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Volunteer in Uganda – Most affordable programs with IKPVA!!

Volunteer in Uganda helping to coach a soccer team of young students at school, or be a medical volunteer in Aids prevention. Affordable volunteer programs including, construction, teaching English and Environmental Protection are available at Fort Portal Town, Jinja Town and Kamuli Town. Women empowerment, a project for financing internships and volunteering on IT and computer complete the range of our programs to volunteer  in Uganda.

Programs to Volunteer in Uganda at a glance:

Wide range of volunteer programs to match all skills & interests


Volunteer in Uganda – Overview

Highly affordable programs to volunteer in Uganda with Iko Poran

Volunteer Trip to Uganda: work with Sports Coaching, Medical Health Promotion, Women Empowerment and more….

For an African adventure, check out IKPVA’s volunteer trips throughout Uganda, where you can travel to the Fort Portal Town, Jinja Town, and Kamuli Town. At these locations, you can work as a volunteer in Uganda with teaching, sports coaching, medical and health promotion, construction, environment protection, or even take on special projects such as a microfinance internship or women and girls’ empowerment workshops.

Programs to volunteer in Uganda starting from $250.00

A few ways you can help as a volunteer in Uganda include coaching sports in a youth club, building and repairing houses and schools, and teaching in a local school. Our programs to volunteer in Uganda start from only $250 for one week, and includes airport pickup, orientation and city tour, housing, and much more.

Volunteer in Uganda
Cultural Dance

Uganda officially the Republic of Uganda, is a landlocked country in East Africa whose diverse landscape encompasses the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains and immense Lake Victoria. Uganda stands out for its abundant wildlife with endangered gorillas and chimpanzees as well as rare birds. As a volunteer in Uganda, you may visit the Remote Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which is a famous mountain gorilla sanctuary in your free time. Another highlight are the Murchison Falls National Park in the northwest, famous for its 43m-tall waterfall and wildlife such as hippos.

English Spoken in Uganda

The official language is English, which will make life for you as a volunteer in Uganda much easier. However, Luganda, a central language, is widely spoken across the country, and several other languages are also spoken including Runyoro, Runyankole Rukga, and Langi. You will enjoy your stay as a volunteer in Uganda, since it has a perfect climate, the sun is out most of the time and rain often occurs at night and during the early morning hours. Along with the rain comes a most delightful thunderstorm.When it rains, it pours down, but soon the sun’s rays come through and dry up the earth once again.

Volunteer in Uganda – The Pearl of Africa!

Known as the Pearl of Africa, Uganda is a wealth of attraction that spoils any visitor for choice and a single visit is never enough to discover the wonders it offers. Being a destination untouched by mass tourism, you can be sure experience an air of expectancy in the national parks teaming with wildlife and magic in the mountains. This makes Uganda one of the most thrilling African safari destinations!

Volunteer in Uganda: A Safe and Fascinating Destination for International Volunteers

Elephant crossing the road in UgandaUganda is now a safe destination for volunteers who intend to combine their volunteer work with the unique experience and  amazing beauty that the country offers. Fortuantely, the country has overcome its past, where corrupt leaders had been drowning the country in tourmoil. Uganda now has become one of the politically stable countries in Africa, but there are still many challenges to face.

Sustainable Tourism and Economic Growth – a Thriving Country

The country has seen development in trade and commerce and Sustainable Tourism has become a priority as the country views it as tool for development from the grass root levels much effort is on Eco-tourism and sustainable tourism. Come to work as a volunteer in Uganda with us!


Volunteer in Uganda – Programs

Work as a Volunteer in Uganda Teaching English at School

Teach English for young students at schoo as a volunteer in Uganda. Since education in Uganda is considered a privilege, the young boys and girls will greatly benefit from you teaching native English to them. Though tuition is free (for up to four children and all orphans), families are sometimes unable to afford other fees or expenses, such as for equipment and books. While quality education for both boys and girls is crucial in reducing poverty and promoting gender equality, many schools in rural areas are struggling with overcrowded classes, shortage of skilled teachers, shortage of resources such as text books and support materials; hence increasing illiteracy rates and unemployment among children of poorest families and communities.Uganda 1

Teaching as a volunteer in Uganda is an immense privilege, since you will be inspiring young minds and see them grow. The experience as a teacher can be one of the most exciting things to to in you life. Therefore,  Iko Poran–Uganda offers a great range of volunteering projects where you can develop your experience and use your skills to help children as a volunteer in Uganda.

