Volunteer in Uganda


Educational and outreach support for the children and the community of Kikandwa
Kikandwa, Luwero district       3 - 12 months

Volunteer project: The Children's Day Centre and Boarding school in Kikandwa was started by a small group of female teachers who were born in Kikandwa and Kikyusa villages, in conjunction with the local community members in 2006. They had realized that children in the area were exposed to ignorance and diseases as a result of poverty, the average illiteracy rate being about 70%. The area has many people affected by HIV/AIDS. A number of orphans, over 250, whose parents have died of HIV/AIDS, are living with foster parents e.g. grandparents who are too old to look after them (70 years and above), and others live with friends and well wishers or next of kin.

Kikandwa and Kikyusa villages are amongst those villages which were destroyed by the war in 1980-1986, which took many victims, left many people homeless, or forced them to migrate to big cities e.g. Kampala for their safety. The teaching of the pupils was done by the Church which was the only existing building in the area with only 20 pupils.

In 2007, 50 acres of land were donated to the Centre and the community mobilized funds to construct 3 temporary wooden classrooms roofed with corrugated iron sheets. They currently have 270 pupils from nursery to primary 5 level. International volunteers have helped them to construct three permanent classroom blocks and an office, to wall plate pending roofing, put doors and windows, make the floor.

Since most children live with old grandparents, they usually come to school without breakfast or anything to eat during break or lunch time. Some of these children are malnourished. Quite a big number of them are attacked by malaria and others have jiggers in their feet. They lack mosquito nets and medicines. Therefore, the Centre has started an agricultural project where they grow vegetables and fruits on a large scale for children's consumption at school.

The volunteers will support the staff in teaching and organising outdoor activities and sports for the children. Help is also needed in gardening, construction and tree planting projects at the centre. The volunteers will organise outreach programs for the surrounding communities focused on orphans and vulnerable children, and HIV/AIDS awareness. They may also help the communities in small sustainable tourism and income generation projects in the area and help develop and design promotional materials for the centre. The nearest Governmental Hospital is in Wabusana, 7 km away and that’s where the HIV/AIDS awareness program will be conducted.

Study theme: Local history, teaching, care for kids, sustainable tourism and improving the livelihoods of local communities.

Language: English

Leisure activities: Site visits, cultural talks, picnic, and enjoying the outdoors.

Duration of the project: 3 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

Accommodation: Housing in a host family within the community, near the centre.

Location: The project site is in Luwero district in the Central region of the country, 50 km north of the capital Kampala.

Age range: 19 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Primary school teaching program
Kayenje, Mpigi District       1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: The Primary School in Kayenje village, Mpigi District has over 800 children and only 9 teachers making a student-teacher ratio of 75:1. And the population of the school is still expanding. This has caught the concern of the community and the administration to invite volunteers interested in education to come to the rescue of the school.

The volunteer assignments include teaching, assistance in the classroom, mentoring and providing guidance and counselling service to the children, as well as any other tasks that may arise.

Study theme: Education

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in a nearby house within the school premises.

Location: The school is located in Kayenje village, Mpigi District in Central Uganda.

Age range: 19 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Conservation and protection of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park       1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of Uganda's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It has been described as “an isolated forest of outstanding biological richness”. This ancient forest contains more than 160 species of trees and over 100 species of ferns - and more famously, almost half the world’s mountain gorillas. As it is surrounded by one of the most densely populated rural areas in Africa, community benefits arising from gorilla tracking and other sustainable tourism initiatives may be the only hope for the future conservation of this precious site.

The volunteers will explore the forests and villages of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and will organise outreach programs for the benefit of the surrounding communities. They will promote environmental awareness, conservation and protection of the site. The group will provide educational support in the villages and plant trees. The volunteers may also help the local communities on small sustainable tourism projects in the area, as well as develop and design promotional materials about the park.

Study theme: Local history, sustainable tourism and improving the livelihood of local communities.

Language: English

Leisure activities: Site visits, biodiversity and cultural talks, picnics, enjoying the outdoor environment, mountain climbing.

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

Accommodation: Housing is provided in the nearby communities. Please, bring a sleeping bag.

Location: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is located in Kanunga and Kisoro districts in south-western Uganda, bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo. It comprises 331 square kilometres (128 sq mi) of jungle forests. The forest is one of the richest ecosystems in Africa and is known for its exceptional biodiversity. Many types of birds and butterflies can also be found there, as well as many endangered species. The forest is home to almost half of the world’s mountain gorilla population.

