Menu Close

How You can get involved


Our volunteers  report a great sense of satisfaction, and joy at developing new skills, gaining work experience, making new friends, and simply having fun!

As a private, non-profit organization, AVEC International programmes are financed entirely by well-wishers and volunteer contributions.

What's there to do?

AVEC International can use volunteer help right across the organisation, including areas such as:

  1. Mentoring and encouraging
  2. Building classrooms for vulnerable children
  3. Teaching soccer / football and other sports to kids and youth
  4. Preparing and serving food
  5. Typing, clerical, mailroom and reception work
  6. Teaching children music, Drama, educational
  7. Elderly care -Accompanying aged care or other clients on excursions
  8. Fundraising-fundraising is one of the most prevalent form support and we welcome all volunteer fundraisers.
  9. Computer tutoring to village kids.

No matter what you do for a living, you can help (elderly, children, women or youth) with your talents and skills. Those with clerical skills can train those with little skills. Our people’s needs are bountiful — your time and talent won’t be wasted.

When can I volunteer and for how long?

It’s up to you! We can be flexible you can volunteer for 2 weeks to 6 months at most times throughout the year. Please contact us to discuss availability and timings.

How much does it cost?

Programme Detail is as follows

Duration     US$
1 Week             306
2 Weeks            470
3 Weeks            635
4 Weeks            800
6 Weeks            1100
8 Weeks            1380

What’s included?
Program Fee – airport pick-up, orientation, program supervision, accommodation (breakfast and dinner) during volunteering period, in-country 24/7 volunteer support and in-country administration costs.

Volunteers will be accommodated in a volunteer house in Kampala city suburb. You can expect to share your room with other volunteers of the same gender as yourself. There is also the option to stay at Tressie Apartments and this is popular for couples or for older volunteers.
Living is comfortable in all accommodation, and all homes and houses have electricity and running water.

What additional costs will I have?
Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory) vaccinations, transfer back to airport at conclusion of program, souvenirs, spending money (volunteers in Uganda generally find US$40 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses).

Who can apply and will there be other volunteers?

  • You must be able to speak English 
  • You must be aged 18 or over
  • We’re looking for team workers with excellent communication skills
  • You’ll need to be flexible, able to adapt to working with different cultures and comfortable working in the field where you’ll be experiencing poverty first-hand

You don’t need to have any previous experience – but if you have any working with children, teaching or other useful skills to enhance our projects and/or assist with training our local staff, then let us know
Ugandan is comprised of a wide range of ethnicities and cultures and as such the food is usually very diverse and tasty. Meals will be provided three times a day during the week and twice during the weekend (breakfast and lunch combine to become brunch during the weekend). Breakfast is self-service with toast, fruits, tea and coffee. Ugandan foods include Matooke (Bananas) Sweet potatoes, Cassava, Yams, Millet flour, Irish, Rice, Posho, beef stew, G.nut sauce, beans, Chicken stew, Peas, Vegetables, salads and Fruits, Milk and Yogurt.
Bottled water is readily available in Uganda and volunteers should budget approximately US$5 per week for this (2 liters per day). If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know ahead of time so that we can make arrangements for you. However, we need to stress the point that you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home. We will do our best to see that you are well taken care of, but also as a volunteer, there is a need to be flexible.

How will I communicate in the villages?

Our Lively Minds staff teams speak English as do most the Ugandans you’ll meet in town. The people you’ll be working with in the villages generally don’t speak English and have their own local dialect. Our staff will be translating for you and you’ll use your communication skills, gestures and facial expression to interact with the elderly, women, children and youth.

What hours will I work and will I get any free time?

You’ll mainly be working Monday to Friday during the days, with a break for lunch (times may vary depending on weather and other factors). You’ll have the evenings to go out and explore. Weekends will be free to relax or take trips.

What else is there to do in Uganda.

  • Uganda is the adventure tourism hub of East Africa. 
  • Weekend trips to Murchison National Park, Sipi Falls and Jinja for a variety of sports, including rafting, kayaking, tubing, fishing, horseriding..
  • There is plenty to do further afield, so if you have the time, try to stay an extra week or longer to experience the rest of the country.

We can advise you and help book safari trips whilst in Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda.