Ssamba Foundation

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Ssamba Foundation

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  • DescriptionSsamba Foundation is a registered non-profit community development organization founded by Hon. Isaac Ssamba in Mukono, Uganda. Operating in Mukono district, we manage a wide range of sustainable development and humanitarian projects since 2006.

    Hon. Ssamba’s mission of helping those least able to help themselves started at the age of 14 and at the age of 19, he established a non-government organization which designs and conducts programs which contribute to the welfare and social productivity of disadvantaged individuals and communities with an emphasis on children, youth and women.

    Ssamba Foundation addresses some of the most pervasive problems in rural Uganda, including poor healthcare systems, hunger, poor education system, access to clean drinking water, environment degradation and extreme poverty.

    In addition, the foundation focuses on empowering the youth of Uganda through leadership and skills training. The organization is founded on the principles that our common humanity is more important than our individual differences. We therefore operate on a non-political, non-denominational, and non-sectarian basis, welcoming each and every Ugandan in need.

    The focus of our programs is on providing resources for quality social services delivery in under-resourced communities of Uganda. In order to uplift the youngest of our society however, it is often necessary to first assist adults and the communities in which they live.

    Ssamba Foundation is committed to our headquarters district of Mukono, Uganda. The foundation is committed to making an impact in Mukono through Strategic Community Investments by supporting causes that strengthen community development focus.
  • LocationUganda, Central Region, Mukono, Kalagi

  • Work
  • Type of work Animal care
    Art project
    Babysitting / Childcare
    Building
    Charity work
    Cooking / Shopping
    Elderly care
    Farmstay
    Gardening
    General maintenance
    Help in the house
    Help with computers / internet
    Help with eco project
    Helping with tourists
    Language practice
    Teaching
    Other
  • Hours per day Volunteers and helps work from Monday through Friday, they have their Saturdays and Sundays off. A typical day starts at 8am-4pm.
  • Work requirements: Ssamba Foundation accepts volunteers from all over the world. You can apply to volunteer in any of our projects from anywhere between 4 weeks up to 12 months. Opportunities are open for, high school students, professional, families, university groups, under 18s, 50 years and above and all who are interested. There isn’t a maximum age limit, though a reasonable fitness level is necessary. Families are encouraged to apply and are welcome!

    APPLICANTS MUST:

    * be aged 18 or over on the proposed date of arrival in Uganda
    * be available for an overseas program of 1, 2, 3, 6, 8 or 12 months
    * be, in the opinion of the Ssamba Foundation team, likely to benefit from and contribute to the program
    * be able to raise the necessary funding required
    * be able to communicate effectively in English

    PROFESSIONAL WORKERS:

    Make an impact by sharing your skills and experience with some of the most marginalized people in Uganda. Your professional skills can be a lifeline for people living in poverty.

    In just four weeks or more, you help maximize sustainable community development. The opportunity to use your skills and professional experience to create lasting change. You’ll use your inspiration, expertise and vital practical skills to empower people to access quality healthcare, education and livelihoods opportunities.

    UNDER 18s:

    Our program is for anyone eighteen years and above. However, we also accept volunteers below 18s years of age if they are in a group with a guardian or supervisor above 25years. Volunteers under 18 years old are only considered when accompanied by a parent/guardian.

    STUDENTS AND TEENS:

    High School, College and University students are highly welcome to volunteer with us. Our students and teens program are an excellent way for them to do something meaningful, build new interests, to polish their existing skills, meet new people and of course, to learn about other cultures.

    50 YEARS AND ABOVE:

    We offer short-term and long-term opportunities for Seniors and Retirees to volunteer in Uganda and make an impact by utilizing their expertise that comes with age and experience. Your experience and knowledge can be incredibly valuable to share with a community project that’s striving to make a difference for people in need, and by volunteering, you can make a direct impact while also learning about a new culture and enjoying free time to explore Uganda.

    VOLUNTEER IN GROUP

    Volunteering in a group for about 5-20 to any of our projects is highly appreciated. Get some friends together or organize a group from your school and embark on this incredible adventure!
  • Host's preferences
  • Availability: Send a message to inquire.
  • Duration of stay: We ask volunteers interested in the Uganda volunteer work to commit at least twelve weeks (3 months) in order to ensure a worthwhile experience. But we accept volunteers from a minimum of 4 weeks’ duration.
  • Maximum number of helpers: 5
  • Last minute requests: Not okay
  • Host
  • Languages:English
  • Has pets? Yes we do have dogs at home.
  • Smokes at home? No
  • Accommodation: If you think that a local host family home is a great place to hang your hat and rest your weary bones after a full day’ adventures, then get ready now to enjoy fascinating Mukono, Kampala and Jinja at our Ssamba Homestay Mukono, Uganda in Kalagi town. We primarily host volunteers, but other travelers are also very welcome to stay.

    Ssamba Homestay Mukono is the home of Isaac Ssamba, the Founder of Ssamba Foundation and proprietor of SunTrack Adventures. Located in a humble neighborhood of just few meters away from Kalagi town, we are nestled away from all the noise of the big city, but close enough to ‘quickly’ get you back to downtown to sight see or party at the pubs and clubs until the birds are chirping.

