Village Farming Volunteer in Uganda
Get off the beaten path and work with local farmers in rural Uganda! Through this program, you’ll gain an insight into life in Uganda in a way no standard guidebook will ever provide. You’ll be working alongside local villagers who have inherited farming from their families, and in many cases never achieved higher education. Not only will you be helping them greatly with the labour, but you will be providing (and receiving!) a life changing and fascinating inter-cultural exchange, and an opportunity for the villagers to practice English with a native speaker.
Your job on this project will involve helping out on the farms, the needs will change depending on the season, but you may find yourself fruit picking, planting crops, cleaning or feeding and working with the different farm animals. No two days will be the same, and you will find that some days are busy, where others are much more relaxed. You’ll notice as you work at the pace of the farmers, that some days are quiet to offset the busy ones!
This is an excellent way to immerse yourself in the real and rural ways of life in Uganda. You will get to work side-by-side with local farms who have devoted their lives to farming. Many of these farmers have learnt to live only with the basics, and they feed their families solely by growing their own food.
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
During your time on the village farming project, you can expect to be working approximately 4 to 5 hours each day. The placement locations vary, and some farms are a close walk away from our centre, while some others are located as much as an hour away driving. Your day will involve setting out to work after breakfast and working until the early afternoon with a lunch break in the middle. You will head back to the centre each day in the early afternoon and have free time to relax or explore before dinner. It’s important to be aware that this schedule may change due to weather or unforeseen circumstances!
A typical day on this program will usually look like this:
Work at the farm
Work at the farm
Head back to the accommodation
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.
Accommodation & Food
You will be staying in our rural accommodation centre. 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.
- Standard Room
- Persons per room 4 – 8
- All meals included
- WiFi in public areas
Food will be Ugandan-style, which means lots of vegetables, meat, potato, banana, bread and pancakes.
Three meals are included on weekdays while only two meals are served on weekends.
There are many shops located near our centre, 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.
Trip Country Info
Language: English, Swahili, Luganda
Currency: Ugandan Shilling (UGX)
Time zone: UTC +3
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!
Uganda is located in eastern Africa, west of Kenya, south of South Sudan, east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and north of Rwanda and Tanzania. It is in the heart of the Great Lakes region, and is surrounded by three of them, Lake Edward, Lake Albert, and Lake Victoria. Uganda is a very beautiful country, although life can be chaotic in the cities. Many people farm in rural areas and coffee is an important export.
Belonging to many ethnic groups, Ugandans speak over 30 different African languages. English and Swahili are the country’s official languages. Swahili is a useful communication link with the country’s Eastern neighbours of Kenya and Tanzania, where it’s also spoken.
Immerse yourself in the culture of the country while volunteering and helping others, taking on one of our range of projects. Get a deeper insight into the African way of life, whilst enhancing your own life skills at the same time. If you need further information on any of our volunteering projects on this website, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us direct.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
No requirements have been provided.
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Airport drop off
- Travel insurance