Uganda Volunteer Projects

Our Uganda volunteer projects’ focus is to increase volunteer engagement in rural communities and that is the main reason! Volunteering overseas is a great way to immerse yourself in a new culture while simultaneously giving back.  

We welcome people to get involved, Ssamba Foundation is in need of much guidance from outside volunteers, both short and longer term. Locally, Isaac Ssamba- the Founder & Executive Chairman will be your main contact person during your stay in Mukono.

Depending upon your existing skills and qualifications, an outline of the most suitable projects for you to implement will be discussed with Isaac Ssamba before your stay. He will also be in regular contact with you throughout your period of volunteering in Uganda.

We provide to people of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to have an active part in helping develop a local community, and accepts donations to improve standard of life for people living in vulnerable communities in rural Uganda. We make it possible to see what your money has specifically done for the local people and how it has helped them and their community. For details on what we are raising money for at the moment (ie; Water borehole, school furniture etc) please see ‘What are we doing now?’

Boarding:

You can stay with us at Kyampisi Backpackers Home. You can choose to stay in the dorm room that accommodates up to 4 people of same gender comfortably or you can choose to book space in our twin-room and that accommodates up to 2 people, each with their bed or a book a private-double bedroom with your private bathroom facilities.

Daily Meals:

Each day as you volunteer with us, you will receive breakfast at our volunteers’ home. Our Ssamba Foundation package include dinner. We cater to volunteers with special dietary requirements such as diabetes, allergies, vegans, and more. Breakfast served is healthy 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 home offer a vegetarian and non-vegetarian option each night. Two or Three meals per day are provided to our volunteers depending on the arrangement. Ssamba Foundation can accommodate special dietary needs with advance notice.

Daily Cultural Training:

After you pay the placement booking confirmation donation, you will be added to our Mission Uganda WhatsApp group and enroll in our digital culture and language classes, even before you arrive. This training includes several videos and learning materials where you learn all about Uganda’s culture, and cover topics such as our food, language, government, history, traditions, norms, religion, and more.

Orientation:

All volunteers joining our Uganda volunteer projects will receive orientation and support documentation on your date of arrival. Once you are settled into your accommodation, you will be given your finalized itinerary and your orientation guide. During orientation, we will go over project dates and times, transportation, meal times, cultural/excursion activities and you will be given tips on Uganda.

Mentorship Session/Review of The Day:

We also provide daily mentorship sessions for teenagers or a general review of your day’s activities for more experienced volunteers. You are free to discuss the challenges you faced that day, the activities and lessons you completed with your students, your plans for the following day, and ask any questions you may have. This is roughly 10-30 minutes daily.

Airport Pickup Transport:

We will pick you up at the Entebbe International Airport. Our driver will have a sign saying “Ssamba Foundation” or just your names and you will be transferred directly from the airport to our accommodation.

Daily Transfers:

Each day, you will be transferred from your accommodation directly to your project by a team member (some placements are in reasonable walkable distances from home). We will also pick you up at your project at the agreed upon time and transfer you either back to the accommodation, to change money/purchase supplies or to a cultural immersion activity/excursion, depending upon your itinerary.

Tour Transfers:

For your tours, you will have a tour guide/counterpart accompanying you to point out important landmarks and to function as a guide. For safaris, our experienced guides will always lead the way. If you need a tour or safari, you will discuss arrangements with our Tour & Safari Consultant upon arrival and payments will be paid in full to the Office Cashier. 

Return to Airport:

At the conclusion of your volunteer project, we will take you back to the airport so you can catch your flight back home.

Program Costs:

  • 2 Weeks Program: USD$290
  • 3 Weeks Program: USD$435
  • 4 Weeks Program: USD$580
  • 5 Weeks Program: USD$725
  • 6 Weeks Program: USD$870
  • 7 Weeks Program: USD$1,015
  • 8 Weeks Program: USD$1,160
  • 9 Weeks Program: USD$1,305
  • 10 Weeks Program: USD$1,450
  • 11 Weeks Program: USD$1,595
  • 12 Weeks Program: USD$1,740

Registration & Deposit: A deposit of 50% is required on acceptance of your application into the program, with the balance alongside airport pick being within 24hrs to the Office Cashier after arrival

Program Fee Covers:

  • Comfortable Bed
  • Hearty Breakfast
  • Delicious Dinner 
  • All kind of ground administration support 

Exclusions:

  • Personal Expenses
  • Airport Transfers – USD$85 (one way)
  • Lunch (covered by volunteers while in the field)
  • Daily field/project transport (most projects are in reasonable walkable distance or budget for USD$2-3 daily)

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