Uganda Community Outreach Project, Uganda
This trip provides an opportunity to meet and volunteer in the communities we work with; see how we monitor and assess the impact of ongoing projects and tour many of the natural, rural and urban attractions of this beautiful and friendly country, known as “the Pearl of Africa”.
We work with our partner organization, Global Village Connect who facilitates all our projects. We'll be working on a photography and video project with 6th and 7th graders, helping kids and communities with our Give a Goat Project and making jewelry with the Namutumba Women's Group. Helping our partner communities become sustainable is one of the key missions of this trip. Participants will be working and playing alongside students and communities, building genuine relationships and changing each other’s lives.
Is it for me?
Everyone is invited: teachers, parents, children and community members and friends who want to help!
What to expect
Village life in Uganda is much simpler than life in the USA. Power and internet are intermittent, few homes have running water but there’s lots of warmth and hospitality! After spending the night in Entebbe, our main stay will be at Mum’s Resort, six kilometers from the village of Buyanga. It is a nice, clean, simple friendly guest house with hot water (usually) and meals provided. Weekends will be time for exploring and adventure.
We will be going on a beautiful and rigorous hike through the lush tropical mountainside as we see Sipi Falls. We’ll also be white water rafting on the famous Nile River.
We’ll be doing some teaching and helping teachers at Buyanga School. For those who like photography, this is a great opportunity to teach students about what makes a good photograph and more. We’ll be seeing the traditional dances and hearing the music of students at Buyanga Primary School. All are welcome to join in the fun!
We will provide bottled water for drinking during the day. Food is simple and healthy. We’ll have an informational session before we leave with all the details.
We will have our own transportation everywhere we go as a group, to and from all our partner villages and to and from all cities where we will visit. There is hiking and white water rafting excursions and we will arrange everything for you.
Most people speak some English and you can easily get around with English as everyone who goes to school learns it. Luganda is the Ugandan national language, and Lusoga is the language if the area. Most people speak 2 or 3 languages. Winston Churchill called Uganda “the pearl of Africa” because of its beauty and natural resources. So come with an open mind, enjoy your surroundings, and most of all, enjoy the warmth and hospitality that Ugandans are famous for!
NOTE: These are not included in your volunteering fee, but we will be offering day trips or will be able to assist you with making the necessary booking arrangements.
(Due to various unforeseen circumstances, actual itinerary may vary slightly)
10 Reasons to volunteer for this project
Dates: Custom Group Trip
Age: min 17 years old unless accompanied by an adult.
Project Cost 2017: $2500 depending on group size and accommodations
Optional safari or gorilla trekking or combo:
Project Cost Includes
• Meals and accommodations
• Transportation in country
• Pre-departure information session
• A portion of your fee will be put towards the Bupala Primary School farming project
Project Cost Excludes
• Airfare to and from Uganda
• Health and travel cancelation insurance
This trip’s itinerary was planned to provide the highest standard of safety and security. We are truly saddened by the Ebola outbreaks in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. Uganda and these western African countries are approximately 4200 miles apart, more than the distance from Maine to Alaska. Although no one can accurately predict what will happen in the future, we take great care to make sure all our participants are safe and all areas we travel to are safe at the time.
Our Partners in Uganda
Buyanga Primary School Outreach & Education - Photo Project and Organic Farming
Located in the southeastern region of Uganda, the Buyanga Primary School enrolls close to 800 children between the ages of 5 and 16. That’s a lot of lunches, the only meal of the day for some students. That’s why we’re planting an organic farm. We’ll be taking a look at the farm and depending on the time of the year, we’ll be helping to harvest or plant or whatever needs to be done. Best of all, we’ll be doing a photography project with the students, getting their stories of their lives and the impact our projects has made and helping Ugandan students with some letter writing.
Namutumba Craft Making
We’re working with the Namutumba community in the eastern part of Uganda. Learn how to make beaded bracelets and necklaces from recycled paper, among the crafts which women in the village sell for the US market through bead parties and via the Global Village Connect website.
I am so grateful for this adventure and for everyone who I have met along the way. Joanne has inspired me… to go out of my comfort zone and ultimately change my life for the better. All of the talented and smart people of Bupala have taught me to cherish learning and the opportunities I have. The people of Bupala have reminded me that kindness and hope go a very long way.
...this adventure has been life-changing and inspiring and I know I’ll be back!
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