Footsteps Through Africa

Education Assistant & Teaching Supporter

Kisoro, Uganda show on map
Assisting with teaching, extra lessons for struggling students and education with our local teaching staff. Help us improve the general education standards in Rubuguri. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

In Rubuguri, we have started up programmes in various "areas of need". As a Footsteps volunteer, you will have a chance to experience volunteering at all of our ongoing projects in the area, from teaching at the primary school to assisting with health and medical care at the clinic, hosting reading classes or public health seminars at the library or managing the community centre

The school

Volunteering in the education field, you will work primarily at the School of Hope. A small private school in Rubuguri, started up by a local teacher and supported by Footsteps Through Africa. This is a very small, basic school with limited infrastructure. It was started up with the intention of providing kids in the community with good quality education for a low cost. The School of Hope caters for students in the community who cannot afford schooling at the government schools in the area. Students attending school here are asked to pay whatever they can afford, even if this means the schooling is given for free - putting the well being of the children first.

Volunteer work

While volunteering here, you will spend the majority of your time assisting the local teachers at the school as well as further educating them on different teaching methods. You will also have the opportunity to spend some time working at the close by government school, a much larger school, with an average of 90 students per teacher! Giving you the chance to see and learn about the general standard of education at this type of facility. In addition to that, you are able to host reading classes and extra lessons in our community library, where many students and community members will attend.

As a volunteer with Footsteps Through Africa, you will work hand in hand with the community to make our projects as successful and impactful as possible and help us to reach our goals.

What you can expect

You will be accommodated at our sister company, Karungi Camp, which is a rustically beautiful, locally run lodge in Rubuguri. This will be your home for the duration of your stay. You will be provided with 3 meals per day, a comfortable bed and a (sometimes) hot shower! You will have the opportunity to meet and work with Gordy, our Footsteps Manager, who lives at Karungi Camp. Gordy is always around to make sure you feel at home and are enjoying your time with us. Additionally, he organises and coordinates all if your optional activities in the area.

Typical day

The school of hope is open 5 days a week. During those days, you will spend the majority of your day at the school (occasionally spending a day at the government school). You will work with and teach alongside the permanent teachers. In addition to that, you will further educate the local teaching staff to improve the teaching standards and promote a broader knowledge of teaching methods at the school. You will also spend a day or 2 per week hosting reading classes and extra lessons at the community library.

Although you are volunteering in the education field, you are more than welcome to spend time at any one of our other projects in the area. If you feel like you need a break from the school, you can go to do some agriculture, guiding or maintenance at the community centre, play a game of soccer with the kids, or go on one of the many hikes in the surrounding area to free your mind.

Friday's are 'market day' in Rubuguri, when people from DRCongo, Rwanda and surrounding vilages all come to Rubuguri to set up temporary shops, selling anything from food to clothes, kitchen supplies, arts and crafts or even goats and pigs. We encourage all of our volunteers to get involved in the market day to get to know a bit more about the way of life here.

Weekends are usually free for our volunteers, when you will spend time exploring the area, doing trips to Kisoro town or getting involved in a couple of the optional activities available.

Please keep in mind the school holidays in 2018 are from 5 - 27 May. If you wish to volunteer with us over this time, you can focus on extra classes for the students that wish to attend, alternatively, you can spend some time working at one of our other projects in the area.

07:00: Light breakfast of fruits, cereal and chapatti at the camp.
07:30: Short walk to the school  (±20minutes).
08:00: Assist with breakfast for the students
08:30: Begin class
10:30 - 11:00: tea break at school
13:30 - 14:15: Lunch break. Join the rest of the teachers for lunch at school, or return to Karungi Camp for lunch with the rest of the volunteers. (Other volunteers will return from their activities at the same time for lunch break).
16:00: End of school day
17:00: If it is a day where you hosting  reading classes of extra lessons, you will head across to the library and prepare, alternatively this is the end of day and you can head back to Karungi or go exploring :)
19:30: Dinner. 

