Are you seeking a meaningful and exciting adventure abroad? Africa means adventure, and at the geographical heart of the African continent lies the extraordinary land of Uganda. Volunteering in Uganda is a perfect way to experience this amazing country and help others in need at the same time.
There is no country in the world like Uganda, located astride the Equator where the East African savannah meets the West African jungle. The country is home to more than 100,000 species of animals and
1,200 species of butterflies.Beautiful landscapes,Africa’s highest mountain range, many national parks, including Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, (home to half the remaining world population of mountain gorillas), the source of the Nile river, and Lake Victoria(the world’s second largest lake) make this spectacular country an adventurer’s dream.
Sadly, Uganda is a poor country with lot of social and economic challenges. The country is plagued by poverty, inequalities, inadequate sanitation, and its people suffer from a lack of access to education, and good nutrition. This is especially true in the northern and eastern portions of the country.
Today, Uganda needs volunteers more than ever.
This is where you come in. When you volunteer in Uganda, you can help in an orphanage, teach English in rural schools, or support HIV/AIDS awareness and other health care programs. Whatever you choose, the compassion and enthusiasm you bring to Uganda will help bring lasting, positive change to children, families, and the communities in which they live.
Uganda offers an enduring experience you’ll never forget, and its people need your help! Click below to choose a volunteer program that speaks to you!
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Available Volunteer Programs in Uganda
No matter your interests or experience, IFRE offers a volunteer project in Uganda that has what you’re looking for. Check out these unique, varied, and impactful projects to discover how you can help make a difference in Africa!
Orphanage Project (Kampala)
Teach English In Rural Schools (Kampala)
HIV/AIDS Projects (Kampala)
Health Projects (Kampala)
In addition to the projects listed above, IFRE also offers group programs for college and high school students, family volunteering, alternative springs breaks, and many other programs. Contact us today to learn more!
Volunteering in Uganda: Program Dates
IFRE programs begin every Monday year-round. If you have travel constraints, you can still start your chosen program on any day of the year.
Since 2006, IFRE Volunteers has been the most trusted and respected volunteer abroad organization in the world, and also the most affordable. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to volunteer internationally and make a positive impact in the lives of others.
We believe in 100% transparency. Rest assured; we never use middlemen. Your one-time registration fee of $299 covers our administrative costs. The low weekly fee is paid in the host country directly to your host family and project (via country coordinator), and includes housing, food, and minor expenses. IFRE Volunteers is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.
Volunteer Program Fee (US$)
1 week $150
2 Weeks $250
3 Weeks $350
4 Weeks $450
5 Weeks $550
6 Weeks $650
7 Weeks $750
8 Weeks $850
9 Weeks $950
10 Weeks $1,050
11 Weeks $1,150
12 Weeks $1,250
Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day »
How your fee is allocated?
Airport receive/transfer (45 Miles): $75
Language and Culture Program fee $250
Program Fees Cover:
Accommodation (host family)
Food (local food 3 times a day)
Airport Pick up/Transfer
Certificate of completion
Fundraising ideas and letters
Discount for returning volunteers
Program Fees Exclude:
Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
Airport return transfer
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When volunteering in Uganda with IFRE, you will have peace of mind knowing that we have carefully planned every aspect of your trip. You will have safe, secure, and comfortable housing, be fed three healthy local meals a day and an experienced and helpful team of dedicated humanitarians will be on call to supervise you, guide you, and help you every step of the way.
We place you with carefully pre-screened host families. Our host families are socially respected and experienced with hosting international volunteers. It is a perfect situation for you to live safely and comfortably while making many new friends and sharing experiences every day.
Our host families have the safety and well-being of our volunteers in Uganda as their priority and demonstrate this with caution and care. In most host family situations, volunteers will share a room with another volunteer of the same gender. Another viable option is an at-orphanage stay. Wherever you stay, you will have comfortable room, western style toilet, running water, electricity, and safe accommodation.
Most volunteer projects in Uganda are located within 1-20 km of our host family accommodations so you may walk or ride a local bus to your project. In the evening, when you return to home base, you can relax, eat dinner, explore the local area or simply share your experiences with other volunteers.
Typically, our volunteers in Uganda eat breakfast and dinner with the host family and have lunch at their project location. We offer fresh, nutritious and safe local foods to our volunteers to eat. We also work extremely hard to maintain our facilities in good condition.
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You will be volunteering around 4-5 hours a day at your project, making a huge difference and helping others in need. After all that hard work, you deserve some down time as well as the chance to get out and explore all the amazing things Uganda has to offer!
You will have free time from your Uganda volunteer abroad project during evenings, weekends. While IFRE does not arrange activities during this time off, our local staff members and coordinators can provide priceless assistance in making appropriate arrangements for travel in Uganda. This will be a great opportunity for self-discovery and learning.
Uganda has an amazing array of wildlife, numerous safaris, fascinating landscapes, colorful customs, gorgeous beaches, historic castles, and much more. You can also go for a hike through the local villages and countryside, which will be the perfect backdrop for an authentic cultural experience. Take this opportunity to see and explore as much of Africa as you can!
Learn more about some of the exciting places to visit while volunteering in Uganda.
Safety and In-country Support
Your safety is IFRE’s number one priority at all times, and you can have peace of mind knowing we will do everything possible to ensure you have a safe and secure experience volunteering in Uganda. We offer pre-trip support, reliable and comprehensive travel insurance, airport pick-up, and availability guidance and support by an experienced in-country staff that is right there on the ground to help you every step of the way.
As soon as you arrive in Uganda, you will have the support of an experienced team of in-country field staff. The team is comprised of mature, educated, socially respected individuals who are dedicated humanitarians highly experienced in working with international volunteers.
Your main point of contact will be the in-country coordinator. They will select your project placement, make all the arrangements for your airport transfer, accommodations, and food, give you an orientation which covers culture, safety, and your service work, introduce you to your host family and project staff, and make periodic visits and calls to check up on your progress. You can reach out to the coordinator at any time with any questions, issues, or to ask for advice and they will be happy to assist you.
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