Why Volunteer With IVN!

 

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checkWe Are A Local Organization- IVN is one of the recognized leaders in the volunteer abroad field. We are an indigenous social enterprise organization committed to enhancing quality of life in Uganda while preserving indigenous cultures, traditions and ecologies by focusing our efforts to make tourism a viable tool for conservation, protection of bio-cultural diversity, and sustainable community development.

checkA Complete Volunteer Experience - IVN’s volunteer program is not a bare-bones volunteer placement service. IVN aims to offer multifaceted and meaningful programs, which includes language courses, cultural immersion, volunteer opportunities and amazing travel experiences. This approach ensures that volunteers leave with a diverse and memorable experience that is second to none.

checkCustomized Project - Our volunteer assignments are not one-size-fits-all. No matter which program you choose, IVN offers the most-unique and customized volunteer projects. Our project placement process considers the personal interests, skills and experience of each volunteer. Our volunteer program coordinator explores the best local organizations and handpicks the perfect program for each volunteer. Volunteers receive detailed information of their project, including living arrangements and food, prior to arrival.

checkMost Affordable Fees- No Hidden Cost - Because International Volunteers Network (IVN) an ethical a travel agency. We reinvest 100% of our financial donations into the local communities. Our application fee is one of the most affordable in this field. And, last but not least, volunteers pay their programs fees directly to the host organization, which guarantees that there are no hidden costs – your money goes directly to where it is needed.

checkSuperior Support - your experienced IVN Program Administrator, teamed with our local team in Uganda will ensure you feel supported every step of the way - from planning to volunteering.

checkResponsible projects - we're dedicated to ensuring that our projects are responsibly-run and have sustainable positive impacts that are supporting local needs.

checkSafety-First - volunteer safety is a top priority for IVN and we have clear standards for risk management on each program. You can feel confident that you are placed with trustworthy institutions, organizations and families that have been screened by our local teams.

checkNew Friendships - as an IVN volunteer you’ll always be in the company of friendly locals and like-minded volunteer travelers who will quickly become your life-long friends.

checkEpic Weekend Adventures - you'll have your weekends free to explore Uganda with your new-found friends.

Location And Duration


The program is based in the town of Seguku, which is located 6 kilometers from the capital city of Kampala. Volunteer orientation and general administration is carried out in Seguku by our staffs. Possible placement locations include, but are not limited to, Kampala, Jinja, Mubende, Fort Portal and Kamuli. 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.

Orientation


Orientation is hosted by our Uganda team at the volunteer base in Seguku. Orientation begins on the morning of your chosen start date and covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Uganda – Introduction to Uganda, Culture and Customs, Rules and Expectations, Safety, Language Basics (Luganda), Travel Opportunities, Introduction to Project and Placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.

Volunteer Schedule


First Day: On your first day of volunteering, you will be escorted to your placement by a local coordinator and introduced to the placement staff you will be working with.
Weekdays: Volunteers work for approximately 3 to 5 hours per day. A typical schedule is as follows:
7.00 AM – Breakfast at the volunteer house, prepared by the local cook.
7.30 AM – Volunteers travel to their placements either by taxi or by walking. Start time and daily workload depends on the project that the individual volunteer is participating on.
1.00 PM– Volunteers break for lunch. Volunteers either travel back to the volunteer house or eat a packed lunch at their placement. After lunch, volunteers continue with their volunteer work (where applicable).
3.00 PM - 4.00 PM – Work at the placement usually ends. Volunteers are free to return to the volunteer house, plan for the following day’s activities or use their free time as they wish.
7.00 PM – Dinner at the volunteer house, prepared by a local cook.
Please note, this schedule will vary depending on the particular project the volunteer is participating on.

Accomodation


Volunteers are accommodated in both in private dormitory-style volunteer houses in the Seguku area, approximately 15 minutes outside of Kampala City. The volunteer house can accommodate up to 40 volunteers and volunteers can expect to share a bedroom with two to four other volunteers of the same gender. The volunteer houses are safe and secure in a quiet area. The bathrooms in the homes have western toilets and showers. There is electricity and running water, however it is common for power or water to occasionally be cut off in Uganda. Bedding is provided and volunteers will need to bring their own towels. There are staff who clean the accommodation throughout the week, however volunteers are required to keep their rooms and common areas tidy. It is recommended that volunteers bring their own mosquito net, however these can be purchased once in Uganda, if you do not have much room in your luggage.

Meals


Volunteers are provided with three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner), prepared by an on-site local cook. If you wish to snack or eat outside of meal times, this will be at your own cost and there are local shops within the villages where you can purchase snacks. Breakfast generally includes tea, eggs, bread and fruit. For lunch and dinner, there is a revolving menu of local dishes, which include typical Ugandan stews (beef, chicken, pork, goat, fish and vegetable), beans, rice, chapatti, groundnuts and vegetables. Starchy foods such as white bread, white rice, pasta, potatoes, sweet potatoes, matoke (boiled green bananas), and cassava are dietary staples. The tropical climate of Uganda also contributes to a healthy choice of seasonal fruits, including bananas, watermelon, papayas, mangos, jackfruit, and pineapples. Bottled drinking water is readily available in Uganda and volunteers should budget approximately US$5 per week for this.

If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know well in advance of your program so our local team can make arrangements for you. We do, however need to stress the point that you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home. We will do our best to see that you are well taken care of, but also as a volunteer, there is a need to be flexible.

Weekends & Travel

There is no shortage of things to do in Uganda. 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 Tour or the famous Queen Elizabeth National Park for Uganda Bird Watching, or the Kibale National Park for Uganda Chimpanzee Trekking. You can also take a journey for Cultural Tour from Central to Eastern Uganda, to tour Kampala the Capital City of Uganda, Buganda and Busoga Kingdom, or to Western Uganda, to tour Bunyoro, Toro and Ankole royal monarchy, tradition and culture. The adventures will provide you with a break from your project, a chance to see your host country from a different perspective, and time to maybe live out a few dreams!

 
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