which will contain all the vital information about your program, such as: details of the country, project location, Visa requirements, Immunization requirements, details of accommodation, contact information and suggested packing list.
What you are paying for?
The program fee, placement booking and airport transfer fee is used to provide a professional and welcoming volunteer program, as well as providing some financial support for the project you will be supporting.
The following are included in the cost:
- Pickup from the airport, transport to your placement.
- Project donation
- Sightseeing guided tour.
- Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information.
- 24 hrs Assistance and support from BoHU Staff.
- 2 T-shirts
- Ground Transport
What is not included?
The following costs are NOT included in the above fee and will need to be covered by the volunteer:
- Airfare / travel to Uganda
- Visa and Visa extension fees. Tourist
- Any personal expenses
- Any other donations