    We are just about 10 minutes’ drive from Mukono town central business center on an all-weather tarmac road. In Kalagi, the road from Mukono forms a T-junction with the road from Kampala to Kayunga. Mukono the nearest major town is a rapidly expanding city about 45 minutes from Kampala and 60 minutes away from Jinja town- the adventure capital of East Africa.

    Our home has:

    Wi-Fi
    Mountain Bikes
    Camping tents for hire
    4X4 and Saloon Cars
    Offer laundry services
    Tours and Travel services
    Breakfast and Meals

    Other available services include: Daily dinner, In-country transport and Airport Transfers. Sports and leisure rental equipment are also available, such as bicycles and volunteering placements arranged.

    We are a small family and we started hosting people at our home with a goal to make connections, friends and for culture exchange. Our home is a place to relax after the intense experiences of the day, a place to chat while having a beer or two, to rest, watch TV or go for a walk around the neighborhood.

    From the home, we can help arrange trips and expeditions around the country. These include wildlife safaris, hiking, white water rafting, horse-riding, fishing trips, mountain bike tours and other Uganda’s most beautiful national parks etc.
  • Additional info
  • Ssamba Foundation is a self-sustaining community based development organization in Mukono District, Uganda founded in 2006 by Hon. Isaac Ssamba and volunteering with us is 100% free. Although you are responsible for your flight, accommodation, and living costs, there is no program or participation fee, no weekly fees. We appreciate your time and allow you to use your compassion and skills to help make the world a better place at no cost to you!

    FOR HOW LONG CAN VOLUNTEERS STAY?

    We ask volunteers interested in the Uganda volunteer work to commit at least twelve weeks (3 months) in order to ensure a worthwhile experience. But we accept volunteers from a minimum of 4 weeks’ duration.

    We want every volunteer to feel that their time in Uganda was put to good use and that they had adequate time to make an impact. The preferred length of trip for a volunteer’s first visit is 8 -12 weeks. Although we do not strictly prohibit shorter stays, we do request that our volunteers are able to offer at least one month of voluntary services.

    Occasionally we will allow for a shorter stay than one month, but this is handled on a case by case basis. We understand that it can sometimes be difficult for doctors, to take a full month off. Therefore, doctors can come for a three-week period.

    WHAT DO WE OFFER?

    The Volunteering Program in Uganda offered by Ssamba Foundation is completely free. Volunteers receive 3 meals, accommodation, airport pickup, and an orientation briefing when they arrive.

    Volunteering in Uganda with Ssamba Foundation provides a unique deeper cultural experience: you will have the opportunity to work with a Ugandan and International team, and have the opportunity of creating your own projects.

    VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS:

    • You must be over 18yrs
    • You must speak some English (you don’t need to be fluent)
    • A copy of your passport with 6+ months validity
    • Placement commitment fee of USD$200 (part of your donation)
    • Criminal Record, Background Check report or Police Statement
    • We recommend travel/life personal insurance
    • You must commit at least 4 weeks’ minimum (longer stays are much appreciated).
    • You must be Sociable, Energetic, Positive & Fun!

    WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

    We accept local and internationals volunteers who are full of enthusiasm, and who enjoy working with people from a different culture background. The minimum age to participate is 18. Candidates must speak English, in order to adapt themselves quickly and to be able to interact with local people.

    We need people who possess the willingness to commit themselves to a long-term project, prepared for day-to-day challenges. Also important: our lifestyle is simple; we don't have any luxuries here, beside the luxury of being in the middle of a beautiful natural landscape, and working for a meaningful cause.
    We accept local volunteers who can dedicate some hours every week to help us, but in this case they must arrange their own transport to the offices or project site in Mukono.

    We need people to help teach at the rural schools, to help with construction and cleaning works, to help at our agriculture farm, social workers, psychologists, educators, specialists in IT, doctors, nurses, drivers, etc. In summary: anyone with goodwill and a good disposition to help and work can be accepted into the program.

    I WANT TO VOLUNTEER WITH SSAMBA FOUNDATION

    If you would like volunteer in Uganda with Ssamba Foundation, our projects need volunteers who can bring new ideas, work with minimal supervision, and have a positive, self-starting attitude.

    We do not need just young volunteers, but older people with business skills and experience. We need those who can sort out book-work and apply for grants. Just as these projects try to help all members of society, they need all ages of volunteers to help them function.

    Our volunteer in Uganda program helps create sustainable education & development in rural Uganda. The program provides a life-changing opportunity for school and university leavers to spend a few months volunteering in Uganda.

    Volunteers directly help in schools, health centers and development projects. Perhaps equally important is the “knowledge exchange”: helping people from a remote African community gain a greater understanding of the wider world (and vice versa).

    Of course, it is not all hard work; volunteers will get an opportunity for fantastic wildlife safaris and to experience a region few tourists have reached.