Uganda depends heavily on environment and natural resources. Future sustainability in agriculture, food security and general livelihoods relies significantly on environmental conservation and sustainability. However, the country is subjected to environmental problems which put the economic, environmental and social development at risk. These include soil degradation, deforestation, drainage of wetlands, loss of biodiversity, pollution and unsanitary conditions.

Many of these problems are associated with poor management of water resources, poor farming methods, demographic pressures leading to land scarcity, and lack of efficient energy sources; resulting into food insecurity arising from drought and floods, outbreak of diseases such as malaria, water borne diseases associated with floods and respiratory diseases associated with droughts, and heavy rainfalls which increase land degradation. This is where you come in!

What will I be doing?

Volunteers in this field do hands-on work and have a direct impact on the preservation of the environment in the host communities. Participants may help to integrate environmental curricula in schools; promote sustainable utilization of natural resources— proper sanitation practices and alternative energy practices; promote environmental awareness activities— wastewater management, recycling, environmental youth clubs and park management; as well as promoting environmental approaches— sustainable agriculture, fuel efficient stoves and various agri-business strategies.

The project provides international participants with the opportunity to gain firsthand experience in agro-forestry, tree planting and reforestation, with focus on the Western Uganda Highlands. The program brings together international volunteers on a regular basis to construct nurseries both with schools and communities, transplanting trees to degraded forest sites and train communities on agro-forestry techniques.

Project Location

Our volunteer programs are based both in the town of Fort Portal, which is located 300 kilometers from the capital city of Kampala and in Jinja town about 80 Kilometers east of the capital city of Kampala. The volunteer program begins on the first and third Monday of each month. Volunteers can choose to volunteer for periods ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks.

Date

Our volunteer placement programs run all year round. Though our volunteer placement program start date can be flexible, we recommend all our prospective volunteer to set their start date either on the 1st or on the 3rd Monday of each month. We advise you to arrive one day before your program is due to start (the day before orientation). Accommodation is provided from the Sunday night before your program starts on the Monday, however if you arrive earlier our staff will organize accommodation for you. This accommodation will cost extra but it is not expensive (expect to pay approximately US$30 per night (B & B). You will pay for this accommodation directly to the Hotel when you arrive in country. Once you have booked your flights to Uganda ensure you email your flight details to our Volunteer Placement Advisory to ensure you are picked up at the airport.

Program Cost

$300 USD

This is a starting weekly price for one week. All trips include what is listed on the right.

For questions about booking, please see our FAQ Section or Contact Us

What you get

  • Room and board at the Volunteer Guest Base
  • 3 meals/day
  • 24/7 in-country support

Length of Stay – 1 week – 6 months available

At Justice Tourism Foundation (JTF), we offer very affordable program fees with high-quality service and a level of transparency to all our volunteers and intern. We work hard to make our prices as reasonable as possible, while maintaining our personalized service and standards of excellence. Our fees reflect unmatched support for the volunteer and real service to sustainable projects in the community. The program fee covers the cost of decent home-stay accommodation or in the volunteer’s guest house, meals, orientation and in-country program support during your entire volunteer stay. Our program fees are determined according to the length of stay.

Volunteers are required to pay a deposit of US$300 to secure their placement. Deposit is included as part with the program fee, it is not an additional charge. Full payment of program fees is due on arrival in Uganda.

(JTF reserves the right to change its policies, review cost and inform volunteers accordingly before their arrival. All fees and arrangements on this website remain final.)

Please Note: There are no extra charges such as application or processing fees. Program fee outline below is exactly what you will pay. However, we encourage all our prospective volunteer to setup a fund raising for their project donation using the GoFundMe platform prior to their arrival at the project site in Uganda.  To convert these prices to your local currency please click here. Program fee paid is non-refundable.

