Volunteering is a wonderful opportunity to learn about other cultures while being part of an organisation dedicated to improving the lives of others. You will find working in the third world challenging, demanding, rewarding and a lot of fun, knowing the time you spend with the children will have a lasting impact on their lives. Volunteers can be postgraduate students or professionals offering a few weeks of their time a year to help in the development of the schools and orphanages.
Jinja is a thriving, bustling town which is home to many charities. You will meet lots of volunteers and locals who work in them. Student volunteers usually like to stay in one of the guest houses, which are used by several charities, so you’ll meet other volunteers during your stay. The current rate for a guest house is about £10 a night for bed and breakfast. The guest houses all have guards at night, although Jinja is a very safe place and its people are warm and welcoming. Our professional volunteers usually stay at the Casa Mia which is about £25 a night for bed and breakfast. This is excellent value, located next to a lovely Italian restaurant in a quiet residential area that’s close to town. Within Jinja, there are plenty of local shops and restaurants which are very inexpensive.
Most volunteers come to us after they have finished university and taking a gap year. Some come for 2-4 weeks, as part of a longer trip they are taking, and others come for up to 2 months.
Professional individuals such as teachers, doctors, nurses and dentists often come for 1-3 weeks as part of their annual holiday. They offer invaluable expertise that can improve the standards in the schools and clinics immeasurably.
The busiest times, where volunteers have the most to do, are during the school terms. We do have a few projects that are year-round such as the orphanages but work at these is limited. Schools close in May, August, December and January, so these times are best avoided.
Our Country Manager will identify projects for you to work in. Typically, they would show you all the projects in the first week you arrive and then you could discuss where you would most like to volunteer. In discussion with the Country Managers, you would decide where you could be of most use, but normally this is across several different projects so you will get a varied experience. You can see the different projects on this website.
If you would like to volunteer, please contact Sue Symonds, who is a trustee of the Jinja Educational Trust, at: email@example.com
Please include a brief background on yourself, the skills and qualifications you can offer to the Trust, what you are looking to get involved with, and how long you wish to volunteer for.
You will need to take malaria prevention medication such as Malarone or Doxycycline for the duration of your stay. Your surgery will advise on the current medication you will need, but Hepatitis A and B, Yellow Fever, Tetanus, and Typhoid are all essential.
There are good hospitals and clinics in Jinja or Kampala, should you need additional medical care.
These notes are fairly brief, so as not to be too overwhelming, but please do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like to know more about this wonderful country, its people and our work.