Teaching at Preschool, Primary and Secondary School: Your Working Schedule as an Educational Volunteer in Uganda

You will work alongside the local teachers, when you choose to volunteer in Uganda with education. At preschool, you can teach basic English skills and carry out basic childcare duties. When you choose to work at primary and secondary school, you will teach some core subjects, such as English, mathematics, science. In addtion to your teaching work, you can initiate extra-curricular activities after school such as art, music, theatre, sports or gardening. Outside the classroom you can also iunitiate small and manageable community groups or offer individual tutoring for adults.

Qualifications needed to Work as a Volunteer in Uganda Teaching at School

When you choose to volunteer in Uganda with teaching at school, please be aware that you can not count on adequate teaching resources being available. Also, you have to keep in mind that many classes may have large numbers students. So your teaching work with overcrowede classes sometimes maybe challenging but on the other hand, highly rewarding! Please note, volunteers do not need to be a qualified or experienced teacher to participate on the Teaching project.


Medical Volunteer in Uganda: Working on Health Promotion

Volunteer in Uganda in our health programs. Life in Ugandan community is no different to other regions of Africa and poverty still has a large impact on the quality of life the Ugandan people are able to enjoy. One of the largest problems Ugandan communities face through is a lack of medical knowledge, supplies and education. The Iko Poran – Uganda Medical Volunteer Placement encompasses a number of fields and medical professionals and students are sorely needed. Our priority health program areas include HIV/AIDS, adolescent sexual reproductive health, and community health (mitigation of malaria and other diseases), building the capacity of rural communities in their efforts/initiatives towards improvement of sanitaMedical Volunteer in Ugandation and hygiene among others. This project aims to increase healthcare for rural people, decrease the prevalence of endemic diseases and improve village health by providing public health projects and promoting health education.

The volunteer’s duties will vary depending largely on their background and skill. Volunteer work on this project includes assisting with the running of a local health clinic where they will be involved with helping treating of Malaria, Tuberculosis and Syphilis, which are the most common health ailment in Uganda. Please note: volunteers need to have a certification or proof of experience in a medical field, such as a medical student ID, EMT or paramedic certification, or nursing or physician’s credentials to participate in this Project.


HIV-AIDS Prevention Volunteer in Uganda

Help as a medical volunteer in Uganda in our health awareness projects. Uganda is at the heart of the sub-Saharan HIV/AIDS pandemic. An estimated 25.4 million people are living with HIV and approximately 3.1 million new infections occurred in 2004. In 2004, an estimated 2.3 million people lost their lives to the disease. Uganda is home to more than 1 million AIDS orphans. Widowed mothers and elderly widowed grandmothers are the predominant heads of households.

Volunteer in Uganda with Aids PreventionHIV/AIDS results in a progressive depletion of the immune system leading to immune deficiency. The weakened immune system is vulnerable to secondary diseases. Access to medical care is non-existent for many Ugandans where almost half the population lives in absolute poverty.

Most rural areas are severely lacking in services and HIV/AIDS awareness. Nearly every family in the rural villages has had someone who is sick or has died from AIDS. Hence education continues as a primary weapon in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Awareness programs are provided at the community level, to schools and institutions, and at the personal level with individual counselling and home visits. Music and dramas focussing on people living with HIV/AIDS and educational films greatly help to educate the local population.

This Program is divided under the following categories and volunteers are free to participate in all areas as they wish: HIV /AIDS Education and Awareness; HIV/AIDS Counselling Training (TOT); Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT). Please note: volunteers need to have a certification or proof of experience in a medical field, such as a medical student ID, EMT or paramedic certification, or nursing or physician’s credentials to participate in this Project.

