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VOLUNTEER OVERVIEW

Volunteer with the vast Explorers and make a positive change in the lives of our children, girls, women and the local community. Our volunteers can choose from various programs to ensure your interests and strengths are best utilized during your time with Vast Explorers. By using your skills, time and energy you make a long lasting difference for the community. Our programs run year round and each volunteer chooses when they want to start and the duration. All volunteers can stay at the Saint Ann Foundation Volunteer home, a short walk to the school and a relaxing retreat after a long day. We also have host families to welcome you into their homes so you can experience a truly immersive and personal stay.

When you choose to join Vast Explorers you are also joining a global network of volunteers who are living and working with diverse cultures on projects that have a positive impact. Our volunteers come from all over the world, and you will find that most of them will share your passion for giving back and your desire to broaden your horizons.

Feel free to call, WhatsApp or email us to learn more about our volunteer Journeys. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and we will work with you to plan the best possible volunteer Journey!

Below are details related to our volunteer different programs!

When you volunteer in Uganda with Vast Explorers, you’ll get the opportunity to experience the country’s vibrant, diverse culture and get to know the people who are said to be some of the friendliest locals in East- Africa. While Uganda is a rapidly developing country which has seen an economic upturn in the last decade, there are still many places where people face the challenges poverty brings. This is especially true outside of the major cities in the rural areas where volunteers are most needed.

Rural volunteer placements are typically in low-income areas which often lack the funding, labor and resources they need to develop their communities. By choosing to volunteer in Uganda you can make a real difference by assisting with local initiatives that seek to improve the quality of life for the people who live there.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB) in Uganda. Your airport pick-up is included in your Program Fee.

When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the team and taken to the volunteer accommodation in Busega-Kampala. Please note that you will stay in Busega for one night, unless it is the weekend, in which case you will stay in the city until Monday morning. Once you have completed your orientation, you will move to a rural community, where you will be placed for the remainder of your stay. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the night before your program orientation.

If you are traveling in Uganda prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up at a prearranged location in Uganda on the day before your program orientation.

Orientation is hosted by our team in Uganda and begins on the morning of your chosen start date. This covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program – an introduction to Uganda, culture and customs, rules and expectations, safety, travel opportunities, and an introduction to project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing. After orientation you will be taken to your placement in a rural Ugandan community.

You’ll stay in a volunteer house with other volunteers. There are separate rooms for male and female volunteers with shared common room and toilet facilities. Living is basic but the majority of volunteer houses have electricity, while only few have running water. Power cuts are common in Uganda and most rural houses do not have running water during times of drought. Pillows and sheets are provided, however it is recommended that you bring your own towels and mosquito nets – or buy them in Uganda.

There is WiFi access available at Volunteer house. You can also purchase a local SIM card with data for an unlocked mobile phone to keep connected.

As you arrive at the Entebbe International Airport near Kampala, we take care of everything starting right from the airport pick up to the accommodation, meals and local assistance. You will also get a comprehensive pre-departure information booklet and other assistance to prepare you for living in the city. Living options for various projects in Uganda range from host family accommodation, volunteer house, camping and guest house. All necessary facilities are provided in the accommodation for a comfortable stay of volunteers.

Upon your arrival at Entebbe International Airport near Kampala, our coordinator will pick you up and transfer you to your accommodation. In case you are coming by road or are already in Kampala, you need to inform us beforehand and the pickup will be arranged accordingly.

Our program coordinator will give you an orientation about the placement, local transport, facilities around the accommodation and necessities like ATMs, banks, restaurants, shops, pharmacy, local customs, and practices, Do’s and Don’ts, safety and so on. Please feel free to ask any questions to the coordinator if you need any more information.

3 meals a day, i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided from Monday to Friday. Breakfast and dinner will be given at the accommodation whereas lunch will be provided at the program location.

Breakfast includes tea/coffee, bread, jam, fruit and one dish (eggs, porridge, French toast, cereal etc.). Lunch is mostly prepared by local families or community members and typically includes meat (beef or chicken or fish), potatoes and rice.

Our program coordinator may take you occasionally to a local restaurant for lunch. Dinner includes vegetable, meat once or twice a week, rice, maize etc.

On weekends, only breakfast and dinner will be given. For lunch, you can go to the good local restaurants. The program coordinator will recommend the restaurants and other activities to do during the weekend. Weekend trips can also be taken up after consulting the coordinator and your fellow volunteers.

Always be wary of local street food as at most of the times it is contaminated or half cooked or made by unhealthy components. Do not drink tap water directly. Brushing your teeth with tap water is fine. You can purchase packaged water bottles from a supermarket for drinking.

The Childcare Volunteer Program is located outside of Kampala and the accommodation for this project is either within the premises of the childcare center or near the city where by volunteers travel every day to the program site. The schedule for the volunteers remains as follows;

  • Sunday – Arrival at Uganda, Kampala
  • Monday – An orientation session will be conducted by the local coordinator, covering topic areas; such as safety, culture, language, places to visit, behavior, food, and other suggestion over things to do in Uganda.
  • Tuesday to Fri – Volunteer work
  • Breakfast – 07:30 am onwards
  • Leave for the project – 09:00 am
  • Working hours at the placement – 10:00 am to 04:00 pm
  • Lunch – 01:00 pm onwards
  • Dinner – 07:00 pm onwards
  • Weekends – Free to explore the city or do safari

The same volunteer work schedule continues from the second week onwards

Note: Please note, the schedule may vary depending on the particular project the volunteer is participating on.

VOLUNTEERS DURATIONVOLUNTEER PROGRAM FEE  USD $VOLUNTEER PROGRAM FEE  EUROS €VOLUNTEER PROGRAM FEE GBP £
1 Week$240€223£184
2 Weeks$360€334£276
3 Weeks$480€445£368
4 Weeks$640€593£490
5 Weeks$720€667£551
6 Weeks$840€778£643
7 Weeks$960€889£735
8 Weeks$1080€1000£827
9 Weeks$1200€1112£919
10 Weeks$1320€1223£1011
11 Weeks$1440€1334£1103
12 Weeks$1560€1445£1195
  • Extra Week – $180
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • In-country program orientation
  • Pre-departure support from Program Manager
  • Airport pick-up
  • Program orientation by our in-country program coordinator
  • Certificate Of Completion (Upon Request)

Your Registration Fee + Program Fee provides access to a fully hosted volunteer experience with Vast Explorers.

All volunteer programs offered by Vast Explorers are fully hosted experiences. Your entire in-country experience as an international volunteer is organized for you by our knowledgeable local teams, making it the most affordable, convenient and hassle-free way to volunteer abroad.

Your Program Fee covers the cost of hosting you on Vast Explorers program and gives back to the local community, as it is directly invested into locally-driven initiatives and employment opportunities for local people. Program Fees vary according to your chosen program and duration, with payment due 30 days before your scheduled start date or within 48 hours of registering if your start date is within the next 30 days.

  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of $100 in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services.
  • A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • Additional things to budget for include: Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check, public transport to and from your placement each day and return to the airport when your program finishes.
  • Recommended spending money: Volunteers in Uganda generally find US$50 to be sufficient for weekly expenses, including water, toilet paper, transport and miscellaneous spending.