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Your Extra Layer of Security

The Real Uganda

Agriculture & Conservation Assistant

Help a small community in Uganda's Mabira Rainforest efficiently farm to achieve food security. Live in the rainforest and explore Uganda.

Come volunteer at a local farm and help a community achieve food security and environmental sustainability. You'll get to live with a family in a tropical rainforest, play in the dirt, and see the impact of climate change in the tropics, firsthand!

Volunteers work along side Ugandans digging and maintaining demonstration gardens to promote better nutrition, efficient use of land, natural pest control, soil conservation, and income generation. Depending on the season, volunteers will prepare soil, plant, weed, chase pests, or harvest. Volunteers are given basic training and appropriate tools upon arrival, but bring gloves and rubber boots if you wish. This project requires working in the sun.

The farm produces food to feed the students of it's small primary school. Volunteers are invited to teach about environmental conservation or farming practices there. Volunteers may also just want to relax and have some fun with the kids. Sport, arts and crafts, and cultural exchange activities are highly encouraged. 

Typically, volunteers work in the gardens in the mornings and do random fun stuff at school in the afternoons.



Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Agriculture & Conservation Assistant planting soya beans in rural Uganda harvesting beans in rural Uganda preparing the soil with a community group a happy volunteer working in the garden planting cabbages on a hillside in rural Uganda

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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
We require volunteers to be flexible, patient and able to work in the sun. We accept volunteers with a positive attitude and open mind toward cultural exchange.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 07:30 - 16:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at The Real Uganda are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

Uganda is a beautiful, peaceful, fun and very welcoming country. Volunteers can easily meet up on weekends to travel. Popular tourist activities in Uganda include wildlife safari, white water rafting and bungee jumping on the River Nile, chimpanzee and gorilla tracking, nature walks and forest hikes. Volunteers are encouraged to see as much of the country as possible. Volunteers are provided with assistance in setting up tourist activities either before or after arrival.

The Real Uganda also encourages volunteers to visit each other at their respective program placements. We find volunteers learn more about grassroots development, locally led initiatives and themselves, the more they see and do while in Uganda. All volunteers are provided with contact information for each other before and after arrival.

Water Sports
Swimming
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Riding

Services

What's included?
The fee covers support while you prepare for Uganda, airport pickup, first night hotel, orientation, transportation to your placement, food, accommodation, guesthouse use, supervision, and a donation to the organization with which you are working. The fee does not cover airline tickets, visas, vaccinations, drinking water, leisure activities, or medical services.
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Airport Pickup

Volunteers must arrive around the 1st or 15th of the month they start volunteering. They should fly into Entebbe International Airport. We have procedures for all arrival times and flights. Our driver collects our volunteers and brings them to our Mukono Town headquarters for orientation and placement. Mukono is about 2 hours drive from Entebbe. 1 week before volunteers leave home, they are given an email detailing their arrival and first few days in Uganda.

Accommodation

Volunteers are given a private, lockable room (often shared with another international volunteer) in the home of your host organization's director. Most homes have electricity, western toilets, and running water, although frequent outages do occur. Once a volunteer commits to join us, and a particular host program is selected, full details about location and accommodation are then provided. Bed linens and mosquito nets are provided, but bring a pillow as they're not commonly used in Uganda.

Guest Family
Food & Beverages

Volunteers receive 3 meals of local Ugandan food each day. Meals consist of matooke (mashed steamed banana), posho (corn meal), potatoes, and rice. They are generally served with peas, beans, groundnut sauce and (occasionally) beef or fish. Tea and bread is the usual for breakfast. Vegetarians are welcome! Dairy products are rare. Volunteers can supplement their diets with locally bought fresh fruits and veg if they wish.

Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$700.00
3 weeks
$870.00
4 weeks
$1,040.00
5 weeks
$1,210.00
6 weeks
$1,380.00
7 weeks
$1,550.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$2,400.00

You can volunteer at the project site in Mukono/Uganda between 2 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. The Real Uganda will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
$275/week
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 The Real Uganda during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Uganda

Check out first

Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Uganda. Please check the visa regulations for Uganda.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Uganda and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Uganda.
Budgeting
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Uganda.

What's next?

Airport
The nearest airport is Entebbe (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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Uganda you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Uganda.
Free-time
What can you do in leisure-time in Uganda while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
Mukono, Mukono, Uganda

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