Environmental Volunteer in Uganda: Biodiversity and Environmental Protection

Volunteer in Uganda helping to save and protect our environment. Uganda depends heavily on environment and natural resources. However, the country is struggling with environmental problems that put the economic, environmental and social development at risk. Iko Poran – Uganda’s environmental protection projects offer participants with both valuable life-changing experience and an opportunity to make a difference.Volunteer in Uganda on the environment protection program

When you choose to work as an enviromental volunteer in Uganda, you will do hands-on work and help to preserve the environment in the host communities. Some ways you can help as a volunteer in Uganda are:

  • integrate environmental curriculum in schools
  • promote sustainable utilization of natural resources— proper sanitation practices and alternative energy practices
  • promote environmental awareness activities— wastewater management, recycling, environmental youth clubs and park management
  • promoting environmental approaches— sustainable agriculture, fuel efficient stoves and various agri-business strategies.

First-hand Experience in Agro-forestry and Reforestation

As an environmental volunteer in Uganda, you’ll have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in agro-forestry, tree planting and reforestation, with focus on the Western Uganda Highlands. The program brings together international volunteers on a regular basis to construct nurseries both with schools and communities, transplanting trees to degraded forest sites and train communities on agro-forestry techniques.

Qualifications needed to work as an Environmental Volunteer in Uganda

You may participate in the activities according to the season. Please note, participants in our volunteer in Uganda environment program do not need to be a qualified or experienced to participate on these projects, however volunteers with special expertise are highly preferred.


Construction Volunteer in Uganda

When you choose to work as a construction volunteer in Uganda, you can help providing desperately needed building and renovation work. You can even help building a water well, to provide water for a local community! Despite its abundance of natural resources, Uganda still remains one of least developed countries. Because of the extensive political and social corruption, Uganda struggles with the lowest indicators of socio-economic development, and extreme poverty. The most affected population is the majority Ugandans who live in rural areas with poor infrastructures. Often roads, schools and health centres are extremely poor, with no clean water and poor sanitation.

Video: Ratner family dancing with children after building a water fountain and teaching in the school.

Building a Water Well - Construction Volunteer in Uganda
Building a Water Well

There’s urgent need of your work as a construction volunteer in Uganda, in order to boost the basic facilities and infrastructure for the people in poverty stricken communities. Projects vary from constructing and repairing houses, schools, care and health centres, toilets, and clean water sources for deprived local people; to learning traditional building techniques as well as initiating new appropriate and environmental friendly building skills. Iko Poran Uganda’s construction projects offer participants with both valuable life-changing experience and an opportunity to make a difference.

As a construction volunteer in Uganda, you will work in manual labour jobs alongside skilled and unskilled local builders to help with the construction work. The buildings are made using traditional methods and locally sourced materials. The construction techniques are also simple to master and are ideal for sites with limited facilities. Since there is no electricity is available at the building site, everything has to be done manually!

Some of your Tasks at the Building Site as a construction Volunteer in Uganda

Here are some of the tasks, you building work as a volunteer in Uganda may include:

  • digging foundations, mixing cement
  • building walls
  • constructing a roof either with grass or iron sheets/tiles
  • plastering,
  • building a water well and pit latrine
  • painting and white-washing
  • landscaping
  • digging of trenches
  • refurbishing sports fields
  • brick laying
  • construction of local huts

Please note: volunteers do not need to be qualified or experienced to participate in these projects, however volunteers with special expertise are highly preferred.


Sports Volunteer in Uganda: Football Coaching and Phsyical Education

Volunteer in Uganda in our football projects. Sports have the powerful ability to draw people together, even beyond international borders, help to build strong communities, and contribute to the creation of healthier, happier individuals. Since sports for many young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are both fascinating and promising, you may even help paving a route out of poverty for them with your coaching work as a sports volunteer in Uganda.

