Women & Girl Empowerment

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founded in 2014
Africa Sustainable Tourism
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Coordinator | Dr. Isa
Coordinator | Dr. Isa

Highlights

Change The Way You Travel, And Help Change The World
Working with this program means opting for an enriching and dynamic experience that will change the course of your life
We focus on cultural immersion and travel learning opportunities, and offer memorable experiences to our international volunteers
Immersion into a new community and Culture through cultural workshops and excursions.
Access to people and places most travelers never see
The lack of economic power of the rural communities, especially among women, is a major obstacle to long term development. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Women in Africa, Uganda inclusive, are an economically disadvantaged group and rural women in particular are more economically disadvantaged.  The lack of economic power of the rural communities, especially among women, is a major obstacle to long term development. 

Although women have great contribution to the African socio-economic development, in Uganda, they still remain among the most vulnerable members of the society. Women face many challenges including; discrimination, low social status, low literacy rates, limited access to education, unequal rights, poverty, and greater risk of HIV/AIDS infection; which is directly attributed to the long-standing patriarchal traditions and extreme poverty.

These challenges are especially difficult to overcome for women, as there are fewer jobs available to them, and family concerns can often monopolize their time. Gender roles in rural Uganda still adhere to traditional and cultural codes. When a family is struggling economically, girls are more likely than boys to be taken out of school to help with income-generating activities or agricultural labor, and they are more likely to be married at a young age.

The aim of the project is to provide support to young women in developing the skills needed to carry out income-generating​ ​activities so they can provide for themselves and their families.

If you’re someone who is interested in promoting better opportunities for women in Uganda, this is a rewarding project to support. This is where you come in!

What will I be doing?

As a volunteer on the Women’s Empowerment project, you will work closely with local community centers, providing support to women and their families. Your role will be focused on providing mentoring support around management,​ ​​financing and educational development to increase independence among the women and allow mothers to better support their families. Many of the women’s groups are involved in craft​-making through basket weaving, sewing, tailoring and jewelry-making, and the craft​s they make are then sold in order to generate income and provide for their families. Volunteers are also encouraged to create educational training materials on topics such as managing ​finances, vocational skills and building self-esteem.

Typical day

First Day: On the first day of the volunteering placement, the volunteers will be escorted to the project by our Principle Volunteer Program Consultant or by the Project manager and introduced to the staff at the project you will be working with.

Weekdays: While our programs are flexible and can be fitted to your requirements, a typical day is as follows.

·         8.00AM Breakfast with the host family / or at the Volunteer Guest Home

·         8.30AM Volunteer leaves home to the project;

·         The volunteer joins with the local staff. You will be given a duty roster and a plan for your work. There is usually a lunch break.  Work and hours is dependent on the project and location that the volunteer is participating in.

·         2.00PM-5.00PM Work at the project usually ends. The volunteer at this point is free to visit and see places or do shopping.

·         7.30PM Dinne

Weekends: During the weekend, volunteers have spare time and usually just relax or take the opportunity to explore other parts of their local towns in Uganda or to embark on a wildlife safari, chimpanzee tracking or gorilla trek.  These tours can be organized in advance or during your orientation day. Please check with the Principle Volunteer Program Consultant if you are interested in any of the tours.

Sunday is a rest and church day in Uganda. If volunteers wish they can accompany their host family to their local church. Even if volunteers do not prescribe to the religion of the host family, it is recommended that volunteers attend at least one church service with their host family as an African church service is unlike anything you will every experience.

Free-time activities

During the weekend, volunteers have spare time and usually just relax or take the opportunity to explore other parts of their local towns in Uganda or to embark on a wildlife safari, chimpanzee tracking or gorilla trek.  These tours can be organized in advance or during your orientation day. Please check with the Principle Volunteer Program Consultant if you are interested in any of the tours. 

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
We welcome Skilled and Non Skilled Volunteers
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 16:00

Included Services

Services by Africa Sustainable Tourism

Please note: Your Program fee covers for the followings:

·         Accommodation in a secure  Volunteer Guest Home Base

·         Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

·         Orientation

·         All ASTCF  admin and registration

·         24 Hour helpline

·         Pre- and post-programme support from your trip adviser

·         In-country support from our experienced Uganda staff

  • Project supervision

Accommodation

Where you stay during your time as a volunteer can have a huge impact on your ability to enjoy the experience. That’s why all of our projects ensure that the accommodation we provide is safe, secure and comfortable. The type of accommodation depends very much on the project you are working with, but generally it will fall into one of the following categories: Home-stay; Volunteer Apartment/ Guest House sharing with other volunteers; tented camp (for expeditions); Eco-Camp. Volunteers maybe placed to stay with a homestay arrangement or at our rented volunteer’s guesthouses. Housing will be arranged on a case by case basis to ensure the comfort of each volunteer. Private rooms are available upon request and their attract extra accommodation charges – US$50 per day. Volunteers who prefer this arrangement should contact us in advance prior to their arrival in Uganda.

 

Most of our accommodations are within a short walking distance though in other projects the volunteer will have to take a public transport to get to the project site though special arrangements can be done for a private transportation with an extra fee of $20 per day per person to cover for the fuel expenses and the drivers and if you are many, then you can always split up the private transportation expenses. Private transportation to the project site can be arranged on the first day of your project placement or during the orientation. Please book your private transportation with our Business Administrator during the orientation day to avoid any inconveniences during your project placement. 

Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

No adventure would be complete without getting to taste the local cuisine, and on each of our volunteer adventures this is exactly what we want you to do. A great opportunity to experience the delights of the local culture and take your taste buds on an adventure too! Ugandan food is tasty, diverse and volunteers can expect to experience flavors and meals during their volunteer experience. Volunteers are provided with 3 meals each day.  If you wish to eat or drink outside of meal times, that will be at your own cost. There are local shops within the villages where you can buy snacks (among other things). Breakfast is served at around 8am, lunch at 1:00pm and dinner is served between 7:00pm -8:00pm. However, we need to stress the point that you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home. We will do our best to see that you are well taken care of, but also as a volunteer, there is a need to be flexible. If you have special eating needs, please let us know ahead of time so that we can make arrangements for you.

Internet Access
Good 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

Volunteers are received on our program throughout the year. All volunteers setting out on a volunteer adventure with us receive a one day program induction training upon their arrival in Uganda. Orientation will begin on the morning of the 1st or 3rd Monday of the month (dependent on your booking) and you will be picked up from your accommodation and taken to the orientation.
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 345
3 weeks
$ 518
4 weeks
$ 690
5 weeks
$ 863
7 weeks
$ 1,208
9 weeks
$ 1,553
24 weeks (max. stay)
$ 4,140
Average fees
$ 173 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Africa Sustainable Tourism 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 Africa Sustainable Tourism during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Why book with Volunteer World

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