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Volunteer with Orphanage in Uganda!

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of orphans in Uganda? Are you looking for a once in a lifetime experience travelling in an exciting country while making a positive impact?

Uganda is a country rich in beauty, both in terms of diverse and fascinating cultures and spectacular scenery and wildlife. Everywhere you go, you’ll be greeted by smiling faces, welcoming people and breathtaking natural beauty.

Unfortunately, many in Uganda still struggle, with almost a fifth of the population living in poverty.

This has hit children particularly hard, with many orphaned either due to extreme poverty or by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Without orphanages to take care of them, these children risk being exposed to human trafficking and other harrowing circumstances. Sadly, the resources are spread thin, and while the orphanages do their best, so there is an intense need for volunteers to help these children.

When you join thisvolunteer in Uganda orphanageprogram,you will help the orphans with their daily tasks, including both tutoring and extracurricular activities. Most importantly, you will offer them love and attention that they desperately need and deserve and make a difference in their lives.

Do you want to help orphans in Uganda, while also having a life-changing experience in this wonderful African country, contact IFRE today to get more information!

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Volunteer Orphanage Uganda: Skills and Qualifications:

No specific qualification is needed to volunteer in orphanage in Uganda. Our Volunteer orphanage Uganda is open to people regardless of experience and education. However, you need to have a love for disadvantaged children and a strong desire to help make the world a better place. You need to love working with and being around children, and be patient, kind and flexible.

Volunteer Responsibilities & Impact:

When you volunteer in Ugandan orphanages, youwill support the children in a variety of ways. You will help tutor the children in English or other subjects, assist/educate about personal hygiene, and impart valuable life skills.

Most importantly, you will provide loving support and face to face contact that these children desperately need and organize extracurricular activities such as games, sing-a-longs and dances. You will also help with administrative work like cooking, cleaning or gardening when the children are otherwise occupied.

Working in an orphanage is an amazing project, your work will ensure that the orphans receive all the attention they need that without volunteers the orphanage staff would be unable to provide due to lack of manpower. This will give the children hope for the future and impart valuable life skills that will greatly help them in the future, enabling them to forge a positive adult life for themselves and help improve conditions in the country as a whole.

Volunteering in an orphanage in Uganda will present you with new and exciting experiences each and every day. You’ll work closely with friendly local staff and wonderful enthusiastic children who will give you the chance to learn more about the culture and traditions of the country.

  • First Day:On your first day of volunteering in Uganda Orphanage Project, you will be escorted to your placement by a local coordinator and introduced to the orphanage staff. You’ll have the day to get to know them and get introduced to the facilities and your duties going forward.
  • Weekdays: Your work at the orphanage starts on the second day, and atypical day looksas follows:
  • 7.00 to 7.30 AM: A delicious home-cooked breakfast is prepared by your host family to enjoy together.
  • 7.45 AM: You leave for a rewarding day of work at the Orphanage. Your exact tasks will vary day by day, but you will spend a full day at the location.
  • 12.00 PM: Around noon it’s time for lunch, at which time you can get to know the local staff and children better.
  • 3.00 PM: Work usually ends around this time, and the rest of the day will be yours to spend as you wish to explore everything Kampala has to offer.

Volunteer in Uganda Orphanage: Dates and Fees

Program Dates

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 Orphanage 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

While volunteering at the orphanage in Uganda, you will be staying with a loving and safe Ugandan host family. They will open their home to you and make sure you’re always comfortable and secure, as well as provide you with opportunities for cultural exchange both with them and with your fellow volunteer guests. You will also receive three home cooked and delicious traditional Ugandan meals a day, keeping you well-fed and providing insight into the daily life of regular people in Uganda.

Learn more about our wonderful Ugandan host families.

Free Time and Weekends:

As a volunteer, not only will you provide a hope for a brighter future to disadvantaged orphans, you will also have the experience of a lifetime travelling through a beautiful and exciting country in the heart of Africa. You will have plenty of time in the afternoons and evenings to explore everything Kampala has to offer, and your weekends will be completely free to travel all over the country, which is easy to do from the central location of the capital.

Read more about some of the exciting places you can go during weekend and weekdays while in Uganda.

Safety and in Country Support

We always take the safety of our volunteers extremely seriously. While volunteering in Uganda, you will be working in orphanages which have hosted hundreds of volunteers in the past,and you will be staying with a host family with a proven track record of providing safety and comfort to our past volunteers.

