- Work alongside passionate educators
- Immerse yourself in the beauty and culture of Uganda
- Help spread awareness of a deadly disease
- Volunteer abroad safely & affordably
The negative effects from HIV/AIDS in Uganda are widespread. This is a serious and deadly challenge facing the entire country, regardless of your social status, but the lower income people have the hardest time meeting the challenges of this horrible disease. Each year, thousands of Ugandans (adults and children) die from complications of this disease. There is an urgent need for HIV/AIDS volunteers in Uganda!
Presently, IFRE works in collaboration with local organizations running various HIV/AIDS projects promoting awareness while simultaneously providing comfort to HIV/AIDS-infected patients. These projects also train local community workers to effectively address and educate others about HIV/AIDS-related issues using grassroots methodology. These trained citizens then return to their villages of origin to train and educate other citizens – eventually launching their own HIV/AIDS awareness programs. Local programs in place by our partnering organizations include: stigma reduction, gender awareness, home visits, community counseling, as well as sensitization in public places (i.e. community centers and/or schools). This project's primary goals are to create hope among the sick – assuring them that they are able to live productive, meaningful lives (living with AIDS, not dying from AIDS) and to halt the spread of this deadly disease.
Volunteers will participate in a number of community-based activities. Each day, volunteers meet at project headquarters and take part in daily briefings, develop daily strategies and follow-up on the projects' current plans. One of our HIV/AIDS project's primary aim is the creation of public awareness, and volunteers will travel from village-to-village – accompanying members of the local staff – to spread information and nurse the sick. Some activities include: providing comfort through counseling and/or spiritual guidance, distributing basic supplies (such as food, soap and clothes) administering medication to alleviate symptoms such coughing, diarrhea, as well as assisting in the building or repairing of affected clients' homes.
No specific qualifications are required to join the Uganda HIV/AIDS project. However, volunteers interested in this particular project should have interest in HIV/AIDS-related issues as well as have a passion for helping others. Patience and a willingness to share time, energy and compassion are also crucial.
IFRE manages living accommodations, provides meals and supervision for volunteers for the entirety of their stay in Uganda. We offer a Home Base in Uganda. IFRE's Uganda home base is located in a Kampala. We try to create a “home away from home” for volunteers staying at our home base. It is a perfect situation for volunteers to live safely and comfortably while making many new friends and sharing experience every day. Most of volunteers project in Uganda are located within 1-20 KM of our home base so you may walk or ride a local bus to your project. In the evening when you return to home base, you can relax, eat dinner, explore local areas or simply share experience with volunteer comrades.
Occasionally, depending on volunteer traffic, available projects or distance to a volunteer's assigned project, we may also place our volunteers with carefully pre-screened host families. Our host families are socially respected and are experienced with hosting international volunteers. They have strong interest in our volunteers' safety and well-being and demonstrate this with caution and care. In most host family situations, volunteers will share a room with another volunteer of the same gender. Another viable option is an at-orphanage stay. Volunteers participating in the orphanage project may reside within the confines of the orphanage's compound in a room set aside for volunteers. Once you have applied for program placement, you will find the specific details of your accommodations in your personal placement documents for your project. Our field staff visits volunteers regularly and always happy to help our volunteers in any way needed. We offer 3 meals a day of local cuisine. Typically, volunteers eat breakfast and dinner at the home base (or host family) and have lunch at their project. We offer fresh, nutritious and safe local foods to our volunteers to eat. We also work extremely hard to maintain our facilities in a positive condition.