25 trees will be planted on your behalf for every experience purchased, via our partnership with One Tree Planted.
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Local children in Uganda, especially those in underprivileged areas, rarely have the chance to meet and interact with foreigners. Most do not even get the chance to practice English outside of the school setting, despite the language being one of the official languages of Uganda. Even interacting and speaking the language properly with them may benefit their learning and increase their confidence with the language.
You will be placed in a local school in the Kajjansi area. Your specific placement will depend upon the community needs and availability at that time. During holiday periods a “day-camp style English and Sports program will be put in place and run by participants with the help of our coordinators.
Keep in mind that you will be in charge of preparing lessons for the class where you will assist the local teacher as well as lead classes on your own (based on your experience). We both follow the school’s curriculum in a formal setting as well as at some teaching placements the lessons can be done in an informal way and so, you are free to get creative! The favourite activities amongst the youngest students include games, gardening, and singing.
The aim is to teach in English through practice and creativity, and you are welcome to provide new ideas that promote an exchange of cultures and conversations between you, fellow participants, staff and students.
Volunteer experiences have a direct and positive impact on local communities by injecting money into the local economy through the purchase of food, transportation, and tourism activities. Volunteering is a great way to give back to the comunity and make a difference in the world. Depending on the type of volunteer experience you are interested in, your time can be spent improving educational resources and opportunities, providing medical services to underserved communities, or promoting environmental conservation and sustainable farming techniques.
Arrive on Saturday or Sunday at EBB (Entebbe International Airport) well before a meeting point time. Saturday arrivals need to book one extra night at our accommodation.
Meeting Point Times:
You will spend 4-6 hours assisting school staff with lessons and activities. Once back at the accommodation, you will have time to prepare your lessons for the next day. The day could look like:
Food will be Ugandan-style, which means lots of vegetables, potatoes, bananas, bread, and pancakes. Some dishes may have meat, but if you are vegetarian just let your coordinator know.
You will either be staying at our homestay or in our rural accommodation center. The homestay is a bit more comfortable with the family setting, but in our farm accommodation itself is quite basic and authentic. All participants are expected to be environmentally aware and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper, and electricity. You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and organized. There is no WIFI in either location and you will need to purchase a local SIM card in order to access the internet.