Make a Difference with Volunteering and Adventure Travel in Uganda - Gap Year

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Murchison Falls
P.E class
Playground next to our house
Our village
Me with one of our fellow teacher's twin daughters


Go on Safari, climb Mount Kilimanjaro, bungee jump over the Nile river or go white water rafting. Whatever you want to do with your year out, Africa offers all the adventure you need. The only challenge will be fitting it all in!

Give something back and pass on the skills you've learned at college to young students, whether you love English, Drama, Dance, Sport, Music or whatever your passion is, you can influence young minds and make a real difference to the lives of the children you meet in Uganda.

Cultural immersion is more than just being a tourist and seeing the sights, it's a unique opportunity to engage meaningfully with individuals and a community, to build relationships, make friends and live life as they do.


All our programs are divided into three parts - orientation, cultural immersion placement and independent travel.

  • Orientation - a chance to settle in, get to know your group and make sure you're fully prepared for all aspects of your placement.
  • Immersion - you live and work with others in your group in our partner community around Jinja, close to the source of the River Nile, sharing your skills. Key to the experience is the high level of independence we offer. We're always available, but we stand back and let you make the most of the experience.
  • Independent Travel - the final month of the program is free for you to explore Uganda and even further afield. We're still here to support you whenever you need!
  • Live, work and play in the community and build lasting friendships
  • Travel independently at the end of your program
  • Our own 24/7 in-country support team
  • Teach young children and add stand out work experience to your CV/resume

FREE Safari Experience when you travel to Africa with us...!!!

For a limited time we are giving anyone who applies for qualifying programs a FREE 3 day Safari experience in Africa! So hurry, hurry, hurry...!!!

Africa & Asia Venture (AV) is one of the oldest gap year providers. Since 1993 AV has been offering unique immersive programs in Africa and Asia for those aged 17-25. You live and work in the local community in a group with fellow participants from around the world.

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Questions & Answers


based on 18 reviews
  • Impact 8.7
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 8.8
  • Value 8.9
  • Safety 9.7
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Yes, I recommend this program

Uganda AV 2013

I had the most amazing, awe-inspiring experience in Uganda. AV were so supportive, they were like a huge safety net ready to catch us if anything went wrong. I wouldn't change it for the world. It has certainly helped me set myself up for university.

What would you improve about this program?
The donation money was a huge issue for us, myself and my volunteering partner was allocated to Kasokwe school, the poorest school of the group. So we found ourselves with the same amount of money as everyone else, however their schools were more advanced and had a lot more money previously invested in the buildings. The other schools had the same amount of donation money but were far more advanced than Kasokwe
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Volunteering in Uganda

Had an amazing time volunteering. It was an incredible experience living and teaching in a school and I learned a huge amount amount the local culture, lifestyle and also a lot about myself as a person. The highlight was probably teaching and playing sport with the kids at the school and also the travelling time after the project where I traveled down through kenya and tanzania. The organisation was great and I would recommend them to anyone.

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The Best 4 Months of my Life

Going to Uganda with AV was undoubtedly the best decision that I have ever made. The three months that we spent in our villages, working at the local schools was indescribably good, and saw us all really develop as people. Through our teaching of everything from English, to PE to Music to our pupils, we were able to foster real friendships with those in our class, with the other teachers, and came to feel very at-home in our village. The children of Uganda are undoubtedly the most resilient, enthusiastic, kind, happy and inspiring of any that I have ever come across, and I feel so lucky to have spent that time with them. During free time at the weekends, we were able to explore Uganda more generally - taking white water rafting trips, bungee jumping, visiting waterfalls, tracking mountain the end of the school term we spent a further month exploring East Africa as a whole - trips through Tanzania, Kenya and Zanzibar, ending with a Masai Mara safari. Throughout, the support from the AV staff, in-country and at home, was exceptional. I wish that I could take another Gap Year just so that I could go back to Uganda with AV again, I could honestly not recommend the whole experience more highly.