VOLUNTEER APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR 2015 SPRING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT WORK CAMPS IN UGANDA

Safaris in Mukono, Mukono, Uganda

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Date: March/April 2015 Early Bookings: 20% off (Booking 20th-Oct- 20th- Nov 2014) Bringing together a temporary community of 10-20 international volunteers from different backgrounds to provide services to local community projects.

Date: March/April 2015 Early Bookings: 20% off (Booking 20th-Oct- 20th- Nov 2014) Bringing together a temporary community of 10-20 international volunteers from different backgrounds to provide services to local community projects.

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From
$400.00
Duration
5 hours

Location

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City
Mukono
State / Region
Mukono
Zip / Postcode
256
Country
Uganda
1.8156394 32.8895290

Itinerary

AREAS OF SERVICES:

Community Building and Construction (Help Build a Social Center)

Volunteers, who will indicate their desire to work in construction and building, will enjoy a wide variety of projects to choose from every week. This is the most flexible branch of BoHU operations, as volunteers may choose to work on different projects every week or, alternatively, work on various stages of one project through to completion (assuming they are able to stay throughout the duration of the project).

When your volunteer vacation comes to an end, you’ll be tired and a bit dirty. But, you will have made a big difference in the lives of local children, youth and general community. You’ll leave the village with visible proof of the work you\’ve done and happy memories of the people you\’ve helped.

We wish to set up a Social Center (“The Hope Center”) in the middle of Kasala village in favor of its inhabitants and surrounding villages – to supply and support them for an independent life step by step. The plan is to construct 5 buildings with different functions:

“The Hope Academy” (2 buildings): Nursery- and Primary school should provide Education for up to 450 children during the week. On weekends, it is planned to use the rooms for teachings and community outreaches, such as raising awareness about hygienical problems and diseases, as well as organizing business trainings. Later in future, we also would like to extend the trainings to teaching in practical professions such as joinery, tailoring or hair dressing, to later on include them actively in the life of the Social Center itself.

A Health Clinic: Starting on the bases of a pharmacy that provides medical supplies, we want to develop the clinic up to a medical standard of Level II. This clinic will be able to also serve some of the surrounding villages, taking the number of helped people to around 4600.

Orphanage / Dormitory (2 buildings): The first residence will serve the workers and especially teachers at the Social Center to assure their reliable availability and reducing problems of accessing the Center. The second building will be a safe shelter for orphans / disadvantaged children, who will be supervised by teachers, but especially by so nominated “Mama’s” of the village community.

Although certain projects often present unique needs and challenges, there are several core areas (and corresponding activities) you will likely find yourself contributing to at some point during your service as a BoHU Construction Volunteer: Site Preparation (demolition, digging foundations, clearing rubble, etc.), Building (Mixing and pouring concrete, bricklaying, carpentry, plumbing, etc.), or Community Beautification (planting trees, landscaping, community cleanups, painting murals, etc.). Whatever your interest, rest assured you’ll get your hands dirty from the start!

Inclusions

Kasala Child Care Center

The Center provides at-risk children a safe environment in which they participate in any number of extra-curricular activities. These activities are designed to provide kids from 3 to 10 years old with creative outlets and opportunities to make constructive use of their time. The center is managed by a local teacher with the support and involvement of volunteers from Beacon of Hope Uganda.

Volunteers during the workcamp will help children to practice reading, writing, arithmetic, and English while making time for various games and recreational activities. Beacon of Hope Uganda also helps coordinate important educational workshops in areas lacking emphasis in general school curricula such as recycling, nutrition, hygiene, and self-esteem. This is a fun project for anyone who loves working with children. The kids are very enthusiastic and always keen to learn, play, and interact with volunteers.

MDD, Sports & Recreation

Beacon of Hope Uganda Music, Dance and Drama, Sports & Recreation Program collaborates with local communities to promote healthy lifestyles amongst local children/youth through teaching basic skills and tactics of football (soccer) and volleyball, teaching music, dance moves and drama. Given the lack of adequate recreational opportunities available to kids in the villages, our programs seek to provide at-risk children and youth with a safe environment where they can practice these activities in order to make productive use of free time. In addition, we emphasize important core values like mutual respect, trust, fair-play and self-esteem as well as sportsmanship, teamwork, and leadership.

Volunteers during the workcamp who will be contributing to this program will plan and lead practices of understanding the activity.

English Teaching Classes For Community

The community has shown great interest in learning English from our international volunteers, most of whom speak English as a first or second language.

We teach English to a wide variety of ages, ability levels, and professional orientations. Yet one of the most unique aspects of our Saturday/Weekly Evening classes is the incorporation of a cultural exchange element, which allows locals to learn about the diverse cultural backgrounds and customs of our volunteers while enriching volunteers’ own understanding of the local culture.

We are always looking for people with TEFL certification qualifications or previous teaching experience to manage our English programs by coordinating with local counterparts regarding new and existing courses, preparing appropriate lesson plans, teaching classes, and training other volunteers who are interested in supporting this initiative.