Age range: 19 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Rehabilitation and reconstruction of war-devastated communities in Northern Uganda
Northern Uganda       1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: The program is a partnership with local organisations and government to rehabilitate the affected communities of the Northern region of Uganda. The area was devastated by the Kony war in the past decades. Now the area is secure, reconstruction and settlement of the affected areas is ongoing, but the major challenge is the social services in the area, which were destroyed. The population is traumatized, without proper accommodation and sanitation. International volunteers will join the efforts to uplift the service delivery to the returnees and the affected population of the north.

The volunteers will help in the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the affected communities in the context of learning and transforming conflicts management related to international voluntary service.

Study theme: Local history, preservation, protection and promotion, sustainable tourism and improving the livelihood of local communities.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in a host family or a group accommodation on site.

Location: The project is located in the Northern region of the country, 350 km from Kampala, the capital city.

Age range: 19 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Building a school and teaching children in a poverty-stricken area of rural Uganda
Mabira, Buikwe district       1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: The project is based in Buikwe district in the Central region of Uganda. Volunteers' help is needed in a local nursery and primary school serving the community of Mabira. With around 300 children, the school doesn't have proper permanent structures. The school was started with the aim to provide a safe place to study and protect children from rape, traditional sacrifices and other calamities happening as they walked through the forest for more than 5 km to attend schools in other communities. The local people are mostly sugar plantation workers, some hit by HIV/AIDS, living in poverty and often leaving their young ones alone to care for their siblings. We are trying to put up permanent structures for the school and support its day to day running.
The international volunteers will teach the children in the school, will organise awareness activities with the local population about care and protection of children, and will help in the construction of a permanent building for the school. They will also join the efforts to help improve the school water and sanitation facilities.

Study theme: Improving school water and sanitation facilities to increase enrollment and attendance for quality education.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in a host family or a group accommodation on site.

Location: The school is located in Mabira, on the boundaries of Mabira forest, Kitigoma parish, Nyenga sub county, Buikwe district in Central Uganda.

Age range: 19 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Education and outreach program in Kayunga District
Kizanyirizi, Kayunga District       1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: The project is organised in support of a primary and nursery school located in Kizanyirizi parish, Kakukulu subcounty, Kasawo County. The Orphanage promotes early childhood education and Universal Primary Education. With the increase in enrollment in not for profit private school, this has increased the load to staff and other workers to deliver quality services to the children. It serves a population of more than 300 children with 6 teachers. The program tends to build formal and non-formal training, develop the fortitude needed to succeed at home, in school and in life.

Volunteers are needed for teaching and outreach program for care and protection of the children in need of support.

Study theme: Improving school water and sanitation facilities to increase enrollment and attendance for quality education.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in a host family or a group accommodation on site.

Location: The Orphanage is located in Kayunga District, in Central region.

Age range: 19 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Community development program in Wakiso
Wakiso       1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: This is a community based initiative in Mau village, Nabweru Sub-county Wakiso district. The aim is to improve the water, sanitation and hygiene in Maganjo parish by creating, developing awareness materials and other relevant initiatives which will help in mobilizing communities to get involved. Local people are also running a primary/nursery school for children and income generating activities like handcrafts, coffee making, juice packing, knitting and tailoring to improve on their livelihood.

Volunteers' tasks: Promotion of community work and preparing and support for outreach programs, training in apprenticeship and organic farming.

Study theme: Improving livelihood through community involvement and strengthening income generation for sustainable development.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in a host family or a group accommodation on site.

Location: Nabweru Subcounty, Wakiso District, 14 Km from Kampala in Central region.

Age range: 19 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Providing education in poor communities in Mukono district
Mukono       1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: The volunteer project supports a secondary school providing education and skills development to the communities of Nakaswa and the neighboring districts by bringing nearer social facilities which helps in uplifting their wellbeing and livelihood. We are mobilizing the community to get involved in the project by creating awareness, helping in the day to day management of the school for quality education delivery, thereby improving access to education facilities. We are working together with the local governments of Mukono, Kayunga and Buikwe districts to achieve these objectives.

The aim of the project is provision of quality education in the poor communities of Mukono, Kayunga and Buikwe. We need volunteers motivated to promote education and skills development among the local communities. The volunteers will help the staff with daily activities including prepping, teaching, awareness raising, community work, daily manual labour, mainly construction. There will be an opportunity for volunteers to plan and implement activities based on their own interests.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in a host family or a group accommodation on site.

Location: Mukono district is located 60 Km from Kampala central Region, the project is located in western region.

