Volunteer Abroad Program Uganda

Are you looking to do something more meaningful on your travels? You can apply to a volunteer abroad program with the Ssamba Foundation in Uganda. Ssamba Foundation is recruiting volunteers for locally-run community conservation, teaching, health, building, farm work and sports projects around Uganda.

Volunteers are an integral part of everything that happens at Ssamba Foundation. We couldn’t do it without them. There are many ways to volunteer your time, as well as your skills, to help out. Depending on the season, we always have a list of much needed services of volunteers within our projects around Uganda.

Community Outreaches & Improvement of Living Standards:

Volunteer on Rural Health Projects

free volunteer abroad program

Ssamba Foundation sets out to the rural villages with a team of volunteers for 2-5 days a week to organize health workshops. Ssamba Foundation aims to fight the deadly epidemic diseases by educating the communities in the rural areas of Mukono District about awareness and prevention. Drawing from the education seminars and resources from the Uganda Ministry of Health training programs, this objective is achieved through the use of workshops, seminars, camps, and Voluntary Counseling Testing (VCT) programs, topics range from Malaria control, family planning, HIV/AIDS, Epilepsy control, and other deadly diseases.

Knowledgeable and able-bodied volunteers are in great demand. Help assist doctors with several health-related activities, opportunities are available all year around in Uganda.

No Program fees required to join this program up to 4 weeks. Its real free volunteer abroad program in Uganda, so it’s a win-win opportunity for everyone.

Ssamba Foundation do not charge volunteering fees, which is good news for students and budget travelers! We offer free accommodation, meals, and ground support in exchange for your 4 weeks’ volunteering commitment.

Volunteer on Community Sanitation Projects

The Ssamba Foundation team engage into programs and projects which improve on the sanitation of rural people and this include clearing of drinking wells, building of dry racks and the digging of latrines as well as education of healthy living practices. Join the team and help in improving the poor communities.

No Program fees required to join this program up to 4 weeks. Its real free volunteer abroad program in Uganda, so it’s a win-win opportunity for everyone.

Ssamba Foundation do not charge volunteering fees, which is good news for students and budget travelers! We offer free accommodation, meals, and ground support in exchange for your 4 weeks’ volunteering commitment.

Teaching Volunteer Opportunities

The main focus is providing education to hundreds of children in poor communities in Uganda. Village schools provide English, Math, health lessons to children 3yrs-17yrs old. The schools provide not only needed education but opportunities for sports activities, health talks, feeding center and meeting place for the community.

Teach volunteer programWith our volunteer program we allow you to discover the wonders of Uganda, while doing meaningful and rewarding community work. This is a great opportunity to explore life in rural Uganda and rural schools, live and work amongst the locals and realize one person can make a difference.

Teaching experience is not required. You can begin as a teaching assistant and then work in small groups with children in need of extra attention. The objective of this program is to contribute to the academic development of the school in order to provide the best opportunity for the orphans to receive quality education. Volunteers support the local teachers; encourage students to learn and play and instill pride in their schooling.

Help to improve school children’s conversational English, German, Spanish and French, paving a road for a brighter future – instilling in them a working command of the English language.

Volunteer with Community Outreach Projects

You will have the opportunity to try different roles and projects, dependent on your interests and skills. These volunteer opportunities do not require specialized skills (although these would be an advantage), and we accept volunteers for both short and long-term placements, all the year round. Volunteers certainly gain an amazing life experience from their participation in our placement program. On first arrival, most volunteers sample all the projects before selecting the tasks that suit them best.

You just have to let us know where you want to go and we will take you there and information is available for you. The type of work you are involved with will be dependent on your interests, abilities, level of experience as well as your comfort levels.

One of the advantages of the Community project is that you are not limited to one job role and will have the opportunity to ‘sample’ other roles during your placement. To become involved in another projects simply inform a member of staff who will happily make any necessary arrangements.

Volunteer on a Construction Project

Building Resource Centre Uganda

Volunteer work side by side the locals’ on-going brick construction and water building projects in the community. Volunteers needed for manual labor jobs working alongside skilled and unskilled local workers.

Some tasks include construction of the community resource centre, water well building and renovation work. Volunteers do not need prior experience, but skilled workers are very welcome. This is a very hand on, hands dirty sort of program. Enthusiasm, a good sense of humor and helping spirit are required.