School Murals

We are helping to make schools brighter, more interesting and more colorful places for kids to study by painting murals that engage students in important themes concerning general youth development and healthy lifestyles. Depending on the needs and desires of the schools, themes range from recycling and proper hand-washing techniques to promoting school spirit. These projects are a fun way for volunteers to engage the community and leave behind an image that has a lasting impact.

Community Development Initiatives

Volunteers during the workcamp who will wish to get involved in one of our Community Development Initiatives (CDI) will work as part of a team dedicated to a particular project pertaining to one of our three main program areas: Education, Youth Development, and Environmental Conservation. These volunteers will have the chance to interact directly with the community by preparing and coordinating workshops and activities with local counterpart organizations, community groups, government agencies, and NGOs whose goals are closely related to those of BoHU. They will also actively get involved in the execution of educational training workshops and project monitoring and evaluation. BoHU’s Community Development Initiatives provide volunteers the unique opportunity to continuously improve program parameters and best practices. Our programs are constantly enriched by the participation and insight of volunteers with a wide range of experience and educational backgrounds.

Environmental Conservation (Kids Go Green/ Trees For Youth Development)

BoHU’s Environmental Conservation Program aims to develop initiatives that support locals in the improvement of their neighborhoods as well as providing them with basic sanitation. We are currently engaged in fruit tree planting initiatives at schools and homes that give volunteers the opportunity to contribute to environmentally friendly projects that are made sustainable through education and inclusion.

Please Note

Responsibilities & Conduct

As an organization comprised of and operated by volunteers, everyone must pull his/her own weight to keep things running smoothly. Volunteers are assigned jobs and responsibilities on a rotational basis throughout the week to ensure the cleanliness and general upkeep of BoHU facilities. These tasks are generally tended to following the morning meeting each day and must be completed before the designated volunteers may join their teams on site.

The house helper has been helping out in preparing the breakfast but with the new approach of the workcamp, a small group of volunteers will be asked to help prepare breakfast and dinner each day. They will be responsible for buying the necessary produce and ingredients at the local market and preparing the meal for the entire house. This new tradition will provide volunteers with a sense of accomplishment and pride (it’s a great feeling to feed up to 16 hungry mouths!). It will also serve as a change of pace from typical projects while enabling our diverse volunteer body to share and enjoy a variety of dishes from around the world – a welcome deviation from the ubiquitous rice and potatoes that accompany just about any local plate!

Volunteers enjoy a collegial atmosphere that stems from a great group of people bonded together by a common desire to make a difference in the world. However, it is imperative for volunteers to understand that BoHU’s image in the community is of paramount importance to our ability to operate effectively and fulfill our mission every day. When you come to volunteer at BoHU, you represent BoHU. You are expected to act in a mature, responsible manner that is considerate of local customs at all times. Upon arrival, all volunteers will be obliged to sign a statement of understanding of BoHU’s volunteer code of conduct, the violation of which will result in appropriate penalties or outright termination of service.

Our work is largely dependent on the trust of the community we serve and we cherish the relationships we have cultivated with so many people here. As such, outsiders stand out in a crowd and you should expect that you will almost always be associated with BoHU when in public, whether you are sporting BoHU colors or not. Therefore, volunteers need to be constantly conscientious of this attention and help us to project a positive, professional image.

Terms & Policies

As an organization comprised of and operated by volunteers, everyone must pull his/her own weight to keep things running smoothly. Volunteers are assigned jobs and responsibilities on a rotational basis throughout the week to ensure the cleanliness and general upkeep of BoHU facilities. These tasks are generally tended to following the morning meeting each day and must be completed before the designated volunteers may join their teams on site.

The house helper has been helping out in preparing the breakfast but with the new approach of the workcamp, a small group of volunteers will be asked to help prepare breakfast and dinner each day. They will be responsible for buying the necessary produce and ingredients at the local market and preparing the meal for the entire house. This new tradition will provide volunteers with a sense of accomplishment and pride (it’s a great feeling to feed up to 16 hungry mouths!). It will also serve as a change of pace from typical projects while enabling our diverse volunteer body to share and enjoy a variety of dishes from around the world – a welcome deviation from the ubiquitous rice and potatoes that accompany just about any local plate!

Volunteers enjoy a collegial atmosphere that stems from a great group of people bonded together by a common desire to make a difference in the world. However, it is imperative for volunteers to understand that BoHU’s image in the community is of paramount importance to our ability to operate effectively and fulfill our mission every day. When you come to volunteer at BoHU, you represent BoHU. You are expected to act in a mature, responsible manner that is considerate of local customs at all times. Upon arrival, all volunteers will be obliged to sign a statement of understanding of BoHU’s volunteer code of conduct, the violation of which will result in appropriate penalties or outright termination of service.

Our work is largely dependent on the trust of the community we serve and we cherish the relationships we have cultivated with so many people here. As such, outsiders stand out in a crowd and you should expect that you will almost always be associated with BoHU when in public, whether you are sporting BoHU colors or not. Therefore, volunteers need to be constantly conscientious of this attention and help us to project a positive, professional image.

Cancellation policy

If cancelled up to 1 days before date of arrival, no fee will be charged. If cancelled later or in case of no-show, the entire activity price may be charged.

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