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Women's Empowerment in Uganda

Women's Empowerment in Uganda

Use your business acumen and experience to transform the livelihoods of women in Uganda.

Prices from $995

Uganda lies landlocked on the Central African Plateau in East Africa and offers an incredible contrast of landscapes: semi deserts, savannah, lakes, the Nile, rainforests and mountain ranges. Tourism is a huge industry in Uganda, with travellers flocking to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and wildlife including the Big Five and the famous mountain gorillas. To quote Winston Churchill “For magnificence, for variety of form and colour, for profusion of brilliant life - bird, insect, reptile, beast - for vast scale -- Uganda is truly the pearl of Africa.”

As in many countries around the world, women in Uganda face a number of challenges: discrimination, unequal rights, poverty, low social status, low literacy rates, limited access to education and greater risk of HIV/AIDS infection. Traditional and cultural codes often result in girls being taken out of school early to help with income generating activities or agricultural labour and are more likely to be married at a young age.

Although women contribute to the socio economic development of Uganda, they still remain an economically disadvantaged group and in particular those from rural communities. Fewer jobs are available to women and their lack of economic power in rural communities is an obstacle to any long term improvement in their status. 

This project looks to tackle this inequality and improve the quality of life for women in marginalised rural communities by providing economic stability. 

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Help bring independence and economic stability to women in Uganda
  • Use your existing knowledge to empower marginalised women
  • Make lifelong friends and unforgettable memories

FAST FACTS

Location Fort Portal, Jinja or Kamuli, Uganda
Activities Enable women to form their own businesses 
Help women become financially independent 
Experience the breathtaking biodiversity of Uganda
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation

Volunteer Guest House

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)
In-country Project orientation
Accommodation
3 meals a day
Airport pickup
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup
 

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO? 

The project aims to transform the livelihoods of Ugandan women through education, economic empowerment and entrepreneurship. 

The project helps women aged between 18 and 35 to become economically self sufficient, providing them with the space and support to develop their business ideas, learn new vocational skills and join a community of supportive women. 

Stistics show that once women are able to earn a living independently they marry later, bear fewer children and have greater autonomy in their households and communities. The result is social inclusion and a sustained increase in income which can be spent on food, medicine and schooling for their families. 

In countries like Uganda, where economic development has stalled and millions live in poverty, investing in livelihood development for women is not simply an issue of women’s empowerment, it is also an investment in poverty alleviation and economic development for the future.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Volunteers are encouraged to share their existing knowledge and skills with the women on the project. Volunteers can lead workshops in business skills, IT, administration, financial literacy, people management and customer care. You can offer counselling, information on reproductive health or help with the harvest of cash crops. 

You might like to develop business plans and small grant proposals and help to design and successfully market handmade products. Whatever your background you can be sure that the guidance, knowledge and enthusiasm you bring to this project will benefit the women for years to come. 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

A member of staff from our local partner organisation in Uganda will meet you on arrival at Entebbe International Airport and take you to the volunteer guest house. 

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Accommodation is in same sex twin rooms in a local volunteer guest house. Each house has shared bathrooms with a western toilet, full kitchen facilities, a lounge area and Wi-Fi. ATMs, cafes, restaurants and supermarkets are a short walk away. 

 

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with three meals a day, prepared for you by a local staff member. 

A typical breakfast consists of tea, coffee, bread, preserves and scrambled egg.

Lunch and dinner are filling and nutritious with plenty of delicious local vegetables, fruit, rice, pasta, cassava and matooke (boiled green bananas). Chicken and beef is served several times a week to supplement the menu. 

EXTRAS

Gorilla trekking tours in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park can be organised at weekends for volunteers. This is a fantastic opportunity to see the famous mountain gorilla in its natural habitat. 

In Jinja you can visit the source of the Nile or the Busoga Kingdom Palace or enjoy some extreme sporting opportunities such as white water rafting or bungee jumping. 

COSTS

2 weeks $995

4 weeks $1,695

6 weeks $2,245

8 weeks $2,895

extra week $510

DATES

Projects start on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month. 

DURATION

2 weeks +

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Project orientation
  • Accommodation 
  • Three meals a day
  • Airport pickup
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Entebbe/Kampala (EBB)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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