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All Volunteer Uganda projects support schools and communities in Kanungu district, situated in the Bwindi region of southwest Uganda.

Because it's still so rural, Kanungu district is a relatively undiscovered and understudied part of Uganda that holds vast potential for multidisciplinary exploration of rural, development-related subjects.

Since 2010, volunteers have been travelling to Kanungu to represent Volunteer Uganda as teachers, researchers and sports coaches. Over 600 volunteers and donors have contributed towards the work of Volunteer Uganda.

Kanungu district overlooks Africa's most famous national parks, Bwindi impenatrable forest, home to over half the worlds surviving mountain gorillas. Our volunteers have the opportunity to visit the gorillas and also go on a safari at Queen Elizabeth National park. 



Rural Uganda

Kanungu is off the beaten track. The communities are extremely rural and economy is low with many families reliant on subsistence farming to survive.


Great Lakes Region

Kanungu is located at the heart of the Great Lakes region of Africa. Close to Lake Victoria, the second biggest fresh water lake in the world, and Lake Bunyonyi.


Mountain Gorillas

Bwindi Impenetrable rainforest, one of Africa's most famous national parks, is home to almost half the world's surviving gorillas living in the wild.



More about Uganda




Uganda is a landlocked country in the East Africa. It shares borders with Kenya, South Sudan, DRC, Rwanda and Tanzania.
Capital City Kampala
Official Language English
Independence Gained from the UK in 1962
Head of State Joweri Museveni (came into power in 1986)
Area 236,040 km
Population 37 million
Climate The climate is tropical
Currency Ugandan Shilling
Religions Christianity (84%) Islam (12%) Other (4%)
Life Expectancy 58 years
Infant Mortality 61 deaths per 1,000 births
Poverty 35% below the poverty line
Literacy Rate 66%


76% of population in Kanungu District is 30 years and under(0-5 years: 18.7%, 6-17 years: 34%, 18-30 years: 22.7%, 31-59 years: 19.7%, 60+ years: 4.9%)

70% of people in Kanungu District are educated to primary level but not beyond.

Only 13% of the population in Kanungu District are educated at Secondary Level or beyond.

73% of the working population derive their main source of income from subsistence crop farming.


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Research Uganda Internship




Poverty Alleviation

Research Uganda gives participants the chance to conduct ground breaking research to direct Volunteer Uganda's strategy in poverty alleviation and development.

Unique Opportunity

The internship offers participants a unique opportunity to take part in first hand research on the ground, which has the potential to tangibly impact the lives of many in local communities.



Malaria Project March 2015

March 5th - April 16th

6 weeks - £1495



    Water Project     June 2015

June 10th - July 21st

6 weeks - £1495

Only 5 places available


    MPI Tool Project     August 2015

Aug 26th - Sep 30th

5 weeks - £1295

Applications Closed




Research Uganda Published Papers


Initial Needs Assessment Report Autumn 2013

Malaria Report First Case Study March 2014

Water Report First Case Study June 2014

Agriculture Report First Case Study (coming soon)