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Volunteers Wanted! Help us in the fight to eradicate poverty!

Want to gain valuable life experience and skills immersed in an utterly different culture than you are accustomed to? If you are enthusiastic, artistic, hardworking, practical and full of ideas why not volunteer with us?

Share your professional experience and unique talents with us. Use and develop your skills by living and working with us – Change your life and ours!

We welcome volunteers and students on internship to come to Uganda and contribute to craft design/development, marketing, training and problem solving in our organisation.

Activities of a volunteer at Uganda Crafts 2000 ltd can include;

  • Product development and innovation- bringing a new perspective to colour, pattern and function (woven crafts).
  • Identifying administration and production problems, working together for solutions
  • Help develop new projects e.g. diversification, methods of training/new craft skills, or anything that helps our goals.
  • Teaching English to the artisans.
  • Updating computer skills for staff that wish to learn more.
  • Marketing our store to tourists in Uganda and outside.
  • Writing proposals if relevant
  • Learning more about traditional craft methods- a direct insight into our culture through the eyes of our artisans.
  • Other- you can create duties or we might have something else for you to do. 

Accomodation for our volunteers:
We can arrange accommodation for interested volunteers depending on the visitor’s interest or affordability. They are welcome to stay at tourist accomodation but we can arrange for them to live with a Ugandan family.

1) Home stay option:
A single private room is set aside for the volunteer in the artisan’s house. This arrangement will enable the volunteer to live like a family member, to learn and exchange cultures from their host family.
The home stay option covers food and board for a volunteer in an artisan’s family home. This does not cover laundry though artisans will kindly teach volunteers how to wash clothes.
The home stay offer includes;

  • One single bed with bedding (2 pairs of sheets & blanket), pillow, chair, table and clothes storage.
  • One treated mosquito net.
  • Transport to and from the airport.
  • Allowance for transport to and from work.
  • African lunch at work.
  • Soap for bathing and washing clothes.
  • Meals prepared by the host family.

Example: Breakfast: milk tea, toast bread or an egg. Lunch/ supper: A staple (matooke, rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes, pasta & cassava) served with vegetables and beans, ground nuts sauce, meat or fish.

 

Laundry:
Will be a responsibility of the volunteer, it will be done by hand but help can be obtained from the host.

2) Hostel Option:
For those volunteers who are not ready for basic accommodation and wish to remain in the heart of Kampala, we are happy to arrange suitable hostel accommodation.
The cost of this varies from hostel to hostel and we would correspond frequently with the volunteer to find somewhere that meets their needs.
This option includes:

  • Transport to and from the airport.
  • Allowance for transport to and from work.
  • African lunch at work.

3) Farm House option (self catering):
Two private rooms are set aside for the volunteer at the farm. This more luxurious option is self catering and offers a little more privacy. The rooms with their own entrance are adjoined to a family home located with a view of the lake shores (Entebbe).
This offer includes;

  • One single bed with bedding (2 pairs of sheets & blanket), pillow, chair, table and clothes storage.
  • Bathroom with running water inside the house with a shower and flush toilet.
  • Kitchen with fridge etc.
  • One treated mosquito net.
  • Transport to and from the airport.
  • Allowance for transport to and from work.
  • African lunch at work.
  • Laundry services available.

4) Farm option
Two private rooms (bedroom and living area are set aside for the volunteer in the compound of the farm where okra is grown.  The rooms with their own entrance are adjoined to other accommodation with a view of the lake shores (Entebbe). This arrangement will enable the volunteer to live with farmers and those making handmade paper. The host that manages the building on the farm will provide meals. This option does not cover laundry though the volunteer could hire someone to do this.
The home stay offer includes;

  • One single bed with bedding (2 pairs of sheets & blanket), pillow, chair, table and clothes storage.
  • One treated mosquito net.
  • Transport to and from the airport.
  • Allowance for transport to and from work.
  • African lunch at work.
  • Soap for bathing and washing clothes.
  • Meals prepared by the host family.

Example: Breakfast: milk tea, toast bread or an egg. Lunch/ supper: A staple (matooke, rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes, pasta & cassava) served with vegetables and beans, ground nuts sauce, meat or fish.

How to qualify to volunteer

  • Volunteers shall be required to have at least some experience or interest in one of the following fields: art and design, marketing, business, tourism, community work and teaching.
  • CV/ resume.
  • Cover letter outlining how they can contribute.
  • Passport photo
  • Minimum age: 18 - though those with more experience have a better chance of selection.
  • A character reference (not written by family members).

Expectations we have of our volunteers

  • Minimum 3- 4 working days per week. Friday is a compulsory working day as volunteers will be expected to meet artisans.
  • Team worker.
  • Good level of English in both writing and speech.
  • Knowledge of tourist trade and practices.
  • Flexibility and openness to new cultural experiences – this includes a sensitivity to others and different living standards. Volunteers will experience many differences especially if they choose the home stay option. This can be challenging and rewarding.
  • Must respect the advice of your employer and host family especially in the area of personal safety and customs.
  • Self starter- idea generator with a willingness to learn.
  • Behaviour of the volunteer reflects the reputation of our organisation and the host family. 

Costs Involved in Volunteering
The total cost of volunteering with Uganda crafts 2000 ltd depends on a number of factors including the duration of the stay. Certain costs are entirely the responsibility of the volunteer they are to be arranged by the volunteer. Volunteers shall be required to fund and organise the following;

  • Medical insurance
  • Return air ticket
  • Accomodation
  • Food when not on the premises
  • Transport
  • Visa fees

OPTIONS:

3 months

6 months

Home stay

 

Please contact us directly for a price quotation or advice.

Hostel *

Farm House

Farm

Contact us directly for further information and availablity. Above information is subject to review at an time. Please agree all terms with Uganda Crafts 2000 before travelling to Uganda.  


 
   
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