Age range: 19 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Support for children with special needs and their families
Wakiso       1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: This center for children with special needs was formed after the founders’ experience in raising a child with Down syndrome in Europe. The founders wish to support parents in Uganda who are struggling to cope with raising children in a similar situation. The center has a strong desire to work closely with parents, because we believe families first have to accept and appreciate these children for society to change their perception. Families need to create a conducive environment for these children to grow, for example by bringing them to public places like churches, keeping them in hygienically clean environments and supporting them in their development stages like training them to use toilets, speech therapy and others.
The center will provide both practical and technical information to address the common complications of children with Down syndrome by working in partnerships with hospitals and government ministries.
Our vision is to see that children with Down syndrome can realize their potential and be fully integrated into society. We will create a platform where parents can freely share their experiences in raising these children and later to be able to advocate for their rights.
Our mission is to be the voice and break the silence of Down syndrome in Uganda. We strive to give hope to those who had given up on their children. We need to give the syndrome a “human face” that despite the disability, these children still remain beautiful, lovely and important to the social fabric of society.

Volunteer activities include child care, social skills training, behavioural modification, pre-school basic skills training.

Volunteer duties:
- Offer hands on trainings to parents in among others, nutrition, speech and physiotherapy to support children in their development
- Provide training tools to parents that will aid their trainings at home. Like tools to stimulate the thinking of children, toys and others.
- Physical and material support: Provide aid material like special feeding chairs, wheel chairs, feeding materials, pampers, sanitary towels to ease the care for these children
- Counseling and guidance: Offer Counseling and guidance services to parents who are struggling to raise children with special needs and also provide life skills techniques
- Information dissemination: Develop, print and distribute Information Education Communication materials on care guidance for use in capacity building and behavior change.
- Raising awareness: Awareness creation on the need to recognize children with special needs in the society and community at large, Publish flyers, T-shirts for publicity and recognition of these children in society. The centre will further participate in special events like world child day to exhibit their activities
- Advocacy: Create a campaign for the involvement and inclusion of children with special needs into policy design and implementation on the topic “We need to be in school”.
- Education: Identify and link children to schools with special needs.
- Extra-curricular activities: Organize special events for children and their parents, for instance visiting the zoo and beaches, exchange visits and tours to enable society recognize that such children also need activities like that.
- Employment opportunities: Provide special training in activities that can enhance the livelihood of children with special needs so that they are better able to fend for themselves and enjoy a sense of independence.

Study theme: Care for special needs children and improving livelihood of families within the communities hosting children with special needs.

Language: English

Leisure time: Site visits, biodiversity and cultural talks, picnic, and enjoying the outdoor environment, mountain climbing.

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

Accommodation: Housing provided in the community near the project site, bring sleeping bags.

Location: Nansana-Wakiso District. The site is peri-urban, in the outskirts of Kampala district which form the capital city, in Nabweru Sub County and Nasana Town council. About 8 km from the city centre.

Age range: 19 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Protection and promotion of the Ruwenzori Mountain
Kabarole       1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: The Ruwenzori Mountains National Park covers nearly 100,000 ha in western Uganda and comprises the main part of the Ruwenzori mountain chain, which includes Africa's third highest peak (Mount Margherita: 5,109 m). The region's glaciers, waterfalls and lakes make it one of Africa's most beautiful alpine areas. The park has many natural habitats of endangered species and a rich and unusual flora comprising, among other species, the giant heather.

The Ruwenzori Mountains National Park provides stunning views of glacier and snow-capped mountains just kilometers from the equator, where it is contiguous with the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Having the third highest mountain in Africa at 5,109 m (after Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya), the Park includes a much larger alpine area than either, covering an area of 99,600 ha of which 70% lies at over 2,500 m in height. The Ruwenzori Mountains are the highest and most permanent sources of the River Nile, and constitute a vital water catchment. Their multitude of fast flowing rivers, magnificent waterfalls and stratified vegetation make the property exceptionally scenic and beautiful. The mountains are well-known for their unique alpine flora which includes many species endemic to the Albertine Rift in the higher altitude zones including giant heathers, groundsels and lobelias. The Park also supplies local communities with various wild resources and is an important cultural heritage.

In this project, we are collaborating with Uganda Wildlife Authority and Uganda Tourism Board to preserve, protect and promote the site given its status as World Heritage Site.

Volunteers will coordinate heritage club activities and produce awareness materials and screen relevant heritage films. They will also run a heritage gala and an awareness raising workshop with debates, reflections and discussions on World Heritage issues, involving local communities working closely with the site manager.

Study theme: Local history, preservation, protection and promotion, sustainable tourism and improving the livelihood of local communities.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in a host family or a group accommodation on site.

