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Medical & Healthcare Assistance

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Assisting with general well being, public health, blood tests and education with our local medical staff. Help us improve the general medical standards in Rubuguri.

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

Volunteering in the medical field, you will work primarily at the 'Bwindi Health Link' medical clinic. A small private clinic started up by a medical officer from the village and supported by Footsteps Through Africa. This is a very small, basic clinic with limited infrastructure. It was started up with the intention of providing the community with good quality health/medical care for a low cost. Bwindi Health Link caters for people in the community who cannot afford medical care at the government clinic in the area. Individuals utilizing the service here are asked to pay whatever they can afford, even if this means the services given are free - putting the well being of the community first.

While volunteering here, you will spend the majority of your time assisting the local medical staff at the clinic as well as further educating them on medical practices (primarily hygiene). You will also have the opportunity to spend some time working at the close by government clinic, a much larger clinic, giving you the chance to see and learn about the operations and standards at this type of facility. In addition to that, you are able to host public health seminars in our community library, where many community members will attend to learn about nutrition, hygiene and general well being.

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.

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 as well as making sure you are enjoying your time with us. Additionally, he coordinates and organises all of your optional activities in the area. 




Typical day

Bwindi Health Link is generally open 5 days a week. During those days, you will spend the majority of your day at the clinic (occasionally spending a day at the government clinic) servicing some of the patients that come for check-ups or treating injuries/wounds. In addition to that, you will further educate the local medical staff to improve the medical standards and promote a broader knowledge of medical practices at the clinic. On certain days, you are able to host public health seminars in the community library to educate individuals in the community about general well being.

Although you are volunteering in the medical 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 clinic, you can go to do some agriculture at the community centre, play a game of soccer with the kids or spend time helping out at the the primary school.

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.

08:00: Light breakfast of fruits, cereal and chapatti at the camp.
08:30: Short walk to the clinic  (±10minutes).
09:00: Go over general administration and logistics for the day and begin your days work.
11:30: Tea break.
13:30: 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).
14:30: Return to the clinic
17:00: If it is a day where you hosting  public health seminar, you will head across to the library and prepare, alternatively this is the end of day and you will head back to Karungi.
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 programm 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.

Swimming
Climbing
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
Medicine, nursing, public health, nutrition at University/college level
Required Documents
CV
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
It is always useful to have skills in business management, pharmaceuticals, blood analysis and general well being
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
50+

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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 (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)
1 week (min. stay)
$300.00
2 weeks
$600.00
3 weeks
$900.00
4 weeks
$1,200.00
6 weeks
$1,800.00
8 weeks
$2,400.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$3,600.00
Average fees
$300.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Rubuguri/Uganda between 1 week and 12 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  Rubuguri, Plot 14, Rubuguri Parish, Kisoro Ditrict

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