Community Development Projects in Uganda

Location: Uganda: Iganga

Term: Throughout the year

Program Duration: 5-8 Weeks, 9-12 Weeks, 3-6 Months

Dates: Throughout the year

1290 N. Williams St. Suite 303 Denver, CO 80218 United States

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Phone: (303) 321-8278

Fax: 303-847-5445


Work with an international community development volunteer project in Uganda. Participants work with a grassroots community-based organization focused on improving the quality of life through a wide variety of community development initiatives, including adult education programs, income-generation activities, such as poultry and livestock rearing, HIV/AIDS education, construction projects, and more. Volunteers with this program must be open minded, creative, and ready to adapt to the realities of everyday life in a small town in Uganda.


Uganda is the lush pearl of Africa on the northern shore of Lake Victoria where the Eastern African Savannahs meet the western rainforests. The natural wonders of the country include dramatic waterfalls, incredible wildlife including the last troops of mountain gorillas, and Lake Victoria, the second largest lake in the world. The people of Uganda are well known for their hospitality and warmth. Uganda ranks among the world's poorest countries and has little in the way of basic infrastructure such as electricity, running water, waste management, and access to education and healthcare.

ELI works with local organizations based in Iganga District, about three hours east of the capital Kampala. Iganga town lies on the Mombasa to Kampala Highway--one of East Africa's major transportation routes. The bustling highway gives the false impression that the town is teeming with traffic, but just a few hundred yards from the highway, cars become a rare sight and quiet village life takes over.

ELI volunteers and interns have the rare opportunity to fully experience Ugandan life through living with host families and working in community based organizations.

Intern Types
  • Development
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Social Work
  • Sustainable Development
  • Civil Engineering
  • Women's Studies
  • English

Cost in US$:

Starting at USD 1,125 for four weeks

Cost Include Description:

* Pre-departure Support: ELI's staff is very knowledgeable and happy to help volunteers and interns to prepare for their travels.

* Airport Pickup: Volunteers are met at the airport in Entebbe and given a ride to Iganga where the projects are based

* In-country Orientation: Each volunteer program starts with a one to two day orientation which covers important topics on the logistics of living and working in Uganda, registration with local authorities, using transportation, and the culture of Uganda

* In-country Staff Support: ELI's Uganda coordinator has years of experience working with Ugandan NGOs and international volunteers. He is very resourceful and on call 24/7 in case of emergency.

* Accommodations: Participants stay with a local host family and experience day to day Ugandan family life.

Credit Available


Volunteer Types
  • Youth Development
  • Youth
  • Women
  • Tutor
  • Tree Planting
  • Sports
  • Social Work
  • Small Business Development
  • Senior Citizens
  • Reforestation
  • Pastoral Work
  • Nutrition
  • Microfinance
  • Legal Aide
  • Law
  • Human Rights
  • Health Education
  • Grassroots Organization
  • Gender Issues
  • Environment
  • English Teaching
  • Education
  • Economic Development
  • Counseling
  • Conservation
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Computer Training
  • Public Health
  • Community Development
  • Community Centers
  • Childcare & Children
  • Business
  • Building & Construction Projects
  • Arts
  • AIDS
  • Agriculture
Typical Volunteer
There is no typical ELI volunteer. We work with people from all over the world and a variety of backgrounds. ELI has placed volunteers ranging in age from 18-81. Successful volunteers are flexible, upbeat, energetic, and inquisitive.
Age Range
18 and older
This Program is open to

American, Asian, Australian, Canadian, European, Kiwi, South African, Worldwide Participant. This Program is also open to Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Home-stays

Participants Travel to Uganda


Application Process Involves
  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Written Application
Year Founded