Why volunteer in Uganda?
The chance to volunteer abroad could completely transform your experience in Uganda! There’s so much to see and do in this East African country, and as a volunteer you’ll have the opportunity to go beyond the usual touristy attractions – forging meaningful connections with others and experience the culture like a local person would.
When planning to volunteer abroad there are almost endless possible destinations. So why volunteering in Uganda? When thinking about Uganda, the first things that come to mind are the beautiful Lake Victoria and rare mountain gorillas living high up in the Ugandan forests. Still, there’s so much more to explore and learn as a volunteer in this beautiful country.
Regardless of its rather small size, Uganda offers a great variety of experiences and places for volunteers to explore. As a volunteer in Uganda, you will be able to see diverse landscapes – from mountains to forests and the beaches along Lake Victoria. Apart from the things you’ll learn from your volunteer work, there’s so much more to explore in your free time.
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!
Why volunteer with Auro Foundation?
What do you do?
We can shape your role based on your interests and your skills. When you arrive, you will be greeted by our onsite volunteer co-ordinator who will induct you to the area, introduce you to our staff, and your accommodation area and be available to support you to settle in. As part of this process, you will jointly define your role, and how you want to get involved in the activities. Previous volunteers have been involved in teaching English, Maths, Yoga, Art, Entrepreneurship and Music. They have also been involved in fund raising activities, running school assemblies, administration and sports activities.
What support will you have;
You will be supported throughout your time working with Auro Foundation in Uganda. You’ll receive a full briefing, a guide to show you around the village and help you with the local language and support to help you get acclimatised. You will be provided with a comprehensive induction pack, and also appointed a monitor who you can call at any time during your stay for support.
Volunteers have free time for the duration of their volunteer project, weekends. While Auro Foundation does not arrange activities during this time off, our local staff, members and coordinators can provide priceless assistance in making appropriate arrangements for travel and adventure in Uganda. It’s the time for self-discovery and learning. It’s time to explore this foreign culture and exotic land. It’s definitely time to visit gorillas or go on safari while in Uganda! Our Auro Foundation local coordinators/staff are available to give you free advice, travel tips and help to book your travel. Uganda has some of the most amazing examples of wildlife, as well as numerous safaris, fascinating landscapes, colourful customs, gorgeous beaches, etc. Hikes through the local villages and country sides can also be the perfect backdrops for an authentic, cultural experience. Our local staff members can provide invaluable assistance in booking travel and/or tours around Uganda. Please discuss your options with our local project staff to find the best way for you to spend your free time in Uganda.
What do you do? What support will you have?
We are looking for people who are committed to serving and who have passion for adventure and exploration. We want to work with people who have energy, ideas and a willingness to challenge themselves. The volunteering experience is immersive, and you will learn about the local culture and be involved in life at a rural level. It requires flexibility and an open mind.
We are looking for people from all fields. We have received teachers, doctors, engineers, accountants, project managers and administrators from US, UK, Netherlands, Australia and India. We will induct you so that you have the best possible experience.
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