The Teaching & Sustainable Construction project is so much more than just volunteer teaching in Uganda. It is the most unique, ambitious, and challenging project that GOAT Volunteers offers. This is not a project for someone looking for a vacation; hard work is paramount. Volunteers will be asked to support a variety of initiatives and put in long days over a course of 3 or 6 months. In addition to assisting with teaching in the school, you’ll be helping build on to the camp and school using locally-sourced materials and incredibly creative methods of sustainable construction. While the team is dedicated to working hard, they’re also committed to providing an exceptional experience. Volunteers will be provided with delicious meals, a tour of Kampala, water skiing, snorkeling, cricket and other games with the kids, and a multi-day safari!
Individuals with teaching, construction, swimming instruction, and/or engineering (especially environmental) experience are highly encouraged to apply!
Volunteer Teaching in Uganda
The Teaching & Sustainable Construction project in Uganda is, as it’s name implies, a multi-faceted opportunity for volunteers. Individuals taking on this challenge will be asked to help educate the youngsters on the island while assisting with construction projects.
The children are currently split into two classes based on age and are taught a basic, well-rounded curriculum. Volunteers can assist the local teachers by providing support in teaching English as well as any other subjects you possess expertise in (age appropriate). Individuals who have experience as trained swimmers or swim instructors can help the children get over their fear of the water and teach them to swim. Most of the island residents, adults and children, can’t swim so they’ve been raised to fear water higher than their knees.
In addition to teaching, volunteers will be tasked with continuing the construction of the camp and school. You’ll be building new classrooms, a playground, a chicken coop, and other structures as finances permit. One of the main goals is to eventually replicate the water and toilet systems in the village. The camp is an environmental test model that will serve to show how easy it can be to not just coexist with the environment, but to thrive with what is often taken for granted.
Room & Board
Volunteers will be housed in large, bush tents located in the NGO camp near the island’s shore. A hot water shower and a flush toilet ensure basic hygiene is available despite the remote setting. The camp has a beautiful beach, a volleyball court, and a field used for sports-. There’s also plenty of areas to explore on the island.
- Private tent with foam mattress and linens
- 3 meals per day prepared from (mostly) locally sourced foods
- Clean, filtered drinking water and tea or coffee
- Solar power to charge electric devices
- NGO team on-site support 24/7
As with all GOAT Volunteer projects, there are 2 primary fees associated with volunteering: the application fee paid to GOAT and the project fee paid directly to the NGO after they accept your application.
The fundraising element to this project is to help ensure it’s continuing operations. All moneys raised are used to cover project expenses (school & building supplies, etc.). The project fee covers the expenses incurred by the volunteer.
|Project||13 weeks||26 weeks|
|Teaching & Sustainable Construction||€2200 + €2000 Fundraising goal||€4400 + €2000 Fundraising goal|
Included: Car & boat transfers to/from the island • Location orientation • Accommodations in camp tent • 3 meals per day with coffee, tea, and filtered water • Weekly village meal • Weekend Kampala trip • Weekend (13 weeks) or 5-day (26 weeks) Safari trip • Waterskiing & snorkeling • 24/7 on-site support
NOT Included: Flights • Visas • Vaccinations • Travel insurance • Personal expenses • Bank/wire transfer fees
This project incurs a special discounted $150 application fee. Please see The Fine Print page for more information.
Special Considerations | Volunteer Teaching in Uganda
For special considerations regarding projects in Uganda, please visit the Uganda page.
Criminal Record Check
GOAT Volunteers requires a criminal record (background) check for all projects working with children. Inquire with your local police department to see if they offer this service (many do for free or a small fee). U.S. citizens can visit the U.S. Department of State website for additional information.
The criminal record check must be submitted to GOAT Volunteers after the prospective volunteer’s application is accepted and at least 30 days prior to the project start date.
Volunteers participating in the teaching & sustainable construction project must be fit and physically capable of working in an open environment in a remote, undeveloped island setting. They should also be comfortable working with basic tools.