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Volunteer Abroad in UGANDA Katebo: Volunteering Opportunities
Volunteering Abroad in Katebo Uganda: This is a rural village, situated close to the shore of Lake Victoria, about a 90 minute drive from Kampala. In Katebo you will work along a local organization in the creation of its "Children's Village". The goal is to support the local communities with education, HIV support, healthcare and child care. 98% of its population live in rural areas, and subsistence agriculture is the major activity. The main food cash crops are sweet potatoes, beans, maize, bananas, ground nuts. Low income, especially among people living with HIV/Aids is one of the main constraints people face in dealing with the effects of the disease in this area.
The poverty experienced is not just a lack of money but also the inability to access basic needs, such as health care and health facilities, voluntary counselling and testing services and education. Many of the children of this area are left destitute after they lose one, or both parents to the deadly virus.
We offer programs supporting HIV/Aids prevention and education, day care and teaching English programs, woman's support and healthcare project in Katebo. 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 Katebo:
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.
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.
Volunteers are needed for the on-going construction and building projects around the orphanage. Volunteers participate in manual labor jobs working along side skilled and unskilled local workers.
Some tasks include building a children's playground, footbridge, painting, renovation work at the school and farming programs. Volunteers do not need prior experience, but skilled workers are very welcome. This is a very hand on, hands dirty sort of program. Enthusiasm, a good sense of humor and helping spirit are required.
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 at a shared volunteer house, three meals a day are provided. This is a rural area, with access to fresh water and no electricity. Internet access available in town, 10 miles away. Basic outhouse shower and toilet facilities on premises. Airport transfers on arrival and departure. First night accommodations in Kampala during orientation. Our local Project Coordinator will provide orientation tour on arrival, project briefing, an introduction to work placement and volunteer accommodations.