The 2018 Volunteer Programme will start on 30th June and will run for 5 weeks, until 7th August. This year’s volunteers; Barry Clarke, Sarah Scully, Ellen Hogan, Tara Raftery, Deirdre Mullally, Hazel Windsor-Aubrey and Mary-Margaret Leonard will be living and working in Madudu, in the district of Mubende in Uganda.
Our first couple of days will be spent near Kampala (the capital city of Uganda) organising money and phones and visiting the Irish Embassy. We will visit Busuubizi Teacher Training College in Mityana, on our way up to Madudu, to see how two of the young women on our Scholarship Programme are getting on.
What Will Our Volunteers Be Doing?
Sarah will work in Kiruuma Primary School on Monday from 8.30 – 4pm and on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 8.30am – 1pm. She will teach English, Art and PE to all class levels. Thursday mornings will be spent in Kisoolo Primary School.
Barry will be project managing the Building Programme in Kiruuma Primary School. We are building two 4 stall latrines.
Ellen, Tara, Deirdre, Hazel and Mary-Margaret will be working on the new nutrition element of our Safe Motherhood Programme. They will give a talk to the Mama Ambassadors who will then take this knowledge back to their villages and teach the mothers what they have learnt. Our volunteers will go and hear their talks and they will be assessing the mothers and babies in terms of their nutrition. They will be assisted by Brian Egwalu, a nutritionist from Uganda who also has experience in domestic agriculture. Brian has very kindly offered to join us for a couple of weeks and we are delighted to have him along.
Volunteers will spend their afternoons meeting other NGO’s working in the area and Mubende, walking home with some of the pupils of St. Andrew’s Kaggwa Secondary School, meeting the girls doing A levels on our Scholarship Programme in St. Andrews, visiting Emma’s plantation and learning how to brew waragi… and talking with local health care professionals about their daily work. There’s the Thank You Party for our Mama Ambassadors and getting to spend time on our Safe Motherhood Programme. There’s an evening at Ndere Cultural Centre, a lesson in traditional music and dance from our friend Eddie and an afternoon with Disan Future, the King of Reggae, at his recording studio. There’s a day with our friend Moses, visiting his school and having a meal with his family and his parents. There’s the Nakaiyma tree, sacred pagan site to the Goddess Nakaiyima….
We have developed strong links with the Juliana School for the Deaf, in Mityana, and next July we will spend a few days with them.
Any Places Left?
There are NO PLACES left for the 2018 Volunteer Programme but we start recruiting again in September 2018 for our July 2019 programme.
Who Can Volunteer?
Although we are always looking for teachers, we also welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and a wide range of experiences. Talk to us about your talents, skills, passions and expertise and we will find where best to place you.
Medical Volunteers can work on our Safe Motherhood Programme or alternatively, in the local clinics. There are two clinics in Madudu: the Government Reproductive Health and Maternity Clinic and St. Josephs – a clinic run by Sr. Petronella and her Sisters.
General Skills Volunteers will work in our partner schools. The work they do will depend on their particular skills but could involve working on the Building Programme, helping with the introduction of SODIS (a safe water programme), painting, working in the school garden, using and sharing their administrative skills…talk to us about your experience and expertise and we will place you where you can be of most help.
Tell Me More….
Volunteers all live together in a house in Nalawondwa. It is basic but clean and secure. We have a house girl to look after the house for us and to cook us local food – although we cook for ourselves on Tuesday nights, traditionally pasta night…. Lámha Suas covers the cost of your food and accommodation in Nalawondwa, water for bathing and electricity costs. We also provide volunteers with mosquito nets which are donated to the local clinic when we are leaving the village.
We travel to work and around the local area by boda boda (motorbike). Everyone gets their own driver who will be with you every day. Volunteers pay for their daily transport. Lámha Suas provides you with your own helmet.
See what past volunteers have gotten up to on our gallery page
Volunteers raise €2000, which goes to pay for our programmes, and they pay for their own airfare. Lámha Suas covers airport transfers, transport to Madudu, Mityana, back to Kampala, we subsidise health insurance with the International Hospital in Kampala and as already stated, cover food and accommodation in Madudu. We also pay for your hotel accommodation in Mityana when we go to work in the Juliana School for the Deaf. We can help with fundraising ideas, t-shirts, information leaflets for your donors etc.
To ensure volunteers are properly prepared for their trip, we have 3 pre-trip orientaion days and there will be in-country orientation and an observation day once we arrive in Uganda too. Post trip debriefing is also part of the placement and is a great opportunity to meet up with everyone again a few weeks after our return.
Anyone interested in volunteering with Lámha Suas, should contact Deborah Sheeran at firstname.lastname@example.org