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Uganda: Teaching English to young children

This project does not require that a volunteer be certified in English or even be a teacher of any kind. We only require that you speak the English language well enough to be able to teach basic language skills. You don’t need to speak any of the local languages either. Your students will generally be between the ages of 6 and 12 and will have little to no knowledge of English. This project is available for all volunteers. Most people find that this volunteering opportunity helps them connect to the community Teachers and kids are always grateful to learn from native English speakers. A native English speaker can make a huge difference for someone who is learning to speak English, just because of simple things like infections or inflection or pronunciation of the language. Your time teaching these kids will be a life changing experience.

What to expect

Most schools or children’s centers don’t have much in their classroom. Sometimes you will be main resource as you teach. In some classes you will have a blackboard and a piece of chalk and that is it. Fortunately your life experience is a great resource to accomplish this. The students are usually curious and want to know about you. They want to know where you are from and why you came to volunteer in their area. Most schools follow a curriculum that is specific to the area you will be servicing. You will be working with the teacher who will provide a guideline about what you will be teaching. In some cases you will need to prepare your lesson and grade your student’s homework. You may be spending three to four hours a day in the classroom. You may also find it useful to prepare other extra-curricular activities like physical education, music lessons and drama.

Extra-curricular activities

You can participate in one of our teaching projects across a variety of subject areas. You might want to help teaching sports, music, art, drama, or another subject that you specialize in. Anything you feel you have a talent in and want to share with these children in an extracurricular activity can be fit into the program and we welcome your creativity and passion. These programs run alongside our teaching English. Some volunteers choose to combine teaching a language with teaching arts and crafts. Just ask and we will see if the school or the children center can accommodate your teaching style.


Your working hours will usually be decided on weekly basis. Most interns work from Monday to Friday and have the weekends free.

How to apply?

Proceed with the application process. Once your application has been received, in which you will specify the country you want to serve, then the country director will be in touch with you. The director will be your guide from the application process to the end of your service. He /she will be able to answer your questions before you leave until you return home. To help make sure our volunteer s are prepared and effective in their roles as a teacher, Lend a Hand International also arranges regular in-country teaching workshops to provide training, new ideas, and feedback for teaching volunteers overseas.

Our commitment to you

Volunteer safety is one of our highest priorities. Our volunteers are equipped with comprehensive information packs before departure, and undertake a full orientation and training on arrival in the country of destination.

What’s included?

  • Airport transfers- to and from the port of entry
  • Accommodations from an understanding and open minded local host family
  • Food [3 meals [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]
  • Pre-Departure kit – full project details will be sent following registration
  • Introduction- All necessary trainings/ orientations and introductions upon arrival
  • Monthly recreation programs and Lend a Hand International
  • Support from in-country staff and 24hr emergency services

What the Fee Excludes:

  • Personal travel insurance for the duration of your stay in the foreign land
  • Airfare to and from the destination
  • Personal items such as curious, gifts, clothing [work and other]
  • Email/internet and telephone calls
  • Soft drinks or beverages
  • Visa processing for border crossings
  • Personal plans excursions and tours

Do I need Experience?

While no formal experience is required, a passion for the area you wish to volunteer in is important. If you want to shape your volunteering trip around your field of study, we are able to facilitate this too – please contact us.

Project Time: From 2 to 12 weeks

Age limit: We can host most people irrespective of age, but we are recommending a minimum age of 16 years old.

Weekly price [These prices are just sample are not final]

2 weeks3 weeks4 weeks5 weeks6 weeks7 weeks8 weeks9 weeks10 weeks11 weeks12 Weeks

Every extra week is $300

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