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Our foundation welcomes you to the pearl of Africa, Kasese, Uganda

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  • Last activity: 25 May 2024



 Min stay requested: 1 month or more



  • Description



    You can find our organization in Kasese, the largest town in the Rwenzururu region (Western Uganda). The town originally grew around the copper mine at Kilembe, but the economy later turned to cobalt mining. The town of Kasese offers you all you need, from fruit and veggie markets to small restaurants and even possibilities to enjoy nightlife. Besides that, Kasese functions as a gateway to the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale park and the stunning Rwenzori mountains.

    Our foundation was started by Masika, who works as a nurse at the local clinic and dedicates all her free time to organizational projects. About ten years ago, Masika became aware of the harsh life faced by young children who fled the wars in the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo. She decided to build a place where these children can live safely, where basic needs such as nutrition and education are provided, and where they can grow into productive adults with a promising future.

    Realizing the importance of education and development of young children, especially girls, Masika extended the services of the organization to the entire community of Kasese. This does not come without challenges: families are facing many obstacles along the road to education for their children, among which diseases, poor health, poverty and absence of transport.

    With time, hard work and sacrifices, the nursery and primary school became a reality. At the moment, we have a 7 classroom block, soon to become a 10 classroom block, which houses a nursery and primary school (today up to P5).
    The school provides education to more than 250 pupils, from 3 to 15 years old.
    The future plan is to enlarge the infrastructures of the school, in order to provide better education in a safer environment. Through the projects organized by our volunteers we are planning to build a canteen, a playground, a library and a perimeter security system. Moreover the foundation is planning to apply for development grants that could assure the implementation of a top-notch education system that can allow our students to achieve their dreams.

    The school is not the only project that characterized our involvement in the safeguard of our community. We are actively involved in agricultural projects and health-care awareness/sex-education projects for young women.
    The farming project:
    We have banana and maize plantations close to the school, where we often bring also our students for a full-circled education, the crops help the most vulnerable families and to overcome the shortages of the school. We also have a coffee and banana farming project in Rukungiri district in the western region of Uganda. The farm adopts a mixed farming method of robusta coffee farming and a banana plantation. Activities on the farm include planting, weeding, mulching, watering, harvesting and packaging of raw coffee beans.
    The Hospital project:
    The foundation plans to start up a hospital as a result of increasing health concern in the community. Maternal mortality ratio remains high in Uganda .Many pregnant women lose their lives in hope of child delivery and this is a major problem .The Worth A Foundation is in the pipeline of constructing a maternity and peadiatric hospital to eliminate maternal deaths and ensure safe deliveries of babies.

    We focus on the following groups in society:

    Health care, nutrition and basic education are basic requirements for the development of a generation capable of change and growth.

    Talent enhancement and skill development is needed make this generation a self-reliant one. The future needs independent, strong and creative individuals who will invent the tools and the Ugandan-made solutions to the challenges this country is facing.

    Women and girls.
    Education and development of current mothers and future mothers is key to change. Time and energy lost in water fetching, poor health and the combination of single crop farming and climate change are among the obstacles on the way to unlock the potential of the women that are going to raise the next generation.

    Victims of Sexual and Gender Based Abuse (SGBA).
    To avoid a lost generation which could potentially make a change, psychological and economic empowerment of SGBA victims is a requirement. This includes engagement, understanding and support to lighten strength and motivation in those who might have given up on the future.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

    UN sustainability 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

    You will experience the reality of living in the Pearl of Africa. Sometimes the Pearl is actually more a diamond in the rough, unpolished but potentially shining bright, but you will learn to discover and appreciate this hidden gem.

    Life in Kasese is simple and peaceful. In contrast to the fast and industrialized Western world, you will be brought back to the essential of life: living it. Time does not always have to be filled here, living life in a rush is no priority. Where in the developed world time is very costly, here time is something that simply passes by while you're living your life.
    You will learn how to love our lifestyle and our way of perceiving life, as well as our traditions and culture. Ugandans are keen to learn about new traditions, recipes and stories.
    You might experience a culture shock, but we will help you overcome it. Your experience here will change the way you look at life, which will be of value for the rest of your time on this planet.

    Oh, and you'll probably get a tan ;-)

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    We are looking for innovative, creative, hands on and autonomous workawayers in the following fields:

    Sustainable architecture and construction.

    If you have experience in ecological architecture and recycling projects, we want you. For the extension of the school, we are in need of architects. Experience with construction of schools is a plus, but interest in ecological architecture is a must. Keep in mind that you will be working with limited economical resources and local materials.

    Permaculture and environmental conservation.

    For farming and gardening projects, we are looking for innovative engineers in the fields of permaculture and environmental conservation. We need to live up to our responsibilities, even with limited economical resources available in this part of the world, and create a sustainable present for an everlasting future. We are looking to combine environmental conservation and crop variety to fight the disastrous consequences that climate change has on food supply in this region of the world.
    If you have experience in permaculture projects and ecological design or are familiar to irrigation using solar water pumps, please come and join us, we need your knowledge!

