Support educational objectives in Mukono through infrastructure development. On this program you will work to improve learning environments at local educational facilities in Mukono, Uganda. The aim of these projects is to improve the educational outcomes of the students or to improve the health and safety standards of the facility.
Ssamba Foundation is establishing a community library as a way of promoting a reading culture and empowering local schools in Mukono, Uganda. The community library will serve as a resource centre for local students, teachers and the general community of Mukono and surrounding villages.
The Library will have a collection of educational material for elementary, secondary, vocational school curriculum, social books, self-help books and magazines, novels and newspapers. The community will become well informed because people will have access to a wealthy information resource. Agriculture being the backbone of Uganda’s economy especially for rural populations, books on modern methods of farming and sustainable agriculture will be made available to the farmers.
THE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
While no previous experience is required for this project, physical fitness and DIY or construction experience are beneficial. All training and guidance is provided by our staff and local construction personnel. You can expect to assist with constructing furniture, building and painting walls. You will be working alongside local workers for the duration of most of our projects.
- The construction project is a very hands-on and is an opportunity to make a rapid difference to the schools and community center.
- Live and work with other participants from all around the world who are all committed to making a global impact.
- Immerse yourself in Ugandan culture at our homestay-style accommodation.
- Experience the natural beauty of Uganda while trekking and touring.
The main focus of this program will be working to improve educational and community facilities. This program is hands on and an incredible opportunity to make a rapid difference during your time in Mukono, Uganda. As a volunteer you won’t need to have any prior experience however must be comfortable with lifting & shoveling.
Activities will include:
- Work can consist of anything from building and painting walls of concrete to painting to building benches or to making furniture.
- The work you can expect will vary depending on time of year and needs in the community – it is important that you remain flexible
VOLUNTEER WORK SCHEDULE
You will be working from Monday to Friday in a small team of like-minded individuals. The day-to-day work program will vary according to the time of your visit and the stage of the improvement work. Whatever your contribution, you are sure to find this project incredibly rewarding when you see the progress the project has made.
Volunteers can expect to work 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. A typical day looks like the following. However, please keep in mind each day varies depending on the project stage.
- 7:30/8 AM – 9 AM: Have breakfast at home and travel to the project.
- 9 AM – 12 PM: Begin project, working at construction site.
- 12 PM – 1 PM: Have lunch with local team.
- 1 PM – 4 PM: Continue working on the project.
- 4 PM – 5 PM: Clean up, prepare for departure, and return home.
- 5PM- 9PM: Have dinner, relax with other participants, have a beer
- 10PM: You will be ready to sleep, see you tomorrow.
You can help build even if you have never picked-up a hammer before. This volunteering opportunity in Uganda lets you get your hands dirty and actually see what a difference you’ve made before you head back home. But, don’t think it’s all about hard work.
The safaris and tours we organize in Uganda also give you the chance to travel around the communities you are working in, explore the country, and get to know the people you are helping. Volunteers are always welcome at Ssamba Foundation either for short-term or long-term projects. We want to deliver an experience to enjoy Uganda by living, working and making an impact with us.
Volunteers are picked up from the Entebbe International Airport by a representative and transferred to the home. Those volunteers who are arriving overland or are already in Uganda can be provided with a pick from Kampala, Jinja or Mukono or they arrive at the facility on their own.
A half day orientation will be provided by a member of our staff on the next day after arrival. The orientation would cover topics such as introduction to the project, general information about the project, safety Tips / Guidelines, customs, health guidelines, community, and do’s and don’ts. You will also be given a tour of the local surrounding area which will help you in getting to know the area around.
- You must be 18yrs and above
- You must speak some English (you don’t need to be fluent)
- We recommend travel/life personal insurance
- You must commit at least 2 weeks’ minimum
- • 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?
ACCOMMODATION & MEALS
All volunteers based in Mukono (up to 7 at one time) will live together in a warmly family-home. Delicious 3 meals are provided each day, which consists of local foods, such as matooke (mashed plantain), posho (cornmeal), potatoes and rice or noodles. They are generally served with beef, fish, peas, beans or groundnut sauce. Bread, eggs, vegetables and fruits are available for breakfast, vegetarians are also accommodated.
Volunteers staying at Kyampisi Backpackers Home are assigned a bed based on capacity, arrival time and length of stay. All beds have good mosquito nets and you don’t need to bring your own sheets etc. Part of the income from this facility is used to support the projects of Ssamba Foundation and other humanitarian projects.
Accommodation at this home is in private, twin and dorm rooms, accommodating up to 7 people when full. There are between 1-3 beds per room depending on the size of the room. The emphasis at the home is placed on a relaxed friendly family like atmosphere.
Note: Couples can request their own room if they give us a “Volunteers advance notice”.
THE COSTS AND CONTRIBUTIONS
There are costs involved in hosting volunteers and we request our volunteers to cover up their living costs, this helps our organization to concentrate its resources on empowering vulnerable communities. Volunteering in Uganda with Ssamba Foundation is affordable, as it should be! 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. Before applying please learn more about the costs involved!
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