A semester abroad in Uganda means walking on red dirt roads as you pass colorful markets, rows of emerald green banana trees, and crowds of happy kids who love playing outside before English lessons start. Volunteers here have lots of places to travel, and even more ways to serve outside of teaching English. If you’re looking for a semester full of adventures and multiple ways to give back, this country is for you.
Get ready to give back when volunteering in Uganda. You’ll be living in a poorer neighborhood just outside of Kampala. However, it couldn’t be friendlier. Neighborhood kids run up to say “hi” and walk with you whenever they see you! You’ll quickly get to know your neighbors who love waving as you pass, and invite you to come play a game of soccer in the street. It feels like one big community that you’re instantly a part of.
Glimpse a day in Uganda
HELP CHILDREN IN UGANDA LEARN ENGLISH
If you want to do a lot of volunteering and humanitarian projects, Uganda is for you! In this Humanitarian Program, the main focus of your service is teaching English to kindergarteners, up to 20 hours per week. No experience is needed, we provide training on our teaching method. But outside of teaching, you have so many ways to help. Among other service projects, plan on helping build springs to provide clean drinking water to hundreds of your neighbors. Volunteers here are set up to help out in a lot of different ways!
Volunteering and Costs
A small suburb on the outskirts of the capital city Kampala
—Spring: Depart mid to late January – return end of April
—Summer: Depart end of April or early May – return middle of August
—Fall: Depart end of August – return middle of December, just in time for Christmas
—15-20+ volunteers in a group
—Single males/females and married couples
—18-about 25ish years old
—US and Canadian volunteers
—No experience needed!
A QUICK NOTE ABOUT COVID-19
Our Uganda program was paused following the start of the pandemic, and we are so happy to have returned as of the Summer 2022 semester! After a government order to close schools for over a year, classes started up again, which was the news we were waiting for. There are plenty of opportunities to travel around Uganda and nearby countries. In general, life is operating with some restrictions, such as the potential for mask mandates. Volunteers going to Uganda must have their Covid-19 vaccine.
We are so happy to have volunteers back in Uganda!
Uganda is full of outdoor adventures from safaris to repelling down waterfalls to white water rafting. Don’t miss out on visiting and supporting animal sanctuaries sprinkled throughout the country, either! Nearby is an island chimpanzee rescue, plus you can feed giraffes and baby elephants in Entebbe. There’s lots to explore here! In fact, Uganda is known as the “Pearl of Africa” because of the humid and beautiful weather that brings so much greenery. It makes for some gorgeous safaris and waterfalls.
While you’ll find more than enough to see and experience in Uganda, you can also travel to top vacation spots in neighboring, approved destinations. These are just a few of our favorite vacation ideas …
Murchison Falls National Park — You’ll find a handful of national parks to safari through in Uganda. However, this one is our favorite. Spot animals like giraffes, elephants, warthogs, antelope, hippos, and tons more. If you’re lucky you might spot big cats like lions and leopards! Spend the day jeeping around, taking a boat ride to the famous falls, and a guided walk through a nearby rhino sanctuary.
Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda — Dare we say this might be one of our favorite vacations ever? Come hangout at this lake in the mountains where you can book a stay right on the water and wake up to dive right in. Relax in hammocks, swim, and zip line over the lake. Lastly, hike the hills where you may spot some zebras. It’s a volunteer favorite.
Sipi Falls, Uganda — These waterfalls are gorgeous and built for high adventure. Our volunteers highly recommend taking the scenic route and repelling down!
Kidepo National Park, Uganda — Some call this spot the “best of Uganda”. It’s another national park hiding some of the animals you’re itching to see in person. Besides the safari animals like zebra, elephants, baboons, ostriches, and the occasional lion and giraffe, you’ll also find towering mountains and lush plains.
Jinja, Uganda — You’ll have the story of a lifetime after you head here to go white water rafting on the Nile River!
Tanzania — Ready for a beachy vacay? Zanzibar is the island of your dreams, with crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches, and a monkey-filled national park. Jump on a quick flight from Uganda to get to one of our favorite vacation spots!
Kenya — This country is also home to the classic African safari. If you time your visit right, you can Jeep in to see around 1.5 million animals make the trek across the grassy Mara plains.
Zambia — A guided, walking safari is a must in Zambia. Or head to the incredible Victoria Falls to kayak at the base or even swim in Devil’s Pool above.
Zimbabwe — This country is built for adventures, like exploring the Great Zimbabwe Ruins and seeing. rhinos in the Matopos National Park. Also, Zimbabwe is another spot to visit the natural wonder that is Victoria Falls!
Mozambique — We love this coastal destination. Go island hopping and spot whales and dolphins. Lastly, test your hand at snorkeling and scuba diving to see even more.
Rwanda — Hop over for the chance to hike volcanoes or relax on the shores of a few lakes. You’ll find plenty of lodges and resorts nestled deep into the green mountains of Rwanda. Or, find bungalows situated right on the beaches of clear mountain lakes instead.