Through the Uganda volunteer work with vulnerable children’s program, Ssamba Foundation supports vulnerable children’s centers in several communities of Uganda. With limited staff, resources and facilities, these facilities are struggling to provide care, love and support to orphaned and vulnerable children under their care. Being hugely understaffed, these facilities have few learning or extra-curricular activities.
Ssamba Foundation’s volunteers are able to provide the centers with support and help. The Uganda volunteer work with vulnerable children could be in the form of improving the existing facilities, assisting the staff, teaching and helping with the general running and administration of the facility. Volunteers usually help in refurbishing existing buildings, improving facilities, teaching Basic English, drawing, drama, conducting games etc.
At these children’s facilities you are typically greeted with big hugs, toothless smiles and children curious to touch and get your attention. These children are here due to poverty, disabilities, and homelessness and also as the only way to attend school.
Through the Uganda volunteer work with vulnerable children program you can make a lasting difference in these young lives. You can care for children in many ways. Often no special skills are required, as volunteers are needed to spend time playing, reading, exercising and share time with the children. Since the host projects are short-staffed and the volunteers’ attention gives the children the extra love they need.
The need is expansive and long-term, so your opportunity to make a significant difference through service is likewise immeasurable. You can help expand and maintain residential training and daycare facilities or help host staff conduct recreational activities, teach classes and serve meals.
If you have first-hand experience working with children with disabilities, professionally or personally, your expertise can be especially useful in this project. You can also provide direct services to deaf or mentally challenged children. No matter what your age, background, gender or ability, you can be a valuable resource to demonstrate the universal language of love, compassion and make a difference to the children’s’ lives!
Your work at the centre will provide these orphaned and vulnerable children with the attention and mental stimulation that all children need to develop healthy social skills and self-confidence. Your work at the centre can make a large impact on both you and the children themselves. We recommend coming for four weeks or more if you are to make a great impact on the lives of these children.
The Uganda volunteer work with vulnerable children provides the possibility for our volunteers to work in every and any aspect of the children’s centre; whether it is teaching the children and helping them with their homework, playing a game of tag or by simply sharing your time, experiences and knowledge with them you are making a difference in their lives.
The voracious need these children have to seek and learn about any subject matter – sports, music, or farming – is both awe-inspiring and humbling. Volunteering at our children’s centre will give you an intimate insight into a new and exciting world. A world where childcare is a privilege and a gift, where vulnerable children who have nothing will share whatever they can with a complete stranger, and where you can change the lives of people and children just by being yourself.
Ssamba Foundation provides international volunteer with meaningful free volunteering in Uganda. Our free volunteer abroad programs include 1 week to 24 weeks’ placements all year round. Uganda volunteer work with vulnerable children gives you a rewarding travel experience that feeds your soul by knowing the Ugandan cultures and different ways of life across Uganda while giving a helping hand to communities and individuals in need.
How to Apply:
Please write to us, list of your skills/interests, and tell us why you want to come live and volunteer in Uganda. Our Uganda volunteer work with vulnerable children programs 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 2 weeks minimum and a 3-months maximum. If you want to stay longer, we’ll work it out if the space is available.
You need to be at least 18 years old, speak some English, and be in relatively good health to volunteer with Ssamba Foundation.
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!
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 $20-$70 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
- Travel insurance
- 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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