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Uganda Build A School Programme

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Travelling through Uganda, often referred to as the "pearl of Africa", offers a unique experience that is not to be missed! Famed for its equatorial mountain forests, island dotted lakes, colourful vibrant cities and dramatic wildlife encounters there is never a dull moment to be had. Vibrant and diverse cultural traditions, exemplified by the warmth and hospitality of  the Ugandan people, can be found throughout the country.

By working in the heart of this rural African community you can contribute towards building and developing sustainable education infrastructure for local Ugandans whilst putting a smile on the faces of the people you meet. Many Ugandan communities do not have sufficient access to educational facilities, thereby presenting a fantastic opportunity to improve their livelihoods and standard of livingwhilst improving the future of the next generation. The experience of being involved in such a worthwhile and wonderful project will surely have an enduring effect on your outlook on life. In your free time you can discover the rich and colourful markets, remarkable wildlife and city ambience in the beautiful country that is Uganda.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the ‘pearl of Africa’
  • Immerse yourself in this rural & engaging community
  • Help build a school for under privileged children
  • Promote sustainable community livelihoods

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years
Airport Pickup Community Emergency Physical Hotel Meals Terrestrial Free Time Family
FAST FACTS
Location Mukono District, Uganda
Activities

Contribute to a village community project
Build better lives for local Ugandans
Daily manual construction work
Community education & development
Improving village infrastructure and facilities

Transport Airport pick-up on arrival
Accommodation Volunteer house

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Before you go

Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country 3 meals a day
Accommodation
Airport pick-up
Local orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

The aim of the Frontier-Uganda school construction programme is to tackle international development issues at grassroots level through infrastructure development. The development of a formal education structure and the building of schools is seen as key to achieving this goal and improving the lives of the younger generation here.

The project is located in a rural area to the east of the capital city, Kampala, where you will become a part of the community working closely with construction workers and local families giving your time to help out where necessary. Throughout the project you will meet many welcoming local people and make lots of new friends, all while experiencing and learning about Ugandan culture and its traditions.
 

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

You will be working from Monday to Friday in a small team of like minded individuals. The day to day work programme will vary according to the time of your visit and the stage of the building work, but activities may include manual labour, moving materials, mixing concrete, bricklaying, decorating, digging and so on. This project is suitable for volunteers of all experience levels and with the rigth attitude you do not need to have previous construction work experience to be able to make a positive contribution.

The primary focus of the project will be the construction of a local school, although there are also plans to develop a local health centre. Whatever your contribution you are sure to find this project incredibly rewarding when you see the progress it has made. The programme also gives you the opportunity to travel around the communities you are working in during your free time, exploring the country whilst getting to know the people.

The people you are helping will be hard working and appreciative of your contribution to their community and will be incredibly responsive to your presence on the project. Although the work may occasionally be arduous, it will be rewarding and fulfilling, giving you an unforgettable experience and the opportunity to make a real difference!

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be met upon arrival at Entebbe International airport by a friendly representative and taken to your project location. Once you have had time to rest, the local staff will introduce you to your project and the local area. Your in country coordinator will be more than happy to help you settle in and acclimatise; you'll feel at home in no time in this friendly, vibrant country.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Throughout your project you will be staying in dormitory style accommodation in our volunteer house. The accommodation will of course be clean and comfortable and will quickly become your second home. The African style toilet and shower facilities are shared between 4 or 5 people and, while we can’t always guarantee the hottest water, the facilities are more than adequate. The house is equipped with a lounge, TV, kitchen, hand washing facilities, telephones and and spare electricity sockets. Life at the guesthouse is simple, unsophisticated and fun, perfect for unwinding after a busy day!

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with three good quality meals every day, so you shouldn’t ever feel hungry.  The food you will be provided with will consist of delicious local dishes using fresh produce to create a cultural and tasty experience! Typically your diet will consist of rice, bread, sweet potatoes, beans and noodles, with vegetables such as cabbage, avocado, spinach and eggplant. Look out for the national drink, wagari, which is a type of gin made from bananas. Water and tea/coffee are included throughout your stay whilst soft drinks (coke, sprite etc) and other beverages can be purchased from the local supermarket in town.

GO WITH THE FLOW  | 17 Jun 2018
The airport pick up was excellent!! We arrived late as our flight was delayed but the staff were ...

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Ben takes away lessons for life  | 3 Jun 2018
Thank you for hosting me for the past three months in Uganda. Jim and Sarah, you  have been ...

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Euan hopes to return to Uganda  | 15 May 2018
Thank you very much for being such excellent hosts and allowing me to have so many great experien...

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Amazing cultural experience  | 29 Apr 2018
I volunteered with Frontier for several weeks during January and February 2012. It was a great ey...

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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 and 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

4 weeks US$ 1,545

Extra week US$ 345

DEPARTURE DATES

Weekly, please aim to arrive on the Monday.

DURATION

Your time on the project can be from a minimum of 4 weeks, up to 3 months.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Before you go

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

In-country

  • 3 measl a day
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Local orientation & 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.