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Five Sustainable Volunteer Projects in Uganda

The Republic of Uganda is the world’s second most populous landlocked country. Its capital, Kampala, is located in the south-central part of the country. It’s the biggest city in Uganda, located near the Entebbe airport.  Even though we wrote Stories From Kampala before, today we want to discuss opportunities to volunteer there.

Being a volunteer can be a truly rewarding experience. Volunteering allows you to give back to a community and learn from it at the same time. There are numerous types of volunteer work you can do. On many occasions, volunteer projects can be hard to see through to the end. People’s priorities change over time, timeframes are too short, and funding sometimes becomes insufficient. That’s why considering sustainability in any volunteer project around the globe is so important. It ensures that both volunteers and the communities in which they work are not left behind as a project slowly dissipates. Uganda, is leading by example, and here is a quick look at some sustainable volunteer projects that are available in Uganda.

Some Facts about Uganda

Uganda is located in East Africa. The land-locked country is bordered by 5 other nations. With most of the population living in rural areas, 1.5 million people live in the capital Kampala. 41 Million people call Uganda their home. There are an estimated 52 tribes and 30 different languages are spoken by the different ethnic groups.

At the same time, half of Uganda’s population is under 14 years old. About the same number of people live on less than one dollar per day. The country has an extremely rich heritage and culture. Uganda has spectacular natural resources and wildlife, and boasts stunning landscapes thanks to places like Lake Victoria and the Nile basin. It is also one of the poorest countries in the world. Uganda is the recipient of many projects that support the most vulnerable populations, particularly in the rural regions. Read more about Stories of Humanitarians in Uganda.

Uganda – The Pearl of Africa

Uganda is a country of contrasts, interesting facts and unseen beauty. Its population is extremely diverse. To address such a wide variety of people and needs, volunteer projects in Uganda must necessarily have a sustainable community engagement perspective. Its cultural heritage is rivalled only by its natural diversity. Uganda it is home to nearly 5,000 chimpanzees, the endangered Ruwenzori Mountain gorilla, and over 1,000 species of birds. Part of the second largest lake in the world can also be found here – Lake Victoria, as well as savannahs, mountains, coffee plantations, and more. To preserve these delicate ecosystems, sustainability in the tourism industry is essential, allowing for checks and balances to prevent negative impact on Uganda’s natural landscape and resources.

Volunteering in Uganda is a rewarding and beautiful experience. Many see volunteering as a way to give to those in need. You should understand that the relationships volunteers build and the learning opportunities they gain through their experience, make it a two-way street of benefitting and growing. Through volunteering in Uganda, it is possible to truly understand the richness of the country’s heritage and learn new community perspectives.

Five Sustainable Volunteer projects in Uganda

Uganda has been making strides in developing volunteer projects that are more sustainable and community-centred. Here are some outstanding examples;

MACERUDET Uganda Volunteers implements a project on Rain Water Harvesting Tank Construction, which is done in collaboration with the community and school children to provide water access for schools. Volunteers are responsible to construct rain water harvesting tanks at schools with the assistance of the local community and parents.

In terms of wildlife conservation, The Great Projects promotes the conservation of endangered local species through Gorilla & Chimpanzee Trekking, which focuses on harmonious living between local indigenous groups and the wildlife. The award-winning wildlife conservation projects are designed to provide life-changing experiences for volunteers. Here is a link to get to know The Great Urangutang Project.

Another example is the Public Health Education Project by The Real Uganda, where volunteers find creative ways to share information on sanitation, HIV/AIDs, hygiene, malaria and more. Volunteers work alongside local counsellors and health care professionals. In a variety of remote locations they help Ugandans stay healthy and make informed decisions about their health care. In fact, malaria is such a persistent problem in the region that volunteers also work with our next volunteer project in West Africa.

Partners West Africa works on the Malaria Prevention Programme, sharing knowledge and experience with local communities. And of course, long-term education and learning are absolutely key for sustainability, particularly in a country where half of the population is under 14 years of age.

There are also NGOs like Love Volunteers which run Teaching Assistance Programs in Uganda’s rural communities to provide education for the most vulnerable children. The education program places volunteers in  schools in Uganda which have significant staff shortages. This may be the result either of limited funding or inadequate resourcing. These schools are usually attended by orphaned and underprivileged children.  Volunteers play an invaluable role in teaching children and supporting their educational needs. Volunteers help them to increase their chance for higher levels of education, and the chance for a brighter future.

We Work With Volunteer Organizations Across The World

It takes a special kind of dedication to volunteer to help others around the world; a drive to shape the world, help people less fortunate, and to share everything from clothes, tools and toys to a caring shoulder to lean on.

Whether you are heading out for short-term projects or to join other professionals, you can count on us. Raptim has decades of experience and we are able to assist you with planning. Think of things like insurance, immunization, visas, and extra baggage, so you can take much-needed supplies.

And when you’ve arrived, Raptim continues to help, with transportation, hotels and rooms. As a volunteer you benefit from our experience in immediate response and extraordinary service such as Raptim Care involving the Duty of Care responsibilities your organization has.

Volunteer organizations currently working with Raptim include Dorcas, Mercy Ships, VSO, Cordaid and Aqua for All. Visit our Volunteer page for more info.

How to get to Uganda

We are a full-service humanitarian travel management company. We’re trying to improve the quality of humanitarian travel by offering advice to humanitarian travellers. We can’t emphasize enough how highly we suggest you contact us if you’re traveling to Uganda. Please contact your nearest Raptim office through our quick address locator.