This summer join a team of other volunteers who will work on a sustainable community development project in Uganda with an aim of establishing a Community Resource Centre in rural Uganda.
When your volunteer vacation comes to an end, you’ll be tired and a bit dirty. But, you will have made a big difference in the lives of local community. You’ll leave the village with visible proof of the work you’ve done and happy memories of the people you’ve helped.
Work Camp Dates: July 4th – October 8th – 2021
Duration: Min. 2 weeks – 4 weeks (You can choose to stay throughout the entire duration)
Number of Participants needed: 10 participants (Max)
Program Fee: USD$0 (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!)
Please note: 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 some donation for their intended project! Its optional!
Arrival Dates: 4th July/ Sunday, 8th August/ Sunday, 12th Sept / Sunday
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.
You can book your flights to arrive any other day in Uganda, however if you do so, 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.
Project Mission: Establishment of a community resource center with basic facilities for social development, including a mini-health clinic, community library, skills development program.
Phase of the Project: Phase I (will see construction of the facility 4 rooms with office and clinic room up-to wall plate)
Placement Booking/Confirmation: USD$200, Euros €165, GBP £145, CA$250
Accommodation: Host family- Guest Rooms
Project Location: 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.
When the Ssamba Foundation opened its doors to the communities of Kyampisi sub-county, Mukono District, we talked to the communities’ members about what they thought were the issues that affected their lives and the problems they faced.
Our development philosophy is that the communities need to tackle the problems themselves; we want to give a hand up, not a hand out. Hand ups create self respect; self belief and the results are infectious.
The community identified their hardships as being caused by poor education; lack of farming knowledge; lack of money and access to it; and poor health to which we have added environmental management. These 5 hurdles provide the foundation stones of all our activities and we have projects aimed at targeting aspects of each. We believe that if poverty is to be alleviated, all the problems need to be tackled at once.
We have divided our projects into 5 areas in which we can focus our work.
Our understanding of ‘Sustainable Development’ is that which focuses on the social, environmental and economic factors that are needed to ensure a development for the existing community that does not affect the ability of future generations to enjoy the same opportunities.
Our strategy focuses on change within the community. We do this in three ways.
- Investing capital in infrastructure and resources in schools and agricultural projects.
- Promoting small business development through micro-loans, and
- Building the skills and knowledge of the individuals.
Together with the community we have identified 5 key areas where change needs to have a positive impact if poverty is to be beaten in a sustainable fashion.
- Water | Education | Environment | Social-Economic | Health
Partnership, Participation, Progress
The method by which change is brought about is as important as the change itself. If change is inflicted on a person or community then it is likely to be resisted and the process likely to fail. The process of change must therefore be both desired and inclusive.
Our approach is to work in partnership with the community, collaborating with them, ensuring their full and active participation in the process. This reduces our role to simply one of facilitators, mentors and monitors.
Our role in the partnerships we build with the community’s formal and informal leaders is to bring external knowledge, skills, know-how and funds to the table to complement, enhance and build upon the existing skills, knowledge and passion. In this way we help turn their words and aspirations into projects that can help deliver what is needed to assist in the holistic process of change.
The communities understand that no single project is going to alleviate their poverty but that a number of projects focused on the 5 key areas will have a lasting positive impact and ought to provide them with the skills, knowledge and wherewithal to defeat poverty.
It is important therefore for our donors also to understand that each project is but one spoke in the wheel of success and that the strength of the wheel/success comes from the combined efforts of each project. In Uganda the children and youth learn that Unity is power.
Building a Community Resource Centre:
The intention of taking up this project is to cater to the various social needs of the community in Kyampisi which is living in abject poverty along with their economic empowerment through market oriented training programs. This resource center is where the community will have access to basic facilities, information & appropriate guidance.
Ssamba Foundation designed a project of constructing a community resource center for the community of Kyampisi with facilities like a mini-health clinic with the purpose of providing and accessing health services within this community. The centre will also have a community library, skills development unit and social recreational facilities. This facility is going to be initiated at the land recently purchased by Ssamba Foundation.
