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VOLUNTEER FOR OCIA

Have you been looking for a challenging and exciting internship that allows you to develop yourself, make a useful contribution by touching the lives of others in a meaningful way and to obtain a unique experience? Are you curious about the Ugandan culture? Are you interested in leaving your familiar surroundings to live in Africa for a while? Do you want to use your time to help the people in East Africa?

 

Do you want to spend some time working practically before going to university? If you are, this is the moment to grab your chance! We are looking for people to help us out and assist us aiming to improve the livelihood of the poor in our community.

Your helping hand is crucial

The role of volunteers in enhancing our work, contributing to our vision and missions cannot be underestimated. OCIA welcomes volunteers all year round for periods ranging from two minimum to four months maximum. Come learn, share and be a part of transforming the rural youth livelihoods.

Share your skills to help empower Ugandan children in need to transform their lives through education.

Volunteers are the backbone of OCIA. Without them, much of the work we do would not be possible. Each year, our family and friends, our corporate partners and sponsors  generously give their time, skills and energy to support our work with the disadvantaged Ugandan children and their families.

Our volunteer mentors support young people who are making the challenging transition from school to work or further studies. Our volunteer tutors help students to improve their literacy by providing basic English language skills to help vulnerable children in our communities. We are also assisted by a nationwide team of administration and project support volunteers who work behind the scenes to help with the day-to-day operations of OCIA. You can help disadvantaged Ugandan children get the most out of their education and create a better future for themselves. Join our community of volunteers and help us to provide the support these children need.

About Volunteering with OCIA

Why volunteer with OCIA?


International volunteers complement local staff, and provide cultural exchange and life skills to children, youth, and adults. Your new ideas can be very effective out here. Imagine an area where people are not encouraged to work together, or rarely believe they can achieve good things. Volunteer presence and care helps build self-worth and confidence in our communities. Basic information on conservation, hygiene, nutrition, income generation, and early childhood development is also needed. Besides, Ugandans are known for their hospitality and absolutely love working with international volunteers. It’s all about group solidarity, team building, and shared leadership. Not to worry, you also get something out of it! Who doesn’t love meeting like-minded people from all over the world, learning new cultures and ways of doing things, and getting a meaningful, yet adventure-filled break from normal life?




Where do OCIA volunteers work?


Our headquarters are in Nansana Town, in Wakiso District. Nansana is located on the Homia-Road about 9.8km from Kampala. With a population of over 36,124, Nansana has many internet cafes, a major university, restaurants and drinking spots, supermarkets, and a decent hotel with swimming pool and gardens. Nansana is easily accessible from all our volunteer placements by public transport. It takes about 33 minutes to get to either Kampala or Nansana, which are good places to get specialized services or have some fun. Our volunteers live and work with a variety of village-based organizations and schools in Nansana, Nabweru sub-county, and Wakiso District. No matter where you volunteer, you’ll likely use Nansana Town as your base for services and meeting other volunteers. In Nansana Town we operate a 6 bed guesthouse for the use of all our volunteers during orientation and on weekends. Our home is within a private, leafy compound, and has running water and western toilets. Local Ugandan food is served daily.




Who is Eligible?


Our programs are ongoing and our partners host volunteers year round. However, to ensure smooth transition, volunteers must arrive around the 1st or 15th of the month. We have a 2 week minimum and 12 week maximum. Longer stays are considered on a case by case basis. The OCIA volunteer must: • be 18 years or older
• have no major health problems and a current Yellow Fever vaccination certificate
• be able to walk distances of up to 2km daily
• obtain a police check from home country prior to volunteering
• sign a general waiver of liability
• have a positive and collaborative attitude




What does it Cost?


OCIA is a non-profit organization. However, there are costs involved in hosting volunteers and in supporting our partner organizations. Therefore, OCIA charges program fees that cover: • online support while you prepare
• airport pickup
• first night hostel/guesthouse stay
• in-country orientation
• transportation to your placement
• 3 meals of Ugandan food per day
• secure accommodation
• weekend volunteer guesthouse use
• 24 hr supervision, and
• a donation to your host organization. Besides covering your basic expenses, our fees ensure our partners can do the work their communities request. Program fees also allow us to monitor partner progress, guide and advise current volunteers, and seek new volunteers for work in with OCIA. The fees do not cover airline tickets, visa, vaccinations, drinking water, leisure activities, or medical services. But we’re happy to help you make these arrangements. PROGRAM DURATION AND FEES 2 weeks $ 735
4 weeks $ 945
6 weeks $1,260
8 weeks $1,575
10 weeks $1,890
12 weeks $2,205 In addition to your program fee, you’ll likely need $30-$50 a week to support a basic life which includes drinking water, internet, transportation, and a few treats such as coffee and chocolate. Wild life Safari, white water rafting, and general travel are a bit more expensive. Check out an East Africa or Uganda Travel Guide for options and costs.





Apply to Volunteer with OCIA

Download the volunteer Forms, print, fill and  scan them. submit your forms for review.Thank You. 

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