IFRE has been running its volunteer program in Uganda since 2006. Our local staff has significant experience serving hundreds of volunteers in the past. They are there to help you and create safe and meaningful volunteer experience

Learn more about our safety arrangements and in-country support.

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Volunteer in Uganda Orphanage:FAQs

Arrival and departure

Volunteers have to fly into Entebbe International Airport for our Uganda orphanage volunteer program. Our in-country coordinator should be informed about yourflight details,so that our local representative can come in time to pick you up.

Airport picks up and Drop

IFRE provides airport pick up services to its volunteers who’ve joined its orphanage volunteer program in Uganda. Volunteers will be welcomed and greeted by our local representative at the airport,but volunteers must inform us in advance about their flightdetails.

If your flight was missed or delayed, please inform us immediately so that we may change the pick-up schedule.

After completing the project, volunteers will have to arrange their transport to the airport themselves. Your in-country coordinator or host family will be happy to assist with this.


A valid tourist visa from the Ugandan Immigration Department is needed. It is way easier and faster for volunteers to get a visa by applying for a 90-day single entry tourist visa at the embassy of Uganda in their home countries.

In the pastyou could get visa on arrival at the Entebbe International Airport. But now volunteers must opt for an alternative which is to apply online for an electronic visa. Just click this link to get a tourist visa online.

If you wish to spend more time working in our volunteer programs in Uganda then you must apply for a visa extension by visiting the Immigration Office of Uganda in Kampala.

You can learn more details about a Uganda tourist visa by clicking this link:


For those planning to visit Uganda, vaccination is a must. The most recommended vaccines for Uganda are Chikungunya, Cholera, Dengue, DTP, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Meningococcal, MMR, Rabies, Schistosomiasis, Tuberculosis, Yellow Fever and Zika virus.

Check out this link to find more information about these vaccinations before the start of your volunteering project in Uganda. You should consult with your medical doctor prior to taking any vaccines.

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Volunteer Health and Safety

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Most of the orphanages in Uganda are not organized well. Therefore, you must be practical and keen to take initiative while working in Uganda in orphanage volunteer project.This will help develop the organization which future volunteers and local staff will be able to take advantage of.

Brighten the lives of children from adisadvantaged community

Uganda orphanage volunteer program allows you to dedicate your time and effort tochanging the lives of orphaned children. You will guide and support the underprivileged children, helping them to grow and fend for themselves in the future.

Take an active part in daily activities in the orphanages

Volunteers in Uganda orphanage project get to guide, support, and mentor different kinds of children. These orphanages are underfunded and neglected, andyour valuable support and contribution in running the daily activities will be welcomed and looked upon as a fantastic change.

Build lasting relationships with the orphaned children

Participating in Volunteer opportunities Uganda program is an opportunity for you to provide attention, care and guidance to these orphaned children. It will greatly improve the quality of their childhood, and provide you with life-long relationships with the children.

Provide a safe haven to the orphaned kids for healthy living

While joining orphanage volunteering Uganda programs you will have an opportunity to give children a secure and safe childhood. These efforts will not only have a long term positive effect in changing the lives of these orphans butyours as well.

Support orphanages to take care of the underprivileged children

Participating in our Uganda orphanage volunteer program, gives you a chance to support and help the local orphanages. Your presence will allow the orphanages to reach out to a largernumber of orphans and help them pursue a normal childhood with a promise of a better future.

Teach creative life skills to lead a better life.

While working in Uganda orphanage volunteer projects, you can include various creative programs, such as games, music, art, and painting and make sure that they enthusiastically take part and learn as well. By teaching them a different set of skills you will mold their lives for the better and provide them with new opportunities.

Other popular volunteer programs in Uganda

If you’re looking to volunteer in Uganda with something other than an orphanage, IFRE also offers projects aimed at teaching English, working in the medical field and raising awareness of HIV/AIDS, and much more!

IFRE Orphanage Volunteer Opportunities in Other Countries

There are orphans in need of help in countries other than Uganda. See IFRE orphanage volunteer opportunities in Cambodia, India, Nepal, Kenya, Tanzania, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru. With IFRE volunteer programs you can make a meaningful change in the lives of orphaned children around the world. See the list below for some of our most popular orphanage projects:

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