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student volunteering

Volunteer with us for the trip of a lifetime. You’ll work alongside our local staff, and each day travel to different communities where you’ll join in with the Mothers and children at our Play Schemes and immerse yourself in traditional community life. You’ll help develop and deliver training workshops for the Mothers who run Play Schemes so you can be sure you’ll make a lasting difference. From our base in Jinja you can spend your weekends exploring all this spectacular country has to offer; go on Safari in Murchison National Park, watch the sunset while cruising the Nile, or visit the Gorillas in Bwindi National Park.

Summer dates available now

Fancy spending your Summer changing the lives of mothers and children living in rural deprived communities in Uganda, whilst also experiencing all this spectacular country has to offer?

Our Volunteer Scheme is particularly popular among students during the Summer months. We have a number places still available for our Summer programme, and you can volunteer for anywhere between 2 and 4 weeks. For more information, and to secure your place, contact Laura today at laura@livelyminds.org

The opportunity

Each day you’ll travel to different communities with our experienced local staff to help set up new Play Schemes and support our existing projects. Depending on the length of your stay, you’ll get involved in the following tasks:-

Train mothers to set-up new Play Schemes teaching them how to make and play games using local materials, and how to manage and run the Schemes. These are women who will have never have been to school themselves and you’ll be giving them a second-chance learning opportunity.

Observe and support our existing Play Schemes and work with mothers and children to improve teaching and get involved in play activities

Deliver skills workshops for the mothers who run our Play Schemes. Workshops can be in topics such as health and hygiene, women’s empowerment and early childhood development.

Capacity building and training for our in-country team. If you’re an experienced professional and have management, marketing, communication or other skills which could further develop our staff, please do let us know.

Take a look at some of these video clips to whet your appetite and get inspired

To see what previous Volunteers have got up to, take a read of our Volunteer Blog

How long can I volunteer for?

You can volunteer for any length of time at most times throughout the year. Contact Laura to discuss dates of availability laura@livelyminds.org or call 0207 272 0535

Who can volunteer?

Anyone with skills to share and who is open to new experiences and cultures. We’re particularly keen for applications from people with expertise in early childhood development, public health, teaching, psychology and management skills. We can take volunteers aged 18-100 provided you are in good health and able to speak English fluently.

Generally the scheme tends to fill up with students between July-August. The rest of the year we normally receive professionals or retirees.

How much does it cost?

Volunteers are required to raise a minimum donation of £200 per week prior to arriving in Uganda. Discounts are available for trips longer than 4 weeks. The funds you raise will go directly into our projects and you’ll see first-hand how your fundraising is making a difference and changing lives. We’ll provide you with lots of fundraising ideas to help you reach your target.

What’s included?

Take a look at our FAQs document for more information about volunteering with us

How do I apply?

I still have questions before I apply, who can I contact?

Take a look at our FAQs document for more information about volunteering with us

Or contact Laura with any questions at laura@livelyminds.org or call 0207 272 0535

You can also read our Volunteer Blog to find out what our other volunteers have been doing