Teach French Uganda Volunteer Program

Do You Want to Volunteer and Teach French in Uganda? Ssamba Foundation offers Languages Teaching projects in Uganda where we arrange a meaningful volunteer placement so that you can teach French in Uganda or online while staying home.

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Whether you are a French national or an avid French speaker, if you are seeking to travel and teach French abroad in Uganda, then you have come to the right place. Teach French Uganda volunteer program allows volunteers to share their culture and knowledge of the French language with children and young adults in Uganda while learning about our culture in the process.

Many schools do not have a large enough budget to be able to hire language teachers, so most Ugandans do not learn the other language throughout their school life apart from English (the official language). Uganda’s neighbors like Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi which are very important in our daily business dealings still use French and so this a very important language for Ugandans.

This is where volunteers like you will get to make a great impact, as you strive to make and impact teaching French as a foreign language. By teaching locals how to speak the French language and about the culture, you will be participating in a life-changing cultural exchange volunteer program and making an investment in the lives of many Ugandans that will live within them for years to come.

So if you have been wondering how to teach French as a second language abroad, here is your chance! Apply now and begin your journey to Uganda.

Qualifications/Experience

You need no qualifications or experience to join us teach French as a foreign language projects. However, if you do possess experience or qualifications in teaching French, then you may qualify for more advanced placements.

  • Anyone who can fluently speak, read and write French
  • French teachers either currently practicing, retired or in training
  • Students, teens and young adults who would like to teach children the French language
  • Couples and families, with at least 1 member able to teach French
  • Corporate groups with employees fluent in French
  • Business owners with an interest in education, or those interested in sharing their talents
  • Senior volunteers

Planning Your Project Activities

Proper planning from the moment you decide to volunteer with us and teach French as a second language is the main step towards having a successful project. Once you are approved to join this project, your Project Advisor will get in contact with you to discuss the activities you would like to do, as well as the teaching method that you will employ. We can brainstorm activities during our online meeting to come up with ideas.

Some examples of teaching activities include:

  • Teach French translation of popular phrases and greetings to locals
  • Go to schools and teach French to kids of all ages, from kindergarten up to high school
  • Teach French numbers and the French alphabet to Ugandans
  • Educate Ugandans on how to properly pronounce words in French and teach French grammar
  • Experienced French teachers can teach French to adults at a language center
  • Sing popular French songs and play games
  • Tell the students about the French cuisine, famous landmarks, customs, and traditions
  • Put on exciting demonstrations to highlight traditional French fashion, music, etc.
  • Dive into our local Ugandan culture on weekends and during free time to explore the most popular attractions and enjoy our scrumptious cuisine

These are just some examples. Feel free to discuss any other activities you would like to engage in during your project.

Your First Day

The first day of your volunteer French teacher project, your Project Advisor will accompany you to your school or volunteer site where you will get a tour of the project site, meet the students and staff members and learn about all arrangements. You will also receive orientation and training on your first day, and be assigned a project supervisor.

Afternoon and Weekends

Some days after you complete your volunteer project and on weekends, you can purchase one of our tour, safari and cultural immersion adventure packages where you can get to experience some of Uganda’s top attractions and cultural activities. This is an excellent method to inject fun in your French teaching volunteer project.

Project Completion

At the end of your teach French language trip, we will award you with a Volunteer Certificate, signed by our Managing Director. We will also sign any documents that you need to certify volunteer/service hours completed on your trip.

Cultural Learning Aids

To spice up your program we suggest that you take along some items or pictures/videos to showcase the French culture to the students. These could include food items, music, board games, clothing, signs etc. This will no doubt give you a chance to better bond with the students while spicing up your lessons.

Resources for Teach French Abroad 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 French teaching volunteer 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

Boarding

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

Daily Meals

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.

Orientation

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.

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 your accommodation.

Daily Transfers

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.

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 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.

Project Location

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.

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