Volunteer With An Education Project

Education is the key to a child’s success in Uganda. The BoHU Education Volunteer Program focuses on English language classes, international cultural exchanges and educational murals.  These initiatives are aimed at a wide range of audiences, from school children to local villagers.

Education is a priority,  it is one of the most important tools BoHU can give the children in order to break the cycle of poverty affecting their lives and to help them become independent adults. Some children excel at academics and strive to earn scholarships to attend university. Others receive vocational training in one of many hands on professions like ceramics, carpentry, hairdressing, tourism, computer sciences, electronics, child care, and husbandry.

The murals we paint are directed towards local schools to help raise awareness on key issues such as personal hygiene, recycling and environmental preservation.   Improved knowledge of English provides locals with a crucial skill in seeking further education and can unlock new job opportunities.

REACHOUT & TEACH IN UGANDA

Beacon of Hope Uganda Reach out & Teach program gives volunteers an opportunity to get involved with a complete range of teaching and development activities at our local schools. Volunteers can take up projects depending on the needs of the school. Volunteers can do a combination of both teaching and renovation/building work at the project they choose to work at.

 

You can help in taking normal classes, assisting the teaching staff, conducting extracurricular activities like clay modeling, painting, drawing, singing, art & drama, dancing, group work, games or other similar activities. Your help and assistance will be greatly appreciated in these rural schools for orphans and vulnerable children and will be a refreshing change to existing curriculum.

 

If you’re a native English speaker or with some teaching experience, you can be a valuable resource at these schools. With your English skills you could teach proper English pronunciation and usage. Even if you’ve never formally taught a classroom subject, you can assist the local teachers in their day to day work at the school.

 

You don’t need to know the local language, or the methods of the local school system. All you need is enthusiasm and a desire to share your knowledge and make a difference. Unfortunately if you would like to teach computers at school, most of the local schools do not have computers, but sometimes volunteers help by using their own laptops to help the students in groups of 3-5 students per group.

 

The objective of this program is to contribute to the academic development of the schools in order to provide the best opportunity for the orphans and vulnerable children to receive quality education. Volunteers support the local teachers; encourage students to learn and play and instill pride in their schooling.

 

School terms are approximately as follows: February 1 to April 30, and May 20 to August 30, September 15 to early December. Volunteers interested in working at our schools can assist with the physical upkeep of the school; painting, decorating, mending desks and hopefully setting up various school projects etc.

 

Most important volunteers should try to develop activities/programs that can be sustained in the future. Prior teaching experience is not required; volunteer simply need an open mind, caring spirit and a compassionate nature.

Volunteering Program Length:From 4 weeks to 12 weeks
Volunteering Program Date:Flexible Start & End Date following school calender.
Working Schedule:Monday-Friday, 3-6 hours per day
Accommodation type:Volunteers' House or local trusted host family
Meals:3 meals are provided everyday (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Age requirement:18 years (minimum) and above

To start the volunteer application process, click here for the volunteer application form.

TEACH ART & MDD AT SCHOOL IN UGANDA

Teach Art, Music, Dance and/or Drama at a local school for orphans and vulnerable children in Uganda. The Arts are an excellent means of communicating and can also be downright fun for the kids! You don't need any qualifications, just lots of enthusiasm.

 

Use Arts to address social issues and enable children to express their frustrations and confusions - and perhaps help them to understand and learn to cope with unwelcome situations. Art, Dance, Music or Drama helps teach children life skills, communication and socializing skills. And it's fun! 

 

If art, drama or music is your thing then consider sharing your creative talents on a volunteer project in Uganda. This is a great opportunity to learn about music, drama, art and dance in different cultures and languages and be inspired!

 

You could get the class to make posters on the topics you are covering or decorate the classrooms in the school with educational murals covering the alphabet, numbers or even a world map!

 

They will be keen to teach you their songs but also enjoy learning new songs – from old nursery rhymes such as head, shoulders, knees and toes to modern music; add in a dance routine and you will be occupied for hours!

 

On this project, volunteers will be based at a local school around Uganda where they will work with children. You don’t need any specific qualifications or previous experience to get involved but a basic knowledge or interest in drama or dance is needed.

 

Artistic expression is a universal language and dance and drama are just two variations. Ugandans are very creative and this creativity can be channeled into projects like the Dance & Drama program. In the case of children, dance and/or drama can be used as a means of communicating their challenges as well as fostering their personal development.

 

Volunteers work primarily with the younger children on tasks such as:

  • Assisting in developing artistic drama and dance pieces.
  • Assisting in planning and organizing events.
  • Fostering a supportive environment to facilitate growth and development in artistic expression.
  • Preparing materials for group meetings.
  • Providing structured guidance for performances.
  • Supporting the organization in administrative duties.

 

As a Dance & Drama volunteer, it is important that you are enthusiastic, flexible, open to learning, and eager to work with children and young adults. Anyone who has good organizational skills and experience of managing group dynamics will be a great fit for this project.

 

The skills and experiences that you will share will have a lifelong impact on the children of the dance and drama group and your support will be greatly appreciated. The group will strengthen the relationships that already exist between the students. The Dance & Drama Project also provides an invaluable forum for the development of artistic expression – an interest of many children that is often underrated.

