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
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.
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.
Volunteers will be required to work between 4 and 6 hours per day. Weekends and Public holidays are free time
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.
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.
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.
Yes, you need to speak English to volunteer. You may have English as your first or second language.
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.
This is a suggestion of what may be needed – please consult with your medical professional or travel specialist for more details:
- Diphtheria and tetanus
- Hepatitis A & B
- Yellow fever
- Malaria (needs to be closely discussed with doctor)
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.
There are many festivals in Uganda. However, this will not hinder your volunteering, as you will most likely be invited to celebrate with everyone
It is possible for special arrangements to be made if you have a vegetarian diet or other special dietary requirements.
Please get in touch with the programs manager to discuss this further.
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.
Volunteers will fly into Uganda and will be met at the airport on arrival
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
Volunteers are able to participate in SHA Projects all year round
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.
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