Placement dates (excluding travel time): 25 Mar 2020 - 10 Apr 2020
£1,350.00 ($1,628.51 approx)
Application deadline: 11 Nov 2019
Pre-departure training: 14 Jan 2020 - 16 Jan 2020 TBC (GB)


Live and learn alongside the Kigezi Diocese Water and Sanitation Project, in their efforts to improve access to clean water and sanitation in southwestern Uganda.

Globally, 783 million people live without access to clean water. This is a real challenge in southwestern Uganda where most villages are on hilltops, with water sources at the bottom.

Kigezi is a Tearfund partner working to enable these rural communities to have reliable and accessible water sources, which can be built and maintained by the communities themselves. By training community members in construction, maintenance and hygiene, Kigezi enables long-term transformation. It has been working since 1986 and has been recognised as one of the best non-government organisations in the water and sanitation sector in Uganda.

Volunteering in Uganda, you will have the chance to contribute to the work of the Kigezi project and learn from the people who live in these communities as you give your time and passion to support the incredible work being done.

On this one month placement you will develop lasting relationships with Christians in Uganda who are committed to serving Jesus and reducing poverty. No matter what your life experience is so far, you’ll bring encouragement, prayer and practical assistance to our partners and will build capacity in every area of their work.

What will you be doing?

  • Community trainings in sanitation and hygiene (safe water chain, domestic and personal hygiene and community-led total sanitation).
  • Training water user committees in leadership roles.
  • Maintenance of WASH facilities.
  • Trainings of WASH clubs for schools.
  • Trainings in church and community transformation.
  • Helping in construction of gravity-flow schemes, rain water harvesting tanks and protection of springs.
  • Participating in the life of the local church, participating in Bible studies and devotions.

What can you bring?

Volunteering in Uganda will see you supporting our partners as they engage the local church and address poverty in Kigezi. You’ll be willing to get hands-on and be enthusiastic about improving water, sanitation and hygiene for some of Uganda’s poorest communities. You’ll need to be flexible, adaptable, and ready to work as part of a team of volunteers, whilst building relationships with the staff and locals.

*Please note…

The cost mentioned above includes pre-departure training, insurance, debrief, a medical package, administrative costs and in-country travel, accommodation and food.

For information on additional costs, check out our FAQ section below.


Worried about costs?

When we first meet you at an interview day or at pre-departure training, we will give you some ideas about fundraising. If you would like more inspiration, check out Tearfund's fundraising webzone and Nia’s blog with eight fundraising tips.

We don’t ask you to pay the whole cost all at once!

When you apply you are required to send in a non-refundable deposit. The deposit covers the administrative costs of processing your application, interviewing and/or assigning you to a team.

After we have confirmed your place and selected you, we will ask you to send in a further deposit. This is for administrative, preparatory, in-country and other costs that have to be paid in advance, and again, this is non-refundable.

You will need to pay the final balance a month before you travel.

What will I be doing?

All sorts! It totally depends on which country you chose and which partner you volunteer alongside. But we’re normally correct when we say...

  • You’ll be learning loads
  • You’ll be supporting our partner to keep up their fantastic work
  • You’ll be making new friends
  • You’ll be growing in your relationship with God

Here are some recent examples.

In Cambodia: Tearfund’s partner CHO, works closely with children, providing education. Volunteers have brought their personal education experience to help teach english, run sports and lead bible studies. CHO also has an incredible Social Enterprise called Destiny Cafe where the volunteers get an opportunity to work alongside locals and develop new innovative ways to expand business in the area.

In India: Tearfund’s partners have invited prayer teams to join them for two weeks. Volunteers bring their fresh enthusiasm and commitment to prayer, coming alongside partners and beneficiaries, often resulting in a fresh awakening of God’s power at work.

Where will I stay and what will I eat?

This totally varies from team to team, but we can guarantee that you will have a mattress under you and a roof over you! You may be sleeping in a church, house, school, or simple guesthouse. Two-week teams tend to live in a guesthouse with running water. Food will usually be a mixture of local food and English food. It's hard to predict what you will encounter so you need to expect the unexpected. Our most common complaint from teams is that they are treated too well!

How do I contact you if I have more questions?

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