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Sustain Micro Enterprise

Hygiene & Sanitation Educator

Jinja, Uganda

Work with women, children and schools to provide practical hygiene and sanitation knowledge and information

About the Program

Hygiene and Sanitation is essential for the survival and development of the women and children. Something as simple as hand washing can save lives of many women, children and families.

The volunteer program promotes hand washing and behavior change among the  women, children and their families. The volunteers will be required teach women and children in schools and at family level basic hygiene practices such as washing hands after toilet use, hand wash before eating food.

The volunteer program will help the women, schools and families learn to build “Tippy Taps” near their toilets so that hand washing after toilet use is easy. With Tippy Taps build near the toilets, families’ health improves and saves lives of the women, children and household members.

You will be working in rural setting and a community located near the lake where sanitation and hygiene is very poor. People living near the lake have poor hygiene and sanitation behavior and need information, they use water directly from the lake for drinking and often do open defecation within the lake.

You Role as a Volunteer

The volunteer working on this volunteer program will be required to carry some demonstration materials they will be using for sharing hygiene and sanitation information. Materials such as charts illustrating the process to better hygiene, gloves, water purifiers such as water guard and organize information prior setting off to the volunteer trip. You are also encouraged to carry along any materials that you think can support you as you carry out your role of Hygiene and Sanitation Educator.

While in Uganda, you will be working with village health workers, local leaders, teachers in school and the staff to make the program more effective. 

Tasks for volunteers:

Information sharing on hygiene and sanitation: This will involves meeting with group of children in schools, meet women groups, visiting families to communicate, share and sensitize communities about hygiene and sanitation practices.  Information on waste management, boiling water for drinking, hand wash after toilet use and before eating food. Effects that arise out of poor hygiene and sanitation are also shared.

Build Tippy Taps: this focuses on ensuring that each family has a Tippy tap in their homes. Therefore, the volunteer will be responsible for helping families and schools learn how to build Tippy taps near their toilets and make sure that each family sets up a small garden under the Tippy tap that they will use to grow vegetables.

Teach hand washing through demonstrations: Many people especially children do not know how to wash their hands properly. This task will involve teaching and demonstrating how hands are washed properly to avoid the spread of germs through unwashed hands.

Award of WASH Certificates: At the completion of the Sanitation and Hygiene talks and training, you will be expected to award certificates to women and families that have put into action what you have taught them especially building Tippy Taps near their toilets. This is always an exciting time for many families as they get to celebrate their achievements.

Typical day

Sustain Micro Enterprise offers a flexible work schedule for the Volunteers.

Our workday typically starts at 8:30am when every staff and volunteer is expected to be at the office. Every Monday morning we have a meeting to review our previous work and also look at the way forward. 

Our workday runs from 8:30am to 4:30 pm. All the field activities are planned in advance and transportation done accordingly.

Details on Arrival

Our Volunteer program is very flexible, we receive volunteers throughout the year and we encourage volunteers interested in working as Hygiene and Sanitation Educator to apply any time through out the year. 

The program runs from January to December due to the alarming hygiene and sanitation needs among the women, children and communities. You can apply any time through out the year and we will consider your application and invite you to work with this volunteer program.  

Free-time activities

Uganda, the Pearl of Africa"  is filled and endowed with a lot of interesting activities that you can participate in during your Free time, Let us explore them below:

Visit the Source of the Nile. During your free time, you will have an opportunity to visit the Source of River Nile. The Nile river is the longest river in the world at 4,135 miles (6,650 kilometers). Our organization is located the River, so it is a beautiful activity out.

White Water Rafting: White water rafting is an activity carried out on River Nile. During your free time you can enjoy while water rafting and enjoy the breeze and the water falls.

Bike Riding: Taking a bike ride around the community and the town of Jinja is much relaxing

Cultural dance: Uganda is blessed with diverse cultures, while here you can have the time to participate in the different cultural dances and also attend some concerts where the dances are carried out.

Craft Shopping: Jinja, the town where we are located has a lot of shops selling African crafts. A free time can be spend by shopping and touring the several shops and enjoy the African culture through crafts.

Tour some of the Largest Forests: Spend time touring forests around Jinja, Uganda

Visit National Parks: Uganda is blessed with numerous national parks with beautiful animals and birds. You get the opportunity to do bird watching, animals and reptiles.

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Safari/Zoo
Sports
Riding
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
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
CV
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Knowledge about Hygiene and Sanitation
Willing to organize some information about hygiene and sanitation
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00 - 15:30

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Any questions? Just ask. We at Sustain Micro Enterprise are happy to help you.

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Airport pickup, accommodation and food & drink are included in the fees.

Airport Pickup at Entebbe International Airport

We Pick you up from the Airport-Entebbe Airport to Jinja where the project site is located. It takes about 3 hours to drive from Entebbe Airport  to Jinja. The staff from our project always accompanies the driver to Pick you up.

We are flexible on the time of picking you up, so as you look into choosing the time of your flight, feel free. We always adjust and pick you up anytime.

Accommodation

We are interested in helping our volunteers learn more about Uganda and the culture here so the accommodation provided is with a host family. And our organization pays the family for the time the volunteer stays there. Unless if the volunteer wants to stay in a hotel, then we can have a special arrangement.

The beauty of the volunteer having the accommodation with a family is that you get to learn more about the culture in Uganda, get friends, learn about the local behaviors and history, and always in a company of someone. The host family selected always meets standards of our organization and are always ready to host you.

The accommodation consists of one bed room and a bathroom. However, for volunteers visiting as a family or couple, we have a special arrangement for you as you get accommodated as a family in Guest house or hotel. But if you prefer to stay with a family host then we make arrangement that way.

Guest Family
Bedroom (Single)
Guest Family Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Since our Volunteers are hosted with the family, they share a meal and drinks with the host family. In the host family, more of the Ugandan dishes are prepared. If the volunteer wants to eat special meals then we also arrange for that. However, once placed in a home, then the food and Drinks are all arranged through the family.

The food includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. The meals include banana which is Uganda's staple food but here it is called Matooke, Beef, Beans, Posho, Greens, Potatoes, Chicken, Rice and Cassava. Breakfast consists of Milk, Bread, Egg, Fruit, Coffee, Rolex and Chapati. Most of these are local dishes, however special meals can always be arranged on request.

If you are a vegetarian, we value you taste. Special meals can be arranged to fit your preference and taste.

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 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)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,182.00
5 weeks
$1,417.00
6 weeks
$1,652.00
7 weeks
$1,888.00
11 weeks
$2,828.00
19 weeks
$4,710.00
50 weeks (max. stay)
$13,000.00
Average fees
$278.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Jinja/Uganda between 4 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Sustain Micro Enterprise 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%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Sustain Micro Enterprise during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
Africa Eastern Africa Uganda Jinja, Jinja College Road
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