short volunteer opportunities in Uganda

If you and your family are on holiday in Uganda why not spend a day or more volunteering with us?  We offer you a chance to get off the beaten track by visiting rural villages alongside our local staff and getting involved in our Play Scheme programme. You'll get a unique insight into “real life” and will get involved in our programme.

Where & when can I visit?

Our office is based in Jinja and the Play Schemes are all located within an hour of town.

We can arrange visits throughout the year.


Contact to enquire about availablity

Why volunteer with Lively Minds?

This opportunity gives you the unqiue chance to experience village life in Uganda, make connections with our staff & beneficiaries and see the difference a small charity can make.

The time you spend with the Mothers who run the Play Schemes and our staff is hugely beneficial and very much appreciated by them - as it shows them, and their communities, that what they are doing is worthwhile.  

We're a small organisation and by volunteering with us you will be directly supporting our beneficiaries and projects. 

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

What do  I need to bring with me?

We'll provide a local lunch and your transport, so all you need is some drinking water, sun cream & camera.   We ask that you do not give any donations or gifts to our beneficiaries as this can create conflict and can undermine the spirit of volunteerism and self-help that is so key to our work.  


We ask you to make for a donation of US$30 per person. This covers the costs of the day such as transport & lunch and the remainder goes straight into our funds where it will make a lasting difference to our beneficiaries.

How do I arrrange a visit?

Please email and let us know where you are staying and when you would like to visit. 

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

Sample Itinerary - 1 day visit

10.00am:  Briefing - Join our staff in the morning.  You will receive a briefing to give you an understanding of the challenges affecting early child development and how the programme empowers communities to solve these. You will be involved in the planning and preparation for the afternoon field visits.

1pm:  Lunch - You will have lunch with our local team and the chance to chat more informally and learn more about life in Uganda.


2pm: Field visit - You will travel with a staff member to one of our beneficiary villages - about an hour from our office.  In the village you will work alongside our staff and will have the opportunity to:-

  • Observe and join in at a community-run Play Scheme or observe and participate in a training workshop for Mothers

  • Meet the Mothers who run the Play Schemes and go on home visits and village tours with them.

We can arrange multi-day visits - and you will see difference aspects of the programme and travel to different communities.

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