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We call upon volunteers all over the world i.e. females and males and we are non-discriminative, we don’t base on religion, color, race, education level, social status, etc to come and volunteer roles like teaching i.e. FAL classes, youth girl, child education program, fundraising, administration, proposal writing, ART and  CRAFTS, community work, HIV/AIDS counseling, and guidance.

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Program Dates:  This program runs all throughout the year. Program orientation will take place on the second day of your arrival.

Program Duration: Volunteers can choose to volunteer for a period of 1 month to 6 months.

Program fees: – Placement booking fee: USD$ 100 paid in 2 weeks’ time upon acceptance into the program, our program is pretty popular, so try to book as soon as possible. After the Volunteer Coordinator has accepted you into the project, then you will have to pay a non-refundable booking fee. Since we started, the number of volunteers applying has increased by each year. Unfortunately only a third of those who promise that they will come, have in fact arrived. The wastage in Volunteer Coordinator’s time and the fact that volunteers who could have come were refused due to holding the space for someone else who didn’t turn up, has forced us to implement this. We hope that implementing the fee-only serious volunteers will thus secure the chance to volunteer in our projects. The booking fee will go towards paying for communication expenses incurred by the Coordinators to keep in touch with you and the projects, and website maintenance.

                              1 week- USD$100

                              2 weeks-USD$200

                              3 weeks- USD$300

                              4 weeks- USD$350

The program fees can be paid upon arrival or before departure for proper preparations for your placement.

Additional Fees: USD $75 Airport pickup for arrival paid upon arrival.

Program fees covers:

  • Pre-service (e.g. culture, health talk, program orientation, training, etc);
  • 1-day sightseeing guide fee around Kampala or Jinja, Equator, world heritage sites, (e.g. game parks, zoos, museums, rivers etc)
  • Accommodation, Laundry, and Food during placement with a host family or volunteer house (3 meals a day);
  • Transportation to the project site from Hope Development Volunteers base in Mukono
  • Regular follow up support / visit (1-2 week interval) by HDV’s staff
  • Support for local staff and volunteers;

When a volunteer arrives in Uganda, our Coordinator meets them at the airport and brings them to our orientation place in Mukono. From that point our volunteers spend between 1 to 3 days in our orientation program.  This training provides volunteers with a very detailed understanding of how to be acquainted with Uganda’s Life and culture.

The program fee excludes the following:

  • Airfare, Visa and Visa extension fee
  • Transportation during weekends travel
  • Personal travel and sightseeing (trekking, jungle safari etc);
  • Internet access, telephone, drinks or other costs accrued during training and placement;
  • Gifts to project staff and host family, if you wish to buy any;
  • Should you wish to spend more time in Uganda pre and post-placement period, please remember to budget accordingly!
  • Travel and medical insurances, immunization, health expenses;
  • You will also need a weekly budget of up to US $50-100 to cater for all your other expenses.

We are one of the few organizations that offer low-cost volunteering placements in Africa! And the only volunteer referral center in Africa

Program Description:

Learn some gardening tips while helping to build women projects in Kampala Urban Gardens; this is Hope Development Volunteers’ newest community project. Produce harvested from the Kampala Urban Gardens will be donated to local low-income community women and slum dwellers that are supported by UWOPED, so your hard work will help bridge the gap for those experiencing hunger or who don’t have access to fresh, healthy food. Work may include digging new garden beds, planting starts and seeds, creating pathways, and more. Please bring a reusable water bottle and dress appropriately for the weather. Wear closed-toe shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.

Kampala Urban Gardens Projects run by UWOPED supported by Hope Development Volunteers empowers volunteers to gain gardening skills, learn about healthy eating choices, and help increase access to healthy, fresh food in our community.

Volunteering with UWOPED at these Kampala Urban Gardens is a wonderful way to connect with and give back to the poor slum dwellers of Kampala community. From drop-in days too long term projects, from digging in the dirt to helping in our office, we have volunteer opportunities that suit a wide variety of abilities and interests. If you are interested in working on women empowerment projects in Uganda then this is the right project for you.

As in most parts of Uganda, the community members struggle to meet their basic needs and strive to put their children in school. Main jobs include petty jobs, selling fruits and vegetables, small-scale animal rearing and other manual labor jobs.

As a volunteer in this program, you will experience slum dwellers’ life in Ugandan and participate in daily activities such as visiting schools, teaching children outside classrooms, participating in Music, Dance and Drama activities, crafts work and feeding animals as well as health outreach programs.

The community development projects including pig and poultry house construction and repairs, health/HIV/AIDS workshops, youth education, animal rearing, water and sanitation (including well and waterway construction) and project planning and management or other skills that can help us transform this community

With our volunteer program, we allow you to discover the wonders of East Africa while doing meaningful and rewarding community work. This is a great opportunity to explore life in Kampala city in Uganda, live and work amongst the locals and realize one person can make a difference.

It is important for potential volunteers to understand that the culture in Uganda is quite different from what you are accustomed to. Volunteers should bring with them an easy-going, open-minded and relaxed attitude. Locals are curious, very friendly and social people. While UWOPED under the guidance of HDV will endeavor to maintain a daily routine, volunteers should understand that things move slowly in Africa (and indeed in poor communities). Relax and enjoy the slow pace. Remember that life in Africa is not as organized and predictable as life in developed countries. Although volunteer work can be very busy and active, at other times work is determined by any number of factors including weather, availability of resources, whether a relevant contact has turned up, cultural activities, etc.

Time and Schedule:

Program Length: From 1 to 12 weeks

Program Date: Flexible Start & End Date

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8 hours per day

Accommodation:  UWOPED Home (Administration & Staff House)

Meals: Yes, 3 meals a day

Requirements: 18 years or older, an open mind to new adventures

Placement Organization: United Women Platform for Empowerment and Development

Placement Location: Kampala District (Urban Setting)

Extra activities you will not miss Uganda Museum, Bahai Temple, Kibuli Mosque, The National Theater, Namirembe Cathedral, Rubaga Cathedral, Nakasero Market, Crafts Villages, Owino Market, Kasubi Tombs, Naggalabi Buddo Coronation Site, Wamala Tombs, Kabaka’s Lake, Kabaka’s Palace & Office on Kabakanjagala Road, Uganda Martyrs Shrine and many more other tourist attraction sites.

Apply now and book a placement at this program:

How to apply!

Please send a copy of your resume, a list of your skills/interests, and tell us why you want to come live and volunteer in Uganda. Our program is pretty popular, so try to apply well in advance of when you’re traveling. If you’re interested in volunteering with Hope Development Volunteers write to: