We continue to need volunteers to pass on their skills to us, help the teachers and children and to help us with the small fee we charge for the experience of volunteering which enables us to save for paying for the next prioritised needs.
What do our volunteers get for their volunteer fee?
• They have a unique experience of volunteering in a very beautiful dispersed rural village amongst the hills and the small subsistence ‘farms’.
• They enjoy making friends with our teachers and children.
• They learn about our way of life, customs and traditions.
• As a result their own skills increase and broaden. They learn to relate to people from a totally different culture and to value their different traditions. They also learn to appreciate their own lived when they see the poverty of ours. As they stay with us their confidence increases which will help them all their lives wherever they live.
• They leave knowing how much they have helped us and knowing that they will always have friends here who will be glad to see them return.
Our volunteers will be able to volunteer evening classes in English, Maths & IT so that children learn better English – so vital to enable them to communicate with foreigners to work in tourism or business – the main income of a land locked country of few resources.
Our children range from 3 – 18+ even though this is supposed to be a primary school. We want to end the days of children not leaving us until they are 18 years old. At 18 we want them to heading for university! At the very least we want them to do 4 years in secondary school so they can get an apprenticeship. We don’t want them spending all their lives digging in fields, scratching for food to eat and selling what they can to clothe themselves and their children.
We welcome every one over the age of 18 who wants to join us to make Kyabirwa a successful school and community. When you come to Kyabirwa, you will be able to interact with the children, play with them, assist teachers with teaching, marking,playing sports with the children, showing us new methods, painting the school buildings, etc.
Volunteers will be briefed by the head teacher Madam Sarah Nambi on the day of arrival at the school and they have a conducted tour of the school followed by a discussion on how the school works and to arrange the volunteers programe of work.
The volunteer fee of $50 per week will be paid directly to the chairman or the treasurer on the day of the volunteer’s arrival at the school and this fee includes a free lunch for you at our school every week day. You will eat local food the same as is prepared for the teachers on those days. You will see your fee logged into the Donations Book. A record will also be kept of what the accumulated fees are spent on and you will be informed even after you return to your homeland.
We charge a small fee for volunteering which is far, far less than if you volunteered via a volunteering company. From the fee we provide you with a lunch which is the same as we provide for our teachers so you will eat local, nutritious food. We save the rest of your fee until we have enough to pay for an item from our current list of needs. The list is published on this website. So, you have the fulfillment of knowing that your money will be well spent we can let up you know what we are aiming for next and notify you when it has been achieved after your return to your home land.
Volunteers must book their own flights to and from Entebbe.
You cannot enter Uganda without a visa. You must apply for a Tourist Visa to the Ugandan Embassy or Consulate in your home country. In some countries you may be able to do it online. Make sure you allow ample time. Ring the Embassy to check what to do. Do not leave it until the last minute. When you have sent your application with everything you need to send with it, make sure you telephone them every couple of days until you get it. Sometimes you can get it on entry at the airport in Entebbe but you can’t count on that. The visa cost is about US$50. You must check in case this has changed.
Transport from the airport to your accommodation in Jinja is only 200,000 Ugandan Shillings (UGX) The return journey to the airport is the same fee.
On the way to your accommodation, the driver will take you to a bank in Jinja so that you can immediately withdraw local currency and not find yourself high and dry without local money.
You will pay our driver who takes you to and from school from your accommodation 5 days a week and at the weekends if you choose to return to school then as well. The volunteer taxi is much cheaper than other locals will charge. It is just 7,000 UGX each way. i.e. 14,000 UGX per day. If you choose to come at weekends also, there will not be a lunchtime meal on those days but food is available at Bujagali.
Calculating your weekly costs whilst volunteering:-
7 days ensuite accommodation and breakfast = 280,000 Shillings/UGX (Arise Africa and Speke)
5 School Days -Transport costs from accommodation to school and back = 70,000 UGX/UGX
Lunch is free at the School on the 5 school days of each week.
The weekly Volunteer Fee of US$50 per week is paid to the School and Project Treasurer in US Dollars.
You can put these figures into a Currency Exchange Converter to see how much this is in your home currency.
You resource your own evening and weekend meals leaving you free to eat where you like. Obviously the Guest Houses are very reasonable but there are many other good and inexpensive restaurants in the Jinja and area.