However, for children in deprived communities, opportunities to participate in creative games are rare, due to lack of resources to provide specialized sports and physical education teachers. When you choose to participate as a sports volunteer in Uganda in Iko Poran’s sports coaching projects, you will no only gain a valuable life-changing experience, but also have the opportunity to make a difference for the boys and girls at school.Volunteer in Uganda with Football Coaching and Sports Development

As a sports volunteer in Uganda, you will interact daily with local students, children, young adults, and their leaders in schools, sports clubs and youth organizations.

Some of your activities as a sports volunteer in Uganda:

  • design and organize various sports activities like— track and field
  • conduct physical education lessons; coach local games such as volleyball, football, basketball, netball, athletics;
  • organize sports tournaments among different schools or local clubs
  • bring fresh ideas and introduce new sports and games
  • promote healthy sports habits and serve as positive role models for young, impressionable individuals

Qualifications needed to work as a sports volunteer in Uganda

Please note: we will give preference to volunteers who bring some special expertise, however volunteers do not need to be qualified or experienced to participate in the women empowerment project.



Special Project: Volunteer in Uganda on  IT and Computer Projects

Volunteer in Uganda in our IT program in order to open a new world to students and teachers. Like many developing economies, Uganda faces the same challenges with a poorly developed ICT infrastructure. The most specific factors constraining connectivity especially in rural areas are the largely poor communications infrastructure, limited electricity coverage, and the high capital costs involved in setting up a computer laboratory.

Teach some Basic Skills to Local people as a Compúting Volunteer in Uganda

Giraffes in a park in UgandaMajority of public and community schools do not have access to computers. Even the few schools that have computer centres have limited computers, with un-skilled or qualified teachers. As a volunteer in Uganda you can impart various practical computer skills to students in schools as well as their teachers. From basic things, like turing on and off the computer, to applications like Word, Excel and PowerPoint, the people in the community and especially women will heighly appreciate your teachings!  As volunteer in Uganda, you also will demonstrate them how to use the internet for research and communication.

Qualifications for Volunteers in Uganda on Compuing and IT

Please note, we will give preference to volunteers who bring some special expertise, however to work as a volunteer in Uganda, you do not need to be qualified or experienced to participate in the women empowerment project.


Special Project – Work as a Volunteer in Uganda with the Microfinance Internships Program

Volunteer in Uganda in a microfinance project with the aim to contribute towards sustainable economic development by providing local individuals, groups and communities with the proper skills training and micro-loans to grow their businesses, create new jobs and help break the cycle of poverty and hunger. As a volunteer in Uganda, you can help developing small business ideas, basic bookkeeping skills and conduct weekly workshops on topics related to micro-credit, computer literacy and vocation skills training.

Qualifications for Microfinance Internships

Please note: you do not need to be qualified or experienced to participate on these projects as a volunteer in Uganda, however we will give preference to volunteers with special expertise.


Special Project: Volunteer in Uganda on  Women and Girls Empowerment

Volunteer in Uganda to help empower our women and girls. Women in Africa, Uganda inclusive, are an economically disadvantaged group and rural women in particular are more economically disadvantaged. Furthermore the lack of economic Volunteers doing crafts in the women empowerment program in Uganda power of the rural communities, especially among women, is a major obstacle to long-term development.

Iko Poran Uganda works with local communities in order to promote gender equality, help women overcome difficult circumstances. With your work as a volunteer in Uganda, you can help to empower women to reach their full potential, through five key programs:

  • Education (literacy) — rights and life skills
  • Saving and micro-credit through cooperative groups
  • Income generative skills training — agricultural and non-agricultural products
  • Women’s health and maternity education
  • Teaching English language for young women

What qualifications do you need, to work as a volunteer in Uganda on women empowerment?

Please note: we will give preference to volunteers who bring some special expertise, however you do not need to be qualified or experienced to participate as a volunteer in Uganda in the women empowerment project.

Highly Affordable Program Fees to Volunteer in Uganda

Please Note:

  • The program fee is paid directly to the host organization.
  • All of the projects incur a registration fee of US$ 199.00 on top of the program fee.
Volunteer in Uganda program fees

What does the volunteer in Uganda program fee include?

