Community and Youths Engagement Associate

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founded in 2013
Mwesi
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Coordinator | Mwesi
Coordinator | Mwesi
You will support to actively engage communities & schools on issues which affect their lives & setting goals for improvement through empowerment & active participation. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 14+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Our organisation is community based and centered established with the aim of promoting the well-being of people living in hard to reach areas and therefore we are basically an institution serving the community. For us to ably change communities positively, we need to use appropriate strategies that can promote community participation and involvement for social change.

As a community and Youth Engagement associate, you will help communities to bring about social change and improve the quality of life in their local areas by working with them to identify their needs, opportunities, rights and responsibilities. Plan with them on what they want to achieve and implement appropriate action. Develop activities and services to generate aspiration and confidence with full involvement and participation of community members. 

You will also act as the link between communities and a range of other local authorities and partners such as the police, social workers and teachers, local and international organisations. 

While working with the local team you will actively engage communities in making sense of the issues which affect their lives, setting goals for improvement and responding to problems and needs through empowerment and active participation.

The possible tasks will include among others the following.

  • identifying community skills, issues and needs
  • ensuring that local people have their say
  • developing new resources in dialogue with the community and evaluating existing programmes
  • building links with other groups and agencies
  • helping to raise public awareness on issues relevant to the community
  • preparing reports and policies
  • raising and managing funds
  • developing and implementing strategies
  • liaising with interested groups and individuals to set up new services
  • mediating in matters of conflict
  • planning, attending and coordinating meetings and events
  • encouraging participation in activities
  • challenging inappropriate behavior
  • General administrative duties.

Typical day

Typical working days starts with staff meeting to review the tasks at hand including following up on the unfinished ones and planning for the next. Then everyone will get to work on their assigned tasks including those going to the field or attend external meetings.

We have team breakfast at 10:30 am and lunch at 1:00 pm at office 

However flexibility is very important at this level

Free-time activities

After work, volunteers may decide to do some sports, visit down town among others. Our staff will help the volunteers to work on their choices. 

Over the weekends there are social events like the transitional dances, movies and walks. You can also choose to visit the beach, hiking among others. Free free to ask what you would like to do and we will work towards fixing it. 

Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 14 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Required Documents
CV, academic documents, and recommendation letter from any recognized institution or individual, certificates and copy of passport
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Volunteers with passion to serve youths and women in rural communities are welcome.
Volunteers with skills in photography, videography, events planning among others and all skills that can contribute to community development are welcome
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 04:30

What's Included

Services by Universal Health Foundation

The program fees above will be your humble contribution to the organisation as well as ensuring that your stay with us is meaningful and enjoyable. The program fees will contribute to 

  • administrative costs at office 
  • Contribution to meals and maintaining/renovating accommodation premises (in Eastern Uganda)
  • Transport during activities implementation and meetings.
  • Support in training and supervision
  • Internet access
  • production of project materials
  • Among others. 

Accommodation

IN KAMPALA CITY:

While in Kampala city, our volunteers will be hosted by partner families and in most cases these families belong or are families where our staff and local volunteers live. This means you will live with our staff and local volunteers. We are working on establishing an independent volunteer house will be cater for accommodation of all international volunteers. You will be allocated a conducive room, bed and mattress during your stay. Most of the bathrooms and toilets are inside the house. 

IN EASTERN UGANDA:

For a better experience of an African village but with comfort, all our Volunteers are accommodated in our local community home where they live with other family members and volunteers become part of the family. We have semi permanent simple community houses where the volunteers will live with other family members. 
Because its a local community with limited access to electricity, the houses have solar for only lighting and charging phones/tabloids/cameras. Some houses have a cemented floor and the walls are made of bricks and other houses are made of grass thatched roof but professionally designed to provide comfort to the guests. The choice is yours. There is a shared pit latrine and shares two bathrooms constructed outside the houses.

Volunteers are free to come with camping tents to be used in case of community camps/trips when necessary.
There is a wide, green compound (Except dry seasons) with a number of fruits like oranges, mangoes, pawpaws, jack fruit, avocados among others. 
Each volunteer will be allocated a separate room, within the main house, a bed, mattress and pair of bed sheets though volunteers are encouraged to carry their bed-sheets. Sometimes volunteers are requested to share a room with another volunteer or if they come in groups or family, they may share one house. 

Our offices are located about, 10 minutes by motorbike from the accommodation (residence) place.


Food & Beverages

AT ALL RESIDENCES 

While at the residence, the volunteers will share local food with the host family members, where the volunteer may participate in preparing, cooking and serving local foods within the family especially during her free time and weekends. 


Local foods like Posho, millet, sweet potatoes among others will be the main food especially while up-country during your stay but once in a while we will have modern dishes although we encourage that the volunteers should try to get used to local foods as much as possible to enable them have a better experience of Africa. 

 

Meals at Office.
Most cases while at office, we have our lunch meals at office both in Kampala and up-country office. We mostly make our meals and different volunteers are assigned the roles to support in shopping, preparing food, cooking and serving. We do this as family and team work. 

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Entebbe International Airport (EBB) in Entebbe. We assist you to find cheap flights to Uganda.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Uganda provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Uganda you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Uganda.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

We accept volunteers throughout the year including those staying for a minimum of two weeks and at least a maximum of one year however the volunteer is free to stay as long as he/she wishes. 


For this particular placement we are open to receive applications as soon as next week. We work Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 4:30pm. However sometimes community meetings may be organised on a weekend, eg meeting with religious leaders and some other community meetings may happen on weekends but this depends of the prior arrangements. 
we will be more willing to discuss further details whenever necessary. 

We do not meet your costs of airport pick up from the airport however we can and always support our volunteers to plan or arrange a cab/taxi to pick them from the airport to office. Our staff in charge will also be available at the airport to welcome you to Uganda and navigate you through to the office and place of residence. 

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 48 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 99
3 weeks
$ 299
4 weeks
$ 398
5 weeks
$ 498
9 weeks
$ 896
17 weeks
$ 1,692
48 weeks (max. stay)
$ 4,850
Average fees
$ 75 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Universal Health Foundation will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Universal Health Foundation during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Community and Youths Engagement Associate

You will support to actively engage communities & schools on issues which affect their lives & setting goals for improvement through empowerment & active participation.

$75/week

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