Primary Teaching

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Overview

Apply now for our primary teaching project. Combine inspirational teaching placements and HIV Outreach initiatives with a range of incredible wildlife adventure excursions across Uganda. Our original, flagship project strikes the perfect balance between community impact and 'backpacker' experience.

Not ready for teaching? See details of our new and exciting 4-week 'Teaching Support' projects starting in September and November 2016

Short Term Aim

In your classroom you have the chance to teach great lessons every day for your students. Our LRTT training will equip you with the active learning strategies you need to bring the Ugandan curriculum to life. Our aim is not only to deliver content but also skills, useful not only in the classroom but beyond.

Medium Term Aim

Our primary teaching volunteers are the glue that holds all our projects together,acting as ambassadors for Volunteer Uganda every day in our partner schools. By modelling great teaching and building strong relationships in every staffroom, we aim to inspire local teachers to adopt learner-centred approaches to teaching.

Long Term Aim

By improving education for children across our partner schools, we aim to give thousands of children the educational attainment and skills they need to take control of their own lives. Education is not only the single best route out of poverty; as Nelson Mandela said, it is "the most powerful weapon we have to change the world."

Training

During your first week, you will complete our Limited Resource Teacher Training (LRTT) program. Led by our local educational experts, you'll gain the key skills to deliver effective, interactive lessons in an African classroom. No previous teaching experience is necessary, but any previous experience working with children will be useful.

What You'll Teach

You'll be teaching English, Maths or Science, following the Ugandan curriculum for your content and structure. Your challenge is to bring that content to life! Whichever school and subject, our team is there to help you become a highly effective and inspirational teacher who gets the most out of your class.


4-Week Teaching Support

Only have time for a short trip?
Not ready to teach your own class?

Join the team in Uganda for a month-long project supporting volunteer teachers and Ugandan teachers in classrooms and on community projects. What you'll be doing:

  • Provide support for the slower learners in the class,
  • Support the teacher to run group tasks and activities,
  • Help lead after-school workshops and activities,
  • Play a role in VU community projects such as HIV-talks,
  • Get the chance to go on all the same fantastic excursions at weekends. 

Interested? Click 'Apply' at the top of the page and choose a '4-Week Volunteer Teaching Support' project from the list.

Quick Info

What's included? 
  • Accommodation at our custom-built lodge
  • In-country transport (including transfers from the airport)
  • 3 meals a day
  • Training and mentoring
  • Dedicated Team Leaders and lodge staff to support you throughout your trip
What You'll Learn
  • Plan an effective lesson
  • Make lesson content relevant to pupils
  • Manage behaviour in the classroom
  • Use a variety of questioning techniques
  • Differentiate lessons for fast and slow learners
  • Use group work in the classroom effectively
  • Assess pupils' learning effectively
  • Provide effective marking and feedback to pupils
  • Use a range of takeaway activities


Typical Daily Schedule
  • 9:00am - Arrive at school
  • 9:30am - Teach lesson 1
  • 10:15am - Marking
  • 11:00am - Breaktime
  • 11.30am - Teach Lesson 2
  • 12.15pm - Lesson planning
  • 13:00pm - Lunch
  • 2.00pm - Free period
  • 2.45pm - Teach lesson 3
  • 3.30pm - Return to Lodge

Excursions

Excursions add ons are a great way to make the most of your time on the project. Opt for one of our packages to get the full experience

Ultimate Package

Price: £695

  • Big Game Safari Weekend
  • White Water Rafting
  • Lake Bunyonyi Weekend
  • Nile High Bungee Jump
  • Chimpanzee tracking

Adventure Package

Price: £495

  • Big Game Safari Weekend
  • White Water Rafting
  • Lake Bunyonyi Weekend
White_Water_Rafting

White Water Rafting - £120


Experience the thrill of a full-day white water rafting down grade 1-5 rapids on the mighty River Nile.

Big_Game_Safari

Big Game Safari - £330


Visit Uganda's No.1 safari location, Queen Elizabeth National Park for a full weekend of game drives and a boat safari.

