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The Uganda Medical Volunteer Placement encompasses a number of fields and medical professionals and students are sorely needed.

The Program

The Uganda Medical Volunteer Placement encompasses a number of fields and medical professionals and students are sorely needed. This project aims to promote health awareness and to increase healthcare for rural people, decrease the prevalence of endemic diseases and improve village health by providing public health projects and promoting general health education and is ideally suited to individuals who come from a medical background. 

Health and medical projects are so rewarding for volunteers who are interested in improving public health and supporting local clinics and hospitals. Become a volunteer today, and create positive change in deprived areas, as well gain hands-on work experience.

Volunteers in this field work in health institutions— public or community health centres and hospitals; and health camps for prearranged schedule— responsible to distribute medicine, consult with citizens about health care, raise awareness of health and sanitation in the community. Participant’s role can range from observational to direct patient assistance, depending on their level of knowledge: outpatient department services (OPD); mean cell hemoglobin (MCH)— blood tests checking for anemia-based conditions; consultations; dispensing medications; injections/immunization; community outreach; antenatal services; psychology and social works; deliveries; and family planning etc.

Safety

We work very hard to ensure you are placed in safe environments while volunteering. Uganda has a democratic electoral process and a stable economy. You should use common sense as you would anywhere, particularly in the cities, but generally the Ugandan people are very warm and friendly towards foreigners, so you will be well looked after.

Contact to the Project Coordinator

Once your volunteer program begins, our local staff members will stay in constant touch with you. Volunteers staying in our Guest House will see our coordinator and staff daily. ASTCF projects are approximately 10-25 km from our Guest House (and usually located in rural settings outside of the cities). Our coordinator stays in touch with you via personal visits, telephone calls or emails, while the director of each project will serve as participants’ immediate supervisor.

Climate

Although generally equatorial, the climate is not uniform as the altitude modifies the climate. Lightweight clothing and rain wear is recommended as well as warmer clothing for the evenings (light jacket and/or light sweaters). A solid pair of walking shoes is highly recommended for trekking.

Application

There is no deadline for registering your program. However, we encourage participants to submit their applications or book their program as early in advance as possible due to visa requirements and other processes involved in coordinating placement. We recommended that participants submit their applications at least 12 weeks prior to the intended departure date. Last minute program placements are possible in some cases. Please give us a call so we can work with you to arrange your project.

Typical day

Your program starts with an orientation, which begins on the morning of your chosen start date and covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Uganda – introduction to Uganda, culture and customs, rules and expectations, safety, language basics (luganda), travel opportunities, introduction to project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.

And after the orientation, the program coordinator 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 acclimatize; you'll feel at home in no time in this friendly, vibrant country.

Project schedules vary for each project. Most projects are from Monday to Friday. Most participants have the weekends and evenings off to sight see or explore Uganda on their own though ASTCF can arrange this for the volunteers.

Details on Arrival

Our programs are available year round, and begin on any 1st Monday and 3rd Monday of the month.

Participants are advised to arrive one day prior to the start of the program. The program fee will cover expenses beginning of the first day to the last day of the program. If you arrive before the first day of the program and/or stay beyond the last day of the program, expenses will be the responsibility of the volunteer (usually $30 per day for room/food in hostel).

Free-time activities

As part of your experience, in the majority of our longer term projects, we give you the chance to take part in a range of different adventure activities.Uganda is a large and extremely diverse country in terms of both culture and nature. For three days you can undertake a safari that ushers you in the vast Bwindi Impenetrable National for Gorilla Trekking or the Murchison Falls National Park for Uganda Wildlife Tour or the famous Queen Elizabeth National Park for Uganda Bird Watching, or the Kibale National Park for Uganda Chimpanzee Trekking. You can also take a journey for Cultural Tour from Central to Eastern Uganda, to tour Kampala the Capital City of Uganda, Buganda and Busoga Kingdom, or to Western Uganda, to tour Bunyoro, Toro and Ankole royal monarchy, tradition and culture. The adventures will provide you with a break from your project, a chance to see your host country from a different perspective, and time to maybe live out a few dreams!

Swimming
Concert/Music
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Museum/Opera
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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Education Requirements
Medical at University level
Required Documents
CV, academic transcripts and academic certificate
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
To join medical care project, you must have certification or proof of experience in a medical field, such as a medical student ID, EMT or paramedic certification, or nursing or physician’s credentials
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 17:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups

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What is included in the fees?

  • Administration costs
  • Half day orientation
  • 3 meals a day 7 days a week
  • Program supervision – field guide
  • 24 hours 7 days a week local staff support
  • In-country emergency support
  • Letter of completion

Accommodation

Volunteers Guest House – In this accommodation settings, volunteers live together but in self-contained private rooms. These can be the most fun places to stay, and also the most diverse when you mix together several different cultures.

Guest Family Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double) Youth Hostel Camping
Food & Beverages

You will be provided with 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner).

We can provide both vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals. We cannot accommodate special dietary needs (i.e. diabetics). If you require a special menu beyond vegetarian needs, you will need to be responsible for your own meals.

There will be no bottled water provided. The purchase of bottled water is the volunteer’s responsibility.

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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$395.00
4 weeks
$600.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$1,800.00
Average fees
$174.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Kampala/Uganda between 2 weeks and 12 weeks. 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.
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 Africa Sustainable Tourism during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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