This arts and music volunteering project Uganda, will take you to the heart of the Pearl of Africa where you will get involved in meaningful volunteer work. We ask volunteers interested in the Uganda volunteer work to commit at least 28 days (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 -8 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.
The trip starts and ends in Uganda’s capital Kampala. You will be based in Mukono District. Mukono is one of the most relaxed and attractive suburbs, east of Kampala (the capital city of Uganda). Mukono is a great place to stay if you want to explore Uganda’s fascinating capital city or the adventure capital- Jinja.
Ssamba Foundation is committed to our headquarters district of Mukono, Uganda. Ssamba Foundation has supported the communities of Mukono and beyond since 2006. Ssamba Foundation is committed to making an impact in Mukono through Strategic Community Investments by supporting causes that strengthen community development focus.
Tourist Attractions | Mukono
Mukono has her own tourist attractions and you will discover many during your humanitarian service placement with us. These tourist attractions include but not limited to:
Mabira Forest which is famous for forest walks, Picnics, cycling trails, ziplining, over 100 Species of moths and 300 bird species. Mabira forest is also popular for its rich on Flora & Fauna
Lake Victoria – Africa’s largest lake and second largest fresh-water lake in the world
Sezibwa River – which is believed by Buganda legend to have been born. The river flows into Lake Kyoga. Sezibwa falls offers beautiful scenery for tourists and nature lovers. The site also has a natural forest reserve which is popular for forest trails and nature walks, bird watching with over 100 bird species and wildlife.
Kalagala Falls- one of the most beautiful, thundering falls and naturally endowed waterfalls in the country. Kalagala Falls are found along the Victoria Nile within Kalagala village, Kangulumira sub-county in Kayunga district (formerly part of Mukono district)
TYPICAL 4 WEEKS ARTS VOLUNTEER WORK
Day 1-2: Arrival and Orientation
Our Coordinator will arrange a pickup for you from the airport in Entebbe at agreed time and they will drive you to the volunteer home outskirts of Kampala. Orientation and Placement will be done the next day.
On the second day, our Coordinator will give an orientation about the project you will be working on. You will be working with the Arts Development program while learning about the culture and customs of the local Ugandan people.
THE ARTS VOLUNTEERING PROJECT IN MUKONO
Day 3-27: Volunteer Work
The Uganda Arts volunteering project gives you the chance not only to make a positive impact in a needy community, gain leadership experience and build new skills, but also to share your knowledge and provide valuable skills to youth and children.
Ssamba Foundation offers opportunities to volunteer with Arts and Music projects in Uganda from one week to three months or more. The arts and music volunteer projects are set up in various communities across Uganda.
Volunteers in our program experience traditional Ugandan life and participate in daily roles of the project such teaching children various basic instruments from piano, cello and guitar etc. The children are aged between 8 and 19. It is therefore important that volunteers be enthusiastic about music and able to inspire the children to develop both theoretical and practical musical, arts and dance knowledge and skills.
Volunteering in Uganda with Ssamba Foundation’s arts and music project will not only allow you to positively influence lives, but you can also learn about a variety of musical styles and genres, as well as about the deep and fascinating histories that this country has with music.
It is important for potential volunteers to understand that the culture in Uganda is quite different from what you are accustomed to. Volunteers should bring with them an easy-going, open-minded and relaxed attitude. Locals are curious, very friendly and social people.
As arts and music volunteer in Uganda you can choose from creative arts, music and dance project where you can apply your creative eye and enthusiasm while volunteering and living at the heart of a community. When you choose to volunteer in Uganda with Ssamba Foundation, you will be involved dancing, painting, drawing or music classes for children and adults.
Your creativity will inspire children and youth who want to develop their talents. On our Uganda arts, dance and music volunteer project you can teach Arts and painting to the children, or rehearse with the girls of a ballet class. Ssamba Foundation’s Arts and Music projects are far more than just entertainment; it can be a powerful force for community building, nurturing human creativity, and social empowerment for future growth and employment opportunities.
Weekends | Free Time
On the weekends you are encouraged to explore the country with friends you make on the program, and our representatives are available to give travel advice and make bookings for you.
Day 28 – Good bye party/ Barbecue night
Your friends at the program will organize a party for you and barbecue night to thank you for the service and your contribution.
VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS: •
- 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 10 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 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 2-4 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
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 FREE, as it should be! No Program Fees! No weekly fees! At Ssamba Foundation, we appreciate and allow you to use your compassion to help make the world a better place!
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 the following: Pre-Departure Handbook, pick up from Entebbe International airport, Accommodation throughout your stay, 3 delicious local meals for your entire duration and 24/7 In country Support.
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