Have you ever thought of traveling to a country and being more than just a regular tourist? Do you want an experience of living like a local and learning about local traditions and culture? Do you enjoy giving something back to the community?
Beacon of Hope Uganda brings you some unique volunteer and travel opportunities in Uganda. Our selection of meaningful and diverse community projects in Uganda will enable you to make a real difference to the lives of people as well as get closer to the local culture and give something back to the community. Our self-funding and sponsored volunteer overseas programs focus on education, sports, construction work & social enterprise creation across several districts of the country. Whilst on the volunteer in Uganda project you will also go on excursions and exciting tours that will allow you to enjoy the culture, history, people, wildlife or landscape of Uganda.
Beacon of Hope Uganda has a number of unique and challenging volunteer placements in Uganda. Whether your passion is sustainable community development or vital healthcare work, Beacon of Hope Uganda can offer you an unforgettable experience.
Whichever program you choose you will be benefiting from Beacon of Hope Uganda extensive experience in Uganda. No particular skills are required to volunteer with us and training is given locally but if you do have particular experience in areas relevant to your program then this will enhance your contribution.
Volunteering with us could help you choose a new direction in life or develop a career path you may already be on. It might be both a personal highlight and a practical stepping stone in a gap year or, for anyone at any time, a great way to go abroad for much more than just a holiday.
We could not do all that we do in Uganda without the help of our interns and volunteers, who are a vital and integral part of Beacon of Hope Uganda. Beacon of Hope Uganda (BoHU) recruits volunteers for locally-run community, conservation, teaching, health, building and sports projects around Uganda.
Community Outreaches & Improvement of Living Standards:
Volunteer on Rural Health Projects:
BoHU sets out to the rural villages with a team of volunteers for 2-5 days a week to organize health workshops. BoHU aims to fight the deadly epidemic diseases by educating the communities in the Mukono District and rural districts about awareness and prevention. Drawing from the education seminars and resources from the Uganda Ministry of Health training programs, this objective is achieved through the use of workshops, seminars, camps, and Voluntary Counseling Testing (VCT) programs, topics range from Malaria control, family planning, HIV/AIDS, Epilepsy control, and other deadly diseases.
Volunteer on Community Sanitation Projects:
The BoHU team engage into programs and projects which improve on the sanitation of rural people and this include clearing of drinking wells, building of dry racks and the digging of latrines as well as education of healthy living practices. Join the team and help in improving the poor communities.
BoHU provides material support to those in the Mukono District who are
unable to and care for themselves. This may include the elderly,
orphans, the disabled, prisoners, and those afflicted or affect by HIV and AIDS.
This support may include:
Home, Prison, or School Visits
Supplying sanitation sanitary kits to village school girls
The delivery of food supplies from development programs to orphans
Sporting events for orphans to improve the social aspect
Providing school supplies to schools per term for orphans
Elderly Support Programs including clothes washing, visitation, and the construction of sanitation areas including kitchens and drying areas
Clothing, sanitation supplies, and relationship building with prisoners
Teach Volunteer and Internship Opportunities:
The main focus is providing education to hundreds of children in poor communities in Uganda. Village schools provide English, Math, health lessons to children 3yrs-12yrs old. The schools provide not only needed education but opportunities for sports activities, health talks, feeding center and meeting place for the community.
With our volunteer program we allow you to discover the wonders of Uganda, while doing meaningful and rewarding community work. This is a great opportunity to explore life in rural Uganda and rural schools, live and work amongst the locals and realize one person can make a difference.
Teaching experience is not required. You can begin as a teaching assistant and then work in small groups with children in need of extra attention. The objective of this program is to contribute to the academic development of the school in order to provide the best opportunity for the orphans to receive quality education. Volunteers support the local teachers; encourage students to learn and play and instill pride in their schooling.
Develop a poor community in Uganda/ Building Program:
You will 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. Volunteers certainly gain an amazing life experience from their participation in our placement program. On first arrival, most volunteers sample all the projects before selecting the tasks that suit them best.
You just have to let us know where you want to go and we will take you there and information is available for you. 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 the Community project is that you are not limited to one job role and will have the opportunity to ‘sample’ other roles during your placement. To become involved in another projects simply inform a member of staff who will happily make any necessary arrangements.
Volunteer work side by side the locals’ on-going brick construction and water building projects in the community. Volunteers needed for manual labor jobs working alongside skilled and unskilled local workers.
Some tasks include farming, pig rearing, construction of the volunteer center, expansion, water well building and renovation work. Volunteers do not need prior experience, but skilled workers are very welcome. This is a very hand on, hands dirty sort of program. Enthusiasm, a good sense of humor and helping spirit are required.
Work in an Orphanage:
As a volunteer you perform a variety of much-needed services such as teaching Basic English, Math and other subjects to HIV/AIDS infected or hunger-stricken children in Uganda.
English/Math, Geography Teaching in Rural school
Help to improve school children’s conversational English and French, paving a road for a brighter future – instilling in them a working command of the English language.
Health Projects in Uganda:
Knowledgeable and able-bodied volunteers are in great demand. Help assist doctors with several health-related activities, opportunities are available all year around in Uganda.