After dinner, the rest of the day is yours. All volunteers are required to fill out a daily logbook, explaining how you spent your day, progress made and general feedback. As long as that has been done, you are welcome to go across to the local village bar for a game of pool and a drink and make some friends from the community.

Details on Arrival

We welcome volunteers to take part in our programme for 4 months of the year, during the busy tourism season. We will have a volunteer coordinator on site during this time to facilitate the programme. Volunteers (maximum 8 at a time) are welcome to stay for any length of time during this period, bearing in mind that tourist visas are valid for 3 months only.   

To participate in our programme in Rubuguri, Uganda, you have two options to reach the village. We highly recommend arriving at Kigali International Airport in Rwanda.

Flying into Rwanda:

At the airport, you will be met by our Footsteps Manager, Gordon, who will accompany you in the taxi across the border and to the village. (All transfer fees are included in the volunteer package).

You will stop in Kisoro town en route to the village. This is the only big town on the area. Here, you will have a chance to get a sim card and other essentials before heading into the mountains where you will be based. 

Once arriving at Karungi Camp in Rubuguri, you will be given your volunteer handbook with all of the information that you will need. Volunteers are required to study the handbook to get a good idea of the what is expected of you in the projects, as well as understanding and respecting the local culture. Then, make yourself at home! Once you are settled in, you will be shown around the village, and will have a chance to visit all of our projects. Your volunteer work will begin the day after your arrival.

Flying into Uganda:

You will fly to Entebbe International Airport, and from there you will have to take a ±3 hour taxi ride to Kampala where a Footsteps staff member will be waiting to meet you and will accompany you on the rest of the journey from Kampala to Rubuguri.. From Kampala, it is a 10-hour bus journey across the country followed by a 1.5-hour taxi ride to Rubuguri village. Depending on your time of arrival, you might need to spend a night in Kampala before heading to the village. Upon arrival at Karungi Camp in Rubuguri, you will be given your volunteer handbook with all of the information that you will need. Volunteers are required to study the handbook to get a good idea of the what is expected of you in the projects, as well as understanding and respecting the local culture. Then, make yourself at home! Once you are settled in, you will be shown around the village, and will have a chance to visit all of our projects. Your volunteer work will begin the day after your arrival.

Free-time activities

In your free time during the day, there are many hiking trails surrounding the village, all offering magnificent sceneries. This is great to clear your mind, get a bit of exercise and have some chill time. Aside from that, Uganda also has a huge amount to offer in terms of tourism, and Rubuguri, bordering on Bwindi Impenetrable Forest(home to the Silverback Gorillas) is in the heart of it all. 

We highly recommend that you take some time to explore some of the natural marvels that Uganda has to offer during your time hear. Alternatively, you are able to combine your volunteering period with one of our Footsteps Tours, giving you a chance to explore all of the highlights that Uganda has to offer over our all inclusive 16 day tour.  

Rubuguri Hikes:
Rubuguri is located in the most beautiful, green, tropical mountains, surrounded by breathtaking views. There are many different hikes all around the village.

Lake Bunyonyi:
At over 1000m deep, this is Uganda's deepest lake. Approximately a 2,5 hour drive form your Ugandan home, it is a great way to spend your weekend. It offers some extraordinary, picturesque views, boat cruises exploring some of its many islands, kayaking, swimming etc. 

Volcano Hikes:
There are a total of 8 volcano's between Uganda, Rwanda and the DRCongo.3 of which are in Uganda, just 35km from Rubuguri. It is a challenging, yet amazing experience to summit any one of these 3 volcano's, each offering their own unique highlights. There are 2 active volcano's both in DRCongo. 