    Grant and proposal writing.

    As we are an an NGO, it needs funding. Instead of personal fundraising, we want to focus on funding for projects that will eventually become sustainable. Therefore, we are in search of creative but professional grant and proposal writers, able to find the niches in our projects qualified for one-time big funding.


    Initially, we will need teachers for several subjects who will educate the students, help them unfold their potential to prosper and flourish. Subjects will include the regular ones (math, geography, English, sports, etc.) but also new fields such as theater, French, Spanish and Chinese. Think out of the box and create ideas of how to provide the students (nursery and primary) with the knowledge and tools needed to thrive and change the future of Uganda and possibly Africa.

    It is important to know, in case your reason for coming here is linked to your willingness to teach to our students, that the school season goes from February to December. But you can always contact us, so we can give you the most updated holidays or vacations.

    Social work.

    Always in need of social workers, preferably with experience in developing countries. We are trying to map the challenges faced by (single) mothers and families in rural areas to categorize the main obstacles to a promising and prosperous future. This is not a simply task, since there are many obstacles that can be initially underestimated or even overlooked. Prejudices or a Western-biased attitude create solutions that in the end won't work in Uganda. Therefore, it is crucial to possess cultural empathy, to be very open minded and capable of carefully listening and registering details as if your brain were a tabula rasa.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    I am interested in language exchange

  • Accommodation



    Currently we provide free accommodation for our volunteers in the same apartment complex of Masika’s place, located in Kasese town. The volunteers will sleep in shared rooms, bedsheets and mosquito nets are provided. You may hand wash your clothes or the housekeeper could take care of it by paying her little money. Remember this is Africa, so you will probably not enjoy the luxury of your home country. Rain showers are not common here, instead, you will learn how to clean yourself with a bucket of water and soap (it's not difficult and you might even feel cleaner afterwards).
    For further information, feel free to ask. :)


    Volunteers will enjoy lunches at school with the children, while the breakfasts and dinners are usually enjoyed in the company of Masika’s family. Volunteers may organize themselves for breakfast, dinners are often cooked by the housekeeper in rotation with the volunteers. We are an NGO with limited budget and voluntary donations for food are not unwelcome.You shall enjoy simple and authentic dishes, everything that you will taste comes from our land. Ugandan cuisine is keen to vegetarian palates, nevertheless if you have any specific allergies please let us know.
    If you desire special meals it's up to you to purchase food in town and prepare the food. You can find examples of food prices at the market, supermarket or restaurants in the section below.


    Tap water is used for washing and cooking. Drinking water is filtered, but you might want to buy your own bottled water to avoid the unpleasant situation of spending your days on the toilet. The so-called “water lady” is right next to the accommodation, so don’t panic, you can buy water at any time of the day. ;)


    The accommodation is located above a bank, therefore security guards are operative 24/7h. You will understand that safety is a matter of perception, people will wave at you and often ask about your day, but rest mindful of your surroundings. If you want to go around during the night it is safer to do it in a group, you can always contact Masika or any other family member in case you get lost.


    The accommodation is provided with electricity, but it could happen that sometimes you will have to go around the house with a flashlight. Remember this is Africa, and sometimes you may experience some electricity shortages. Therefore, we suggest you bring with you a powerbank and a flashlight.


    Currently there is no Wi-Fi at the accommodation. Volunteers are advised to purchase a Ugandan SIM card with an internet bundle. There are different providers of SIM cards with internet bundles and minutes but MTN and Airtel are most common.
    You can purchase a SIM card upon arrival in Entebbe or Kampala, but there are also possibilities in Kasese. A SIM card including registration free will cost you around 20000 UGX (5,30 USD; 5 EUR). The Ugandan mobile system works with mobile money that you put on your phone as if it were a mobile wallet. Mobile money can be used to buy internet bundles, to call or to send messages and it's also possible to withdraw or transfer money through your phone.
    In general, a monthly 10G internet bundle will cost you 50000 UGX (13,30 USD; 12,50 EUR). In Kasese town there are some internet cafes to be found, or if you want to relax while browsing, you can order a coffee in a hotel with Wi-Fi zone.
    We suggest:
    - Cafè de lit, five minutes from home (walking).
    - Elephant lounge, 10 minutes from home (walking).

  • What else ...

    What else ...


    You can find fresh fruits and veggies for your breakfast right next to the accommodation.
    You will understand that it is best to ask first for the price and compare it to our table, because it might happen that you can be charged a tourist price. (Mzungu price)

    Pineapple: between 2000/3000 UGX (0,70 EUR; 0,80 USD)
    Avocado: 1 CAD 500 UGX (0,12 EUR; 0,13 USD)
    4 Tomatoes: 1000 UGX (0,25 EUR; 0,26 USD)
    Bananas: 2000 / 5000 UGX (depending on the quantity) (0,50/1,25 EUR; 0,53/1,3 USD)


    There are several small supermarkets in Kasese, where you can find everything you need: soap, shampoo, laundry detergent, food, water, soda, toilet paper, sunblock (!), etc. Prices are generally low except for Western products.