Other Projects in Uganda

Ssamba Foundation has projects in various fields and a wide range of opportunities is available to developmental volunteers who want make a difference in the lives of people in rural Uganda.

Other Volunteer Projects include: HIV/AIDS, Sports Coaching, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Research, Childcare, Farm Work etc

Booking Fee

After you have been accepted into the project by the volunteer coordinator, then you will have to pay a non-refundable USD$200 booking fee. Since we started, the numbers of volunteers applying has increased by each year. Unfortunately, only a third of those who promise that they will come, have in fact arrived.

The wastage in volunteer coordinators’ time and the fact that volunteers who could have come were refused due to holding the space for someone else who didn’t turn up, has forced us implement this. We hope that by implementing the fee, only serious volunteers will thus secure the chance to volunteer in our projects.

The booking fee will go towards paying for administrations expenses incurred by the coordinators to keep in touch with you and the projects, and website maintenance. You will be given 14 days to pay from the time of acceptance.

Arrival and Orientation:

When a volunteer arrives in Uganda, our Coordinator meets them at the airport and brings them to our home in Mukono. From that point our volunteers spend between 1 to 3 days in our orientation program.  This training provides volunteers with a very detailed understanding of how to be acquainted in Uganda’s Life and culture.

The program offers excludes the following:

  • Airfare, Visa and Visa extension fee
  • Ground Transportation (where required)
  • Personal travel and sightseeing (trekking, jungle safari etc);
  • Internet access, telephone, drinks or other costs accrued during training and placement;
  • Gifts to project staff and host family, if you wish to buy any;
  • Should you wish to spend more time in Uganda pre and post placement period, please remember to budget accordingly!
  • Travel and medical insurances, immunization, health expenses;

You will also need a weekly budget of up to US $50-100 to cater for all your other expenses.

Want to Apply?

Great thanks for choosing Ssamba Foundation and the interest in our free volunteer abroad program.

Please fill the volunteer application and submit it for consideration, we shall get back to you within 48hours.

E-mail: ssambafoundation@gmail.com


All kinds of people who are interested in serving those in need are welcome, all participants must be above 18 years of age and above.


Minimal preferred commitment should be 4 weeks (shorter placements can be accepted)


All skills can be utilized and put into good use. 

The Costs:

Volunteering in Uganda is free, as it should be, No Program Fees!  You only make a once off donation and pay for your accommodation and meals! At Ssamba Foundation, we appreciate and allow you to use your compassion to help make the world a better!

Many organizations see volunteers as a potential cash cow and are guilty of charging extreme rates. Ssamba Foundation makes every effort to keep your costs to a minimum, as it is your talent and time that are most valuable to us and the communities we serve.  Whether you are interested in volunteering short-term or long-term, we will discuss arrangements with you concerning finances.

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Volunteer Arrival Dates

Although we are very flexible about start and end dates, volunteers must book their flights to arrive on the scheduled arrival dates  for airport pickup arrangements. You can book your flights to arrive at any time of the arrival date (24/7 Airport pickups).

Your arrival into Uganda will be on a Sunday. Your orientation for your volunteer program in Uganda will begin on Monday. You will spend the day learning about life in Uganda and preparing for your upcoming volunteer program.

If you arrive any other day, you have to cover up your airport pickup fees (usually $85) or pay for hotel for your night stay and pickup for the following day.



  • By filling the volunteer application form, we believe that you have read & understood All the requirements to Volunteer with Ssamba Foundation. If you still have questions/inquiries, please contact us
  • After filling the volunteer application and submitting it, you will be redirected to Flutterwave payment website to complete your donation payment of USD$200 (per person) or bank account details will be sent through email.
  • The donation is mandatory and expected within 7 days of your application date (Our program is pretty popular with limited placements for just 10 participants per month and we don’t want to keep participants waiting before you make a decision to book your placement). If no payment is made, your application will not be processed. 

VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS: • You must be 18yrs and above • You must speak some English (you don’t need to be fluent) • Placement commitment fee of USD$200 | We recommend travel/life personal insurance • You must commit at least 1 weeks’ minimum (longer stays are much appreciated). • You must be Sociable, Energetic, Positive & Fun! (Participants below 18, need a letter of consent from their guardian or parent to support their participation). Learn more about Who can Apply?


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