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Teach English Uganda

Do you want to help build a better future for children by giving them valuable English skills? Are you looking to discover an exciting country while also providing a real positive benefit in the lives of its people?

Uganda is filled with spectacular nature and wildlife, with gorgeous rivers, lakes, mountains and forests aplenty. The wildlife is equally diverse, with large populations of elephants, lions, buffaloes and many different primates. Its people have a rich ethnic and tribal history, with many distinct cultures sharing the country.

Sadly, almost a fifth of the population still lives in poverty, and lack of proper access to education is the primary cause of this lingering problem, as a quarter of the population still lacks literacy.

With the growing tourist industry, English has become an increasingly vital skill, and public schools are sorely lacking in resources and manpower to keep up with this demand. Therefore, those without the resources to send their children to more expensive private schools are unable to ensure their children can compete for jobs in the future.

For this reason, volunteers are sorely needed to teach English in Uganda and provide less fortunate childrenwith the chance at a prosperous and bright future. As a volunteer travelling to teach English in Uganda you will teach English in public school, to improve English, share your passion and bring a change in the life of children.

If you want to give local children in Uganda a chance to compete in the future while also discovering some of the most breathtaking nature in Africa, contact IFRE for more information about volunteer teaching program in Uganda today!

Below are the dates during which schools are closed in Uganda. Volunteers in Uganda at these times can participate in orphanage projects.

  • End of April to the middle of May
  • End of August to the beginning of September
  • December to the start of February

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Volunteer Teaching Uganda: Skills and Qualifications

No specific qualifications are needed to join volunteer teaching program in Uganda.

You should have a great love and passion for children, and a genuine desire to help make a better world by teaching them vital English skills. You should be enthusiastic, kind and patient, and respectful of local culture and customs. While we welcome people regardless of education and experience, being a native English speaker or possessing previous teaching experience is an advantage.

Responsibilities & Impact:

As a volunteer English-teacher in Uganda program, you will be teaching English in local elementary school and imparting valuable English language skills to poor children. Depending on your skill, you will be teaching independentlyor as an assistant to local English teachers. In addition to teaching English, you can help students by organizing games or any extracurricular activities

When you work as English teacher you will make a difference in the life of local students, and your work will be critical in ensuring that these children have a successful adulthood, as English skills are sorely needed to compete in the job market in Uganda. The valuable skills you help them learn will ensure that the educational and wealth gap shrinks, as the children use these skills to lift themselves out of poverty.

Working as an English teacher in Uganda, your days will be fun and exciting. Each day will bring you new and interesting tasks and challenges, and you’ll get to immerse yourself and learn from the locals about their culture and traditions.

  • First Day: On your first day of volunteering, you will be escorted to local school by our local coordinator. There you’ll have the day to get to know the other teachers and kids, and get to know the school and your duties.
  • Weekdays:Your teaching starts on the second day of the project, and while every day will be different, agenericvolunteer day looks like this:
  • 7.00 to 7.30 AM: Your day starts with a delicious home cooked meal for breakfast with your host family and fellow guest volunteers.
  • 7.45 AM: You set out for a rewarding and fulfilling day of teaching English. Your exact classes will depend on the day and the school. You will be teaching 3-4 hours a day
  • 12.00 PM: In the break time, you will enjoy lunch together with your colleagues and students, an excellent chance to get to know them better and learn about Uganda.
  • 3.00 PM: Work at the school ends around this time, and you are free to spend the rest of the evening as you please to explore local areas.

Teach English Uganda: Dates and Fees

Progarm Date

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.

Program Fee

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 Teaching Project
  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

When volunteering in teaching English program in Uganda, you’ll be living with one of our friendly and trusted Ugandan host families. Your security and comfort are their biggest priority, and they will do everything they can to make sure you have both a great and safe time while volunteering. Our host families are located close to the school you’re placed on, and there are plenty of amenities within walking distance. They will also introduce you to delicious Ugandan food by providing you with three authentic home cooked meals a day, which you can enjoy together as part of the family.

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Free Time and Weekends

When teaching English in Uganda you will also have plenty of chances to discover and explore not only Kampala during your afternoons and evenings, but also all of Uganda as your weekends are free to travel and tour the entire country. The central location of the project means that you can easily access all the most famous sights in the country, creating lifelong memories.

