Help Children in Rural Uganda!

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photo with students
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Dancing
Kindergarten class in donated t-shirt
Kindergarten class in donated t-shirt
Uganda Collage
Uganda Collage
Hopeland Volunteers
Hopeland Volunteers

About

Our volunteer program is centered around providing hope to the women and children we serve in Uganda. We partner with a non profit who operates three schools, a health clinic, community center, and a micro-finance program in Southern Uganda. When you travel to Uganda with Hopeland Volunteers, you can serve people there using your unique talents. We place volunteers as teachers, social workers, art/music/photography/dance instructors, builders, social media interns, health workers, business interns, and basically any other title you can think of! Whichever gifts and talents you have to offer, Hopeland Volunteers needs them! You will work with our staff to decide what area you want to focus on, and we will coordinate to place you in the perfect role with our non profit in Uganda. Maybe you will spend all day surrounded by students, or out at the various projects taking photos. Possibilities for volunteers are endless. Contact us today and we can turn your passion into hope for Uganda.

Highlights
  • Work directly with a small non profit who truly needs your help!
  • Opt to go on a weekend or end of trip excursion - think safari, chimp trekking, rafting on the Nile River.

Questions & Answers

Hi! You can volunteer alone if you are 18 or older, or any age if you are accompanied by a parent.

Reviews

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based on 3 reviews
  • Impact 10
  • Support 10
  • Fun 10
  • Value 10
  • Safety 10
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Justin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Honeymoon Service Trip

My wife and I traveled to Uganda for our honeymoon. We had an incredibly memorable experience spending time with the students we sponsor who attend Hopeland High School. Our stay at the volunteer headquarters with Valence and his family was wonderful – I still dream about the homecooked meals we enjoyed each night! This trip was such a great way to bond with my wife and give back to a non-profit that is doing amazing things for their community.

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Tiffany
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life changing opportunity to make a real difference

I have traveled and volunteered with this school for seven years as the coordinator of a university study abroad program. During that time, I also was able to take my pre-teen children along. The hosts are flexible in designing opportunities that help you meet your specific service goals, challenge you to grow, and provide a chance for you to truly immerse yourself in the local culture. It quickly elevates from a service project to a shared experience, working alongside friends who have invited you into their homes and their lives.

The environment is safe as long as you follow common-sense traveler guidelines like don't flash cash around and don't walk alone at night. Your hosts are living out their life's passion to create a brighter future for the children they serve and that passion shines through in how they make you feel like an integral part of the pursuit of that dream.

The country itself is absolutely beautiful. Be sure to take advantage of opportunities to go on safari, raft the Nile, and eat new foods. The host is able to help you arrange any of those excursions and experiences which makes it one-stop-shopping for the experience of a lifetime.

What would you improve about this program?
They are always seeking ways to better support and serve the volunteers. A written guide to the town where you will live may help volunteers navigate it a little more independently.
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Amanda
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Hopeland Teaching Experience

I traveled to Uganda to teach at Hopeland Primary School in 2013. I stayed in the volunteer quarters in Lugazi, with Valence and his family staying at their home right beside us. I traveled alone, but met two other volunteers and we quickly bonded and spent weekends traveling together and some evenings walking to the market to eat local snacks like rolexes. Valence coordinated my time at Hopeland Primary School, and we decided that I would work there Monday- Thursday and have Friday as a day for testing or traveling. I taught students in primary 5-7 (equivalent to 6th-8th grade in the US). My experience with the students was one of the most memorable of my life. I brought my laptop, and for most students it was their first time touching a computer. We studied, learned new material, talked, made music videos, sang under the trees outside the school, played soccer in the cow pasture; it was like a wonderful dream. At risk of sounding cliche, I left Uganda as a very different person - more full of life and appreciative of every experience I am offered. I was able to bring so much to my classroom in America and I feel like a different, and better teacher. I returned to stay with Valence with my husband after we were married, and after three years the students called my name when I came back to their classrooms - it was so emotional and I carry their faces in my memory always!

What would you improve about this program?
I think it would be great if a safari or other recreational activity was included or linked to the program, and I hear they are working on that!

Location

Location:
Uganda
Currency:
Ugandan Shilling
Weather:
Jan-Mar
90 F / 52 F
Apr-Jun
84 F / 50 F
Jul-Sep
81 F / 48 F
Oct-Dec
86 F / 52 F
Airports:
Entebbe International
( EBB )

Uganda's travel activities are centered around their natural beauty in the forms of wildlife and landscape. The most popular things to do here are safaris for the elusive Mountain Gorillas, visits to the source of the Nile, site-seeing at the Murchison Falls, and outdoor activities at Lake Bunyonyi.

About Hopeland Volunteers

We are a volunteer organization based in Uganda, focused on providing hope to women and children. We welcome volunteers of all ages and walks of life to use their unique talents to bring hope to those who need it! We partner with a nonprofit...