Uganda is fast becoming a favourite destination in Africa because of its affordability and old-world appeal. There is something for everyone in Uganda, from discovering lush forests on a gorilla trek or climbing the Rwenzori mountains, Uganda offers lakes, game viewing and a wealth of unchartered territory worth exploring. It is famous for its tea, tobacco, and cotton production. The endangered mountain gorilla lives in the Ruwenzori Mountains of Uganda.
Ugandans are friendly and hospitable, their reputation for kindness will make your Ugandan trip about more than just the astonishing natural beauty. The excellence of service is outstanding the service staff will often go the extra mile to make sure that you feel comfortable and at home. The majority of adult Ugandans are reasonably fluent in English so you don’t have to learn Buganda or French before getting into the country. Ethnic and cultural identity is important to Ugandans and they are enthusiastic to share their history with visitors.
Even with Uganda’s charm, it is among the poorest countries in the world and really in need of assistance. Many Ugandans live on less than one dollar per day, and the country’s population is among the youngest in the world. Half of Uganda’s citizens are under the age of 14 – and as a result, there is a great need for volunteers like you to help with everyday care and support. Hospitals and schools are shorthanded and are barely equipped with the necessary means to stay operational, many children are orphaned or have very young parents and general health knowledge is not widely known or understood among the country’s population.
You can volunteer in Uganda with GapXperience, you can choose from different meaningful projects such as Childcare, Community Outreach, Farming and Sports. Below is more information about the programs that we offer in Uganda.
You can start your journey in Uganda with our Culture Week. Learning about the culture and lifestyle is one of the most important aspects of travelling. By doing so, you will know how to interact with locals, be aware of local customs and get a better chance to fully understand your new surroundings which is what our culture week is all about. You will learn the basics of Ugandan culture, explore the location and new surroundings, go sightseeing and more. You will learn to cook Ugandan cuisine that consists of traditional and modern cooking styles, practices, foods and dishes in Uganda, with English, Arab, and Asian influences. This week of relaxation also gives you the chance to meet other participants and make new friends with the local people also.
You can also join our Children Daycare program if you love kids, you will help out at local nurseries and kindergartens by taking care of children, teaching them basic English, and arranging activities. You will be placed in Kalagala village, that has many nurseries and kindergartens open for children up to five years old. This provides a place that parents can send their children to during the day while they are working. You will be spending your day taking care of the local children by playing with them, feeding them, bathing them and any other things that may be required. Moreover, you will get the chance to coordinate activities that will prove valuable to the children such as classes, learning music, playing sport, teaching basic English, etc. Teaching these children English and being with them will provide a great cultural exchange opportunity, allowing them to grow their perspectives of the world outside of their small village.
If you want to support the sustainable development of schools, churches, health care centres, and more in a small Ugandan village through construction and renovation work then you can join our Community Outreach program. Rural communities away from large cities often lack support from the government in terms of infrastructure development and maintenance. Most families only have enough to feed themselves with what they grow but are still affected by occasional food shortages and malnourishment. House repairs are not common as the priority is working the farms in order for their children to have food to eat. Local communities do not receive funding from the government meaning lack of support in schools, health care centres, village hall, churches, etc. During this project, you will be working in construction and renovation at these locations. Your tasks will be determined depending on the current needs, which may include building sinks, water tanks, repairing chairs, etc. In addition, you will also get the opportunity to help in a feeding/nutrition project aimed at the local children.
You can also work with local farmers in Uganda in our Village Farming program. 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, etc. This program will give you great insight into rural Ugandan life.
You can also become a coach in rural Uganda to promote a healthy lifestyle for local school students in our Sports Education program. In rural Ugandan schools, students don’t have much opportunity to play sports due to the lack of trainers. The teachers often let the students out into the playground as part of their exercise classes, but there is no real proper training. During this program, you will teach the children sport in local schools and the community. The class should be both technical and practical. You are free to choose what sport you will be teaching, this could be football, volleyball, basketball, etc. Keep in mind that equipment may be limited, so you will need to be resourceful and get creative. Moreover, we aim to improve the English of the students through cultural exchange, which you can help provide.
The greatest part of volunteering in Uganda is when you find a significant work that needs help that your skills match is seeing the difference and impact your work has.
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