  • Airport Pickup
  • Orientation plus city tour on arrival at the project site
  • Accommodation for all projects
  • 3 meals per day
  • Support from local staff & Program supervision
  • In-country 24/7 support throughout your stay
  • In-country administration costs

There are no hidden costs. These projects are the most affordable to volunteer in Uganda.

Iko Poran is an NGO based in a developing country. We are dedicated to helping you help others, at the lowest possible price. We are interested in making volunteering abroad more accessible so that more people can help do really important work.

Participants in our programs to volunteer in Uganda normally find US$ 50 to be sufficient for weekly expenses in the country.

The program fee should be paid to the host country and it is due 30 days before the project start date.


Volunteer in Uganda – Project details


All projects are available in the following towns:

FORT PORTAL TOWN located in the west of the capital Kampala. It is about 300kms and it takes 4 – 5 hours drive by road. The projects to volunteer in Uganda here take place in Kahangi village right on the border of the Kibale Forest National Park. The park just outside of Fort Portal town is famous for its large chimpanzee population.

JINJA TOWN: is an amazing destination for you as a volunteer in Uganda, since it sits right on the beautiful beach of Lake Victoria, about 80Km east of the capital Kampala. Jinja is one of Uganda’s largest urban centers. However, the city does not have the hustle and bustle feel of Kampala, people riding bicycles dominate the picture! 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.

KAMULI TOWN: – located in the East of the capital Kampala. It is about 145km and it takes 3hours drive by road. And it is is approximately 72 kilometres (45 mi), north of Jinja, the largest city in the Busoga sub-region.  Kamuli is semi urban area which is the administrative and commercial centre of Kamuli district. Kamuli town center has reasonable access to running water, electricity and basic internet. The project here to volunteer in Uganda takes place at Buphadhengo village bordering with Jinja District ( Jinja town) hence between Jinja town and Kamuli town.

Arrival Airport: Entebbe International Airport. Volunteers will travel by road, through the capital Kampala, eastwards to Jinja and northwards to Kamuli, a journey of 4-5 hours depending on traffic.


Accommodation  & Meals

The type of accommodation depends very much on the project you will be working as a volunteer in Uganda. Generally speaking, the following categories are available: Volunteer Apartment or Volunteer Guest House sharing with other volunteers. In all of our projects we ensure that the accommodation we provide is safe, secure and comfortable.

A Private Room for you as a volunteer in Uganda

Beautiful silhouette of Jacksons Hartebeest in Kidepo Valley National Park UgandaIn these accommodation settings, volunteers live together but in private rooms. These can be very fun places to stay when volunteers from different nationalities live together. Each volunteer in Uganda will have a room of it’s own, however although in some cases two volunteers of the same sex will have to share a room. Housing conditions are basic, but all houses have electricity and running water. As compared to normal standards of Uganda, the accommodation can be regarded as more than adequate.

A “house keeper” ist taking care of each of the volunteer Guesthouses. He is responsible for preparing all the meals for the volunteers, and the general cleanliness of the house.


Start & Duration

Projects in Uganda start on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month. Volunteers should arrive on Sundays.

You can choose to volunteer in Uganda from 1 to 24 weeks.



Orientation takes place the first day in Kampala. The tour takes place at the project city.


Requirements to volunteer in Uganda

You must be at least 18 years old at the start of your Volunteer in Uganda placement.

All volunteers must have adequate volunteer travel insurance and are required to provide credentials depending on the chosen program. 


Language skill required for Uganda Volunteers

Knowledge of intermediate English is a pre-requisite.



During your stay as a volunteer in Uganda , you will have a competent support and advices from the local team and project leaders. Someone will always be available in the case of any emergency. Please keep in mind that you are in a different country and should take some precautions to avoid exposing yourself to certain risks.

The local coordinators will give you all the information to have a safe and unforgettable experience as a volunteer in Uganda.



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Construction Volunteer in Uganda

The construction of a water fountain in Uganda

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