 

Volunteers will work during school hours, Mondays to Fridays. Please note that this project is unavailable during the school vacation periods. If you would like extra work during the day it is possible to also spend some time on a Care project, where you can help look after children and adults in care centre.

 

You can join the Dance & Drama project in Uganda for two or three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. This project has been selected by the volunteers as being suitable for short term volunteering. Although you will gain a valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period.

Volunteering Program Length:From 2 weeks to 12 weeks
Volunteering Program Date:Flexible Start & End Date following school calender
Working Schedule:Monday-Friday, 3-6 hours per day
Accommodation type:Volunteers' House or local trusted host family
Meals:3 meals are provided everyday (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Age requirement:18 years (minimum) and above

To start the volunteer application process, click here for the volunteer application form.

TRAIN MUSIC, DANCE AND DRAMA AT YOUTH CLUB

Volunteers with a passion for music, drama or dance are much needed in Uganda to help train at a local music and dram club for orphans and vulnerable children to bring joy and new music and dance techniques to the eagerly awaiting children. The club offers some form of music, dance or drama classes but often lack the skills or resources to do this regularly or to a high standard.

 

The club project is keen to make sure the children get exposed to a wide variety of techniques. It is also a great way for the children to have fun and to express themselves. Many children do not have toys or the time to spend on creative activities such as dance and therefore the outlet provided by this project is an important part of their development.

 

Dancing is a popular aspect of worldwide culture and is embraced by young and old, rich and poor. Locals are equally passionate about sharing their music and dance moves and learning new routines. They will happily teach you new dances while learning those that you are there to teach. Volunteer on this fun project and you will not only share your skills and enthusiasm but also leave a legacy as your music and movements will certainly continue once you return home.

 

Why choose this project?

This project believes that volunteers have their own special talents to share and value the fresh perspectives that new volunteers bring. Not only do the children learn new skills and techniques from volunteers, by taking part in the performances, but this also increases their confidence and gives them a real sense of achievement once their performance is complete.

 

Staff and trainers do not have the time to put together anything beyond simple music, dance and drama classes. Volunteers will normally set up a performance and towards the end of the volunteers stay; the students can perform their performance to their family and friends. It is a really rewarding placement and one that brings joy to everyone involved as they rarely have the opportunity to do this.

 

Role of the volunteer

Your role will largely depend on your skills and experience. You can run anything from small sessions with groups of children, to a large performance, but remembering that most of the children will speak very little English. You may be asked to lead a regular dance class, create and run a performance or participate in a regular dance or performance activity. The project needs and activities vary greatly and this will be determined once your availability, skills, experience and objectives are determined.

 

Skills Required

Volunteers should have experience in music, dance, or drama and those with teaching experience in these areas are preferred but this is by no means essential. Volunteers must also have lots of energy and enthusiasm to keep up with the students! Resources are scarce and therefore those who come with ideas about how to make instruments will be very popular.

 

Volunteering Program Length:From 2 weeks to 8 weeks
Volunteering Program Date:Flexible Start & End Date
Working Schedule:Monday-Friday, 3-6 hours per day
Accommodation type:Volunteers' House or local trusted host family
Meals:3 meals are provided everyday (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Age requirement:18 years (minimum) and above

To start the volunteer application process, click here for the volunteer application form.

WORK AT AN ORPHANAGE CENTRE

The children who spend time and have their schooling at orphanage home and children’s Centre are in need of love, care and affection which local staff is often too busy to offer them on an individual basis.

 

Your work at the centre will provide these orphaned and vulnerable children with the attention and mental stimulation that all children need to develop healthy social skills and self-confidence. Your work at the centre can make a large impact on both you and the orphans themselves. We recommend coming for four weeks or more if you are to make a great impact on the lives of these children.

 

There is a possibility for our volunteers to work in every and any aspect of the children’s centre; whether it is teaching the children and helping them with their homework, playing a game of tag or by simply sharing your time, experiences and knowledge with them you are making a difference in their lives.

 

The voracious need these orphans have to seek and learn about any subject matter – sports, music, or farming – is both awe-inspiring and humbling. Volunteering at our children’s centres will give you an intimate insight into a new and exciting world. A world where childcare is a privilege and a gift, where orphans who have nothing will share whatever they can with a complete stranger, and where you can change the lives of people and children just by being yourself.

Volunteering Program Length:From 4 weeks to 12 weeks
Volunteering Program Date:Flexible Start & End Date
Working Schedule:Monday-Friday, 3-6 hours per day
Accommodation type:Volunteers' House or orphanage home volunteer room
Meals:3 meals are provided everyday (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Age requirement:18 years (minimum) and above

To start the volunteer application process, click here for the volunteer application form.

TEACH ENGLISH & PAINT MURALS

English Classes 

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.

 

School Murals 

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.

 

Volunteering Program Length:From 2 weeks to 12 weeks
Volunteering Program Date:Flexible Start & End Date
Working Schedule:Monday-Friday, 3-6 hours per day
Accommodation type:Volunteers' House or local trusted host family
Meals:3 meals are provided everyday (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Age requirement:18 years (minimum) and above

To start the volunteer application process, click here for the volunteer application form.