Volunteering at the farm in Uganda is among the best ways to immerse yourself in the Uganda culture and lifestyle. Starting in February and throughout the year, we need volunteers who can help with planting, caring for animals and harvesting our crops.
Most villagers in rural Uganda have devoted their lives to farming as it is a practice, which has been passed down from generation to generation. Local villagers learn to live with only the basics as well as eating from what they have grown.
In this program, you will work alongside local farmers and help them with their daily work. Your tasks might include planting and watering the crops, cleaning the farm, feeding the animals, picking fruits and vegetables depending on what is needed at the time.
Some days may be busier than others as you will be working at the pace of the local farmers who also choose to have “lazy” days. Besides working with crops, you will also be working with animals including cows, sheep, goats, chicken etc.
As a nonprofit, our amazing and generous volunteers play an integral role in the success of the project. Ssamba Foundation has volunteer opportunities for both small groups like a couple friends, families and individuals as well as more in-depth internship opportunities.
Our volunteers have the opportunity to learn a wide range of gardening skills such as, planting, harvesting, weeding, composting, and basic construction. We need your help and welcome volunteers of all ages to get involved. Volunteering at the Farm in Uganda doesn’t require any previous farming experience as our local farmers will train and educate you on healthy food systems along the way!
Ssamba Foundation grows and donates fresh and organic produce to several needy families in Mukono. All of this food is grown and distributed with the help of volunteers, like you.
This program will give you great insight into rural Ugandan life.
Aims & objectives
- Help the local villagers work their farms and promote cultural exchange
- Increase your knowledge of local Ugandan life and farming methods
- Assist the effort with extra hands
Ssamba Foundations hosts volunteer teachers 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.
Ssamba Foundation is a community development organization focusing on educational empowerment for vulnerable rural communities and foster positive cross-cultural awareness through sustainable community development initiatives.
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
A Typical Day at the Farm
We begin our volunteer days at 9am. Once our volunteers arrive, we provide with an overview of our farm and the impact you will be making that day. Volunteers are led to the project and given a demonstration on the planting and harvesting activity. If we have a large volunteer group, we may split you up into a few different activities. Our volunteers work together to complete the project.
Example projects may be: planting, harvesting, planting raised beds, feeding the animals, cleaning chicken coup etc. Our projects change seasonally just like the food we grow, but we always need help at the farm.
Ssamba Foundation’s Farming Volunteering Project Uganda offers you a great opportunity to immerse yourself in rustic natural beauty and peaceful countryside of Uganda. This is the best opportunity for people who have a serious interest in experiencing and learning about organic farming in sub-Saharan Africa.
If you have a love for nature and a willingness to learn, this is the perfect volunteer placement for you in Uganda. It’s a unique experience, as you’ll get to learn about organic farming through volunteering in ecological ways such as harvesting, feeding animals, cooking, as well as meeting other needs.
- Helping with hands on work at the organic farm
- Learn all about food security and environmental protection
- Gain practical experience in compost product & use of organic pesticides
Join our farming volunteering project Uganda and have the adventure of a lifetime in a sustainable way! The major aim of the Farming Volunteering Project Uganda is to promote sustainable agriculture and the permaculture lifestyle within local communities in Uganda.
- 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 weeks’ 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!
Ssamba Foundation – empowering vulnerable communities since 2006