Through our Uganda volunteer program, we recruit and host willing, non-skilled and skilled volunteers within our projects in Mukono District and across the country. As a volunteer, you are responsible for your flight, visas and living costs. We appreciate your time and allow you to use your compassion and skills to help make the world a better place!
Ssamba Foundation seeks to aid in the development of self-sufficient, locally run projects which effectively address the most pressing needs of disadvantaged rural communities. Volunteering in Uganda with us is an amazing way to gain an insight into the culture of our beautiful country.
Ssamba Foundation started the Uganda volunteer program in June 2007 and in 2008, we welcomed our first volunteers. Our Uganda volunteer projects puts skills and experience into the grassroots and underprivileged communities of Mukono District, and Uganda at large. 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.
Ssamba Foundation recruits volunteers to get involved in locally-run community teaching and educational projects, environment conservation, sports development, arts and music, medical and healthcare projects, women empowerment and social economic projects around Uganda. Volunteers are an integral part of everything that happens at our organization. We couldn’t do it without them!
FOR HOW LONG CAN VOLUNTEERS STAY?
We ask volunteers interested in the Uganda volunteer work to commit at least 4 weeks in order to ensure a worthwhile experience. But we accept volunteers from a minimum of 2 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. We understand that it can sometimes be difficult for doctors, to take a full month off. Therefore, doctors can come for a three-week period.
WHAT DO WE OFFER?
Volunteering in Uganda with Ssamba Foundation provides a unique deeper cultural experience: you will have the opportunity to work with a Ugandan and International team, and have the opportunity of creating your own projects. By joining our Uganda volunteer program you will not only become part of the community you work with, but will also be making a valuable contribution to long term solutions for the community needs.
- We recommend travel/life personal insurance
- A copy of your passport with 6+ months validity
- You must be Sociable, Energetic, Positive & Fun!
- You must be at least 18yrs (Unless traveling with family/group)
- You must speak some English (you don’t need to be fluent)
- Criminal Record, Background Check report or Police Statement
- You must be Sociable, Energetic, Positive & Fun!
- You must commit at least 2-4 weeks’ minimum (longer stays are appreciated).
WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
The Uganda volunteer opportunities are open for, high school students, professional, families, university groups, teenagers 18+, 50 years and above and all who are interested. There isn’t a maximum age limit, though a reasonable fitness level is necessary. Families are encouraged to apply and are welcome! We accept volunteers who are full of enthusiasm, and who enjoy working with people from a different culture background.
The minimum age to participate is 18 if you are traveling solo. 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 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.
VOLUNTEERING IN UGANDA WITH SSAMBA FOUNDATION
Volunteering with Ssamba Foundation is a life changing experience which you will never forget. Ssamba Foundation is a small community based development organization 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.
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 Uganda 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 offer in-country assistance by collecting you from the airport at a reasonable fee, 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. 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.
DO YOU WANT TO VOLUNTEER WITH SSAMBA FOUNDATION?
If you would like volunteer in Uganda with Ssamba Foundation, our projects need volunteers who can bring new ideas, work with minimal supervision, and have a positive, self-starting attitude. We do not need just young volunteers, but older people with business skills and experience. We need those who can sort out book-work 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.
Volunteers directly help in schools, health centers and development projects. Perhaps equally important is the “knowledge exchange”: helping people from a remote African community gain a greater understanding of the wider world (and vice versa). Of course, it is not all hard work; volunteers will get an opportunity for fantastic wildlife safaris and to experience a region few tourists have reached.
ARRIVAL & START DATES
We welcome volunteers throughout the year. Your arrival into Uganda will be on a Sunday (we are flexible though). 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 placement.
For Volunteers interested in teaching: School terms are approximately as follows: February 1 to April 30, and May 20 to August 30, September 15 to early December. Other volunteers interested in working with our schools can assist with the physical upkeep of the school; painting, decorating, mending desks and hopefully setting up various school projects etc.
UGANDA VOLUNTEER PROGRAM COSTS
- 2 Weeks Program: USD$290
- 3 Weeks Program: USD$435
- 4 Weeks Program: USD$580
- 5 Weeks Program: USD$725
- 6 Weeks Program: USD$870
- 7 Weeks Program: USD$1,015
- 8 Weeks Program: USD$1,160
- 9 Weeks Program: USD$1,305
- 10 Weeks Program: USD$1,450
- 11 Weeks Program: USD$1,595
- 12 Weeks Program: USD$1,740
Registration & Deposit: A deposit of 50% is required on acceptance of your application into the program, with the balance alongside airport pick fee being paid within 24hrs to the Office Cashier after arrival.
Program Fee Covers:
- Comfortable Bed
- Hearty Breakfast
- Delicious Dinner
- All kind of ground administration support
- Personal Expenses
- Airport Transfers – USD$85 (one way)
- Lunch (covered by volunteers while in the field)
- Daily field/project transport (most projects are in reasonable walkable distance or budget for USD$1-3 daily)
Our work is mainly carried out by wonderful volunteers who contribute in different ways. Start Fundraising. Feed A Child. Sponsor An Orphan. Make a Donation. Build A Borehole. Join as a volunteer – We Need Your Help
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