This Healthcare Volunteering Project Uganda, will take you to the heart of Uganda where you get involved in meaningful volunteer work. We ask volunteers interested in the Uganda volunteer work to commit at least twelve weeks (3 months) in order to ensure a worthwhile experience. But we accept volunteers from a minimum of 4 weeks’ duration. We understand that it can sometimes be difficult for doctors, to take a full month off. Therefore, doctors can come for a three-week period.
We want every volunteer to feel that their time in Uganda was put to good use and that they had adequate time to make an impact. The preferred length of trip for a volunteer’s first visit is 8 -12 weeks. Although we do not strictly prohibit shorter stays, we do request that our volunteers are able to offer at least one month of voluntary services. Occasionally we will allow for a shorter stay than one month, but this is handled on a case by case basis.
The trip starts and ends in Uganda’s capital Kampala. You will be based in Mukono District. Mukono is one of the most relaxed and attractive suburbs, east of Kampala (the capital city of Uganda). Mukono is a great place to stay if you want to explore Uganda’s fascinating capital city or the adventure capital- Jinja.
Ssamba Foundation is committed to our headquarters district of Mukono, Uganda. Ssamba Foundation has supported the communities of Mukono and beyond since 2006. Ssamba Foundation is committed to making an impact in Mukono through Strategic Community Investments by supporting causes that strengthen community development focus.
Mukono has her own tourist attractions and you will discover many during your humanitarian service placement with us. These tourist attractions include but not limited to:
Mabira Forest which is famous for forest walks, Picnics, cycling trails, ziplining, over 100 Species of moths and 300 bird species. Mabira forest is also popular for its rich on Flora & Fauna
Lake Victoria – Africa’s largest lake and second largest fresh-water lake in the world
Sezibwa River – which is believed by Buganda legend to have been born. The river flows into Lake Kyoga. Sezibwa falls offers beautiful scenery for tourists and nature lovers. The site also has a natural forest reserve which is popular for forest trails and nature walks, bird watching with over 100 bird species and wildlife.
Kalagala Falls- one of the most beautiful, thundering falls and naturally endowed waterfalls in the country. Kalagala Falls are found along the Victoria Nile within Kalagala village, Kangulumira sub-county in Kayunga district (formerly part of Mukono district)
TYPICAL 3 WEEKS HEALTHCARE VOLUNTEER WORK
Day 1-2: Arrival and Orientation
Our Coordinator will arrange a pickup for you from the airport in Entebbe at agreed time and they will drive you to the volunteer home outskirts of Kampala. Orientation and Placement will be done the next day.
On the second day, our Coordinator will give an orientation about the project you will be working on. You will be working with the Healthcare Development program while learning about the culture and customs of the local Ugandan people.
Day 3-20: Volunteer Work
THE HEALTHCARE PRROJECT IN MUKONO:
The Healthcare Volunteering Project Uganda offers skilled medical professionals with the chance to experience a new culture and working environment, while learning and developing their specialized medical knowledge. The Healthcare Volunteering Project Uganda run by Ssamba Foundation is best suited to professional medical and medical students aiming to gain valuable experience in a medical hospital setting and learning more about tropical diseases.
Medical students gain practical medical and nursing experience as interns with our Uganda Medical internship placements. Ssamba Foundation is offering you the opportunity that will shoot your career to the moon by doing your medical or nursing internship in Uganda. This is a very unique opportunity to gain first-hand experience working in Uganda. You’ll also get to broaden your understanding of healthcare issues from another part of the world.
Your exact role within the hospital or clinic will be determined by your level of medical experience as well as by the enthusiasm and effort which you show to the local staff. Pre-university interns usually start by observing the doctors and nurses. You may find more practical opportunities arise once you get to know the local staff and if you can demonstrate a good understanding of local medical conditions.
Ssamba Foundation strives to improve the health conditions of children and adults in poor communities of Uganda through various medical and healthcare intervention projects including but not limited to Village Health Talks Outreaches (VHTO), Mobile Clinics Camps and so many other interventions.
Ssamba Foundation supports small community health centers in rural and hard to reach areas and also has a standing partnership with large government hospitals in Uganda. We offer short and long term medical volunteering placements in hospitals, clinics, outreach centres and mobile clinics.
Placements are available in areas of Dentistry, HIV & AIDS, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Radiography and Veterinary, which ever you choose you will be provided with the best tools so that you can do your job as best as possible.
As in many other African countries, healthcare is neither easily accessible nor affordable for many people living in the rural and semi-urban areas. People in villages and semi-urban areas face health concerns that diminish their ability to improve their lives whereas the quality of health influences the quality of life for any individual and subsequently impact development for a community. HIV/AIDS, Malaria, childhood illnesses such as measles, tetanus, parasitic diseases and malnutrition devastate communities.
If you are currently studying or recently graduated we have medical volunteering projects and internships which will boost your resume / CV and allow you to help people in the developing world. Lots of people apply every year and this Uganda medical volunteering project is perfect if you are planning a career in medical services.
Volunteers with professional credentials, or those currently enrolled in medical/nursing school are welcome. The type of hands on work you will be allocated will depend to an extent on your own abilities and capabilities, which is understandable given that you will be dealing with patient health and safety.
