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Volunteer Abroad in Uganda Jinja: Volunteering Opportunities
Volunteering Abroad in Jinja Uganda: Located about 50 miles east of the capital, on the shores of Lake Victoria, Jinja is one of Uganda's largest urban centers. This being said, the city does not have the hustle and bustle feel of Kampala, the traffic is usually made up of bicycles! The town center overlooks the lake and considered to be the source of the Nile River. In recent years tourism has provided a boost to Jinja's economy. The peaceful laid-back atmosphere, gorgeous weather all year round, plus the variety of available adventure activities at Bujagali Falls; white water rafting, bungee jumping and kayaking have contributed to Jinja's growing popularity as a tourist destination.
We offer programs supporting HIV/Aids prevention and education, orphanage assistance, teaching English programs, woman's support and healthcare project in Jinja. With our volunteer program we allow you to discover the wonders of East Africa, while doing meaningful and rewarding community work. This is a great opportunity to explore life in rural Africa, live and work amongst the locals and realize one person can make a difference.
We offer the following programs in Jinja:
Program Length: From 1 to 24 weeks
Program Date: Flexible Start & End Date
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8 hour per day
Accommodations: Home stay.
Meals: Yes, 3 meals a day
Requirements: 18 years or older, an open mind to new adventures.
HIV/Aids Prevention Program
Volunteers work with local organizations who are providing HIV/AIDS education and support programs to local communities around Jinja.
This project focuses on providing culturally sensitive methods of awareness and education with the goal of preventing transmission of the disease and seeks to offer assistance and encouragement to those infected with the virus.
Some of the activities for volunteers include: Promoting safer sex through education, assisting with home-based care for victims with HIV/Aids, providing free blood testing for the disease, woman empowerment projects for surviving widows of the community, and most especially rural outreach programs to those in need with food distribution, assistance with activities of daily living and providing words of encouragement. Experience in this field is not required. Volunteers with a strong interest in making a difference are welcome.
Child Care Assistance
Support the children living in the local orphanages, most of whom are infected with HIV/Aids. These children have lost parents to Aids, some have been abandoned, and they know abuse, hunger and fear.
The orphanage strives to provide a better future for some of the most vulnerable children in Uganda. As a volunteer, you will primarily assist with the daily care of the kids; including bathing, feeding and clothing. You can play games, arrange activities, create arts & crafts projects and share your time and caring with these wonderful children.
Prior experience not necessary, volunteers should have a lot of patience, an open mind and a caring supportive nature.
Volunteers needed for kindergarten and primary school levels (ages 5yrs-13yrs) to teach English and other subjects.
Schools and children's homes often double as the same location. Most schools serve hundreds of local children from the surrounding communities.
The objective of this program is to contribute to the academic development of the school in order to provide the best opportunity for the orphans to receive quality education.
Volunteers support the local teachers; encourage students to learn and play and instill pride in their schooling.. School terms vary from year to year but are approximately as follows: February 1 to April 30, and May 20 to August 30, September 15 to November 15. Volunteers can assist with the physical upkeep of the school; painting, decorating, mending desks etc. Most important volunteers should try to develop activities/programs that can be sustained in the future. Prior teaching experience is not required; volunteer simply need an open mind, caring spirit and a compassionate nature.
Woman's Support Projects
Through these programs, volunteers have the opportunity to help the destitute women in Uganda by giving them support, guidance and training.
As a volunteer, you will work with the local woman's group by teaching English; help to initiate income generating activities and to create sustainable solutions to the challenges the woman face on a day to day basis.
You can assist in training woman in several life and income generating skills and to carry out research to find alternative solutions to fight poverty. Volunteers assist with health education such as HIV/AIDS, child rearing, nutrition, yoga, and sanitation, sewing, bead work, pig farming and other community outreach programs. Volunteers also write grant letters to mobilize resources to assist in the procurement of equipment, materials and supplies needed for income generating activities. No specific requirements except willingness and enthusiasm to help women.
Health Care Program
Volunteers with medical experience are needed to work in the local communities and rural clinics. Most clinics are very busy, understaffed; with limited medical supplies. There is a wide variety of cases but disease such as malaria, HIV/Aids, tuberculosis and syphilis, as well as childbirth/maternity needs are most common.
Volunteers with medical training; doctors, nurses, paramedics, lab technicians participate in direct patient care such as diagnosing, injections, IV starts and lab work.. Nursing and medical students are welcome and assist with tasks like dressing wounds, record and immunization chart keeping, helping dispense medications, helping to screen and organize patients and assisting with administrative needs or seminars. *Medical volunteers must submit a copy of their credentials or nursing certificate.
Accommodation with a local host family. Meals included daily. Airport transfers on arrival and departure. Our local Project Coordinator will provide orientation tour on arrival, project briefing, an introduction to work placement and local host family
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