If you are a qualified teacher, an educated individual, experienced in a specific subject area or just seeking to lend a helping hand in a school setting, then our volunteer teaching Uganda program is what you are seeking. You have the option of volunteering in either elementary schools, primary school or high schools, with students ranging from the ages of 3-19.
The Impact of Volunteer Teaching Uganda
Many schools in Uganda are overcrowded, with teachers sometimes being forced to work with limited supplies in classes that can hold anywhere from 30-50 students. As you can imagine, it is difficult to give each student the one-on one attention that they deserve. Therefore, your help is needed on our teaching volunteer Uganda projects, as you can assist the teacher with lessons, and get to know the students on a personal level while offering them individual assistance
We also partner with several technical and trade schools to offer Uganda teaching volunteer qualified in areas ranging from information technology, food preparation, carpentry, technical drawing and much more an opportunity to serve. These projects provide the perfect opportunity for you to pass on your knowledge and skills. It is also a great learning opportunity while traveling, as it gives you a chance to interact with Ugandans daily and learn about our culture.
No qualifications or experience are required for general volunteer teaching Uganda projects. That means if you wish to go to a school to assist, take part in lessons, teach/mentor students under the supervision of local teachers, as well as other guided tasks, then you will not need qualifications. Volunteer teaching Uganda for qualified teachers, however, requires that you will need to be certified by an accredited institution, as well as possess several years’ worth of experience teaching or working in the field you would like to teach in.
- Students gifted or adept in certain areas such as sports, music, dance, a foreign language etc.
- Current, retired or teachers in training
- Anyone with a passion for giving back and educating others
- Medical students and professionals looking to share medical knowledge
- Teens and young adults with an interest in sharing their knowledge and experience
- Couples and families, with at least 1 member being qualified to teach
- Corporate groups looking to give back while educating students about their field
- Business owners with an interest in education, or those interested in sharing their talents
- Senior volunteers
Planning Your Project Activities
Pre-planning is the most important step towards ensuring that your volunteer teaching Uganda project will be a success. Once you are accepted into this project, your Project Advisor will reach out to you to discuss your goals, what areas you would like to teach and the activities that you would like to do. You can brainstorm to think of some fun and informative games, and activities you can do to ensure your lessons get across to your students.
Some ideas you can mull over include:
- Help teach a local class in subjects such as Mathematics, English, and Science etc.
- Work as a teacher’s assistant to provide students with one-on-one guidance and attention
- Coordinate fun physical education and sports activities for students
- Arrange games, quizzes, contests and other fun activities to stimulate your students, and award prizes to the winners
- Teach the students about your culture back home
- Collect donations of cash and kind back home to help provide stationery and other learning materials for students
- Help create charts and teaching aids for students
- Share in the Ugandan culture with the students as you interact with them daily
- Qualified teachers may be able to teach and lead classes without any supervision
- Teach a foreign language or sign language
These are just some examples. Feel free to discuss any other activities you would like to engage in during your project.
Resources for Teaching volunteer Uganda Project
You may collect or purchase cash or items back home that you can take along with you to Uganda to help you during your teaching project. You can give them to students as rewards for completing lessons or to give to them to make their school work easier. This includes books, pencils, pens, markers, crayons, calculators and more. We will send you a list of needed resources for the school you are placed in, as well as some suggested items that are always in demand.
Recommended to Take with You
- Money to purchase lunch ($2 – $5 USD per day) (if not having lunch at home)
- Insect repellent to prevent to prevent mosquito and bug bites
- Supplies to assist with your project
- A camera to take pictures
- Sunscreen if you intend to play in the sun or sunbathe
- A reusable water bottle
- Comfortable shoes
- Notebook or electronic device to take notes
- Cash for any shopping or excursions (Your VISA/MASTERCARD will be helpful)
- Teaching aids or materials to help complete your lessons
You can stay with Ssamba, the Founder/Executive Chairman of Ssamba Foundation and his family. 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.
Dormitory Room – Weekly Cost (USD)
- 2 Meals (Breakfast with either Lunch or Dinner)- $77
- 3 Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) $100
Twin Room – Weekly Cost (USD)
- 2 Meals (Breakfast with either Lunch or Dinner)- $100
- 3 Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) $120
Private Double- Weekly Cost (USD)
- 2 Meals (Breakfast with either Lunch or Dinner)- $150
- 3 Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) $170
Each day as you teach abroad Uganda, you will receive breakfast. Ssamba Homestay packages 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.
All volunteers joining this project 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.
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 your accommodation.
Each day, you will be transferred from your accommodation directly to your teaching 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.
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 experience guides will always lead the way.
Return to Airport
At the conclusion of your teaching volunteer project Uganda, we will take you back to the airport so you can catch your flight back home.
Operating in Mukono district, we manage a wide range of sustainable development and humanitarian projects since 2006. Ssamba Foundation is committed to our headquarters district of Mukono, Uganda. The foundation is committed to making an impact in Mukono through Strategic Community Investments by supporting causes that strengthen community development focus.
Mukono District is our focus and hosts our main and major projects. However, from time to time we facilitate or run other smaller short-term projects in response to the immediate needs of the communities across the country.
We are operating in Kyampisi sub-county in Mukono district, about 35Kms from Kampala city, the capital of Uganda. Kyampisi is a typical rural area with about 60,000 people, whose social-economic conditions are very poor. 97% of the residents are subsistence farmers who mainly grow food crops for home consumption.
The result of the above is a very poor economic base with more than 90% of the families living under the poverty line. The main source of income for people is farming, whose produce price has drastically fallen.
Ssamba Foundation – empowering vulnerable communities since 2006