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Safety and in Country Support

IFRE has provided safe and enriching volunteering experiences for more than 20,000 people since 2006. We take your safety and comfort incredibly seriously and will assist you with everything you need from time of booking until you finish your project. While at the project,yourin-country coordinator will be available at all times to help you with any concerns or problems that may arise.

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Teach English Uganda:FAQs

Arrival and departure

Volunteers who have joined our English teaching volunteer project in Uganda must fly into Entebbe International Airport one day before the start date of our volunteer work programs. We advise all our volunteers to provide our country coordinator with correct flight details.

Airport pick up and drop off

We make sure that each international volunteer in Uganda is welcomed and greeted at the Entebbe International Airport on arrival. Our local representative will be there to pick you up and then transfer you to your respective accommodations hassle-free.

All you need to do is provide your flight schedule, and in the case of a missed or delayed flight, notify us so that we can arrange for a new pick up.

Drop off at the airport on completion of the project is not included, but both your in-country coordinator and host family would be more than happy to assist you in booking this service.


Anyone planning to work in our Teaching volunteer project in Uganda must obtain a tourist visa from the embassy of Uganda prior to their departure. Most single-entry tourist visas last for about 90 days, and will cost you $50.

Sadly, there is no on-arrival-visa available at the Entebbe International Airport, butit has been recently replaced with online electronic visa system which is way easier and faster. You can extend your tourist visa while in the country if you plan to stay longer and work on more volunteer programs by visiting the Immigration Office in Kampala.

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Before coming to Uganda, it is advised to get vaccinated for diseases such as Malaria Schistosomiasis, Rabies, Zika virus, Meningococcal, Yellow Fever, Chikungunya, DTP, Cholera, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B, Dengue, MMR, and Hepatitis A.

However, consult with your local doctor before actually taking all of these vaccinations for your volunteering program in Uganda. You can visit this site to learn more.

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This project is poor in resources so there are still many needs at the development center. If you are willing to donate something to the center, you can raise funds or donate study materials like story books, pens, crayons, games, football and other learning materials.

You will share your passion for teaching English to disadvantaged children

When you join our volunteer teaching English Uganda projects you’ll work in a real classroom setting and contribute to lessons, while working closely with children and young people. This will help children access the education they need for a brighter future

You will work with underprivileged children and local teachers

Our volunteering teaching English in Uganda project allows you to actively teach and share ideas and create an interactive environment of learning. This will allow you to spread yourlove of English language with underprivileged children by teaching alongside local teachers.

You will get an opportunity to get global classroom experience

Taking part in ourUganda teaching English volunteer programyou will get a feel of a global classroom experience. This is a challenging opportunity for you and a good learning curve that teaches you to handle pressures and problems giving you a once in a lifetime experience.

You will be making English education accessible to the children of Uganda

Many Ugandan people face hardships and struggle to learn English due to poverty. So, by volunteering in the Teaching English Uganda project you’ll be making English easily accessible to underprivileged kids and help them improve their English , which will greatly help them in the future.

It provides you an experience of teaching as per international standards

Our Teaching English volunteering in Uganda program helps you gain valuable work experience teaching in a foreign country. It allows you to closely assess the teaching standards and system in a local school. Thishands-on practical experience will have a positive impact in shaping your future career prospects.

You will understand the education system

It is an opportunity for you understand and gain knowledge about a foreign and different education system. This is a fantastic learning opportunity, and will allow you to better teach both in Uganda and all over the world in the future.

Other Volunteer Opportunities in Uganda

If you’d like to volunteer in Uganda doing something other than teaching, IFRE has you covered. We arrange many different projects in Uganda, including raising awareness of HIV/AIDS, working in an orphanage, doing medical work and much more.

IFRE English Teacher Volunteer Opportunities in Other Countries

English is a skill demanded in countries other than Uganda. See IFRE English teacher volunteer opportunities in China, Sri-Lanka, Nepal, Thailand, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania and Ghana. With IFRE teacher volunteer programs you can help teach children and young people around the world; a skill that will benefit them for a lifetime. Below is a list of some of our most popular English teaching projects:

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