    There are good restaurants to be found in Kasese, serving traditional food or Western food. You will find a plate of pasta bolognaise for 12000 UGX (3,26 USD; 2,88 EUR), a club sandwich with chips for 15000 UGX (4 USD, 3,60 EUR), a big milkshake for 11000 UXG (2,99 USD; 2,64 EUR) and a refreshing fruit juice or a cold 0.66 Nile beer for 3000 UXG (0,82 USD; 0,72 EUR).


    There are different ways of traveling from one place to another in Uganda.
    In Kampala you most likely use Uber and Bodaboda. A bodaboda is a motorcycle that functions as a taxi, carrying up to 3 people. It is often a pleasant ride with the possibility of observing the environment with a cooling breeze in your hair. When in Kampala, we suggest downloading the application “SafeBoda”, you can book your Boda and travel around the city safely. When you are in smaller towns like Kasese, we advise you to establish the price before hopping on the bike so as to avoid ugly discussions. With time you will understand the pricing system and how to deal with bodaboda drivers.

    Volunteers are entitled to their own transportation. Don’t worry, going around is affordable.

    Here you can find some useful prices:


    Kampala → Kasese : 45000 UXG (11,27 EUR; 11,94 USD)
    Kasese → Fort Portal : 10000 UXG


    Home → School/Youth center : 2 people, 4000 UXG (1 EUR; 1,06 USD)
    School/Youth center→ Home : 2 people, 3000 UXG ( 0,75 EUR; 0,80USD)
    Home → Farm : 2 people, 7000 UXG (1,75 EUR; 1,86 USD)
    Farm → Home : 2 people, 5000 UXG (1,25 EUR; 1,33 USD)

    As you can see, driving back to town is always cheaper, so be mindful of this whenever you hustle with your Bodaboda driver.

    Moving around Kasese with Bodaboda is most likely 1000 UXG (0,25 EUR; 0,27 USD)


    A quick Google (maps) search will show you that Kasese is located in an area with many tourist attractions. Examples of the activities that you can fill your free time with are visiting the several national parks, hiking and trekking in the Rwenzori mountains, relaxing in the natural hot springs or visiting the crater lakes.
    Kasese is next to the Queen Elizabeth National Park, we can help you to organize your safari, where you can stay astonished by the beauty of several animals (from elephants to lions).
    Kalinzu forest is just a two-hours drive away from Kasese, there you can enjoy a beautiful hike along the company of many primates. Chimpanzees are often seen!!

    You can truly find different activities to fulfill your free-time and we will be happy to help you to spend an unforgettable time in the Pearl of Africa.


    Volunteers are recommended to apply and pay online for the visa they want to obtain. On the website of the government of Uganda you can find information about the different visas, requirements and costs. For a three-month single-entry visa, you'll have to attach a copy of your passport, a recent passport size photograph and a copy of the yellow fever page of your vaccination booklet. The three-month tourist visa costs 50 USD. Other visa possibilities include among others, a multiple entry visa and an East Africa visa (Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya). At the airport in Entebbe they will ask you for proof of yellow fever vaccination, sometimes a cholera non-indicated stamp, and for your printed approval of visa application.

    Feel free to ask us for any further information/help.

    Diseases/ Health.

    The malaria mosquito is alive and buzzing around from sunset to sunrise, so Volunteers are advised to bring enough anti-repellent with DEET. In this area there are not so many mosquitos, but it will depend mostly on the season, but better safe than sorry.
    If you have any doubts, don’t hesitate to contact us.
    You might want to bring your own mosquito net if you are planning to travel around. Regarding other diseases, volunteers are advised to contact the vaccination center in their home country.
    Kasese is provided with numerous pharmacies that work efficiently and where you might find top quality medicine to cure specific diseases, such as malaria. Nevertheless, the hospital and the clinic where Masika works is just 5 minutes walking distance, so if you need anything you can always go there.


    Many travelers ask what clothes they are supposed to bring to Uganda. Of course, it depends on what you're most comfortable in. However, do not think that because this is Africa you needn't bring anything fashionable. People in Uganda dress very well! Colorful dresses, good jeans, branded shirts, shining shoes; Ugandans like to look good. It's possible to wear short clothing like skirts, dresses and shorts, just leave your sexy hot pants home. At the accommodation, you'll probably want to wear thin, short clothing and flip-flops. Keep in mind that items are cheaper here and that you can even have your custom clothing tailored here. You will pick a fabric and explain or even draw what you would like to have (jumpsuit, trousers, jacket) and voila: your personal design clothing..

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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