Culture

 

Learning

 

Leisure

 

Community engagement

 

Physical demand

 

  • All meals included Yes
  • Free beverages No
  • Persons per room 4 - 8
  • Wifi in public areas Yes
  • Laundry facilities No
  • Safety box No
  • Lockable rooms Yes
  • Hot shower No
  • Private bathroom Yes
  • Bed linen Yes
  • Towels No
  • Air conditioning No
  • Heating No
  • Fan Yes

Program & Schedule

Most villagers in rural Uganda have devoted their lives to farming as it is a practice, which has been passed down from generation to generation. Local villagers learn to live with only the basics as well as eating from what they have grown.

In this program, you will work alongside local farmers and help them with their daily work. Your tasks might include planting and watering the crops, cleaning the farm, feeding the animals, picking fruits and vegetables depending on what is needed at the time.

Some days may be busier than others as you will be working at the pace of the local farmers who also choose to have “lazy” days. Besides working with crops, you will also be working with animals including cows, sheep, goats, etc.

This program will give you great insight into rural Ugandan life.

Aims & Objectives

  • Help the local villagers work their farms and promote cultural exchange
  • Increase your knowledge of local Ugandan life and farming methods
  • Assist the effort with extra hands

Schedule

Monday to Friday

You will be working for 4-5 hours. Some farms are near our center (about 10 minutes walk away), while others are located roughly an hour's drive away. Below is what a typical day might look like:

  • Breakfast
  • Work at the farm
  • Lunch
  • Work at the farm
  • Back to the accommodation
  • Free time
  • Dinner
This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                -

Maximum age:                -

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        No

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

There are no further requirements for this program.

Living & Location

Enjoy the local life in this rural township in central Uganda. Your accommodation location provides you with a great opportunity to see and experience Uganda on an authentic, local scale.

You will be staying in our rural accommodation center. The accommodation itself is quite basic and authentic. All participants are expected to be environmentally aware and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and organized.

Food Arrangements

Food will be Ugandan-style, which means lots of vegetables, meat, potato, banana, bread and pancakes.

Facilities

There are many shops located near our center, all within 10-15 minutes walking distance.

Transportation to Mukono (30 minutes away) or Kampala are available. A van departs every 30 minutes to Mukono and every hour to Kampala, the capital of Uganda.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

Kampala

There are many things to see and do in Kampala, the Ugandan capital. It is located within a 30-90 minute drive from our center and is filled with culture and history.

Nile River

Also closeby is the opportunity to raft or even jet boat along the headwaters of the Nile River.

Transportation

From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):

  • Rhino Sanctuary

Quick Facts

Name:                Republic of Uganda

Population:        40 million

Capital:        Kampala

Language:        English, Swahili, Luganda

Currency:        Ugandan Shilling (UGX)

Time zone:        UTC +3

Country Information

For a small country, Uganda has everything an adventurer could wish for. It has everything and more than its neighbouring countries do, including the famous “Big Five” must see animals of Africa. More than that, the country is home to the tallest mountain range and largest lake in Africa. Half the remaining mountain gorillas in the world reside in this country, making wildlife watching a unique experience!

Climate

Uganda boasts a tropical climate across most of its surface area, except in the mountainous regions (which can get quite cold and some even receive a bit of snow). Temperatures range from 21-25°C (70-77°F), with the hottest months from December to February. The wet months occur from March to May as well as October and November. The dry season occurs between January and February as well as June to September.

Culture

Uganda’s culture is made of up many ethnic groups making it difficult to generalize. For example, Lango and Acholi people dominate the north, while the Iteso and Karamojong people rule in the east. Moreover, Pygmies can be found living in isolated rainforest regions in western Uganda.

At least 40 languages are spoken in Uganda, with Luganda language being the most common despite English being considered the official language. In fact, English is barely spoken. Swahili is also widely used.

Uganda has a conservative Muslim and Christian society. This means that it is often not acceptable to wear clothes displaying too much skin. There are exceptions to this rule such as Kampala, however, it is advised to dress as locals do in order to blend in and be taken seriously outside tourist hotspots. Another important thing worth noting is that you should never criticize religion in presence of a Ugandan, as this is taken seriously and can be of great offense.

Gastronomy

Ugandan cuisine has been heavily influenced by English, Arab and Indian dishes. The most common ingredients used are vegetables, potatoes, yams, bananas, chicken, pork, fish, beef, goat and mutton.