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:


$500    host organization donation/food/accommodation ($400 for a 2 week stay)

$200    Banking fees/volunteer pick-up/incidentals

$150    guesthouse use/orientation

$215    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.


Medical Programs:

Note that clinical and hospital based volunteers must provide their own uniforms, personal protective equipment, and hand sanitizer.


covid-19 Related:

As of April 2022, Uganda revised its COVID-19 restrictions:

  • All vaccinated travelers must show their COVID vaccination certificate on arrival to and departure from Uganda.
  • All unvaccinated incoming travelers must come with a negative PCR test for COVID, with the sample taken within 72 hours of arrival to Uganda.
  • In order to leave Uganda, all unvaccinated travelers must provide a negative PCR test for COVID, with the sample taken within 72 hours of departure from Uganda. Budget $60 for this.
  • Should an unvaccinated 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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