Join our medical clinic and primary school in the beautiful Mt Elgon, Uganda

  • Uganda
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  • Last activity: 31 May 2023



 Min stay requested: No minimum



  • Description


    I am Peter, a local doctor who is very passionate to help the local mountain community, where it is often difficult for the people to access basic health care and education.

    This a charity organisation, working in the Bududa and Manafwa districts of Eastern Uganda. We offer clinical services, mental health care, nutritional support and preventive health services in our charity health centre. We also run a primary school and social development programmes for marginalised local groups, including women, children, youths, children with albinism, elderly and we have an affiliated Christian church that seeks volunteers interested in working with church activities.
    In Bududa, we are building a children's hospital and volunteers with building and fundraising skills are welcome to support the construction work.
    In Manafwa we have already a running charity Clinic that seeks passionate volunteers with a medical background.
    Due to heavy influx of patients daily, we need passionate health workers dedicated to save lives. We also need determined teachers for our kindergarten and primary school, with skills to train others due to insufficient local teachers.

    We welcome you to enjoy the cool weather, greenery, mountainous terrain and hospitable community!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Language practice
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Volunteers have the opportunity to learn new languages, since our region contains people from different places. They can tour places like Mt Elgon National Park with plenty of beautiful landscapes, flora and fauna. Also the nearby Namisindwa caves and Sipi falls that look so attractive.

    It's interesting for volunteers to watch our cultural dances - sonja dance, inemba - its all fun.
    Volunteers can enjoy and learn from our cooking classes, our farming styles and experience different kinds of foods.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    We believe that integration of our ideas with local and international partners can lead to a transformed community. Volunteers will be expected to share with us their skills and offer a helping hand to our community members in their respective fields. Volunteers will be attached to our health facility, families, primary school, or kindergarten all within the organisation.

    Help needed:

    1) Curative Healthcare:
    The clinic works hard to tackle local diseases such as malaria, TB, malnutrition and various water-borne issues. We also work with local laboratories to diagnose and prescribe treatments accordingly.
    Volunteers can participate in the services above under supervision by a local health worker.

    2) Guidance and Counselling:
    We deal with mental health issues that stem from poor families, single parents, abandoned children and many others affected by hardship in this area. The children with albinism usually suffer from rejection and they need to be supported with basic needs like soap, sun screen, eye glasses and protective clothing - If you are thinking of donating, these things would be very helpful!
    Volunteers with counselling skills will help us so much in this field. This entails home visits and meeting affected children at schools with their teachers.

    3) Community Health Outreach:
    We conduct routine outreaches every Thursday and Friday to sensitise children in schools, home and community gatherings on health issues, carry out basic examinations like nutrition assessments, blood pressure, dental hygiene, skin diseases, HIV testing.
    Volunteers are very much needed to team up with us in these out reaches.

    4) Special clinics:
    We organise specialised camps like eye camps, dental camps and minor surgeries.
    Volunteers with these specialities are welcome in planning, organising and implementing these clinics.
    5) Kids Club:
    We plan for new creative activities like drama, music and dance. Inspire and activate children's' inner potential. Identify ways to make the Kids Club financially sustainable and expand.
    Volunteers can act as a co-facilitator and help to lead these activities, as well as bringing in new ideas and fundraise for additional resources.
    6) Fundraising Activities:
    A volunteer with experience and connections in fundraising is very welcome. We have over 50 orphans attending kindergarten whose parents were lost due to landslides and other unfortunate circumstances. These children need scholastic materials and other basic necessities which they cannot afford. They need to be supported to realise their full potential.
    8) WEBSITE:
    We currently have a website to show the world who we are and what we do. A critical role in the present day. We need a volunteer with the expertise to update our website that will convey all our programs and activities.
    9) Toursim:
    We are also trying to open our place up for toursim. Volunteers can help in organizing our website and social media accounts, managing incoming tourism requests, guiding tourists and helping in making this place a comfortable place for tourists
    10) Donations;
    We are also open for donations if you are thinking about bringing something to the clinic. Here are some suggestions: sunscreen, sunglasses for the children with albinism // gloves, weighing scale, thermometers, liquid soap, centrifuge, antibiotic creams, antifungai creams, steroid creams and different drugs and medications for the clinic // books, pens, chalk, markers and white boards for the school // reading glasses, shoes, slippers, clothes, rubbish bins, power banks, used laptops or phones for the surrounding community

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Luganda, Ganda: Fluent
    French: Intermediate
    Slovak: Intermediate
    German: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    I am fluent in English and local languages such as Lumasaba and Luganda. I also know basic French, German and Slovak. We have 2 classes running for the elderly and kids club. We teach grammar in English and volunteers interested in learning English, or local languages can attend our classes. Those are fluent in English can teach our kids club. Volunteers can also help to teach different languages like Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, French, German.

  • Accommodation



    We currently have modest accommodation with five medium size bedrooms. They all include a bed with bedding and a treated mosquito net. There is now solar power throughout the centre.

    We have recently installed a new modern toilet and shower room. We don't have any running water, but clean and safe water is collected and stored in containers on site. Boiled water for drinking (and a hot shower) is always prepared daily.

    Internet: you can access internet services by using mobile data on your simcard that we provide you with. You buy airtime on your simcard and convert it into internet bundles and tether to your computer for internet services. If you want to buy a simcard yourself then we recommend in getting an Airtel simcard instead of MTN, because up here in the mountains the Airtel provides more stable internet

    Most of our meals are local foods like Matooke (Bananas), Posho (Maize corn), Rice, Potatoes, cassava, Avocadoes. We are largely vegetarians, but we sometimes have beef. Our food is not always spiced, so be prepared for a basic lifestyle.

    As we are providing free health care to the community and sponsor the required drugs and supplies ourselves, in order to be able to stem the finances, we charge 5 Dollars a day for the incoming volunteers. This includes accomodation and 3 meals a day. Transportation and other extra needs would be at your cost.

    There are plenty of local fruits that you can buy from the marekts, including avocados, bananas, mangoes, pineapples, pawpaws, guavas, all from purely organic gardens. For milk lovers, it is readily available.

    Volunteers who need spiced foods will need to make a contribution to purchase from supermarket. For example; animal proteins, processed foods like bread, pasta, spices and others.

    We offer transportation from the Entebbe Airport to the clinic for 171 USD. From Mbale city to the clinic we offer transportation for 25 USD.
    In case you want to come with public transport you can take a bus from the Airport to Kampala for approx. 32 USD. Then a bus from Kampala to Mbale for 10 USD. After from Mbale to Bududa by public transport for 2 USD and then a Boda from Bududa bridge to the clinic for 3 USD. That means public transport would cost you in total approx. 45 USD.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our group creates ample leisure time to learn language/cultures, indoor & outdoor games. Our volunteers shall have opportunity to tour the beautiful sceneries that make Uganda truly the pearl of Africa, like the source of the Nile, Mt Elgon, Sipi fall, Busitema forest reserve to see Baboons, Itanda falls in Jinja. These outings will cost some charge in form of entry fee, transport and of course lunch/dinner may be relatively more expensive prompting us to request our volunteers to meet these individual expenses.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We access internet by tethering from a server, making it easy for volunteers working online.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We can accommodate any size of car including trucks, range rovers and small taxis.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Volunteers can keep pets in their rooms.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 778519351332

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