Free Volunteer Abroad Programs for Families

You don’t have to choose between taking a family adventure holiday and volunteering any more. As a growing sustainable development organization, Ssamba Foundation is now providing adventure combined with free volunteer abroad programs for families in Uganda.

Travelling across Uganda, Ssamba Foundation’s free volunteer abroad programs for families include a length of stay on at least one community development projects that we run giving you enough time to make a difference as a family and get the full volunteering experience.

Then when your work is done, explore the wonders of the Pearl of Africa with Ssamba Foundation’s experienced local tour and safari guides. After your volunteering project you will follow it up with an amazing weekend adventure tour with activities such as a 3-day wildlife safari trip, rainforest trekking, sight-seeing tours and so much more.

Family Experiences for Change:

Our free volunteer abroad programs for families are about adventures only; it’s about being part of a community of like-minded people. Ordinary people, who want to do something extraordinary with their lives, make a difference in the world and new friends along the way.  The family volunteer abroad package is not just for enjoyment, It is a way for change and making an impact as a family.

Why Choose Ssamba Foundation as a family?

Today a huge array of volunteering organizations is available for anyone who wants to volunteer abroad, especially in Africa. Each seem to offer volunteers the opportunity to go on the unique trip of a lifetime, yet some do not always operate in a way that is beneficial both to the individual volunteer and to the local community in which they are working.

Ssamba Foundation is supportive of all volunteer opportunities which contribute to the goals of sustainable development in Uganda. However, one of the main reasons we started our free volunteer abroad programs for families was to provide much-needed support services to people and communities that are largely ignored here in Uganda.

Ssamba Foundation is focused on some of the most challenging issues faced by individuals and communities. We are small and therefore specific and focused on only a few communities so we can make a significant impact on improving their day to day life and empowering them to change their own future. We work with the communities directly and the projects are our own initiated projects that result from interviews with the villages themselves.

Often potential participants ask us to inform them why Ssamba Foundation is a safe option for an ethical volunteering experience for families and solo travelers. The list below highlights why volunteers choose to go away with Ssamba Foundation:

  • Quality: Every week the staff at Ssamba Foundation interviews its volunteers for feedback on their daily experiences and from those responses we make necessary adjustments to continually improve on the quality of your experience. We have on staff professionals who take pride in caring for your living accommodations and see to it that your experience with us is a positive one.

  • Flexibility: Unlike some of the volunteer travel organizations around Africa, we allow our volunteers to start on any date of the year and stay as long or as short as they like! The only exception is when Ssamba Foundation has a specific project it has generated that has a stated start and stop deadline associated with it.
  • Safety: We take safety of our volunteers seriously and thoroughly arrange everything with our projects before sending volunteers to the community. If we feel a certain area or a project is not safe we postpone the project until all safety concerns can be met. Our volunteers are responsible for securing their own travel and medical insurance before they arrive.
  • Benefit to Communities: Ssamba Foundation works directly with local communities in Uganda to ensure they get support directly from the volunteers. Part of your placement booking donation fee will go directly to the projects, community, workers and coordinators to help them financially. A constant flow of volunteers means that these people and parts of communities are getting constant support both financially and personally.
  • Quick & Personal: We work as a team and are always there to help you and answer your questions. We aim to reply to your e-mails within 2-5 working hours or less. You can also reach us by phone or leave a message to have a quick reply back to your queries. Our goal is to make sure you are completely comfortable before you leave for Uganda and while in Uganda.

  • Respected: Ssamba Foundation has been operating in Uganda since 2006 and from its humble beginning; it has grown into an organization with multiple projects around the country and working alongside reputable international organizations.
  • Reputable: Ssamba Foundation distinguishes itself by having a proven track record of working with over 1000 volunteers for safe, enjoyable, educational and fulfilling experiences.
  • Service: All Ssamba Foundation’s programs carry our standard support and services whilst individual, family & group programs offer tailor-made services to fit.
  • Commitment: Ssamba Foundation’s programs provides a long term solution to our villages. 99% of volunteer contributions are spent directly in the communities.

How to Apply:

Please write to us, list of your skills/interests of each member of the family participating. Our free volunteer abroad programs for families are pretty popular, so try to apply well in advance of when you’re traveling.

You must arrive around the scheduled dates of the month. We have a 1 week minimum and a 2-months maximum for families. If you want to stay longer, we’ll work it out if the space is available.

The youngest member of the family must be at least 3 years old, speak some English, and be in relatively good health to volunteer with Ssamba Foundation.

The Cost:

Volunteering in Uganda 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 at no cost to you!

All you have to do, is to book your placement with a one-time, donation of USD$200 (180€ or £150) only (per person)! Children below 13 years pay $100 (each)

What does the fee cover?

The placement booking fee covers administration support while you prepare for Uganda. Accommodation and food is provided in exchange for your volunteering service.

Ssamba Foundation does not cover airline tickets, visas, vaccinations, drinking water, leisure activities, or medical services. You’ll likely need $50-$100 a week to support a basic life which includes drinking water, internet, transport, and a few western treats such as coffee and chocolate. Ssamba Safaris provides and arranges affordable weekend tours and safaris across the country.

Donations and fundraising:

We have however, set up the challenge (not mandatory though) for all volunteers coming/interested to volunteer with Ssamba Foundation in Uganda to throw themselves into fundraising and aim to bring a donation! We know you can do it!

Benefits of Volunteering with Ssamba Foundation:

Volunteers are always welcome at Ssamba Foundation either for short-term or long-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 (Everything you need to know about Uganda)
  • We shall pick you up from Entebbe International airport (Pick Up only)
  • Accommodation throughout your stay (Maximum stay is 4 weeks for free)
  • Shared bedroom with other-same sex volunteers (separate beds)
  • Blanket, Pillows and treated mosquito net
  • Limited Wi-Fi Access at house (Please feel free to bring your laptop)
  • 3 delicious local meals for your entire duration
  • 24/7 In country Support
  • You can stay with us for up to 3 months in Uganda (on case by case basis)
  • Deeper culture immersion experience with founder’s family
  • Discounted tours, safaris and events
  • Work and life experience
  • The opportunity to help others and lifetime friends
  • Certificate of Appreciation at the end of your stay

What we DON’T offer:

  • Flight Tickets
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccinations
  • Laundry service in town/or house (at volunteer’s cost)
  • Toiletries (soaps, shampoos and others) are not provided.
  • Personal expenses (Your pocket money)

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