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
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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:
Interested? Click 'Apply' at the top of the page and choose a '4-Week Volunteer Teaching Support' project from the list.
Experience the thrill of a full-day white water rafting down grade 1-5 rapids on the mighty River Nile.
Visit Uganda's No.1 safari location, Queen Elizabeth National Park for a full weekend of game drives and a boat safari.
One of the most popular excursions amongst volunteers, this weekend away is an experience not to be missed.
Uganda is famous for being one one of the only places in the world where you can visit chimpanzees living in the wild.
A unique opportunity to take the plunge and conquer Uganda's famous "Nile high" bungee, directly over the River Nile!
Over half of the 700 gorillas left in the wild live in Uganda, so it really is a unique privilege to experience.
“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.”
“All of the team leaders worked extremely hard and went above and beyond to make sure we had the best experience possible in Uganda.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.