Volunteer Roles and Activities:
Volunteer participants on Summer volunteer work camp in Uganda will be engaged in a number of activities and projects from environment conservation, teaching, building and construction, sports projects to medical, women support and youth empowerment projects.
There are many ways in which volunteers could spend their time, as well as their skills, to help out in Uganda. The placement will be geared to your skills and interests, and the community’s needs.
This program will promote and improve the livelihoods of community members of Kyampisi subcounty, Mukono district of Uganda. The main focus is lifelong sustainable development and improvement on their quality of life.
You can help build even if you have never picked-up a hammer before. This Ssamba Foundation summer volunteer vacation program offers developmental volunteers a free chance to travel to Uganda and help out with a team of friendly like-minded international volunteers alongside the local community.
This unique opportunity lets you get your hands dirty and actually see what a difference you’ve made before you head back home. But, don’t think it’s all about hard work. The program also gives you the chance to travel around the communities you are working in, explore the country, and get to know the people you are helping through a deep culture experience.
Ssamba Foundation Work Camps in Uganda:
Ssamba Foundation work camps typically bring together a temporary community of 5-10 international volunteers from different backgrounds to provide services to local community projects. The volunteers carry out skilled and unskilled tasks that would not otherwise be possible. The practical work is only part of the main objective. The work is a tool and method to promote inter-cultural understanding and friendship between the volunteers and with the local community.
The volunteer work-camps for this year will be a wonderful learning experience on many levels, particularly for languages, but also for practical work skills, social and interpersonal skills, geographical and inter-cultural experience, self-awareness, understanding the realities and hopes of the hosting community, seeing life as it is from a wholly different perspective… Tolerance of differences, willingness to share, a sense of humor and a constructive approach to solving interpersonal problems are essential qualities for work-camp volunteers.
The beneficiaries of our projects will welcome you into their community with open arms. You will be made to feel at home and you will taste all the different cultural foods, see their dancing and have the opportunity to join in. The children always enjoy having visitors and will be very friendly towards you. They can take you for walks to see the monkeys and you can learn about the various local medicinal plants.
Volunteer Life on Summer Volunteer Work Uganda:
Ssamba Foundation volunteers enjoy an extremely unique experience not only in the work they do but also in the atmosphere they live in. The hard work volunteers put in during the week undoubtedly warrants some fun and relaxation during evening free time and on the weekends. During the week we organize a variety of activities for volunteers in the evenings. We often play football (soccer), cards and board games or chill out around the bar or go out for a dance getting to know fellow volunteers from around the world. Musical ballads are known to break out from time to time as well as the always entertaining pub-quiz nights.
Volunteers work Monday through Friday. Every weekday morning, breakfast is served from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM, and at 9:00 AM on Saturday. The workday generally finishes around 4pm and dinner is served at our headquarters from 7pm-9pm.
We offer shared accommodations with 2 beds per room in addition to private rooms available for a small nightly fee. Volunteers staying with us are assigned a bed based on capacity, arrival time and length of stay. If all beds are occupied when you arrive, there are several other options available within the immediate vicinity. We are always happy to help you to find adequate accommodations upon arrival.
Breakfast served is hearty and well balanced. It includes tea and coffee, bread, jam, fruit and a main dish, depending on the wish to prepare that day (Ex. eggs, bacon, pancakes, French toast, cereal, porridge, etc.).
Lunch is typically the main meal of the day in Uganda and volunteers will often eat their meals on-site, prepared by local families or community members. If not, Project Leaders will bring volunteers to a local restaurant, which will offer several traditional options. A typical Ugandan lunch features beef, chicken or fish coupled with potatoes, rice or beans (usually rice).
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 for summer volunteer work 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 2weeks’ minimum (for summer vacation program).
- You must be Sociable, Energetic, Positive & Fun!