Location: Kabarole district is located 324 km from Kampala central Region, the project is located in the western region.

Age range: 19 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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HIV/AIDS Education and care for affected children in Central Uganda
Wakiso       1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: The volunteers in this project will lend a hand to a community based women’s group operating in Kawempe Division of Kampala district and Wakiso District. The aim is to improve the economic wellbeing of the communities around by preserving and protecting the environment for sustainable living. This involves working with underprivileged women, people living with HIV/Aids and young mothers, to provide care, support and improved livelihood, as they work on income generation projects by producing charcoal from waste and waste management. The project is managed purely by women.

The volunteer work includes social work in the communities where volunteers will be involved in the general care of children with HIV/Aids, working in the local school where you will be involved in promotion of HIV/Aids education, guidance and counseling, you will also be involved in the children innovation and creativity activities that will also promote economic empowerment of people living with HIV/Aids. Volunteers will also be involved in helping in organizational duties and home based work within the communities.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

Accommodation: The volunteer will live in a host family within the community and this will provide you with the opportunity to learn more from the local people and also share in their daily way of life.

Location: The site is located in the Central region of Uganda, Kampala district, which surrounds the capital city.

Age range: 19 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Environmental protection and waste management program in Buwenge
Buwenge, Jinja District       1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: The volunteers will work with a Youth Environmental Protection group that has worked with volunteer groups since the 90s with a common aim of promoting and protecting the Environment in Buwenge Town Council and the country at large. Buwenge is a fast growing urban council and is affected with all the challenges of urbanization and globalization. With the population of Buwenge escalating, the council is facing a problem of waste management and deforestation. In cooperation with the town council and the local community, the volunteers will be looking for a way forward to help the communities of Buwenge cope with pollution, environment degradation and other health hazards. So the town council of Buwenge is looking for motivated volunteers with the skills to guide the council and local communities on waste management and environmental issues.

The volunteers' tasks involve teaching and educational support; guidance and counseling; environmental conservation activities; coordination of club activities; career development.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

Accommodation: Since it’s not easy to appreciate and understand cultures before you interact with them and stay together volunteers will be placed in host families. The first two days will be for orientation. Note: We cannot guarantee electricity, water (shower), telephone or wireless network for we work in rural settings, where some of these facilities are not available.

Location: The project is located 102 Km from the city centre of Kampala. From Jinja Town the project is located 20Km off Kamuli Rd in the eastern district of Jinja which is an industrial and tourist attraction.

Age range: 19 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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School renovation, education and counselling for children
Buikwe       1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: Volunteers in this project will support a Primary School in Buikwe district, east of Kampala. The main activity among the community around is fishing. The project was started by community members to provide education to children of fishermen. The school population is growing at a fast rate. The student-teacher ratio is 70:1. The school currently has 500 students and no permanent structures. Through this project we intend to mobilize the community and improve the quality of teaching in the school.

Volunteers will be teaching students in the classroom and working with the school management to improve the status of the school and awareness on heritage issues and educational support. The volunteers will also provide guidance and counselling; environmental conservation activities; and coordination of environmental club activities. Some painting and construction help around the school will be also needed.

Language: English

Leisure activities: Visits to the Lake Victoria, the source of the Nile, swimming, city centre tour and trip to Entebbe.

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in the school.

Location: The school is located in Buikwe district in the Central Region of Uganda.

Age range: 19 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Historic heritage of Buganda kingdom
Kasubi, Kampala district       1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: The Buganda kingdom dates 200 years back and has a very rich history. One of the outstanding treasures of Buganda is the Kasubi Tombs which were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In 2010 some parts of the site were almost completely destroyed by a fire. After this tragedy, the Buganda Kingdom has vowed to rebuild the tombs of their kings, and the kingdom is looking for motivated volunteers to help rebuild the former glory of the kingdom by conserving, protecting and promoting the heritage site in all aspects. The Kasubi Tombs is the only Heritage Site of its kind in Uganda. The volunteers will be partnering with the kingdom to rebuild, restore, and document some of the activities of a two decade legacy.

Volunteer tasks include: restoration, promotion and protection of cultural values and sites; intercultural exchange; social work; educational support; raising awareness; guiding and counseling; tree planting.

Study theme: Protection, preservation and promotion of historic heritage, sustainable tourism and improving the livelihoods of local communities.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in a nearby house within the tombs and tents as men are not allowed to reside inside the tombs as a cultural norm.

Location: The site is located in the Central region of Uganda, Kampala district, which surrounds the capital city.

Age range: 19 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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