Link Child Foundation is a voluntary organization that is providing educational and social services in Uganda. Our work is aimed at underprivileged children and families, with limited resources. We focus on sustainable community development, and we want to help people out of poverty - and give them opportunities and empowerment!
Imagine, YOU can be a part of all this!
WHY VOLUNTEER IN UGANDA?
Making the decision to volunteer in Uganda can seem challenging, but that is why we are here to help and support you! From meaningful opportunities to engage with communities to adventure activities and beautiful landscapes, Uganda is a unique, amazing experience for everyone.
You’re sure to meet lots of friendly locals throughout your adventure. Uganda is known to be very welcoming to volunteers and tourists, and was even given global recognition as one of the world’s friendliest countries.
If you are looking at volunteering, we want you to ask yourself these three questions:
Am I open minded?
Am I ready to learn?
Am I ready to work?
Not everybody is cut out to volunteer abroad, but in the end, it is more about learning than teaching. If you answered YES on the three questions, you sound ready! This experience will surely change you.
Volunteers have this fantastic opportunity to learn about themselves and to gain new skills. There will for sure be a lot to learn about local customs, culture, and communities when it comes to volunteering abroad, but again this is a part of the experience. It's even said that Human Resources officers find great value in candidates who have volunteer experience - that's an amazing bonus!
There is a lot of fun stuff to do in Uganda. You will have access to incredible sightseeing and activities! You can go rafting or taking a boat ride on the Nile, you can see the beautiful nature and animals on a safari at Queen Elizabeth National Park or Murchison Falls. You can hike up Sipi falls or travel to the Bwindi Forest and see the silver back gorillas in their natural habitat. It's a reason why Uganda is known as the Pearl of Africa.
We look at international volunteers as a complement of the staff. Volunteers provide cultural exchange and life skills to children, youth, and adults.
The ideal volunteer will bring new ideas, share their thoughts and observations about the work, adapt to local conditions, and have a positive, collaborative attitude. They will also gain first-hand experience working with local communities and learn about the culture - and maybe some local languages if wanted.
WHERE OUR VOLUNTEERS WORK
Our NGO is in Mbale. Mbale is located on the north-east side of the country, about 221km from Kampala.
With a population of well over 76 000, Mbale has many internet cafes, restaurants, and drinking spots, supermarkets, and few decent hotels with swimming pools and gardens and several universities.
Mbale is easily accessible from all the big cities by public transport. It takes about 4-7 hours to get to Kampala or 2-4 hours to Jinja, which are good places to get specialized services or have some fun.
Our volunteers live and work with a variety of activities like:
Nursery and primary school
Workshops in the community
In Mbale, only 2 minutes walk from the NGO we operate a 3 bedroom house for the use of all our volunteers during the volunteer stay. Our home is within a private gate and has running water (for some hours a day like the rest of the neighborhood) and a western toilet. Local Ugandan food is served daily for lunch at the project on weekdays.
THE EASY APPLICATION PROCEDURE
The first step is super easy. You only have to fill in and submit the online application form which you find here!
This helps us learn why you want to volunteer, when you intend to begin, and how long you wish to stay.
We do our best to reply within the next few working days.
After we get the application you will receive a very useful Volunteer Information Booklet we have developed to give as much useful and important information you would need to plan your exciting planning. We would also invite you for a casual video call to talk a bit about volunteering and about our program. This helps us all to decide if we are a good fit to work together.