You want to get to know Uganda and its people while giving something back? A great way to do so is to volunteer in Uganda in the very diverse field of community development. Community volunteer opportunities in Uganda range from working in culture and arts to construction and social work. Thus, your personal interests and skills will be applicable for sure!
As a volunteer, you may hold classes to teach children in drama, music and arts. You'll work closely with the locals, reaching out to the community, organizing events and learn a lot about the Ugandan culture.
If you're looking for more physical work, volunteering for a construction project might be an option for you. You can also work on a variety of environmental projects to provide access to clean water, sanitation and an improved infrastructure, whilst protecting the environment we live in!
Another area, in which volunteers in Uganda are needed, is the support of under-resourced social workers. As a social work volunteer, you will be volunteering and working with vulnerable children, women and elderly to meet their practical, physical and emotional needs. Some of the volunteer projects in Uganda give you the opportunity to make a great difference for local communities . In addition to the above mentioned, you can work to develop communal areas or help with:
- child care and buddy projects
- assisting as a human rights advocate
- maintaining and renovating houses
- local orphanages
Before you decide to volunteer at an orphanage, though, make sure to be prepared for your task. While working with orphans might sound noble at first sight, it is important to realize that more than 80% of children living in orphanages are not orphans. They were separated from their families due to poverty, suffering, disabilities and other reasons. Many of these children have experienced violence or abuse. For this reason, it is essential that volunteers MUST have appropriate skills. If not you could be putting yourself and the children at risk. Therefore, if you wish to work at an orphanage, you should meet at least one of the following requirements:
- experience in working with traumatized children
- training as a child caretaker
- training as a psychologist
- training as a social worker