Do you want to ride to work on the back of a motor cycle as the sun rises? Scrub the red dust off your feet as the sun sets? Experience new activities with each new day? Then a community outreach placement is for you.

Volunteers learn to make baskets while discussing household issues with amazing Ugandan women. They plant carrots, cabbages, and tomatoes in community gardens. They dig wells and make bricks. They help primary school students learn fractions. They play Duck! Duck! Goose! with the little ones.

Community outreach volunteers speak with local residents about the issues that affect them daily.

Conducting a community needs assessment.


Volunteers in the community outreach program join in on the work of their host organization.

Volunteer activities may include a combination of the following activities:

  • youth mentoring through art and sport;
  • women empowerment through small business development and handicraft making;
  • micro-finance administration;
  • primary school classroom teaching;
  • assisting in medical clinics; and
  • light construction, and maintaining wells and other village infrastructure.

A community outreach placement is particularly appropriate for volunteers with great ideas and enthusiasm for grassroots development. This is a real opportunity for deep cultural exchange.


  • You’ll meet a wide variety of motivated people who are improving their lives;
  • You’ll get to express your creativity and move your body;
  • Everyday is different and filled with new experiences; and
  • It’s our most popular!
African basket making in Uganda

Basket making with the women

Volunteers are given a private room and 3 daily meals at the family home of the host organization’s director.

Meals consist of local foods, such as matooke (mashed plantain), posho (corn meal), cassava and sweet potatoes. They are generally served with peas, beans, or groundnut sauce.  Bread and tea are the usual breakfast.

There is electricity but no indoor plumbing. Expect pit latrines and cold bucket showers.

No more than 3 volunteers are placed together in any village placement.

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