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Uganda Missionary Work

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Visiting Uganda, sometimes referred to as the "Pearl of Africa", offers a unique experience for missionaries with dramatic landscapes and welcoming, fascinating people. On this project you will be working closely with local and international volunteers to assist communities to achieve their goals and improve their livelihoods and wellbeing through the sharing of faith and the power of God.

Uganda is a diverse country in many respects, but over 80% identify as Christian and religion is interwoven into the very fabric of people’s lives. Officially known as the Republic of Uganda, Uganda shares borders with Kenya, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Tanzania and is the world's second most populous landlocked country after Ethiopia. Although it is geographically small, Uganda stretches from dense, gorilla inhabited, rainforest covered mountains in the southwest, to dry, and arid deserts in the north.

Despite its striking natural beauty, climate, and variety of rich landscapes, the Ugandan people face many challenges. The country currently ranks as one of the twenty poorest nations in the world, with over 50% of the population living below the poverty line. This means that there is a striking lack of basic infrastructure such as running water, electricity, waste management, health care, and education. With over 80% of employment relying on agriculture, mild climate changes have already had devastating effects on people’s livelihoods and the HIV/AIDS epidemic has further compounded these challenges. Though Uganda deserves credit for responding to HIV/AIDS much sooner than many of its neighbours, to date the virus infects over a million Ugandans and has left several more million children orphaned. 

  

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Immerse yourself in the local community
  • Visit the "Pearl of Africa" with diverse environments and wildlife
  • Contribute towards sustainable development in helping to tackle poverty
  • Bring skills and knowledge to help change communities for the better
  • Experience traditional Ugandan culture

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age 18 years
Airport Pickup Community Emergency Ground Transport Hotel Homestay Meals Teaching Terrestrial Family
FAST FACTS
Location Uganda
Activities Community education
Networking with the local Christian community
Environmental awareness workshops
Community healthcare outreach
Improving village infrastructure and facilities
Arranging extracurricular childcare activities
Liaising with other prevention organisations
Transport Airport pick-up on arrival
Accommodation Hostel/Volunteer guesthouse
 

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food
Accommodation
Airport pick-up
Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
Local orientation
Project training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

By working closely with the local Christian community you can help to share skills and improve leadership through effective education and the development of new projects. This project aims to reach out to communities in rural areas of Uganda, which can be difficult to travel to and are often forgotten about by governments and NGOs. Primarily by raising awareness of disease prevention and treatment and fostering the creation of self sustaining, community-owned projects, our local partner organisation hopes to improve the wellbeing and livelihoods of everyday Ugandans.

The focus of this project is on providing resources for sustainable development in under-resourced communities. Uganda has an extraordinarily young population and children are central to this project, but it also focuses on adults with a holistic approach to community development. Past and/or ongoing aspects of the project include feeding the destitute, outreach, counselling, and assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS and other illnesses which affect their health, life expectancy as well as their social and economical position in society.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

As has been explained, the project is wide-ranging and our local partner organisation focuses on a multitude of development activities. Your exact role will be dependent on your own skills, interests and abilities and will also be dependent on current development priorities for the community you’re working with. Activities might include the following:

Water Sanitation
Improve the quality of life and health for people in rural areas by providing them with clean water and improved sanitation, whilst increasing accessibility to safe drinking water sources for impoverished communities.  This work will help to reduce childhood mortality and lower the incidence of water-related illnesses.

Healthcare
Healthcare is neither easily accessible nor affordable for many Ugandans living in rural areas.  Improving the health conditions of children and adults in rural communities is vital to forming and maintain a thriving community.  Improving the healthcare conditions in hard to reach areas is achieved through running mobile dental and medical clinics, establishing new medical centres as well as partaking in health education workshops.

Childcare
The childcare program provides basic needs such as food, medical care, education, shelter, and clothing to children in orphanages within the villages of Uganda, giving them resources and hope for the future. Volunteers help by providing education, assistance with health care, social services, and providing basic necessities to the children.

Music, Dance and Drama
The purpose of this program is to educate, develop talents of children and youth.  Volunteer your time towards helping as a music teacher or dance instructor. Like all kids, Ugandan children enjoy drama and this can be a great way to help educate communities, across cultural and lingual lines.

Environmental Conservation
Uganda has lost nearly a third of its forest in the last two decades and could lose most of its tree cover in about 40 years unless measures are quickly taken to reverse the situation.  Raising awareness amongst young people about sustainability, alternative energy, and respect for the earth is crucial to safeguard the environment for the future.  An important part of the project is to expand and organize additional and existing tree nurseries and tree planting projects in association with local schools, towards inspiring and motivating all Ugandans to wanting a greener and healthier nation by encouraging a culture of “plant, reuse, recycle and reduce”.  

Education
Education is a priority, and is one of the most important tools which can give the children a chance to break the cycle of poverty affecting their lives, and to help them become independent adults.  The aim of the project is to help the poorest communities of Uganda to build new schools as well as helping to improve existing communities.

Youth Sports Programs
Youth sport and recreation networks are an important source and means for social networking, helping to combat exclusion and for fostering youth capacity to work collectively towards the challenges faced by young people. Several types of sport (Marathon, Basketball, Netball, Volleyball, Football, Kickboxing, Taekwondo) are utilised to help motivate young people and raise awareness about basic health and fitness.
 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be met upon arrival at Entebbe International airport by a friendly Frontier representative and taken to your project location.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Throughout your project you will be staying in dormitory style accommodation in a volunteer house, which is simple, but clean and comfortable.  The house is equipped with a lounge, TV, Kitchen, hand washing facilities, telephones, and spare electricity sockets. Life at the guesthouse is simple, unsophisticated and fun, perfect for unwinding from a busy day!

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with three daily meals consisting of fresh, local staples such as beans, sweet potatoes, avocados and plantain. Water and tea and coffee are included throughout your stay and you can purchase others items such as beer and soft drinks from local shops.

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Uganda is a beautiful country. There are numerous opportunities to visit game reserves, national parks and cultural spots. Other activities include playing sports, water rafting, safaris, learning and watching African musical performances and dances. We recommend that you organise trips with local providers which will help support the local economy and give you the best of local knowledge!

COSTS

2 weeks US$ 1,045

Extra week US$ 395

DEPARTURE DATES

Weekly, please aim to arrive on the Monday.

DURATION

2 weeks and longer

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up 
  • Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Entebbe/Kampala (EBB)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact Frontier’s dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this project, or to register your interest, just click on the orange "Apply Now!" button at the top of the menu. Fill out and submit a short application form and then one of our advisers will give you a call back to answer any questions and to progress your application if you wish to continue.

There is no obligation when making an application, and you do not need to pay anything at this point.