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Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Smart Havens Africa. Volunteers play a vital role in the delivery of our programs. All volunteer applications are reviewed with consideration of current volunteer opportunities. Applications are kept on file for three months.

Before you Apply please read our FAQs.

FAQ on volunteering with SHA


Are we able to do any sightseeing?

Smart Havens Africa expect you to be committed to the project during weekdays. Private traveling must take place in weekends, public holidays or prior to or after volunteering period.

Is there the opportunity to take classes such as language or more cultural activities while Uganda?

Yes, there are several opportunities for these types of activities. Specifically, you might have the chance to take local  language lessons, drumming lessons, etc. You should discuss this with staff if you are interested in using spare time to participate in activities outside of Smart Havens Africa.

What hours I am I expected to take part in the program?

Volunteers will be required to work between 4 and 6 hours per day. Weekends and Public  holidays are free time

How safe is it to volunteer in Uganda?

Uganda is now more peaceful than before. Safety is paramount to us and we endeavor to ensure the safety of volunteers. The people are very warm and friendly towards foreigners, so you will be well looked after. However, basic common sense needs to be used – don’t go out wandering the streets at night alone.

Are there more expenses once I arrive?

The in-country fee covers your entry visa (resident permit), accommodation, meals, supervision, and transport during your stay. You will need to have additional money for bottled water, food, airport departure tax, any personal shopping you may do.

Can I bring my own family with me to Uganda?

Family members over the age of 18 can volunteer together and couples can be placed together. In some cases it may be possible to volunteer with your children as well, provided they will not require additional supervision. Due to the type of work you will be involved in and the current environment it is not advised that you bring young children with you.

Do I need to speak English to volunteer?

Yes, you need to speak English to volunteer. You may have English as your first or second language. 

What is the criterion for volunteers to be accepted into the program?

Each applicant is considered by the information they provide. If further information is required applicants will be emailed to request this. We also look further at your application as to skills and experience specifically related to the programs you have applied to. We look at volunteer experiences, travel experience and also your particular interest in the program to make our decision.

What immunizations/vaccines will I need?

This is a suggestion of what may be needed – please consult with your medical professional or travel specialist for more details:

  • Diphtheria and tetanus
  • Polio
  • Hepatitis A & B
  • Typhoid
  • Yellow fever
  • Rabies
  • Meningitis
  • Malaria (needs to be closely discussed with doctor)
  • Cholera

Some of these can be taken in oral form so please discuss with your doctor to see what is best for you. Some people can be affected quite differently to others by medication.

Are there holidays or festival I should be aware of when traveling?

There are many festivals in Uganda. However, this will not hinder your volunteering, as you will most likely be invited to celebrate with everyone

Do you make provision for special diets?

It is possible for special arrangements to be made if you have a vegetarian diet or other special dietary requirements.

Tell me more about the accommodation?

Please get in touch with the programs manager to discuss this further.

When do I need to arrive in Uganda?

Volunteers can arrive at any time. After arriving, Volunteers take part in a orientation program for some days before they start to volunteer with Smart Havens Africa. It is suggested that volunteers arrive a few days earlier to settle in before programs begins.

Tell me more about flying into Uganda?

Volunteers will fly into Uganda and will be met at the airport on arrival

Where will I be located?

Where will I be located?
SHA  Implements programs and Projects in  Uganda and south Sudan.At the time of Application Kindly indicate the country of Choice

Is there any time of the year when I can’t volunteer?

Volunteers are able to participate in SHA Projects all year round

What age do you have to be to volunteer?

Volunteers must be 18 years old unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. There is no age limit, but volunteers do have to be in good health.

Do I need to be from Uganda?

No, volunteers come from all over the world. To volunteer in East Africa you just need to be eligible for a visa to enter the East African Community


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