Community development volunteer program allows volunteers live and become immersed into Uganda’s rural villages and share their skills, experience and also learn from the local members about traditional rituals and daily routines. As a community development volunteer, you will gain an amazing life experience from your participation in our Uganda volunteer program. On first arrival, most volunteers sample all the projects before selecting the tasks that suit them best.
Volunteers joining our community development volunteer program have the opportunity to try different roles and projects, dependent on your interests and skills. These volunteer opportunities do not require specialized skills (although these would be an advantage), and we accept volunteers for both short and long-term placements, all the year round.
The first few days of your volunteer placement will be orientation and adjusting to Ugandan life. After this initial period, your volunteer work will begin. The type of work you are involved with will be dependent on your interests, abilities, level of experience as well as your comfort levels.
One of the advantages of Ssamba Foundation’s community development volunteer program is that you are not limited to one job role and will have the opportunity to ‘sample’ other roles during your volunteer placement. To become involved in another projects simply inform a member of staff who will happily make any necessary arrangements.
Ssamba Foundations hosts volunteers in our community programs in Mukono District. We are privileged to work in some of the most beautiful rural communities of Mukono District in Uganda. These wonderful communities also have some of the poorest people and at risk youth, children and women. All our projects are privately funded in the majority of cases. We rely, not only on individual volunteer’s help to carry out the work, but also their financial support.
By choosing to support these projects with both your time and money, we know that that your work has helped to make the world a slightly easier place to live in for some of the poorest people. These rural communities have no welfare opportunities. The things you might take for granted like education, hospitals, roads, housing and food are not available here. This is the reason we work hard at Ssamba Foundation, we know that as well as having a fantastic time, your skills and your hard work will be invaluable to people who just need a helping hand.
VOLUNTEER DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
There are many ways in which community development volunteers could spend their time, as well as their skills, to help out in Uganda. Depending on the season, we always have a list of much needed services of volunteers within our projects around Uganda.
Ssamba Foundation’s community development volunteers work side by side the locals’ on-going brick construction and water building projects, charity support outreaches, farm work and so many other program interventions in the rural areas where we operate. Volunteers do not need prior experience, but skilled workers are very welcome. This is a very hand on sort of program. Enthusiasm, a good sense of humor and helping spirit are required.
The timetable you travel and the projects you may be involved with during community volunteering are all geared to your skills and interests, and the community’s needs. We facilitate volunteer placements for individual solo travelers and groups, for a minimum of one week. We offer volunteer programs that will either utilize skills you hold already or give opportunity to learn new skills.
Through our community development volunteer program, we are committed to enabling skill transfer, enabling projects in Uganda to access different skill sets and to helping volunteers realize the value they can add using the skills they hold. We will match your skills and expectations with those of your host project to ensure your placement is a professionally, as well as a personally, rewarding experience.
- You must be 18 yrs 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 1 week’ minimum
- You must be Sociable, Energetic, Positive & Fun!
- 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 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.
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 place! Before applying please learn more about the costs involved!