Become a Global Health Volunteer in Uganda

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On OVC outreach
A busy Monday at the clinic.

About

FIMRC's Project Bududa is located 150 miles east of the capital city of Kampala. Through our own clinic, we provide high quality medical services and health education resources to a catchment area of over 40,000 individuals.

Many issues plaguing the population are readily treatable with preventative measures, education, and continuous healthcare monitoring, which our volunteers help us provide. As a volunteer, you will work with our dedicated clinic staff through assisting with patient intake, observing patient examinations, and assisting in the pharmacy. Volunteers also work extensively in the community by traveling with our Community Health Educators on home visits, assisting with mosquito net treatments, and leading health education sessions in local schools and orphanages. Volunteers even have the unique opportunity to work in our maternity ward, where we deliver about 300 babies a year!

Come serve with us at our largest operating site and help make sustainable change!

Flexible Booking Options & Virtual Volunteer Opportunities

We allow flexible booking options as well as virtual volunteer opportunities!

Questions & Answers

Reviews

99%
based on 12 reviews
  • Impact 9.9
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.3
  • Value 9.4
  • Safety 9.3
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Natalie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Bududa, Uganda SIHF 2018

SIHF Bududa, Uganda was the most genuine, raw, authentic experience that I have ever had and it will forever change my life. I gained so much experience in the medical and international health field and made some really amazing friends in the meantime. My favorite part was living in the village amongst the local people, to work with them, to understand them, to befriend them. It was very special and unique.

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Allie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Uganda Love It

Going into this medical mission trip to Uganda, I did not know what to expect. I had been hungry to travel to Uganda for many years, and when my brother found FIMRC through a google search for medical mission trips to Africa, I knew the trip was meant to be as the registration was made easy and everything seemed to just fall into place. Ultimately, I knew that my mission was to serve God and to be His hands and feet wherever He needed me to be, but with all of my friends telling me that I was going to change the world, I thought that the difference I was going to make was going to be in the lives of the locals of rural Bududa District of Uganda. I quickly learned that I was not going to change Uganda, but that God was going to use Uganda and its people to change me.
We worked in a health clinic Monday through Thursday from 9:30am until the last patient was seen. At the clinic, we checked people in, took vitals, sat in on consultations, witnessed childbirth, worked in the lab, and helped out wherever we could.
For the first weekend, we travelled to Jinja for white water rafting on the Nile River and happened upon the Sole Hope guesthouse and shoe making workshops. I was introduced to Sole Hope on the Mission Trip that my brother and I took with our youth group in high school in 2013 and have thought about it ever since. Luckily, we were able to walk right into the front gate of their compound and get a tour from the guesthouse hostess. This was such an emotional experience that only God could have arranged; after collecting donations and supplies and hosting shoe cutting parties over the past 4 years for Sole Hope, I was finally able to see where the shoes are made in person and hold a pair of the finished shoes in her hands.
We packed as much as we could into our second and last full weekend in the area: eating dinner with one of the clinic volunteers at her house, administering deworming pills and vitamin A drops during an immunization outreach at a local school, hiking Sipi Falls, attending a protestant church with one of the clinic staff members, and getting to sit down with another staff member at her house as she taught us how the coffee beans are prepared to be roasted.

As a useful tip: do not pack your peanut butter in your carry-on - TSA will throw it away.

What would you improve about this program?
I think improvements could be made in communication before and during the trip to aid in transportation plans to and from the airport and excursions.
Alex
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Trip of a Lifetime

Ever since a mission trip to New York in high school youth group that had a video series about missions in Africa, my sister and I longed for the day we could travel and help the cause. Christmas break of 2016 I began searching for mission trips to Africa and stumbled upon FIMRC's website. I found the SIHF and immediately began filling out the application just to check the availability. After a few days of prayer, they responded and told me there was room for me and my sister. The trip itself was amazing. We met some amazing people with whom we are still good friends who attended the fellowship with us, and connected with some amazing people in Uganda with whom I still talk to via Facebook. I learned more about healthcare and how to treat patients and gained valuable perspective about what we have (but may not really need) here in the US. I never felt that I was in danger in Uganda. The FIMRC staff were very accommodating and the local people were very nice. Every weekend we were able to take adventures around the area and see a lot of that part of the country. I would highly recommend the SIHF to anyone considering a career in international work or anyone with a desire to experience a different culture and become immersed in a different way of life.

What would you improve about this program?
Give more information up front. I felt I could have known more of what to pack.
Amanda
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Most amazing experience!

Volunteering with FIMRC in Bududa, Uganda was the most incredible experience. The organization is selflessly committed to serving those without adequate healthcare and resources, and does so while simultaneously empowering the people of the communities they serve. In Bududa I had the privilege of getting personal hands-on experience in a clinical setting and loving some incredibly sweet children, with the added bonus of fun excursions thrown in.

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Sydney
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best 2 Weeks Ever

I never in a million years thought id be so impacted by an experience as I was this one. Bududa was truly an incredible place and the staff at FIMRC always went out of there way to make sure i was comfortable, always being hands on, and having fun. I wanted to get the most out of this trip and they made it so easy to do so! Thank you for the trip of a lifetime! I can’t wait for the day I get to go back.

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Matthew
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An excellent experience

During my two months in Uganda I spent a lot of time with FIMRC's Orphans and Vulnerable Children Program. The other volunteers and I would hike to different families in the village with the outreach coordinator, and we would visit with and interview the families about their involvement with the program. It was an amazing way to interact with the community and explore the village. As the clinic sits at the bottom of a valley, mountains slope up on either side, providing a beautiful but short view. Many families live further up these mountains and as you hike from home to home, you cannot help but see the breathtaking views that Bududa has to offer. I can honestly say that Uganda is the greenest, and as a result, one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.

What would you improve about this program?
I would recommend having slightly more involved volunteer training.
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Kara
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A more than amazing summer

I got more out of 1 month than I ever anticipated. I got confirmation that nursing and global health are indeed what I need and want to do in life. I received reinforcement that although all human beings have an innate right to health, this is not the case, and that must be changed. I made lifelong friends from all over the US and Uganda that I would have otherwise never met. I rafted the Nile, got my chocolate bar stolen by a baboon on a safari, stargazed on a nightly basis, hiked to waterfalls, began a new language, and ate chapatti, so so much chapatti. Most importantly, I learned a new sense of appreciation, respect, compassion, knowledge and wisdom that can only be learned from another culture. I wish I could've spent another month in Bududa, but I'm thankful for all Uganda and FIMRC gave to me in the time I had with them.

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Rosse
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

One visit and you will forever fall in love with Uganda!

My experience at FIMRC SIHF in Uganda was absolutely amazing. Not only did I get hands on experience with patients and lab procedures, but I got to become part of a huge family. The FIMRC Uganda staff are by far the sweetest people. They are very welcoming and are always happy to help the community. They are also amazing at helping fellows/volunteers communicate with patients- you will definitely learn some Lugisu during your time here! The clinic is located about 2 miles away from the house and is surrounded by mountains and breathtaking views. Fellows not only help in the clinic but can also help out with the OVC (orphans and vulnerable children program), PTC (post test club) and patient outreach. If you chose to you can also take weekend trips into the city for shopping, hiking, Safari and more. All in all FIMRC SHIF Uganda has it all!