Volunteering with Ssamba Foundation in Mukono district of Uganda is 100% free. Although you are responsible for your flight, visas and living costs, there is no program or weekly fees to get involved. We appreciate your time and allow you to use your compassion and skills to help make the world a better place at no cost to you!
At Ssamba Foundation, the volunteer program options available are endless – we operate and support local schools, a women microfinance project, a community health clinic and social community center.
Volunteer Work with Children:
You can spend time interacting with children and encouraging their social and emotional development. You can focus on music, recreation, art, or other special areas of talent you have. If you are compassionate, creative, and love working with children, this is the program for you.
Volunteer Work at Micro-finance Project:
You can spend your time working with women at our microfinance project. There are many options for this program that can revolve around your level of knowledge about finance and business.
Volunteer Work at Community Health Clinic:
If you are interested in the health field, you can work in our community health clinic or one of our local partner hospitals. We also arrange a number of healthcare outreaches in rural communities of Mukono district.
Teaching/ education Volunteer Work:
Work with our local teachers in your field of expertise to help students learn the skills and information they need to succeed. You will be working in one of our schools, a primary and secondary school.
Volunteer Work at a construction/building project:
Focus on a building project based on your area of expertise, or work on one of the existing projects that needs an extra set of hands! This is a great opportunity to work with local adults and gives you the chance to truly see the impact you will leave behind. Past volunteers have built classrooms, health clinics, or even homes for elderly village members.
Social Work Volunteer Work:
Work in areas like sports program, music and arts, in villages across the Mukono district and beyond. This program has many options and often times volunteers end up creating a custom project based on their own ideas.
FOR HOW LONG CAN VOLUNTEERS STAY?
We ask volunteers interested in the Uganda volunteer work to commit at least 4 weeks in order to ensure a worthwhile experience. But we accept volunteers from a minimum of 1 week’ duration.
We want every volunteer to feel that their time in Uganda was put to good use and that they had adequate time to make an impact. The preferred length of trip for a volunteer’s first visit is 4 -12 weeks. Although we do not strictly prohibit shorter stays, we do request that our volunteers are able to offer at least four weeks of voluntary services.
We understand that it can sometimes be difficult for doctors, to take a full month off. Therefore, doctors can come for a three-week period.
WHAT DO WE OFFER TO VOLUNTEERS?
The Volunteering Program in Uganda offered by Ssamba Foundation is completely free. Volunteers receive 3 meals, accommodation, airport pickup, and an orientation briefing when they arrive.
Volunteering in Uganda with Ssamba Foundation provides a unique deeper cultural experience: you will have the opportunity to work with a Ugandan and International team, and have the opportunity of creating your own projects.
You must be over 18yrs You must speak some English (you don’t need to be fluent) A copy of your passport with 6+ months validity Placement commitment fee of USD$200 Criminal Record, Background Check report or Police Statement We recommend travel/life personal insurance You must commit at least 4 weeks’ minimum (longer stays are much appreciated). You must be Sociable, Energetic, Positive & Fun!
WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
We accept local and internationals volunteers who are full of enthusiasm, and who enjoy working with people from a different culture background. The minimum age to participate is 18. Candidates must speak English, in order to adapt themselves quickly and to be able to interact with local people.
We need people who possess the willingness to commit themselves to a long-term project, prepared for day-to-day challenges. Also important: our lifestyle is simple; we don't have any luxuries here, beside the luxury of being in the middle of a beautiful natural landscape, and working for a meaningful cause.
We accept local volunteers who can dedicate some hours every week to help us, but in this case they must arrange their own transport to the offices or project site in Mukono.
We need people to help teach at the rural schools, to help with construction and cleaning works, to help at our agriculture farm, social workers, psychologists, educators, specialists in IT, doctors, nurses, drivers, etc. In summary: anyone with goodwill and a good disposition to help and work can be accepted into the program.