The Hon. Isaac Ssamba the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Ssamba Foundation, came up with an idea in June 2007 to build a sustainable development Uganda volunteer program that puts money and skills into the grassroots and underprivileged communities of Mukono District, Uganda. This was after realizing that many local community development projects lack the money and skills to grow themselves.
Mr. Ssamba hoped that with a sustainable Uganda volunteer program in place, many community development projects will overcome some of the more serious challenges they face. These include: lack of money for operations (wages, office space, transport, training courses), lack of business skills (book keeping, marketing, strategy, grant writing), and lack of up to date knowledge (Counselling/mentoring skills, Languages, Technology and life skills information).
Right now, Ssamba Foundation recruits volunteers to get involved in locally-run community teaching & educational program, and community development & Culture Immersion projects around Uganda. Volunteers are an integral part of everything that happens at our organization. We couldn’t do it without them!
Depending on the season, we always have a list of much needed services which can be provided by volunteers within our projects around Uganda. Ssamba Foundation’s Uganda volunteering Program is an immersion experience customized for individual travelers, students, professionals, families, groups, or anyone with the desire to serve in rural villages in Uganda.
VOLUNTEERING IN UGANDA WITH SSAMBA FOUNDATION
Work together with us to really make a difference in Uganda through volunteering. Volunteering with Ssamba Foundation is a life changing experience which you will never forget. Ssamba Foundation is a small community based development charity aiming to help the lives of vulnerable Ugandans through a number of privately financed development projects.
Volunteering with Ssamba Foundation is certainly not only going to put something into a desperately poor community, but also give you and adventure of a lifetime. Ssamba Foundation is led by an extremely charismatic young man called Isaac Ssamba, he founded and set up the organization to help his own people to escape poverty and to help enable people who live deep in rural areas. Few if any of the major charities venture into these areas so with Ssamba Foundation you will adventure into remote areas and do varied and interesting work.
VOLUNTEER IN UGANDA SUPPORT
Ssamba Foundation offers a safe and family-like environment in which to come to Uganda and give your time through our volunteer program. We offer pre-arrival support by answering your questions about Uganda and by organizing a project that best fits your skills and interests. We can also connect you to former and current volunteers working with us through our WhatsApp group.
We offer in-country assistance by collecting you from the airport, getting you to your placement, and unravelling some of the more complicated cultural issues you face when entering Uganda for the first time. It is not easy to come to a completely foreign culture on your own. We want to be there to give you encouragement, advice, and support in order for you to be most effective while you are here.
While working with us, volunteers learn about the real situation at the grassroots level in Uganda. Life in Uganda is tough for everyone, not just HIV/AIDS patients, orphans and refugees. Wages are low, corruption is rampant, and education is not universal. In spite of this, Ugandans are some of the most welcoming, friendly, and open people in Africa.
Volunteers become part of the family, learning about the local culture: how to cook, how to speak the language, how to sit peacefully with their neighbors and talk about life in general. We hope that volunteers take that knowledge home with them, spreading the word about Ugandan development issues and culture around the world.
VOLUNTEER WORK IN UGANDA DURATION
If you can spare two to three weeks or a month, we will find you volunteer work with projects based in Mukono and around the country. At Ssamba Foundation, we work with schools that provide primary and secondary education to needy children, youth mentoring, community outreach and counseling.
We ask volunteers interested in the Uganda volunteer work to commit at least 28 days (4 weeks/ a month) in order to ensure a worthwhile experience. But we accept volunteers from a minimum of 2 or 3 weeks’ duration.
We want every volunteer to feel that their time in Uganda was put to good use and that they had adequate time to make an impact. The preferred length of trip for a volunteer’s first visit is 4 weeks. Although we do not strictly prohibit shorter stays, we do request that our volunteers are able to offer at least one month of voluntary services.
UGANDA VOLUNTEER PROGRAM SKILLS REQUIRED
We accept local and internationals volunteers who are full of enthusiasm, and who enjoy working with people from a different culture background. The minimum age to participate is 18. Candidates must speak some English, in order to adapt themselves quickly and to be able to interact with local people.
We need people who possess the willingness to commit themselves to a long-term project, prepared for day-to-day challenges. Also important: our lifestyle is simple; we don’t have any luxuries here, beside the luxury of being in the middle of a beautiful natural landscape, and working for a meaningful cause.
We accept local volunteers who can dedicate some hours every week to help us, but in this case they must arrange their own transport to the offices or project site in Mukono.
We need people to help teach at the rural schools, to help with construction and cleaning works, to help at our agriculture farm, social workers, psychologists, educators, specialists in IT, doctors, nurses, drivers, etc. In summary: anyone with goodwill and a good disposition to help and work can be accepted into the program.