 Weekly Volunteer Program Fees (Program fee is quoted in US Dollars)

1 Week 2 Weeks 3 Weeks 4 Weeks 5 Weeks 6 Weeks 7 Weeks 8 Weeks Extra Days
$300 $400 $550 $700 $850 $1000 $1150 $1300 $22 per day

 

What is Included in the Program Fee What extra costs will I have?
  •  24/7 in-country support
  • Program orientation
  •  Volunteer placement
  •  Accommodation
  •  3 Meals Per day
  • Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check, souvenirs, in-country trips or tours.
  • Transfer back to the airport at conclusion of the program
  • Airport Pick-Up
  • Spending money – Volunteers in Uganda generally find US$50 to be sufficient for weekly expenses

Airport Pick-up

Volunteers will be met by our program coordinator at Entebbe International Airport in Entebbe town upon arrival after which you will be transferred to your project site. If volunteer’s project placement is in Kampala, you will be transferred direct to your project site after being picked up from the airport. If a volunteer’s project is in Fort Portal, you will spend the night in Kampala at the Guest Inn and transport you to our project site the next day.

NB: Airport Pick-Up will attract a fee of 100 USD.

Ugandan food is tasty, diverse and volunteers can expect to experience flavors and meals during their volunteer experience. You will be provided with 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Meals will consist of local foods (matooke, posho, cassava, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, yams and rice), served with green/vegetables, beef, chicken, fish, beans or ground-nuts stew. The country’s tropical climate contributes to a healthy choice of fruits which include bananas, watermelon, papayas, mangos, jackfruit, guava, passion-fruits, sugar canes and pineapples.

Depending upon the particular location and placement, volunteers will either stay with a host family or within our Volunteer Guest House, a rented house or lodge Within our Volunteer Guest House accommodation, we offer simple but clean, safe and comfortable living spaces where volunteers can reside in either a single or share a room with fellow volunteer of the same gender.

Home stay Model Homes are selected homes that are upgraded to a level where host families can host tourists. Our host families are chosen carefully and are esteemed community members and experienced in hosting international volunteers. They have strong interest in our volunteers’ safety and well-being and demonstrate this with caution and care. The family is trained in visitor handling, nutrition, hygiene and sanitation, and waste disposal. It is expected that community tourism will economically empower families and provide cross-cultural exchange between hosts and visitors.

Thus, staying with a host family offer a strong and supportive system to volunteers during their program and it’s a great way to learn about local people’s culture and customs. Volunteers are recommended to bring their own sleeping bags and other accessories necessary for their personal comfort.
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A Day In The Life Of A Volunteer:

Here is an example of a typical weekday at the project. This serves as a guideline only and we ask that volunteers stay flexible as itineraries may change to best serve the community.

06:00-07:30am Rise and shine! Volunteers wake up early to start a great day. Take breakfast of cereals, bread, tea or coffee. Refreshed and nourished you are ready for your project work.
07:30-08:00am Travel to the project! It typically takes 15-30 minutes to reach your volunteer assignment.
08:00-01:00pm Dig into the project! You do your volunteering job assignment.
01:00-02:00pm Lunch break! You will return to your home-base or host family for a delicious lunch. If the distance is too great, you’ll enjoy the box lunch you brought with you.
02:00-04:00pm Finish up your volunteer project work! There’s always plenty to do.
After-04:00pm End your work day and enjoy your leisure time! You can rest, explore the local area, hang out with other volunteers, study or plan for the next day, whatever you want! This is your time to spend it how you like.
07:00-08:00pm Dinner at your volunteer house! After dinner, you’re free to continue your local explorations before settling down for the night, thinking ahead for another fun, busy day.
Saturday & Sunday This is the time to enjoy safaris with our beautiful country, exploring Uganda and its many attractions.

Well, we couldn’t really be Justice Tourism without extra tourism adventure could we?! As part of your experience, in the majority of our projects, we give you the chance to take part in a range of different adventure activities.

Uganda is a large and extremely diverse country in terms of both culture and nature. For three days you can undertake a safari that ushers you in the vast Bwindi Impenetrable National for Gorilla Trekking or the Murchison Falls National Park for Uganda Wildlife Touror the famous Queen Elizabeth National Park for Uganda Bird Watching, or the Kibale National Park for Uganda Chimpanzee Trekking. We also offer a range of mountain climbing trips, from Mt Ruwenzori, to Mt Elgon, to Mt Mgahinga! The adventures will provide you with a break from your project, a chance to see your host country from a different perspective, and time maybe live out a few dreams. Learn more