Volunteer Uganda

In Uganda, we help the poor rebuild their lives by providing education, healthcare, childcare, aid, vocational training, and employment opportunities. By so doing, we also enable volunteers to undertake humanitarian and Christian work in practical ways. Serving people in need is a truly life-changing experience.

From a short-term trip to long-term mission opportunities, the choice is yours. You can be a part of a program that is changing people’s lives- and it will impact your life too.

LightForce Nursery & Primary School

In Lira we have built a Nursery and Primary school. Children start in our Nursery at the age of 3 and should complete primary education at age 13/14 years old. 

When volunteering in our School, you can support the children with their learning in the classroom, provide structured games and activities at break and lunchtimes as well as carrying out one to one reading sessions with children.

If you are a qualified teacher or an education professional then you will have the opportunity to support our teachers with their professional development as well as their planning and delivery of lessons.

LightForce Agricultural & Vocational School

People in Uganda need sustainable livelihoods and so in 2017 LightForce built and opened an Agricultural School to equip the youth of this rural area to be effective in farming. The school provides students with non- formal courses in Crop Management & Livestock and formal Certificate courses in Agriculture. Staff and students maintain our 140 acre farmland. Students develop hands on skills in livestock management in our piggery, goat farm, dairy and chicken units. We are also developing skills training in other areas, currently tailoring and computer. 

Volunteers can help in our vocational school supporting with practical farming and gardening work or tailoring activities the students undertake.

LightForce Children’s Village

LightForce Children’s Village is the home for some of the most vulnerable children in the community. The children are officially under our care. Living with us gives them access to school sponsorship, health care and a loving home environment.

You will have endless fun with our children, supporting them with their day- to- day care, helping them with their homework, providing games and activities for them in the evenings and at the weekends, as well as helping them to tend to their small garden at the weekends.

Community Projects

We are passionate about the community that we serve, taking the time to visit families, hear their stories and show them love is truly powerful and makes a difference. Members of LightForce staff regularly take the time to visit families. You will have the opportunity to join our staff as they carry out their community visits.

 

LightForce Health Centre

In 2016, we opened a clinic on site. The clinic provides healthcare for our local community. The clinic also serves our Nursery and Primary School giving our children access to regular health checks and medical care. 

Opportunities to support the work:

  • Assist with the development of the Health Care Centre
  • Support clinic staff with your medical knowledge 
  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of tropical diseases

Frequently Asked Questions

When am I able to come out?

We ask for a £600 contribution for any period between a 1 week and 4 week stay which covers your accommodation, food and 1 return journey to and from the airport (7 hours). After this period, the amount will be £250 per month

How much will it cost me to stay with LightForce?

We ask for a £600 contribution for any period between a 1 week and 4 week stay which covers your accommodation, food and 1 return journey to and from the airport (7 hours). After this period, the amount will be £250 per month

How much are flights to Uganda?

epending on what time of year you travel and with what airline . Flights usually start from around £500+

What airport do I need to go to in Uganda?
Entebbe airport
Do I need to get a visa to enter Uganda?
Yes, the cost is £40 or $50 USD. LightForce has guidance for filling out an online application before you leave.
Is there a convenient time for me to arrive into Entebbe?

Yes, we ask that volunteers arrive in the morning as this helps us reach Lira the same day. 

What jabs do I need to come to Uganda?
We recommend that you book an appointment with your GP or travel nurse as soon as possible to find out the exact jabs you need.
Do I need to take anti malarial tablets in Uganda?

Please consult with your GP to find out the best type of anti malarial for you. 

What clothes should I bring?

We recommend light loose clothing, long sleeves and cuffed trousers for the evening. 

Can I bring gifts for the children?

Yes, we do ask however that all gifts for the children are handed in at the LightForce office.We do not want to encourage a culture where people look to visitors as gift bearers. 

What gifts are helpful?

Pencils, erasers, sharpeners, coloured paper and card, bubbles, sports equipment such as small balls, Frisbee etc. These resources are useful for the Children’s Village and Schools. 

How much money will I need whilst in Uganda and where can I get it from?

The cost of living in Uganda is much lower. For a 2 week stay £50 will suffice, past this period of time it is up to you how much you choose to bring. You can change GBP (£) or USD ($) with LightForce office when you arrive. 

Where do I stay in Uganda and how will I get there?

You have two options.

Option 1- You would be staying in a village called Telela B, just outside a town called Lira, in the North of Uganda. Here we have a safari lodge where we can accommodate over 20 people. The lodge is beautifully kept and is located within a secure compound. You will be collected from the airport by a trusted driver and driven to Lira which takes between 5 and 6 hours, you will also be collected after your time with us and taken back. This comes as part of your £600 payment.

Option 2- You will be staying near Masaka Town in South West Uganda in the care of our partners Pastor Bruno and his wife Mary. Accommodation is simple but adequate, you will experience rural Uganda at its best. Your trip from the airport will take 4 hours. Transport comes as part of your £600 donation. 

 

What will the weather be like in Uganda?

Temperatures rarely drop below 20 degrees and in dry season can reach highs of 40 degrees, between December and February the weather is at its hottest. Most of the year day time temperature is between 25- 30 degrees with little rain but when it does rain it is usually a heavy downpour. 

Do people speak English in Uganda?
Yes, most people you meet will be able to speak English. All Ugandan staff in LightForce have very good English. In more rural areas there will be people who do not speak English especially elderly people. Despite the number of people who speak English it is good to learn simple greetings in the local language.
What will I be doing when I am in Uganda?
This can vary depending on the person who comes out. We look to play on people’s strengths, abilities and also their occupation. However we also want people to have a well rounded experience and therefore will give people the opportunity to serve in a variety of different areas.
Do you run safari trips, if so how much are they?

Yes, we run safari trips to Murchison Falls National Park. The cost is £120 for a 15 hour day. This includes all travel costs, a boat safari to the falls, packed lunch and a guide for the trip.

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