For each volunteer wishing to volunteer with The Real Uganda, a program fee in the amount of $1,065USD is payable for the first month ($855 for 2 weeks). The second and third months are each $630. Below is a brief breakdown as to how that money is used:
$450 host organization donation/food/accommodation
$225 Banking fees/volunteer pick-up/incidentals
$150 guesthouse use/orientation
$240 The Real Uganda marketing/supervision
The fee covers support while you prepare for Uganda, airport pickup, first night hotel, transport to your placement, food and accommodation while volunteering, supervision, and a donation to the organization with which you are working.
The fee does not cover COVID-19 testing, personal protective gear, airline tickets, visas, vaccinations, drinking water, leisure activities, or medical services.
These are the terms and conditions guiding all volunteer program fees.
- A non-refundable deposit of $250USD is required to secure any placement.
- The deposit is applied to the total program fee.
- Should a volunteer delay their start date, the deposit can be used to plan a new placement within 2 calendar years of the date of payment.
- All program fees are due and payable one month before arrival.
- Program fees (exclusive of deposit) are refundable 10 days before arrival in Uganda.
- Should a volunteer leave the program early, program fees covering the current month are forfeit. For placements longer than 4 weeks, a new placement can be planned within one calendar year from the departure date, covering unused weeks.
- The donation portion of the program fee is given to the host organization in order for that organization to operate on a daily basis. Volunteers do not have a right to dictate how funds are spent. Questions as to how the funds are spent should be directed to the director of your host organization.
Note that clinical and hospital based volunteers must provide their own uniforms, personal protective equipment, and hand sanitizer.
As of May 1, 2021, Uganda revised its COVID-19 restrictions:
- All incoming travelers must come with a negative PCR test for COVID, with the sample taken within 72 hours of arrival to Uganda.
- Unvaccinated travelers starting their journeys from US, UK, UAE, Turkey, South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Tanzania are subject to another COVID test on arrival (this requires a wait of 3-6 hours and $65.)
- In order to leave Uganda, all travelers must provide a negative PCR test for COVID, with the sample taken within 72 hours of departure from Uganda. Budget $80 for this.
- Should a traveler test positive, they must self-isolate in a Kampala/Entebbe hotel for 7-10 days at their cost. A negative test is required in order to leave Uganda after the isolation period. (We will help you sort this all out)
- All volunteers are subject to the above and must also provide their own personal protective equipment and hand sanitizer.
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