• Volunteers interested in empowering women against gender related issues, ASTCF women empowerment project is a good match for you. Although women have great contribution to the African socio-economic development, in Uganda, they still remain among the most vulnerable members of the society. Women face many challenges including; discrimination, low social status, low literacy rates, limited access to education, unequal rights, poverty, and greater risk of HIV/AIDS infection; which is directly attributed to the long-standing patriarchal traditions and extreme poverty.

    We work with local communities and local partner organizations to promote gender equality, help women overcome difficult circumstances, and empower them to reach their full potential, through five key programs:

    1. Education (literacy) — rights and life skills
    2. Saving and micro-credit through cooperative groups
    3. Income generative skills training— agricultural and non-agricultural products
    4. Women’s health and maternity education
    5. Teaching English language for young women.

    ASTCF’s women empowerment projects offer participants with both valuable life-changing experience and an opportunity to make a difference.

    Volunteers in this field are role models and may conduct sensitization training on management, finance, and enterprise development, reproductive health, counseling, vocational skills, and self-esteem building; develop savings and micro-credit opportunities; offer free medical services; develop small grant proposals, research for funding agencies and raise funds for local women projects; and help explore possible market for women’s products. Empowering women will not only improve their leadership skills but will also teach them about independence, initiative and self-motivation.

    With any volunteer project, the nature of the volunteer’s work begins with the needs of the community. The specific tasks volunteers carry out depend on the project, the location, the time of year, and most importantly the needs of the individuals they are helping. You can contribute towards community projects during a gap year, career break or during holiday time.

    Eligibility

    No specific qualifications or previous experience is required to join the women empowerment project. However, volunteers with special expertise are highly preferred. Participants should bring both enthusiasm and humility to their projects. Volunteers are expected to be independent and creative, bring ideas to the table, be respectful to organization leadership and work collaboratively.

    Other considerations, volunteers should have compassion, patience and a dedication to improve lives of women. Participants at all levels of experience can contribute valuable help to these projects; however, volunteers are expected to be creative, develop and implement effective workshop plans, be able to improvise and work flexibly.

    Applicants must be above 18. ASTCF volunteers are students, graduates, professionals, families, couples, and retirees. We welcome volunteers of all ages and backgrounds who are hard-working and dedicated to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the community.Understanding of Ugandan culture can help improve your volunteer experience. Consider enrolling in our one-week language and cultural immersion program.

  • DATE

    Though our volunteer placement program start date can be flexible, we recommend all our prospective volunteer to set their start date either on the 1st or on the 3rd Monday of each month because our Programs begin on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month, however it is recommended that volunteers arrive before this date so you can acclimatize to the time difference before orientation. We advise you to arrive one day before your program is due to start (the day before orientation). Accommodation is provided from the Sunday night before your program starts on the Monday, however if you arrive earlier our staff will organize accommodation for you. This accommodation will cost extra but it is not expensive (expect to pay approximately US$30 per night including meals. You will pay for this accommodation directly to the Guest House Manager or staff when you arrive in country) Once you have booked your flights to Uganda ensure you email your flight details to our Volunteer Placement Advisory to ensure you are picked up at the airport.

    Volunteer Program Fees

    At Africa Sustainable Tourism Care Foundation (ASTCF), we offer very affordable program fees with high-quality service and a level of transparency to all our volunteers and intern. We work hard to make our prices as reasonable as possible, while maintaining our personalized service and standards of excellence. Our fees reflect unmatched support for the volunteer and real service to sustainable projects in the community. The program fee covers the cost of decent home-stay accommodation or in the volunteer’s guest house, meals, orientation and in-country program support during your entire volunteer stay. Our program fees are determined according to the length of stay.

    Volunteers are required to pay a deposit of US$150 to secure their placement. Deposit is included as part with the program fee, it is not an additional charge. Full payment of program fees is due 30 days before the volunteer’s project.

    (ASTCF reserves the right to change its policies, review cost and inform volunteers accordingly before their arrival. All fees and arrangements on this website remain final.)

    Please Note: There are no extra charges such as application or processing fees. Program fee outline above is exactly what you will pay. However, your airport pick up will attract an additional fee of $100 if you are arriving solo and $50 per person if you are arriving in a group of two or more people in the group. To convert these prices to your local currency please click here. Program fee paid is non-refundable.

    Weekly Volunteer Program Fees (Program fee is quoted in US Dollars)

    Weeks 1wk 2wk 3wk 4wk 5wk 6wk 7wk 8wk Extra Days
    Fees $150 $300 $450 $600 $750 $900 $1050 $1200 $22 per day

    Program Fee DOES cover

    Meals: Our program fee covers 3 meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) from the first day to the last day of the program
    Accommodations: Depending upon the particular location and placement, volunteers will either stay in our Volunteer Guest House, or with a host family. Volunteers are recommended to bring their own sleeping bags and other accessories necessary to their personal comfort.
    Researched and Personalized Projects: We offer the most unique and amazing projects which focus on matching the interests, skills, and experience of volunteers in accordance with their volunteer work.
    Assistance and Support: From the very beginning to the last day of the project, our local and project staff members support volunteers, in addressing various concerns and occasionally checking up on volunteers and monitoring their progress.
    Safe Volunteer Placement: We strive to place you in a safe humanitarian volunteer work environment. Our projects are researched and established with safety in mind. This focus on safety means that your project will not be in an area riddled with crime and unsafe conditions.
    Volunteer Care and other Services: ASTCF’S staffs are always available and willing to support volunteers by answering all questions while providing the best advice on fundraising and other issues such as health, culture, excursions, travel, safety, and special events.

