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Medical Volunteer Work in Uganda

Do you want to gain medical volunteer abroad experience? Are you looking for a chance to explore a fascinating country while serving poor families and children?

Uganda is a diverse country, with many fascinating cultures with distinct tribal and ethnic histories sharing the land. It’s beautiful nature and wildlife is equally diverse, with breath-taking scenery and exotic animals abounding.

Unfortunately, Uganda struggles to provide adequate access to healthcare to citizens

living in outlying areas surrounding the major cities. The hospitals and clinics located here are underfunded and undermanned, and Medical/Healthcare volunteers in Uganda who are desperately needed to cover this gap.

Volunteers doing Medical Volunteer Work in Uganda will offer various services, such as outpatient care, blood tests, community outreach, family planning, treatment of minor injuries and antenatal services. You will work closely with local doctors, giving you valuable hands-on experience in the medical field.

If you want to share your experience to impoverished and outlying communities in Uganda, while also having the experience of your lifetime learning about the people and culture of this fantastic country, then reach out to IFRE to learn more!

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Skills and Qualifications:

Applicants for our Medical volunteering in Uganda project need to have a background in the medical field, whether you’re a doctor, nurse or medical student. You also need to have a love for helping people and a strong wish to provide care for those without access to it. You should be a kind and patient person willing to tackle exciting new challenges every day.

Medical Volunteering in Uganda: Volunteer Responsibilities& Impact:

Your responsibilities as a medical volunteer in Uganda depends on your skills, qualifications and experience. It can range from treatment of local patients to shadowing of local doctors and medical staff.

You will not perform major procedures, but rather assist local doctors, shadow them, learn from them, and be involvedin various tasks such as treating minor wounds and injuries, measuring blood pressure and temperatures, recording height and weight and other related tasks.

Occasionally hospitals run community outreach program, and you may also be asked to assist in distributing medication, providing health tips and counselling patients.

When you work as a medical volunteer in Uganda, you will make a positive impact in the life of local people.The program not only gives you theopportunity to gain medical volunteer experience but also the chance to share your love and help local communities.

Your days as a medical volunteer in Uganda will always be fresh and exciting. You’ll get to work with and meet an incredibly varied array of people, and their friendly faces are sure to make you feel appreciated and welcome, and that your work provides a real benefit.

  • First Day: On your first day of medical volunteering in Uganda, you will be escorted to your placement hospital by a local coordinator and introduced to staff there. You will then spend the day learning about the hospital and your duties in the coming project.
  • Weekdays:Your medical work starts on the second day of the project, and while your exact duties will change day by day, a typical volunteer day looks something like this:
  • 7.00 to 7.30 AM: Enjoy a delicious breakfast together with your host family and fellow guests, preparing you for the day ahead.
  • 7.45 AM: You leave your accommodation and set out for a greatly rewarding day of volunteering in the hospital.
  • 12.00 PM: Lunch is served around noon, and you can enjoy it together with your new colleagues, allowing you to get to know them better.
  • 3.00 PM: Around this time work will usually end, and you can spend the rest of the afternoon and evening to explore Kampala and the surrounding area.

Medical Volunteer Work in Uganda: Dates and Fees

IFRE programs begin every Monday year-round. If you have travel constraints, you can still start your chosen program on any day of the year.

Our Fees

Since 2006, IFRE has been the most trusted and respected volunteer abroad organization in the world, and also the most affordable. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to volunteer internationally and make a positive impact in the lives of others.

We believe in 100% transparency. Rest assured, we never use middlemen. Your one-time registration fee of $299 covers our administrative costs. The low weekly fee is paid in the host country directly to your host family and project (via country coordinator), and includes housing, food, and minor expenses. IFRE is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.

Volunteer Program Fee (US$)

Duration Fee
  1 week   $150
  2 Weeks   $250
  3 Weeks   $350
  4 Weeks   $450
  5 Weeks   $550
  6 Weeks   $650
  7 Weeks   $750
  8 Weeks   $850
  9 Weeks   $950
  10 Weeks   $1,050
  11 Weeks   $1,150
  12 Weeks   $1,250

Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day »

How your fee is allocated?

Airport receive/transfer (45 Miles): $75

Language and Culture Program fee $250

Program Fees Cover:

  • Accommodation (host family)
  • Food (only breakfast and dinnery)
  • Program Orientation
  • In-country support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers

Program Fees Exclude:

  • Visas
  • Launch
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

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Accommodation and Meal

While joining medical volunteering program in Uganda, you will be staying with a safe and open local host family. They have extensive experience housing volunteers, and will take great care to make sure you’re always safe, comfortable and well-fed. To this end, they will provide you with three delicious home cooked and authentic meals a day, and also provide you with deep cultural immersion as you get to live and eat in the local way.

