WHY VOLUNTEER WITH PARC?
This opportunity gives you the unique chance to experience village life in Uganda, make connections with our staff & beneficiaries and see the difference a small local charity can make.
We’re a small local organization and by volunteering with us, you will be directly supporting our beneficiaries and projects.
WHAT REQUIREMENTS SHOULD I MEET TO VOLUNTEER?
No special skills are required, but volunteers should be at least 14 years old and not exceed 65 years old.
Anyone willing to support Education, Health and Sustainability program can participate – this means we invite professionals/ students in nearly all fields including Engineering, Law, Public Relations, Marketing, Fundraising, photography and videography, etc.
2. PARC sustainability
We believe that when volunteering and financial giving go hand-in-hand, it can amplify impact! For this reason, we suggest that volunteers to make a donation to sustain PARC and its programs.
A volunteer is required to donate a minimum of US$500, in addition to a commitment non-refundable deposit of US$60. The deposit is non-fundable upon successful completion of the program or in case of cancellation of volunteer placement. This sum will be used for the following among other things;-
(i). Airport transfer: This involves volunteer pick-up and drop-off from and to Kasese Aerodrome (airfield).
(ii). Administrative costs: This includes the costs of the day such as transport & lunch, volunteer orientation/ preparation, volunteer support and evaluations, and office expenses.
(iii). Promotional materials: PARC T-shirt, cap, bracelet, etc
(iv). Community project funding: The remainder of the volunteer’s donation is invested into the project s/he is working on during her/his placement period where it will make a lasting difference to our beneficiaries.
3. Personal costs
Volunteers must fundraise and will be responsible for the cost of their vaccinations (yellow fever required), travel visas, insurance, flight fares, accommodation, and safaris (if conducted during placement).
At PARC, we are happy to assist you in finding appropriate accommodations – either with a local guest-house or a host family. To make this possible, we will work with you to draw estimates of possible expenditures, which is dependent on the intended duration of placement and the type of accommodation.
WHERE & WHEN CAN I VISIT PARC?
Our office is based in Kisinga, Kasese District in western Uganda – East Africa. Our projects run all year round, so you can visit any time of the year.
When flying into Uganda, your entry point is Entebbe International Airport – which is located approximately 590 kilometers – about nine hour drive to/from Kasese district. However, during flight booking, you can make Kasese Aerodrome as your destination – which is located about 35 km – 1 hour drive from project location. We will arrange to pick-up volunteers from the Airport (Kasese Aerodrome or Entebbe Airport).
WHAT ACTIVITIES CAN I HELP WITH AT PARC?
PARC implements project in Education, Health and Sustainability; so there are always lots of opportunities throughout the year. Here below is a quick list;-
1. Volunteer opportunities in Education:
Interested in education? Spend your time at Shine Preparatory School, PARC’s nursery and primary school, and /or one of the local primary and secondary schools we partner with. Here you will be assisting teachers in conducting lessons, organizing coaching classes -working one-on-one with students, assessment of children to ascertain their educational needs, organizing sports and special programs, and more to be determined when on-site.
2. Volunteer opportunities in Health:
Interested in global health? PARC provides a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience. Volunteers with medical experience can assist with patient intake and taking vitals, participating in health outreach programs, as well as researching and collecting data. For more advanced medical students, we can also help to arrange visits to local health facilities /hospitals where you can shadow doctors throughout their rotation.
3. Volunteer opportunities in Sustainability:
Interested in social micro-enterprise? Spend your time assisting and training women and children in sewing, fashion and design (tailoring workshop), making and production of jewelry, bags and baskets (crafts enterprise), financial literacy and business management (village savings groups), song writing, singing and production of CDs, as well as drawing and production of visual prints (Shine Productions / PARC Art-Music group),
WHAT DO I NEED TO PACK?
We’ll provide transport and a local lunch in the field (project site or office), so all you need is funds for your accommodation, and some drinking water, as well as personal items like head torch, solar light, sun cream, energy tablets, camera etc.
Most flights allow 2 bags of about 23kg; you can collect items and spare one of those bags for donations to be redistributed to the community. This can be packed by yourself with suggested donation list provided by us.
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW BEFORE VISITING PARC?
1. Travel requirements:
Visa regulations: Once you have your passport, click here to be sure which nationals need a visa to Uganda. You can then apply through the Ugandan Embassy or Consulate in your country, or online.
Health regulations: Check out at to find out the health requirements for travelers to Uganda and ask your doctor or healthcare provider what you will need depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, the areas you will be visiting, and the planned time of stay.
2. Dressing code:
Culturally in Uganda, everyone needs to wear fairly smart and decent clothes including causal wear.
Men: Shorts or long trousers, t-shirts or shirts with sleeves, sneakers or regular shoes.
Women: Dresses or skirts below the knees, modest tops with shoulders and abdomen covered. The ladies may also wear trousers and vests, but these should keep thighs, waist and shoulder covered.
Note: Please bring with you walking and trekking shoes, our activities involves visiting homes in hard-to reach mountain areas.
3. Transport in Kasese -Uganda:
Travel fares depend on route destination and method of transportation, but foreigners need to be careful as the fare can be inflated if traveling alone (without a responsible person). The details below are guiding rates, although they make vary depending on prevailing economies.
The matatu (locally known as ‘taxi,’) from / to Kasese town to project area costs UGX 7,000/= translating into about US$2 (one-way).
The boda-boda (motorcycle transport) are a common form of transport in the rural Uganda; within Kasese Town Centre it costs UGX 1,500/= translating into roughly US$0.5.
In the rural village, the boda-boda cost will the desired destination (route and distance to be covered), so you are strongly advised to first negotiate and agree before the journey starts!
4. Language in Kasese -Uganda:
English is the official, national language in Uganda. However, most people in Kasese are illiterate and do not speak or understand English, so volunteers need to learn a few words in the local language.
The local staff and program participants are more than happy to teach you the key mostly used word; there is no fee associated with this. In addition, we have a local dictionary – you will always have time trying to read this! The more you practice, the quicker you’ll learn – practice is the best teacher!
5. Combining volunteering with adventure:
While at PARC, you can spend your weekend out and /or enjoy a safari by visiting one of the most popular tourist destinations — Uganda has much to see and enjoy! Places within the reach for a weekend trip include;-
Queen Elizabeth National Park – has great wildlife and crater lakes to see. The Lonely Planet Guide book has details.
Trek the Rwenzori Mountains – worth it even for those not fit. We offer free trekking as we visit uphill communities. The Rwenzori Backpackers offer a low-budget program costing approximately $50/person for a 2-day trek including overnight and food, and use the money for community project.