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Uganda Community Volunteering Programme

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Travel through Uganda, often referred to as the "pearl of Africa", for a unique experience that is not to be missed! Famed for its equatorial mountain forests, island dotted lakes, colourful vibrant cities and dramatic wildlife encounters, there is never a dull moment to be had. Vibrant and diverse cultural traditions, exemplified by the warmth and hospitality of the Ugandan people, can be found throughout the country.

On the project you will be helping this rural Ugandan community move towards a brighter and healthier future, getting involved in many different capacities. Working within the community, helping people that are less fortunate and experiencing traditional Ugandan culture are just some of the wonderful experiences you will take away from this placement. Being part of a sustainable development project like this will give you memories and friendships that will stay with you all your life. Immerse yourself in this authentic Ugandan experience; a fascinating array of wildlife, an enigmatic and vibrant culture and a humble, friendly village community await - grab this heart warming opportunity while you can!

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gain a lifetime of unmatchable memories
  • Visit the ‘pearl of Africa’
  • Immerse yourself in this rural & engaging community
  • Promote sustainable community livelihoods

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years
Airport Pickup Community Emergency Ground Transport Hotel Meals Teaching Terrestrial Free Time Family
FAST FACTS
Location Uganda
Activities Community education
Environmental awareness workshops
Community healthcare outreach
Improving village infrastructure and facilities
Arranging extra curricular childcare activities
Liaising with other prevention organisations
Transport Airport pick-up on arrival
Accommodation Hostel/Volunteer guesthouse

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Before you go

Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country 3 meals a day
Accommodation
Airport pick-up
Local orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

The aim of the Frontier-Uganda community volunteering project is to provide support for a wide range of capacity building initiatives within the local community being implemented by our affiliate NGO. The project is located in a rural area to the east of the capital city, Kampala, where you will become a part of the community working closely with local families and giving your time to help out where necessary. Throughout the project you will meet many welcoming local people and make lots of new friends, all while experiencing and learning about Ugandan culture and its traditions.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Your day to day involvement will depend upon the main focus of the programme at the time of your visit, however, volunteers can typically expect to be involved within a range of activities which could include child care, after school homework clubs, NGO admin work, editing and contributing towards the NGO’s monthly magazine, fundraising activities, family outreach work and health awareness. We also coordinate a number of school construction programmes which you may have the opportunity to help coordinate and get involved with, depending on the work programme going on at the time of your stay.

The overall aim is one of improving the community infrastructure, encouraging sustainable activities and capacity building. The people you are helping will be hard working and appreciative of your contribution to their community and will be incredibly responsive to your presence on the project. Although the work may occasionally be arduous, it will be rewarding and fulfilling, giving you an unforgettable experience and the opportunity to make a real difference!
 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be met upon arrival at Entebbe International airport by a friendly project representative and taken to your project location. Once you have had time to rest, the local staff will introduce you to your project and the local area. Your in country coordinator will be more than happy to help you settle in and acclimatise; you'll feel at home in no time in this friendly, vibrant country.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Throughout your project you will be staying in dormitory style accommodation in our volunteer house. The accommodation will of course be clean and comfortable and will quickly become your second home. The African style toilet and shower facilities are shared between 4 or 5 people and, while we can’t always guarantee the hottest water, the facilities are more than adequate. The house is equipped with a lounge, TV, kitchen, hand washing facilities, telephones and spare electricity sockets. Life at the guesthouse is simple, unsophisticated and fun, perfect for unwinding after a busy day!

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with three good quality meals every day, so you shouldn’t ever feel hungry.  The food you will be provided with will consist of delicious local dishes using fresh produce to create a cultural and tasty experience! Typically your diet will consist of rice, bread, sweet potatoes, beans and noodles, with vegetables such as cabbage, avocado, spinach and eggplant. Look out for the national drink, wagari, which is a type of gin made out of bananas. Water and tea/coffee are included throughout your stay whilst soft drinks (coke, sprite etc) and other beverages can be purchased from the local supermarket in town.

An experience I will always remember  | 13 aug 2018
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Go with the flow  | 25 jul 2018
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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Uganda is a beautiful country. There are numerous opportunities to visit game reserves, national parks and cultural spots. Other activities include playing sports, water rafting, safaris, learning and watching African musical performances and dances. We recommend that you organise trips with local providers which will help support the local economy and give you the best of local knowledge!

COSTS

2 weeks € 695

Extra week € 295

DEPARTURE DATES

Weekly, please aim to arrive on a Monday.

DURATION

Your time on the project can be from a minimum of 2 weeks up to 6 months

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • 3 measl a day
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Local orientation & training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Entebbe/Kampala (EBB)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact Frontier’s dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.