Volunteer

Volunteer With Luyodefo

Work with/for LUYODEFO from anywhere around the world.

~Luhwahwa Volunteers

~Luhwahwa Volunteers

  • Create awareness: Spread the message about our work by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, share us on your social media sites and/or websites, or share our work in your blogs.
  • Build connections: Connect LUYODEFO with institutions around your community (organization, school/college/university, sports club, church, clinic, etc.)
  • Fundraise: Plan a bake sale, organize a walk, ask friends and relatives to donate money instead of giving birthday gifts, etc.
  • Meet and work with communities in Uganda

Volunteering at LUYODEFO is a unique experience where we combine community service with exploring the world’s most breathtaking scenery. Each volunteer brings unique and innovative ideas, skills, and knowledge, contributing in their own way. At LUYODEFO, we engage each volunteer based on his/her strengths in order to empower the people of Uganda in sustaining socio-economic and cultural change in their communities.
During their service time, volunteers become advocates for specific projects on location. Often times, our volunteers continue their service when they return to their home country by supporting LUYODEFO in a variety of ways, from fundraising to volunteer recruitment.

Weekend safaris:
Join us and visit one of the most popular tourist destinations — Uganda has much to see and enjoy! Places within the reach for a weekend trip include;-

  • Queen Elizabeth National Park – has great wildlife and crater lakes to see. The Lonely Planet Guide book has details.
  • Trek the Rwenzori Mountains – worth it even for those not fit. We offer free trekking as we visit uphill communities. The Rwenzori Backpackers offer a low-budget program costing approximately $50/person for a 2-day trek including overnight and food, and use the money for community project.
  • FAQs

    What are the Volunteer Requirements?

    • Volunteers should be at least 14 years old and not exceed 60 years old. If you are interested in being a LUYODEFO volunteer, please send us an e-mail with one page letter and resume (CV).
    • Volunteers pay for their own accommodations. We are happy to assist you in finding appropriate accommodations within your budget. Additionally, LUYODEFO will work with you to draw estimates of possible expenditures, which is dependent on the intended duration of placement.
    • NO VOLUNTEER FEES CHARGED – volunteering with us is FREE!. However, each volunteer contributes $100 towards preparations (communications and travels) for arrival, pickup from the airport, and supporting on-site logistics. In addition, they are required to contribute $500 towards projects they are working on to promote sustainability.
    • You will need cash (foreign currency) that can be exchanged by most banks, and a Visa card that can be accepted by ATMs at Ugandan banks.

    What are the Travel Options?

    Visa regulations: Once you have your passport, click here to be sure which nationals need a visa to Uganda. You can then apply through the Ugandan Embassy or Consulate in your country, or online. You may also apply for a Visa at the entry point – Entebbe International Airport.
    Health regulations: Check out at to find out the health requirements for travelers to Uganda and ask your doctor or healthcare provider what you will need depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, the areas you will be visiting, and the planned time of stay.

    Getting to Uganda

    When flying into Uganda, your entry point is Entebbe International Airport, about 3 km from the town center of Entebbe and about a 30 – 40 minute drive south from Kampala, Uganda’s capital city.
    We will keep in touch by email and Skype; and if you provide us with your itinerary, we will arrange for someone to pick you up from the airport. Volunteers cover their travel fare from the airport to Kampala and to Kasese – about 7 hours drive by bus from Kampala.
    Depending on the arrival time, the volunteer may have to spend the night in Kampala and then proceed to Kasese the following day. If he/she must have a night around Entebbe or Kampala, expenses are the volunteer’s responsibility.

    Local transport in Uganda:
    Travel fares depend on route destination, method of transportation, and the inflation rates –
    Taxi cab: Entebbe Airport to Kampala: US $40
    Bus: Kampala to Kasese: US $15

    Within Kasese: Matatu (locally known as ‘taxi,’) from / to Kasese project area: US $3.
    Bodaboda (motorcycle transport) within Kasese Town Centre: US $ 0.5
    *Bodabodas are a common form of transport in the rural villages. Please, make sure you first negotiate before the journey starts!

    Dressing code:
    Culturally in Uganda, everyone needs to wear fairly smart and decent clothes including causal wear.
    Men: Shorts or long trousers, t-shirts or shits with sleeves, sneakers or regular shoes.
    Women: Dresses or skirts below the knees, modest tops with shoulders and abdomen covered. The ladies may also wear trousers and vests, but these should keep thighs, waist and shoulder covered.
    Note: Please bring with you walking and trekking shoes, our activities involves visiting homes in hard-to reach mountain areas.

    Learning the local language:
    Most people are illiterate and do not speak or understand English, so volunteers need to learn a few words in the local language. The local staff and program participants are more than happy to teach you; there is no fee associated with this. The more you practice, the quicker you’ll learn – practice is the best teacher!

    International Community Outreach and Engagement

    Matthew Manning

    Email: matthewrmanning@gmail.com