Volunteers/Interns are not allowed to perform the major identification or surgery works. Most of the time volunteers help doctors or work as an assistant to doctors. You will be involved in aspects of the day-to-day running of the hospitals, observing or directly assisting, where possible. You can help out in simple but practical ways, vastly increasing your own knowledge and understanding of medical practice.
Volunteers participating on our Healthcare Volunteering Project Uganda measure BP, temperature, height, weight assist doctors and medical staffs with health center tasks. You also help in health camps (if any), distribute medicines, provide tips to patients on health, nutrition and sanitation and counseling patients, and involve yourself in the treatment for minor injuries or wounds and keeping patient records, the facilities where volunteers will be working are equipped with all the essentials.
Facilities within the hospitals and clinics are basic and treatments are sometimes not of the standard we would expect in a developed world. You should be prepared to see some shocking cases, and try not to get emotionally involved with the patients. Your working hours will usually be decided on a weekly basis and most volunteers work from Monday to Friday and have the weekends free.
There is an obvious lack of manpower and resources in the local hospitals, which are located in the outer city areas and sub-urban areas. Since many health centers lack modern facilities, or have broken equipment and lack of staff, the placements are very challenging. Volunteers need to bring their own medical equipment, gloves, lab coat, medical scrubs and appropriate shoes.
On the weekends you are encouraged to explore the country with friends you make on the program, and our representatives are available to give travel advice and make bookings for you.
Day 21 – Good bye party/ Barbecue night
Your friends at the program will organize a party for you and barbecue night to thank you for the service and your contribution.
How much does it cost to volunteer with Ssamba Foundation in Uganda?
Volunteering in Uganda is free, as it should be, No Program Fees! No weekly fees! At Ssamba Foundation, we appreciate and allow you to use your compassion to help make the world a better place at no cost to you!
Many organizations see volunteers as a potential cash cow and are guilty of charging extreme rates. Ssamba Foundation makes every effort to keep your costs to a minimum, as it is your talent and time that are most valuable to us and the communities we serve. Whether you are interested in volunteering short-term or long-term, we will discuss arrangements with you concerning finances.
We have however, set up the challenge for all volunteers coming/interested to volunteer with Ssamba Foundation in Uganda to throw themselves into fundraising and aim to bring a donation of USD$1000, €800, £750! We know you can do it!
The funds raised or donated, goes directly to your project of interest, where you will be volunteering. Fundraise for or donate to your intended project, and come stay with us for anywhere between 4 weeks- to- 6 months or up-to 12 months on a case by case basis. Where does my contribution go?
Benefits of Volunteering with Ssamba Foundation:
Volunteers are always welcome at Ssamba Foundation either for short-term or long-term projects. We want to deliver an experience to enjoy Uganda by living, working and making an impact with us. In exchange for your skills, donation and help, you get the following:
- Pre-Departure Handbook (Everything you need to know about Uganda)
- We shall pick you up from Entebbe International airport (Pick Up only)
- Accommodation throughout your stay (Minimum stay is 4 weeks)
- Shared bedroom with one other-same sex volunteer (separate beds)
- Blanket, Pillows and treated mosquito net
- Limited Wi-Fi Access at house (Please feel free to bring your laptop)
- 3 delicious local meals for your entire duration
- 24/7 In country Support
- You can stay with us for up to 12 months in Uganda, no extra fees required
- Deeper culture immersion experience with founder’s family
- Discounted tours, safaris and events
- We can help with Visa extensions
- Work and life experience
- The opportunity to help others and lifetime friends
- Certificate of Appreciation at the end of your stay
What we DON’T offer:
- Flight Tickets
- Travel insurance
- Laundry service in town/or house (at volunteer’s cost)
- Toiletries (soaps, shampoos and others) are not provided.
- Personal expenses (Your pocket money)
Personal Expenses; It depends on you and your lifestyle! But we advise that you come with an additional $50-$100 a week to cater for your personal needs such as; Phone/internet bill, Transportation, Laundry, Snacks, Entertainment, Drinks and excursions if preferred, and any other things you may wish to buy.
The requirements to join Ssamba Foundation volunteer program in Uganda:
- You must be over 18yrs
- You must speak some English (you don’t need to be fluent)
- A copy of your passport with 6+ months validity
- Placement commitment fee of USD$200 (part of your donation)
- Criminal Record, Background Check report or Police Statement
- We recommend travel/life personal insurance
- You must commit at least 4 weeks’ minimum (longer stays are much appreciated).
- You must be Sociable, Energetic, Positive & Fun! Who can Apply?
Volunteer Arrival Dates:
Although we are very flexible about start and end dates, volunteers must book their flights to arrive on the scheduled arrival dates for free airport pickup arrangements. You can book your flights to arrive at any time of the arrival date (24/7 Airport pickups).
Your arrival into Uganda will be on a Sunday. Your orientation for your volunteer program in Uganda will begin on Monday. You will spend the day learning about life in Uganda and preparing for your upcoming volunteer program.
If you arrive any other day, you have to cover up your airport pickup fees (usually $85) or pay for hotel for your night stay and pickup for the following day.