HIV/AIDS Awareness in Uganda:
Interested in helping to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic that has ravaged Africa’s continent? Help create hope among the sick in Uganda and to assure them that they can live productive lives.
Other Projects in Uganda:
BoHU has projects in various fields and a wide range of opportunities is available to developmental volunteers who want make a difference in the lives of people in rural Uganda.
Volunteer Projects include:
Community work, HIV/AIDS, Medical work, Sports Coaching, Teaching & Education, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Research, Expeditions, Corporate Volunteering, University Volunteering, Family Volunteering, Tailor-made opportunities for individuals and groups.
We provide to people of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to have an active part in helping develop a local community, and accept donations to improve standard of life for people living in Uganda. We make it possible to see what your money has specifically done for the local people and how it has helped them and their community.
BoHU recruits and places foreign volunteers with community based projects and schools around Uganda. Through our volunteer placement program, we aim to build the capacities of local projects and raise awareness around the world about the successes and challenges of life in Uganda.
These include office work (IT training for local villagers mostly youth), Vocational Training (Sewing), and HIV/AIDS education, public health/hygiene, family planning, condom use, creativity workshops, promoting small business development the importance of basic education, and women’s rights and empowerment.
Community outreach:- Includes home visits to elderly, disabled, and persons living with HIV/AIDS to keep company, offer relief, and assess needs.
Administration:- Budgeting, fundraising and handcraft marketing
Community Development:- You will be encouraged to take part in a flexible schedule which will include some or all the activities offered by the program. The exchange of ideas, experiences and culture is encouraged. This placement sometimes requires walking long distances in the sun; you are encouraged to bring a sleeping bag, protective clothing and shoes.
Teaching Orphans:- Teaching English, Math and other subjects, organize games and arts. The main aim is to create a loving environment for these children. Telling stories, Help in the construction of the new orphanage Homes and schools. Carpentry, builders, porters and helpers, group volunteering is welcome, Fundraisers contact us for details.
Website Designer & Data Base Manager:
We believe that communication through digital media, design and storytelling is the most exciting way to achieve the ambitious goal we’re working towards: providing resources for quality education in under-resourced communities and helping individuals fulfill their potential and shape their world. We think the public responds increasingly more to creativity and outstanding design rather than guilt-driven campaigns. With that in mind, we love exploring new ways of telling the story of our mission, educating the public and inspiring people to get involved. The BoHU website is visited by over 500 people each month and has the potential to reach the public on a massive scale. We’re looking for a remarkable volunteer designer who can catch our organizational vision and commit to creating a truly unique and impactful brand, helping us change the lives of thousands
Please choose any project you would like to get involved with and if you have any questions, let us know and we shall answer it.
After you have been accepted into the project by the volunteer coordinator, then you will have to pay a non-refundable $100 booking fee. Since we started, the numbers of volunteers applying has increased by each year. Unfortunately only a third of those who promise that they will come, have in fact arrived. The wastage in volunteer coordinators’ time and the fact that volunteers who could have come were refused due to holding the space for someone else who didn’t turn up, has forced us implement this. We hope that by implementing the fee, only serious volunteers will thus secure the chance to volunteer in our projects.
The booking fee will go towards paying for communication expenses incurred by the coordinators to keep in touch with you and the projects, and website maintenance. You will be given 3 weeks to pay from the time of acceptance.
1 week- USD$200
3 weeks- USD$400
4 weeks- USD$500
The program fees can be paid upon arrival or before departure for proper preparations of your placement.
Additional Fees: USD$ 85 Airport pickup for arrival paid upon arrival.
If you would like to bring a group out to work with Beacon of Hope Uganda, please email: email@example.com
Program fees covers:
- Pre-service (e.g. culture, health talk, program orientation, training etc);
- 1 day sightseeing guide fee around Kampala or Jinja, Equator, world heritage sites, (e.g. game parks, zoos, museums, rivers etc)
- Accommodation, Laundry and food during placement with a host family or volunteer house (3 meals a day);
- Regular follow up support
- Support for local staff and volunteers;
When a volunteer arrives in Uganda, our Coordinator meets them at the airport and brings them to our orientation place in Mukono. From that point our volunteers spend between 1 to 3 days in our orientation program. This training provides volunteers with a very detailed understanding of how to be acquainted in Uganda’s Life and culture.
The program fee excludes the following:
- Airfare, Visa and Visa extension fee
- Transportation during weekends travel
- Personal travel and sightseeing (trekking, jungle safari etc);
- Internet access, telephone, drinks or other costs accrued during training and placement;
- Gifts to project staff and host family, if you wish to buy any;
- Should you wish to spend more time in Uganda pre and post placement period, please remember to budget accordingly!
- Travel and medical insurances, immunization, health expenses;
- You will also need a weekly budget of up to US $50-100 to cater for all your other expenses.
Want to Apply?
Great thanks for choosing Beacon of Hope Uganda
Please contact us for a volunteer application, fill it and send it back to us for consideration. We shall get back to you within 48hours.