Volunteer with our grassroots NGO to empower women and girls in rural Uganda!

Volunteer with us and immerse yourself in rural village life in Busembatia! This village in Iganga District, Uganda, is where WIL Uganda works both in school and in the local community, to promote women’s and girls’ education and economic empowerment. By working in both the office and in the field, you will have the chance to run your own projects and design your own workshops. Would you like to volunteer as part of your university course? We will work one-on-one with your university to provide academic credit for your internship as needed.


You’ll be living in the middle of the community in our dorm style volunteer house in Busembatia village. Alternatively, you can choose to stay with a host family with dinner included. This will be an extra $100 per month. Check out our video about living with a host family here. The village has a great little market where you can get fresh veggies, fruit and other daily supplies. Nearby towns Jinja and Iganga are easily accessible by local taxi. Jinja town is a tourist hot spot with lots of activities such as white water rafting, kayaking, bungee jumping, quad biking and a great nightlife. Your introduction week will include trainings as well as exploration of the village and Jinja.

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Program Duration & Dates

3-6 months. Duration can be discussed. Spring: Feb-May, Summer: June-August Fall: Sept-Dec


We ask you to fundraise before you start your placement. If you cannot fundraise the whole amount, you’ll have to make up the difference. Funds contribute towards volunteer housing, transport during placement and project running costs. 3 month placement = £800, 6 month placement = £1000 Funds may be fundraised online via a crowd funding page (please see here for example), or transferred directly to WIL Uganda by PayPal. Of course we can assist you with this, please get in touch if you have any questions.

What’s included?

  • Accommodation  Interns stay in Busembatia village in safe, secure housing dorm style housing.
  • Airport Transfer – From Entebbe airport on arrival and departure
  • Discounted Tours – Via our travel partner
  • Lunches


Application requirements

  • Crowdfunding before your placement begins;
  • Professional experience, University degree/ enrolled on university course;
  • Interest in international development, women, economic empowerment and sustainability;
  • Access to digital camera and laptop to use throughout placement;
  • Previous experience in rural community is an advantage.

How to apply:

Find our current placements on our Idealist page! To apply, please send your resume/CV to enquiries@wiluganda.co.uk. Successful applicants will be contacted for a Skype interview. In your e-mail, please state the position applied for, when you’d like to volunteer and for how long.

Please see our programmes below. Click on the programme image to find our placement overview.

Programme 1: Adult Literacy
Volunteer: Adult Literacy Help to design interactive one to one English lessons for women in the village in their homes. Operate mobile library for women and girls in village and organize and coordinate further literacy outreach. Preferably you’ll have TEFL qualification.
Programme 2: Computer Literacy
Volunteer: Computer Literacy Run a simple computer literacy programme including basic training on the use of Microsoft packages, email and the internet. You’ll be teaching girls in school as well as one to one classes with adults in the village.
Programme 3: Crafts
Volunteer: Crafts Manage the in school crafts project and midweek adult project. Assist in project design, teach women how to make paper beads and other locally made crafts along the way. Develop our business plans for the project as well as market research for expansion.  You will also manage our BaNyabo facebook page and our Etsy store.
Programme 4: Grant Proposals
Grant Proposals You’ll be based in our village office with some travel to Jinja and Iganga. Lead on writing grants and hold at least one fundraising campaign. You’ll reach out to potential donors in Uganda including local NGO’s and Businesses. Due to the size of our organization we cannot fund salaries but can pay the right candidate 5% commission of any grant secured up to a maximum amount to be agreed.
Programme 5: Teen Voices Journalism
Volunteer: Teen Voices Journalism We’ve partnered with Teen Voices based in New York. Every month the girls on our project produce news articles on their lives in the village. Our partners in New York select stories to be published online. You’ll manage this project and design new and creative ways for the girls in school to tell stories about their lives using articles, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
Programme 6: Social Media and Communications
Volunteer: Social Media and Communications You’ll be creative & enthusiastic in capturing the impact of all of our programmes on the women and girls with video, blog and photo content. You’ll make regular visits to the local school and to our community project to collect photos, videos, and stories for content. You’ll run Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram channels and our website.
Programme 7: Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights
Volunteer: Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights You’ll have excellent facilitation and advocacy skills to deliver our SRHR programme to in school girls and also facilitate sessions at the local health centre with local women. You will also work closely with our partner organisation Irise and help to coordinate Menstrual Health education sessions in the village and in our partner schools.
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