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Free Time and Weekends:

While you get to spend your days working on medical project, your evenings and weekends will be yours to explore and travel in Uganda. As you’ll be located in the area of Kampala, you can spend your evenings exploring the local villages or wonderful city, while its central location allows you to travel anywhere in the country during your weekends.

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Safety and In Country Support

We always make sure that our volunteers are safe wherever they are. Our host families all have a proven track record of safe and happy guests, and with our experience serving tens of thousands of volunteers from more than 20 different countries, we are well prepared to provide you with support, both before you leave home and during your project. To this end you will always have an in-country coordinator that you can reach at any time of the day (or night!) should you need any assistance or if a problem arises.

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Medical Volunteer Work in Uganda: FAQs

Arrival and departure

All our volunteers need to fly into Entebbe International Airport, Kampala for our health volunteer project in Uganda. A local representative of IFRE will come pick you up at the airport on arrival.

It is recommended that our volunteers maintain a direct line of contact with our country coordinator in Uganda before their flight departure, so that the pick-up can be arranged at the correct time.

Airport pick up and Drop

IFRE organizes airport pickups for its international volunteers in Ugandaon arrival. Our local representative will be waiting at the airport for you, once you’ve provided us with your flight details. We always suggest all of our volunteers fly into Uganda one day prior to the start date of your volunteer project.

We do not offer any kind of airport drop-off service.


You need to obtain a tourist visa to work in our healthcare volunteer program in Uganda. You can obtain a tourist visa from the Embassy of Uganda in your home country, anda single-entry tourist visa will cost you around $50 and lasts for around 90 days in total.

Unfortunately there is no on-arrival-visa available at the Entebbe International Airport,but you can instead apply for e-visa online. It will only take 24 hours to process your e-visa application.

You can always choose to further extend your visa if you wish to continue working in our Uganda healthcare volunteer programs. Check out this link for more information regarding visa extension in Uganda.


If you want to travel to Uganda for volunteering activities then it is necessary to get vaccines for Dengue, Meningococcal, MMR, Zika virus, Malaria, Hepatitis A, Chikungunya, Schistosomiasis, Yellow Fever, Cholera, Rabies, Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis, and DTP.

We suggest consulting your local doctor before taking these vaccinations for your volunteer trip in Uganda. Getting vaccinated means you won’t catch any deadly diseases and stay healthy during your stay in Uganda.

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Volunteer Health and Safety

Why Volunteer Medical Program in Uganda?

Directly learn about the various medical issues alongside medical professionals

Our Medical Volunteering Uganda project is a chance for you to learn directly from doctors in medical facilities abroad and add real-world, global experience to your resume. It allows you to learn about medical practices and get an insight into the healthcare challenges that people face in Uganda.

Medical volunteering provides you a feeling of accomplishment

Taking part in medical health volunteer opportunities in Uganda is an opportunity for you to serve distraught people who are deprived of fundamental medical aid. By treating them in their time of need and saving lives in the process gives you a rare sense of accomplishment.

Help to improve the lives of underprivileged people

Volunteering in Uganda Medical program is an opportunity for you to change the lives of underprivileged people. Your support and treatment will allow those in mental stress and suffering from physical ailments lead a better life. Your help will save livesand improve the health of these underprivileged people.

An opportunity to learn about the Healthcare System of Uganda

When joining this Uganda health project opportunity you get to learn about the new and different health treatment systems that exist in Uganda. This is an eye opening and educational medical experience for you.

Foster health of people in the rural areas of Uganda

Due to poverty the majority of Ugandan people face huge problems in getting adequate treatment for simple diseases and illness. Your contribution in Medical Health Uganda volunteer projects will provide easy medical access to these underprivileged people. This timely help will improve their health, increasing their chances of survival in theimmediate future.

Make friends and share ideas through health volunteering

Uganda medical health volunteering opportunities allow you to work in different projects with a diverse range of people from all around the world. This is a once in a life time opportunity to meet and work with people on challenging medical issues and come up with satisfying solutions while working together.

Other volunteer opportunities in Uganda

If you’d like to volunteer in Uganda but lack the required qualifications for this healthcare project, IFRE has other projects that you might be well suited for. You can work in an orphanage, teach English, or raise awareness of HIV/AIDS, and much more.

IFRE Medical Volunteer Opportunities In Other Countries

There are people in need of life-saving medical assistance in countries other than Uganda. See IFRE medical volunteer opportunities in Cambodia, India, Nepal, Thailand, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Argentina and Peru. With IFRE medical volunteer programs you can make a meaningful change in the lives of people in need around the world. See the list below for some of our best medical volunteer programs:

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