Lake_Bunyonyi

Lake Bunyonyi - £100


One of the most popular excursions amongst volunteers, this weekend away is an experience not to be missed.

Chimp_Tracking

Chimp Tracking - £120


Uganda is famous for being one one of the only places in the world where you can visit chimpanzees living in the wild.

Bungee_Jump

Bungee Jump - £110


A unique opportunity to take the plunge and conquer Uganda's famous "Nile high" bungee, directly over the River Nile!

Gorilla_Tracking

Gorilla Tracking - £500


Over half of the 700 gorillas left in the wild live in Uganda, so it really is a unique privilege to experience.

Millie Harris

Volunteer 2015

“Very cliché but I do believe that VU is the best thing I’ve ever done. I’ve been pushed way outside my comfort zone and seen real Uganda and real people lives. I feel like I’m part of something that is really helping a community and I think it has helped me personally at the same time.”

Hattie Farrer

Volunteer, September 2015

“All of the team leaders worked extremely hard and went above and beyond to make sure we had the best experience possible in Uganda.”

Harvey Wilson

Volunteer March 2014

“The whole experience has been life changing! The staff, the kids, the lodge, everything was incredible. I'll definitely be going back to Uganda next year.”

Connor Hall

Volunteer, June 2015

“It has been the most amazing, probably life changing, experience. Especially seeing the difference in schools e.g. 45 pupils squished at desks that should really only have 5 or 6 people at them. I’ve done things that a couple of years ago I wouldn’t have dreamed of doing.”

Chris Small

Volunteer, July 2013

“Definitely worth every penny! I love how much was fitted into 6 weeks, and being able to do lots of different trips at the weekends was a bonus.”

Jordane Salmon

Volunteer, June 2015

“My experience In Uganda made me realise how much we have at home and how much we have to be grateful for. It is amazing to see how much education means to children which we, at home, take for granted.”

Your School

During the training week we take the time to understand what you're looking for from your teaching experience so we can place you with a class that matches your skill-set and personality.

Teach in pairs

You will be placed in a school with 2-3 other volunteers. This gives you the option of extra support in lessons to help manage large classes and support struggling learners.

The Classrooms

Classrooms in Uganda are basic. You have a blackboard and a piece of chalk. Students have exercise books and a pen. Our LRTT course will prepare you to teach in this new, but equally very exciting context.

Our Schools

Volunteer Uganda works in close partnership with over 15 schools across the district. No school is exactly the same. The size of each school, the number of buildings, the class-sizes and standard of facilities varies from school to school.

HIV Outreach

You will be involved in running our community HIV/AIDS Outreach Projects. We train all our volunteers to deliver highly engaging assemblies aimed to raise awareness and educate young people about HIV and AIDS. As well as being great experience, it really is life saving work.

After School Club

We encourage all our volunteers to organize and run after school clubs in sports, singing & dance sessions, arts & crafts workshops and reading clubs. We recently started 'Boys Club' and 'Girls Club' aimed at developing a wide range of life skills.

Accommodation

All accommodation and food is included during your stay in Volunteer Uganda. Our purpose-built volunteer lodge is a perfect home away from home.

The Volunteer Volunteer Uganda Lodge is situated in Kanungu District in the Bwindi region of southwest Volunteer Uganda. Volunteers arrive at Entebbe International Airport, near Kampala and then make the journey to Bwindi as a group in the VU vehicles.

The Lodge has a very homely feel and very relaxed vibe. Volunteers are encouraged to treat the lodge like home during their stay. Day-to-day life at the lodge is so much fun that volunteers simply don't want to leave!

Transport

All transport in Volunteer Uganda is included. Our fleet of safari vehicles transport you everywhere from the moment you land to the moment you leave.

Our team in Volunteer Uganda meet all volunteers at Entebbe Airport straight from volunteers recommended flights

Our team of experienced drivers provide safe transport throughout volunteers entire trip.

Need to Ask Us Something Else?

If you have any questions that you can't find in our FAQs section or you simply wish to find out a bit more info, get in touch with us via phone, by enquiring online or even via social media!

Call us On: 020 7183 5187