Applications Open for 2022 Autumn Mini-Group Volunteer Work in Uganda

Ssamba Foundation mini group volunteer work opportunities in Uganda typically bring together a temporary community of 6-10 international volunteers from different backgrounds to provide services to local community projects. The volunteers carry out skilled and unskilled tasks that would not otherwise be possible. The practical work is only part of the main objective. The work is a tool and method to promote intercultural understanding and friendship between the volunteers and with the local community.

Arrival Dates:

  • September – 4th – 2022
  • October – 9th – 2022
  • November – 6th – 2022

Application Deadline:

  • 29th– July – 2022

Minimum Duration:

  • 2 weeks

Maximum Duration:

  • 4 weeks

Participation Registration Fee:

  • USD$250 Only (We won’t charge you any other fees, regardless of duration 2-4 weeks)

Volunteer Benefits:

Affordable Travel Opportunity, Accommodation throughout your stay, 3 delicious local meals for your entire duration and 24/7 In country Support.

PROGRAM INTRODUCTION

The mini group volunteer work in Uganda for this year will be a wonderful learning experience on many levels, particularly for languages, but also for practical work skills, social and interpersonal skills, geographical and intercultural experience, self-awareness, understanding the realities and hopes of the hosting community, seeing life as it is from a wholly different perspective… Tolerance of differences, willingness to share, a sense of humor and a constructive approach to solving interpersonal problems are essential qualities for mini group volunteers.

The beneficiaries of our projects will welcome you into their community with open arms. You will be made to feel at home and you will taste all the different cultural foods, see their dancing and have the opportunity to join in. The children always enjoy having visitors and will be very friendly towards you. They can take you for walks to see the monkeys and you can learn about the various local medicinal plants.

AREAS OF SERVICES

Community Building and Construction (Build a Community Resource Center)

Volunteers, who will indicate their desire to work in construction and building during their group volunteer work placements in Uganda, will enjoy a wide variety of projects to choose from every week.  This is the most flexible branch of Ssamba Foundation 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).

When your group volunteer work Uganda 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 have done and happy memories of the people you have helped.

We are setting up a community resource centre in the middle of a rural village in favor of its inhabitants and surrounding villages – to supply and support them for an independent life step by step. The plan is to construct several buildings with different functions, including a community library, community clinic, residential rooms and community counseling and mental-health support centre.

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 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!

Teaching and School Work (Community School and Child Care Center)

The organization 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 12 years old with creative outlets and opportunities to make constructive use of their time. The program is managed by local teachers with the support and involvement of volunteers.  Volunteers during their stay will help children to practice reading, writing, arithmetic, and English while making time for various games and recreational activities.

Ssamba Foundation 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.

We are also 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.

Arts, Music, Sports and Recreation (Children & Youth Center)

Ssamba Foundation 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 program seeks 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 who will be contributing to this program will plan and lead practices of understanding the activity.

Teaching Languages in the Community (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 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.

VOLUNTEER LIFE

Ssamba Foundation volunteers participating in our mini group volunteer work Uganda program enjoy an extremely unique experience not only in the work they do but also in the atmosphere they live in.  The hard work volunteers put in during the week undoubtedly warrants some fun and relaxation during evening free time and on the weekends.  During the week we organize a variety of activities for volunteers in the evenings.  We often play football (soccer), cards and board games or chill out around the bar or go out for a dance getting to know fellow volunteers from around the world.   Musical ballads are known to break out from time to time as well as the always entertaining pub-quiz nights.

Mini Group Volunteer Work Uganda

SCHEDULE

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 at our home from 7pm-9pm.

ACCOMMODATION

We offer dormitory-style accommodations with 2 – 4 beds per room in addition to private room available on request. Volunteers staying at our home are assigned a bed based on capacity, arrival time and length of stay. If all beds are occupied when you arrive, there are several other options available within the immediate vicinity.  We are always happy to help you to find adequate accommodations upon arrival.

Dining

Breakfast served at our Kyampisi Backpackers Home 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 Kyampisi Backpackers Home offer a vegetarian and non-vegetarian option each night.

Mini Group Volunteer Work Uganda

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 or boil tap water before drinking (though the latter is far less practical).

RESPONSIBILITIES & CONDUCT 

As an organization comprised of and operated by volunteers, everyone must pull his/her own weight to keep things running smoothly.  Volunteers are assigned jobs and responsibilities on a rotational basis throughout the week to ensure the cleanliness and general upkeep of facilities.  These tasks are generally tended to following the morning meeting each day and must be completed before the designated volunteers may join their teams on site.

The house helper helps out in preparing the breakfast but with the new approach, a small group of volunteers will be asked to help prepare breakfast and dinner each day.  They will be responsible for buying the necessary produce and ingredients at the local market and preparing the meal for the entire house.

This new tradition will provide volunteers with a sense of accomplishment and pride (it’s a great feeling to feed up to 10 hungry mouths!).  It will also serve as a change of pace from typical projects while enabling our diverse volunteer body to share and enjoy a variety of dishes from around the world – a welcome deviation from the ubiquitous rice and potatoes that accompany just about any local plate!

Mini Group Volunteer Work Uganda

Volunteers enjoy a collegial atmosphere that stems from a great group of people bonded together by a common desire to make a difference in the world.  However, it is imperative for volunteers to understand that Ssamba Foundation’s image in the community is of paramount importance to our ability to operate effectively and fulfill our mission every day.

When you come to volunteer at Ssamba Foundation, you represent the organization.  You are expected to act in a mature, responsible manner that is considerate of local customs at all times.  Upon arrival, all volunteers will be obliged to sign a statement of understanding of Ssamba Foundation’s volunteer code of conduct, the violation of which will result in appropriate penalties or outright termination of service.

Mini Group Volunteer Work Uganda

Our work is largely dependent on the trust of the community we serve and we cherish the relationships we have cultivated with so many people here.  As such, outsiders stand out in a crowd and you should expect that you will almost always be associated with Ssamba Foundation when in public, whether you are sporting Ssamba Foundation colors or not.  Therefore, volunteers need to be constantly conscientious of this attention and help us to project a positive, professional image.

PROGRAM FEE & REGISTRATION 

After you have been accepted into the project by the volunteer coordinator, then you will have to pay a non-refundable $250 registration fee to the organization’s general fund to secure your placement on the program.

 Group Volunteer Work Uganda

The fee covers administration related costs. We won’t charge you any other fees apart from this mandatory donation to confirm your placement and regardless of how long you are staying.

In exchange for your volunteer service, we provide the following at no extra cost: Airport Pickup, Full Board Accommodation, 3 Meals Daily (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner), 24/7 in-country support, Blanket, Pillows and treated mosquito net, Deeper culture immersion experience, Work and life experience and most of all the opportunity to help others and making lifetime friends. If you would like to bring or organize a trip for a group to Uganda, please email us.

 Group Volunteer Work Uganda

Airport Arrival and Greetings

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 day in our orientation program. This training provides volunteers with a very detailed understanding of how to be acquainted in Uganda’s Life and culture.

If you are interested to participate in our mini group volunteer work Uganda trip with us Apply Now.

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