This Uganda volunteer program needs volunteers who can bring new ideas, work with minimal supervision, and have a positive, self-starting attitude. Ssamba Foundation does not need just young volunteers, but older people with business skills and experience. We need those who can sort out bookwork and apply for grants. Just as these projects try to help all members of society, they need all ages of volunteers to help them function.
MUKONO – KYAMPISI VOLUNTEER PROJECTS
In Kyampisi Subcounty in Mukono District, Ssamba Foundation runs a number of small community based development projects that provide social services and education for rural people, orphaned and underprivileged children. These volunteer placements are appropriate for you if you have great ideas and a seriously flexible nature. Expect your schedule to change daily with no notice. Expect to have time to relax. Expect to become a part of the village forever.
COMMUNITY AGRICULTURE PROJECTS
Ssamba Foundation project empowers rural farmers of Uganda by providing them with improved seeds, farm inputs, training on modern farming techniques and provides a market for the sale of their farm produce. This gives the farmers the capacity to farm more acres and by extension leads to increased food production and security in Uganda.
If you have a love for nature and a willingness to learn, this is the perfect volunteer placement for you in Uganda. It’s a unique experience, as you’ll get to learn about organic farming through volunteering in ecological ways such as harvesting, feeding animals, cooking, as well as meeting other needs. Learn More
EDUCATION AND TEACHING PROJECTS
Education is the key to a child’s success. Ssamba Foundation Education Program focuses on language classes, international cultural exchanges and educational murals. These initiatives are aimed at a wide range of audiences, from school children to local villagers. This is the most flexible and active program of Ssamba Foundation operations, as volunteers may choose to work with primary, high school or community training centre.
Ssamba Foundation works with several private schools that educate, house and feed needy children and orphans. Teaching needy and orphaned kids has serious challenges and needs volunteers who are open to local teaching methods but still able to bring creativity and fun into the classroom. You are the outside world to these kids. Learn More
ARTS AND CRAFTS PROJECTS
The Ssamba Foundation provides at-risk children and youth a safe environment in which they participate in any number of extra-curricular activities. These activities are designed to provide kids from 6 to 17 years old with creative outlets and opportunities to make constructive use of their time. The project is managed by local social workers with the support and involvement of international volunteers. Learn More
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
As far as community development projects are concerned you’ll have to decide just what you’re into. We have projects that provide HIV/AIDS prevention and AIDS care, counseling, youth mentoring, women’s rights education, and small business development. Let us know and we’ll figure out a good placement for your skills and interests.
Each village outreach provides a totally different experience, but main activities involve working with local children, youth, women and elderly. You can decide if you want to teach nursery, primary, secondary, and vocational education or if you want to be involved in a more free form work arrangement. Learn More
WOMEN EMPOWERMENT PROJECTS
You will be working with our women empowerment program that looks at improving the quality of life for women in Mukono rural and semi-urban communities by providing economic stability. The program provide volunteers with a unique opportunity to continuously improve program parameters and best practices.
Expect to take part in an ever changing schedule made up of public speaking and empowering women and youth leaders in areas like financial literacy, business, microfinance and creativity workshops promoting small business generation, the importance of basic education, and women’s rights and empowerment. Learn More
MDD, SPORTS & RECREATION
Ssamba Foundation’s MDD, Sports & Recreation Program collaborates with local communities to promote healthy lifestyles amongst local children and 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 programs seek 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 contributing to this program will plan and lead practices of understanding the activity. Learn More
ACCOMMODATION & MEALS
All volunteers based in Mukono (up to 10 at one time) will live together in a warmly family-home. Delicious 2 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 our 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. Accommodation at this home is in shared dorm styled bedrooms and shared twin bedroom, accommodating up to 10 people when full. There are between 2-3 beds per 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”.
VOLUNTEER LIFE IN UGANDA
Ssamba Foundation volunteers joining our Uganda volunteer 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.
Yet one of the biggest perks lies in the plethora of weekend outings we organize through Wanderlust Adventures. Our home is located just 60 minutes from either Jinja or Kampala where day tours can be organized to visit the source of the mighty river Nile, white water rafting and Mabira forest which showcase incredible biodiversity, including hundreds of birds and nature walks. No matter what your interests, there is always something for everyone to enjoy!
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.
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!
Volunteers are always welcome at Ssamba Foundation either for short-term projects. We want to deliver an experience to enjoy Uganda by living, working and making an impact with us. In exchange for your skills, donation and help, you get memorable lifetime changing experience.
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!
Ssamba Foundation – empowering vulnerable communities since 2006