All our programs in Uganda include free weekend sightseeing. (City Tours) You will also have free local language lessons. You can also join our major four to five (4-5) days sight seeing which include the safari. Contact us for the major sightseeing.
Like our volunteer Mayu was welcome last year in Uganda, We want to say to you also welcome to the Pearl of Africa! Break the box, role up your sleeves and hit the air to Uganda to touch lives. From the very first day you arrive in Uganda till you leave back home, STAESA will always be there for you.
STAESA's orphanage program in Uganda provides a great opportunity to work very closely with children aged 1 month to 17 years, most of whom lost their parents to HIV/AIDS, being neglected, abused and because of poverty many of these kids landed in the street. The big smiles and love of these children towards volunteers/interns leave lots of memories, hence making it difficult to depart from them at the end of the program.
The community is very welcoming, project location very safe and the kids are very lovely. Together with our local volunteers in the orphanages, our volunteers/interns work very closely with the children. Resources are really in short supply here, but it’s amazing to see the children always happy and getting involved in anything fun!
Volunteers are allowed to bring children books, toys, old shoes, t-shirts, soccer balls and old computers for the orphanage. The program also includes renovation work in both the school and in the orphanage (fixing the floors, fixing the windows, fixing the doors, land scaping, painting the class rooms). Project location very safe, Communities are very welcoming and the children are very lovely to work with. There are lot of benefits awaits you for joining us. Contact us for these benefits. Anyone from the 15 and above can join this program. You don't need qualification or previous experience to join us. You will have the opportunity to meet and work with other foreign volunteers.
Students, families, corporates, groups, individuals and aged are welcome to join us and touch lives. Are you looking for a program where you get direct contact with the children? Do you want to give back to the community? STAESA program provides you that. opportunity From the day of your arrival till you leave back home you can never have enough of these amazing children.
Other Information and locations!
As a volunteer you will be having a very busy useful time with the kids. The kids include orphans, street kids, needy kids, poor kids. There is really great need at the orphanages.
Your safety and security are our top priority hence locations of our programs are very well picked where you will be placed and work directly with the kids from the age of 0 to 17 years. The total population of the kids in the orphanage is 40 and above. The program provides an opportunity for you to work directly with the kids and the staff at orphanage.
Kampala - Uganda's national and commercial capital bordering Lake Victoria, Africa's largest lake. Hills covered with red-tile villas and trees surround an urban centre of contemporary skyscrapers.
Mbarara- Near Lake Mburo National Park
Working hours and reponsibilities!
Generally volunteers work from 08:00.-12:00 a.m. and 13:00-16:00 p.m. However, your exact working hours are adjusted according to the activities at your work place. You´re permitted to take a day off once in a while. Week-ends are free time for all our volunteers. The orphanage is open during the weekends also. you can choose to go and help if you want.
Your schedules in the orphanage include the following below and many more that will be discussed with you upon arrival.
1 Teach Basic conversational English, Alphabets, Numbers, Face painting, Coloring in the books, clay work, and art work on the wall.
2 Any indoors and outdoors games, football, volley ball, basketball, music and dancing, helping in the kitchen to prepare food for the kids, renovation work, fixing the doors, windows, doors. health education, Entertainment. You can also help on the farm.
Other Information and locations!
When does the project run? All year round
How long are the placements? 2wks min-1y max
Any requirements? Not needed
Working hours? Mon-Fri 8am-4pm
Name of the airport? Entebbe International Airport
Types of accommodations? Host family, Independent, on site
Accommodation Location? Very close to the projects
Accommodation facilities? water/light/bed/toilet/bathroom, kitchen,
How to get to Work By public transport
Cost of transportation(return) Less than one dollar
Laundry? Self laundry by hands
Is Food provided? Yes! food is provided
How many meals per day? Three meals (Lunch mostly at work)
Visa required? Yes! Visa is required - There is a visa free for holders of certain countries passport, Please call the Uganda embassy near you
Cost of visa? Volunteers can call the embassy
Types of visa? Tourist visa (Multiple visa)
Local sim card? Local sim card is provided
Internet: Internet modem provided and return after the program.
Vaccinations or medications? Yellow Fever (Compulsory) Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Diphtheria are not necessary though. We recommend that you contact a travel clinic near you at least 3 months before you plan to travel.
Safety in Uganda
No worries!! Uganda is generally safe for travel and tourism. It is considered a politically stable country with securely operated borders within the East African region and robust internal security bodies. However, opportunistic crimes such as petty theft, credit card fraud, and home robbery occur, just like any other country. We carefully picked our program location making sure all our volunteers are very safe. You are in a safe hands volunteering with STAESA in Uganda. We are 24/7 with you from the your first day of your arrival till your last day when you get in your flight back home.
Working hours and reponsibilities!
Uganda has been described as the friendliest country globally following a survey conducted among expatriates globally, according to the BBC. ... "This East African country received the highest marks for friendliness," according to BBC' s report. But, there is real poverty like other African countries and you will soon realize that you are far richer and more fortunate than most local people you meet. You will probably attract your fair share of souvenir hawkers and beggars, but try and take the time to meet ordinary people going about their day to day business too. The experience will be worth it. Don't be afraid to step out of your house, just take some precautions.
Weather in Uganda
Uganda generally has two wet seasons and two dry seasons, with dry seasons being from December to February and June to August, while wet seasons are from March to May and September to November. March to May is wetter and warmer, while December to February is hotter and drier and it can sometimes get as hot as 96.8°F.
When to go
You can join us anytime in the year! Anytime in the month! Anytime in the week
Kind of clothes you should pack for your trip to Uganda
Jeans and Trousers: blue jeans, cotton trousers, khaki trousers, Light Shirts and Blouses: T-Shirts, short sleeve shirts and long sleeved shirts to protect you from insects and even sunburn. Shorts also for your free days. Socks and underwear: Once again it is best that they are made from natural fabrics since again it is the heat and this way you have less of a chance for heat rash. Shoes: Good leather shoes, sandals, and a lightweight pair of Hiking boots if you will doing some hiking.
Kind of luggage you should take
It all begins with the right suitcases or suitcase. It also depends where you coming from. If you are coming from North America you get to bring 2 suitcases and 50 pounds each, from Europe it is almost half that. It means one has to be practical and take in mind what your plans are once you arrive in Africa, where you will be going and what you will be doing while here.
Keep all essentials like the pill, malaria pills, essential medicine, debit and credit cards, camera and your toothbrush in your hand luggage. Also put one set of clothing if the unthinkable happens that your luggage is temporarily lost. Money Belt: One that will allow you to carry your passport also. Do not wear your money on the outside of your clothing.