Ugandan school children

WHY VOLUNTEER IN UGANDA?

International volunteers complement local staff, and provide cultural exchange and life skills to children, youth and adults.  

In many cases, outside viewpoints are very effective. Imagine an area where people are not encouraged to work together, or rarely believe they can achieve good things.

Volunteer presence and care helps builds self-worth and confidence in our communities.

Basic information on conservation, hygiene, nutrition, income generation, and early childhood development is also needed.

If you can spare a month or 3, The Real Uganda has volunteer placements with programs based in south central Uganda.

The organizations we work with provide primary education, community empowerment, public health services, and modern conservation and agriculture techniques.

Our placements begin on the 1st and 15th of any month and range from 2 to 12 weeks.

Read about our ongoing volunteer programs.

Volunteer at a school in Africa

Each of our partner organizations need volunteers who can bring new ideas, work with minimal supervision, and have a positive, self-starting attitude. We place volunteers of all ages who wish to enhance their world view.

Our aim is to bring the two sides together to share ideas, knowledge, and culture. Together we learn, build and develop.

We do not place volunteers in group settings. We do not “plug” volunteers into pre-planned activities.

Tell us your skills and interests in Uganda. We then find an appropriate Ugandan-led program seeking help.

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Volunteers hanging out at the guesthouse

WHERE WE WORK

Our headquarters are in Mukono Town, the capital of Mukono District. Mukono is located on the Kampala-Jinja highway about 20km east of Kampala.

With a population of over 60,000, Mukono has many internet cafes, a major university, restaurants and drinking spots, supermarkets, and a luxury hotel with swimming pool and gardens.

It’s easily accessible from all village placements by public transport. It takes about 60 minutes to get to either Kampala or Jinja, which are good places to get specialized services or have some fun.

Our volunteers live and work with a variety of village-based organizations and schools in Mukono, Buikwe, and Kayunga Districts.

No matter where you volunteer, you’ll likely use Mukono Town as your base for services and meeting other volunteers.

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Our volunteer guesthouse, Central Mukono

In Mukono Town we operate a 6 bed guesthouse for the use of all our volunteers. Our home is within a private, leafy compound, and has running water and western toilets. Local Ugandan food is served daily.

Once accepted into our program, you’ll be given a multi-page orientation document and description of your host organization. Included therein are details of your work, responsibilities, security, location, food, accommodation, vaccinations needed, and where your money goes.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

While our programs are popular, we do have a streamlined application process. You can apply just weeks in advance of when you wish to travel.

Volunteers must arrive around the 1st or 15th of any month. We have a 2 week minimum and 12 week maximum.

Longer stays are considered on a case by case basis.

The Real Uganda volunteer must:

• be 18 years or older
• have no major health problems and a current Yellow Fever vaccination certificate
• be able to walk distances of up to 2km daily
• obtain a police check from home country prior to volunteering
• sign a general waiver of liability
• have a positive and outgoing personality

WHAT IT COSTS

The Real Uganda is a non-profit organization. However, there are costs involved in hosting volunteers and in supporting our host organizations.

Therefore, The Real Uganda charges program fees that cover:

• online support while you prepare
• airport pickup
• first night hostel stay
• in-country orientation
• transportation to your placement
• 3 meals of Ugandan food per day
• secure accommodation
• weekend volunteer guesthouse use
• 24 hr supervision, and
• a donation to your host organization.

Besides covering your basic expenses, our fees ensure our partners can do the work their communities request. Program fees also allow us to monitor partner progress, guide and advise current volunteers, and seek new volunteers for work in Uganda.

The fees do not cover airline tickets, visa, vaccinations, drinking water, leisure activities, or medical services. But we’re happy to help you make these arrangements.

In order to secure your placement we require a $200 non-refundable deposit, which is applied to your total program fee.

All program fees are due one month before arrival to Uganda.

In addition, you’ll likely need $20-$40 a week to support a basic life which includes drinking water, internet, transportation, and a few treats such as coffee and chocolate.

Wild life Safari, white water rafting, and general travel are a bit more expensive.

Check out our blog post on easy weekend getaways in Uganda. An East Africa or Uganda Travel Guide will, of course, provide more options and details.

PROGRAM DURATION AND FEES

2 weeks$   700
4 weeks$   900
6 weeks$1,200
8 weeks$1,500
10 weeks$1,800
12 weeks$2,100