    Program Fee DOES NOT cover

    Airfare: Both domestic and international airfare is the responsibility of the volunteer.
    Passport/Visa: Appropriate travel documents, such as passports and visas, are the responsibility of volunteers. While we provide information regarding obtaining the correct documents required, it is the responsibility of volunteers to acquire all relevant credentials.
    Return Trip to Airport: It is the responsibility of the volunteer to secure transportation return to the airport. Airport drop-off (Can be arranged at an extra cost)
    Airport Tax: Fees and taxes associated with international arrival and/or departure is the responsibility of the volunteer.
    Daily Transportation: In the event that volunteers’ projects are not within walking distance from their living accommodations, they are required to cover costs associated with daily transportation.
    Bottled Water/Soft Drinks: In the event volunteers wish to consume bottled water or soft drinks other than those provided with their daily meals, they are responsible for purchasing their own beverages.
    Personal Expenses: Volunteers are responsible for any incurred expenses outside of their projects, such as snacks, (outside of their daily meals).
    Tourism Entry Fees: While there are numerous attractions in Uganda, entry fees such as museums and national parks is the responsibility of volunteers.

    Airport Pick-up
    Volunteers will be met by our program coordinator at Entebbe International Airport in Entebbe town upon arrival after which you will be transferred to your project site. If volunteer's project placement is in Kampala, you will be transferred direct to your project site after being picked up from the airport. If a volunteer's project is in Fort Portal, you will spend the night in Kampala at the Guest Inn and transport you to our project site the next day.

     

  • FOOD

    Ugandan food is tasty, diverse and volunteers can expect to experience flavors and meals during their volunteer experience. You will be provided with 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Meals will consist of local foods (matooke, posho, cassava, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, yams and rice), served with green/vegetables, beef, chicken, fish, beans or ground-nuts stew. The country’s tropical climate contributes to a healthy choice of fruits which include bananas, watermelon, papayas, mangos, jackfruit, guava, passion-fruits, sugar canes and pineapples.

    However, we need to emphasis on 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. If volunteers wish to eat out, there are a large numbers of restaurants and diners to suit all tastes and budgets. However, food and drinks outside of mealtimes are the volunteer’s responsibility.

    ACCOMMODATION

    Depending upon the particular location and placement, volunteers will either stay with a host family or within our Volunteer Guest House, a rented house or lodge Within our Volunteer Guest House accommodation, we offer simple but clean, safe and comfortable living spaces where volunteers can reside in either a single or share a room with fellow volunteer of the same gender.

    Home stay Model Homes are selected homes that are upgraded to a level where host families can host tourists. Our host families are chosen carefully and are esteemed community members, and experienced in hosting international volunteers. They have strong interest in our volunteers’ safety and well-being and demonstrate this with caution and care. The family is trained in visitor handling, nutrition, hygiene and sanitation, and waste disposal. It is expected that community tourism will economically empower families and provide cross-cultural exchange between hosts and visitors.

    Thus, staying with a host family offer a strong and supportive system to volunteers during their program and it’s a great way to learn about local people’s culture and customs. Volunteers are recommended to bring their own sleeping bags and other accessories necessary for their personal comfort.

  • A Day in the Life of a Volunteer:

    Here is an example of a typical weekday at the project. This serves as a guideline only and we ask that volunteers stay flexible as itineraries may change to best serve the community.

    06:00-07:30am Rise and shine! Volunteers wake up early to start a great day. Take breakfast of cereals, bread, tea or coffee. Refreshed and nourished you are ready for your project work.
    07:30-08:00am Travel to the project! It typically takes 15-30 minutes to reach your volunteer assignment.
    08:00-01:00pm Dig into the project! You do your volunteering job assignment.
    01:00-02:00pm Lunch break! You will return to your home-base or host family for a delicious lunch. If the distance is too great, you’ll enjoy the box lunch you brought with you.
    02:00-04:00pm Finish up your volunteer project work! There’s always plenty to do.
    After-04:00pm End your work day and enjoy your leisure time! You can rest, explore the local area, hang out with other volunteers, study or plan for the next day, whatever you want! This is your time to spend it how you like.
    07:00-08:00pm Dinner at your volunteer house! After dinner, you’re free to continue your local explorations before settling down for the night, thinking ahead for another fun, busy day.
    Saturday & Sunday This is the time to enjoy safaris with our beautiful country, exploring Uganda and its many attractions.

  • 3My eyes were invaded by the beautiful colors of this country, the hospitable and friendly people, the music and the culture… from the very first day when I stepped out from the aircraft to last day of my stay in Uganda.

    Words cannot explain what I felt during my visit to this beautiful country. It was the best experience of my life... it was something magical and there is no one word that I can use. No one word can describe the people I met. You guys are AMAZING! I'll be your Ambassador in my country...(Stefania Pasquino from Italy – Oct 2015)


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