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Hello, my name is Godfrey, I work with a christian non profit making Community based organization found in Rakai District Uganda. I lead a group of professionals who are committed to improve the well being of less fortunate children and their families.
I am married to Gorreth with three boys, our home is located in a village which is 3kms from the nearby town, 28kms from a bigger town and 148kms from Kampala which is the capital city of Uganda. As a family we love making friends and sharing experiences.
We are community based and child focused. Our passion is to improve the lives of poorest children through education support, healthcare and nutrition, child protection and advocacy. We work together with private and government aided schools, churches and other partner organizations. It is evident that the time we have hosted volunteers, our children both at home and at school have improved their English speaking skills, critical thinking, creative writing and multiple competencies in class. Parents and care givers have also learnt transferable skills that improve their well being and protection of their children. Through our approach (holistic development approach) children will experience a better today and brighter tomorrow. Kindly join us for this cause.
You don't need any qualification to volunteer here, all we need is people with the passion and wiliness to help people who are less fortunate than themselves, however some activities require qualified people in a specific field. I am looking for like minded people of different categories that include teachers, nurses, social workers, architects, fund-raisers, psychologists, book writers, child protection and human rights advocates and those with skills that include environmental management and protection, community and women empowerment, spiritual nurture, rural economic development and early childhood development. Volunteers are needed throughout the year.
Working with us is an excellent opportunity to combine adventurous foreign travel with a worthwhile job as a volunteer. You will improve your transferable skills such as planning, team-working, presentation, communication and rural development. Above all, this is an unrivaled opportunity to gain an insight into a completely different culture and way of life.
We can host intern students from different parts of the World. Our activities are so practical to enable students develop hands on experience of how non government organizations operate.
You can also come and spend your holiday here in a more meaningful way as we share different experiences that will enrich your skills.
Duration of the stay can be discussed with any one interested. Our community people and children are so welcoming and friendly. We have a beautiful weather, anyone can easily adjust to it. Volunteers will have a chance to visit different places here and learn more about our culture and the environment. Expect to have lots of fun with us. Have you ever crossed the equator? Expect this on your first day in Uganda.
If not interested in the above, we can host you as a family. We want to meet new people and make new friends in different parts of the World. Come and teach us English, we also desire to learn different languages. We are so out going friendly and God fearing.
CURRENTLY NEEDED VOLUNTEERS
We are currently looking for fundraising and marketing manager volunteer.
Responsibilities will include.
-Review, develop, implement and manage our fundraising and marketing strategies.
-Have a creative approach to fundraising and fundraiser/donor engagement, recognizing the special relationship
-Provide guidance and leadership on events, community and individual giving fundraising.
-Strengthen these areas, adding to the portfolio where needed, finding creative solutions to engage new fundraisers and
reactivating lapsed ones.
-Lead on developing our individual fundraising strategy, moving our fundraising work into local communities.
Add guidance and significant value to our growing area of individual giving (including in memorial gifts, committed giving
and legacies), establishing a marketing programme for each area.
-Increase income generation by identifying and developing new revenue streams whilst maximizing existing opportunities, including trusts and foundations, statutory, community,
Volunteers are given token and certificate of appreciation at the end of their stay
Entering a new country is exciting and worry-free if you come prepared with the following:
It is advisable that you process a Tourist Visa
You may purchase your visa at the airport upon arrival, or in advance through the Ugandan Embassy. Here are details for each process:
Purchasing visa upon arrival at Entebbe airport.
1. Once you have disembarked the aircraft, and entered the terminal, join the immigration line
2. Present your passport along with $50.00 (US) or £60. Your passport will be stamped with a three-month visa. For more than three month seek details from Ugandan embassy.
3. Proceed directly to baggage collection.
One of us will be happy to welcome you to Uganda.
Purchasing Visa in Advance
You can purchase a visa in advance - contact your nearest embassy for details.
Passport: You must have a valid passport with at least 1 year before it expires.
ADVICE ON MONEY
It is important that you bring money in the right form for your personal plan i.e safari. Here is some information to help you make the right choices (please read carefully):
Cash can be exchanged at the airport and different banks. Euros, UK pounds and US dollars are all acceptable and can be exchanged to local to Uganda shilling. If you have US Dollars then only accept large denomination notes of $50 or $100 all the small notes get a lower rate of exchange, and they must be printed after 2007.
