Orphanage Project (Kampala)

volunteer in orphanage project in uganda
  • Brighten up the lives of children from impoverished background
  • Work with local organizations to provide adequate care and support to children
  • Live with a local family and explore day-to-day Uganda life
  • Go on a world-renowned gorilla safari, visit the source of the Nile River or trek the Rwenzori National Park in your downtime

Bring joy to the lives of young ones in Uganda! Volunteer in Uganda and provide much love and support to the orphans of Uganda. Due to poverty and the rampant spread of the HIV/AIDS virus in Uganda, thousands of children become orphans each year. Some of the children are also rescued from human traffickers or saved from a life of young soldiers. With very little help from the government, many children are left homeless, and they only have orphanages to turn to. The orphanages are doing their best to educate, clothe, house and feed the children, but they are also underfunded and lack enough manpower to properly care for the orphans. New Hope partners up with the orphanages to lessen their burden and help them reach out to more children. By volunteering, you’ll be helping these orphanages to provide more care and attention to the children. Help create a safe haven for the orphaned children of Uganda, and while you’re here, visit the exquisitely diverse array of fauna and the majesty of The Nile River!

Volunteers' Responsibilities

As a volunteer in Uganda, you will be working with children from impoverished backgrounds at an orphanage. Depending on your individual interests and skills, and on the needs of the local staff, your daily activities involve, but are not limited to:

  • Teaching basic English, Math, Science, Physical Education, or other subjects of interest
  • Provide care, love and attention to children
  • Providing daily care to the children such as preparing meals and watching over them
  • Help them with their homework
  • Participate in playtime activities
  • Educating on personal hygiene, and safety rules and precautions
  • Developing stimulating new ideas to interest the children to learn
  • Organizing and leading extracurricular activities such as games, sports, art, music, dancing, story-telling, drama lessons, etc.
  • Assisting the local staff with administrative duties, promoting fundraising activities, and helping to plan events and excursions for the children
How You Can Make a Difference

Help from volunteers is greatly needed as orphanages are the only places the unfortunate children can turn to for protection. Volunteers will be working in local organizations and orphanages that help children. Besides providing necessities that can allow orphans to grow up better, these institutions also protect the children from exploitation. The orphanages need all the help they can get, and your participation would help them reach out to more children. The small sum that orphanages receive from hosting volunteers will also go a long way in being financially viable. The children will undoubtedly appreciate the love and time that you devote to them, as you inject a fresh energy into the orphanage.

Skills and Qualifications

There are no specific qualifications needed to join the Orphanage project. However, your understanding of Ugandan culture and diversity can help improve the experience for you and your students. Consider enrolling in our one-week Language & Cultural Immersion program. Volunteers should also be enthusiastic, reliable, flexible, patient and strive to be good role models for the children. Volunteers must also respect the locals and the host organizations, along with their rules and projects.

Project Location

This project is located in and around Kampala or Jinja. Rural Uganda hosts various incredible examples of wildlife. Local villages can be discovered on hikes through the countryside and these excursions provide genuine Ugandan cultural experiences.

Kampala is the capital and largest city (population of approximately 1.2 million) of Uganda and is just 10 km from Lake Victoria. The city of Kampala offers a plethora of attractions such as Ssezibwa Falls, the Ugandan National Theater, the very active Balikuddembe Market and Nakasero Market as well as numerous historical sites that provide glimpses into Uganda’s past. Kampala is said to have been built on seven different hills with each hill representing significance in Uganda's history.

Jinja is the second largest commercial center in Uganda and is located in southeast Uganda – approximately 87 km from the capital city of Kampala. Located on the shores of Lake Victoria and close to the source of the White Nile River, Jinja offers the many small town urban amenities such as a post office, town hall, hospital, golf course and numerous internet cafes. Echoes of Jinja's Indian influence are reflected in the city's architecture. Some of Jinja's attractive features include whitewater-rafting, a brewery, Bujagali Falls (a kayakers' heaven) as well as an animal sanctuary and memorials for both Mahatma Gandhi and Buddha in addition to an active Hindu temple.

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