In the heart of the great lakes region of Africa, directly on the equator, lies Uganda. Originating as a peaceful hunter-gatherer nation, remnants of history and Pygmy culture can be found in the western region. Volunteers delight in Uganda’s abundant beauty – national parks, game reserves, lakes and waterfalls can be found everywhere! Land-locked on the eastern side of Africa, Uganda is now a peaceful, stable and prosperous nation. This was not always so, since the 1980s Uganda has been rebounding from a dark and difficult civil war and economic catastrophe. Uganda’s people have worked hard for their successful presidential republic. Come see for yourself, and seek the source of the Nile or go volcano trekking while you get to know the diverse clans and people here!
United Planet is the US and Canadian partner of the International Cultural Youth Exchange, or ICYE. As a volunteer in Uganda, you will be hosted by Uganda Volunteers for Peace, or UVP, ICYE’s Ugandan partner organization.
Volunteers encourage youth to stay in school through the creation and execution of workshops such as language classes, computing, sports, drama or music. The goal is to help these young people further their education and personal development by promoting key skills.
Volunteers assist children from a variety of disadvantaged backgrounds including rescued child laborers, street children, the disabled, children from troubled families, and orphans. Volunteer tasks may include assisting with fundraising, supervising play, and developing activities and workshops.
Homelessness in Uganda is usually caused by poverty, health problems, or lack of education. Volunteers assist staff at local organizations with the maintenance of households that receive homeless young people. Tasks may include listening and interacting with the youth as well as organizing activities and workshops in conjunction with the staff.
Volunteers work with local organizations to promote ecological education through conservation awareness seminars. Possible volunteer tasks include running recycling projects and assisting with education through art and computing classes.
The tombs were originally built as a palace in 1882 and then later converted into a tomb after King Mutesa I dies two years after the palace was built. Kings following him decided to be buried in the Kasubi Tombs rather than in their own palaces. These tombs give you an opportunity to learn more about the Baganda culture.
Climb to the top of one of three dormant volcanoes at Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Once you reach the top, the breathtaking views that you get will make you appreciative of the effort that you put in to hike up the volcano. If you choose to hike to the top of Mount Sabyinyo, you will be standing in three countries at once; Ugnada, Rwanda, and The Democratic Republic of Congo.
In Jinja, Uganda, you will be able to see the source of the Nile River, Lake Victoria. If you go across the river, away from Jinja, you’ll see the Source of the Nile Gardens and the Speke Monument. The Speke monument honors John Hanning Speke who took an expedition to locate the source of the Nile and succeeded.
This Centre hosts multiple performances by the Ndere Troupe, a group of dancers who performs more than 40 Ugandan dances. The dance troupe educates other generations as well as visitors about traditional Ugandan entertainment. Visit the centre for cultural nights every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. Or you can experience one of the food feasts that take place every night. It is recommended that you go on a Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday when you’ll be able to see the Ndere dance troupe perform.
United Planet Quests are designed to be immersive, authentic, comprehensive and provide you everything you’ll need to succeed. The program elements allow you to engage fully with a new culture, forge strong relationships, and challenge yourself. Most importantly, we partner with the community to ensure your experience will be important, relevant and helpful to the community you serve.
|Start Date||6 month fee||1 year fee||Early Bird Deposit Deadline||Regular Deposit Deadline||Late Deposit Deadline|
|August 2017||$7,850||$11,325||Monday, March 6, 2017||Monday, May 8, 2017||Monday, May 8, 2017|
|January 2018||$7,850||$11,325||Monday, July 31, 2017||Monday, September 4, 2017||Monday, September 18, 2017|
Enroll by the Early Bird Deadline and take $300 off your Quest fee.
Please note that deposits received after the Regular Deadline (before the Late Deadline) require an additional $150 fee.
We want you to succeed. That means having in place the support our volunteers need. We don't just drop you in country and hope for the best. We provide training before you leave … language exposure … 24/7 in-country support … support for your host family … accommodations, meals and airport transportation … activities and excursions. The whole idea is to make the experience successful and productive for you and the host community, and we have found that these things are crucial. Remember that we are a non-profit, mission-driven organization – we wouldn’t spend money on something that wasn’t important.