The people of Uganda generally take great pride in their appearance. You will probably feel under dressed if you bring only old, casual clothing. However this depends on the where you are.
Here are some hints:
Female visitors will likely feel more comfortable in skirts and dresses, making sure that the knees and shoulders are covered.
Male visitors should plan to bring trousers and button-up shirts.
Babysitting / child care
Working and living in a new country and within an unfamiliar culture provides a great experience for all volunteers and interns. Cultural exchange often involves adapting and learning about a new environment, and this flexibility is a helpful skill for our participants before, during and after the Work & Travel program.
One of the best features of cultural exchange programs is the chance to make new friends for a lifetime.
Continued connection to the host families act as cultural ambassadors to our volunteers, introducing international visitors to Uganda culture during their time as. After experiencing life in the Uganda volunteers may be more likely to return to Uganda.
The cultural exchange will provide the opportunity for volunteers to develop a greater understanding of diversity. Volunteers will interact with and learn from people who are different from themselves and participate in new and unique experiences beyond their own communities. Cultural exchange assists our volunteers to develop positive relationships with others, understand a broader range of perspectives, and develop the knowledge and skills needed for participation in our multicultural society.
I am looking for people that can help in any of the following.
- teaching our children especially English, Mathematics and science
- teach English to children of 4-5 year
- developing learning materials for children
- developing reading materials with children, writing story books with children to improve their reading and writing skills
- training Sunday school teachers and conducting Sunday school classes
- HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns in different schools
HEALTHCARE AND CHILD PROTECTION
- conduct individual child health screening (Doctors, Clinical officers and Nurses are needed)
- child protection campaigns and life skills training for children to acquire skills of protecting
themselves and others from abuse as well as skills concerning career development and
making good judgment
MARKETING AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT, ADMINISTRATIVE TASKS
- fundraising for project work, social media marketing. our desire to acquire more funds to address the overwhelming needs of children and their communities
- build capacity of staff in design, monitoring and evaluation
- child sponsorship marketing, this involves searching for individuals and organizations that can sponsor our children's education and community development
- Web design and hosting
- planning and resource mobilization
- we need an Architecture to help us design a new school and orphanage plan
- spiritual nurture for children
- help women groups market their products which include crafts and agricultural products
If you have any special skill that you feel will be of a great value to the well being of children, community and staffs please don't hesitate to let us know. We believe we can work together, share experiences to achieve our vision. Come and work with us, your contribution in changing lives will greatly be appreciated.
Please contact me for more details that are not included here.
English and Luganda (Local language)
We can accommodate more than two people at a time in houses fully furnished with electricity and some with solar power as stand by power. Bathroom available with hot showers. Rooms are not shared but Kitchen, dinning, bathroom and sitting room are shared. Smoking is not allowed inside the house. A private accommodation can also be organized for couples. Internet is accessible in the town.
If you have any special dietary requirement, please kindly let us know to effectively plan for your comfortable stay with us. In regard to this no one of us will be offended if a volunteer prepares his/her own food in the kitchen or is not interested in the local meals. Grocery shops and super markets are easily accessible. We live in a quiet environment good for relaxing, reading, meditation e.t.c.
Please note that our organization is in its start up phase, we therefore need people that will devote their time to ensure that it is well established to address the overwhelming needs of our target beneficiaries (orphans and vulnerable children)
Uganda has some excellent Wildlife and National Parks for example Lake Mburo and Queen Elizabeth National Parks are close to our place. While there you can see different animals e.g Lions, Elephants, Ugandan Cob, Buffalo, Hippo, Hundreds of different birds, gorillas etc. See the equator, cultural sites, hot springs, waterfalls e.t.c. You can safely travel by bus or Matatu by yourself to any preferred place. We recommend that you buy your self a travel guide for Uganda.
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day 5 days a week
In developing countries (Where most hosts are involved in charity work or community development) some of our hosts may ask for a small donation to help the host family or charity (often less then 5 dollars per day) Workaway will allow this listing when the donation goes directly to the family or charity and is just to cover the cost of the volunteer‘s stay. (This will be clearly marked on the host listing).
We will strictly not allow listings posted by agents, “middle men” or projects who we feel are looking to profit from a volunteers stay.