Gorilla Trekking:
One of the most rewarding experiences you could have, an opportunity to spend time with some of the worlds last remaining Silverback Gorillas in their natural habitat. Bordering on Bwindi impenetrable forest, it's a quick 15 minute trip from the closest trekking point.  
This is a full days experience and a trekking permit can be arranged for you by our Footsteps team.
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 (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
Mainly maths, accounting, english, sciences, biology at High school level
Required Documents
CV
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Although our volunteers in the education field are not required to have any tertiary education, it is always helpful to have skills in various fields. Agriculture, teaching, general health, first aid are all fields of expertise that could be put to good use with our projects.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

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Before your journey

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Footsteps Through Africa (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Footsteps Through Africa

Our volunteer programme is NOT a profitable programme for Footsteps Through Arica, and we love and appreciate all the the work that volunteers do here. However, your accommodation and food costs must be paid for from your side, as well as any optional activities that you do.

The cost of volunteering with us includes:

  • Accommodation: is a very nice lodge at our sister company, Karungi Camp (at a very discounted rate)
  • Food: 3 meals per day, prepared by Karungi's chef.
  • Transport: All transfer costs to and from the airport on arrival and departure in Uganda.
We are very happy to send you a detailed breakdown of these costs should you require it.

Airport Pickup at Kigali International Airport
To participate in our programme in Rubuguri, you have 2 options to reach the village. We highly recommend you arrive at Kigali International airport in Rwanda.

Arrive in Rwanda:

If you arrive at Kigali International airport, you will be met by a Footsteps staff member on arrival, who will accompany you for the 3 hour taxi transfer, across the border to Uganda and to Rubuguri village. You will stop in Kisoro town (the only big town in the area) to buy a sim card and some other essentials, before continuing through the mountainous roads to your new home. 
Travel time: 4 hours

Arrive at Entebbe: 

To get to Rubuguri, you will first have to get a ±3 hour taxi ride from the airport to Kampala. A Footsteps staff member will meet you in Kampala and accompany you to the village. This involves a ±10hour bus ride across the country, followed by a 1.5 hour taxi ride to Rubuguri village.
Depending on your time of arrival in Entebbe, you might have to spend one night in Kampala before departing to the village.
Travel time: ±15hours in total

Accommodation

You will be accommodated at our sister company, Karungi Camp. It is a beautiful, rustic lodge within Rubuguri that also accommodates tourists staying in the area to do Gorilla trekking.

Footsteps has 2 of the rooms at the lodge, one for guys and one for girls, both of which are en-suite. Should you require a single or double room for yourself and/or your partner, this can be arranged at an additional cost.

Karungi camp is on the edge of Rubuguri village with a beautiful lush garden overlooking the picturesque landscape. There is a large bar and dining area that is hosts many tourists and locals for dinner and drinks on most nights. 
There is also a large barbecue area outside where they host a community barbecue once a week, bringing in loads community members to join in on the fun!

There is no doubt that you will feel welcome and at home at Karungi Camp.

Dorm Room Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Karungi camp provides you with 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) prepared by their chef, as well as tea and coffee (locally grown). There is a bar at the camp where you are able to purchase drinks of all kinds.

Your meals are a combination of local cuisine (posh, kasha, Irish and sweet potatoes, goat stew, beans)and everyday food that you will know from home. Should you have any dietary requirements, we are able to cater for those as well.

Breakfast would consist of anything from: omelettes, to fried or scrambled eggs, toast, chapatti(local flat bread), fruit salad, cereal. Breakfast is often done to order as well.

Lunch will be served at ±13:30 everyday, and varies between: Chapatti, stew, Rolex(a local street style food), curry, stir fry, pork roast, pasta

Dinner will be served at ± 20:00 everyday, and varies between: Chapatti, stew, Rolex(a local street style food), curry, vegetables, stir fry, pork roast, pasta.

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.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Kigali International Airport (KGL) in Kigali. 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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,200.00
5 weeks
$1,500.00
6 weeks
$1,800.00
7 weeks
$2,100.00
9 weeks
$2,700.00
11 weeks
$3,300.00
16 weeks (max. stay)
$4,800.00
Average fees
$300.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Kisoro/Uganda between 4 weeks and 16 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Footsteps Through Africa will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Uganda.
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 Footsteps Through Africa during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Africa Eastern Africa Uganda  Kisoro, Plot 14, Rubuguri Parish, Kisoro Ditrict

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