- Population: 37,5million
- Capital: Kampala
- Major languages: English, Swahili, Ganda
- Major religions: Christianity, Islam
- Monetary unit: Ugandan Shilling
- More on Uganda from the New Internationalist
- More on Uganda from BBC
- Visa: British nationals need to have a visa to enter Uganda. This can be obtained from the Ugandan representation in the UK, or at the International airport at Entebbe (though expect a long queue if travelling at peak holiday times). Please visit www.fco.gov.uk for more information.
- Arrival info: UPA organise an orientation for volunteers at their head office in Kampala. Details will be provided once your place has been confirmed but participants should aim to arrive two days before the project start-date.
- UVDA recommends that volunteers arrive three or four days before the project start-date to allow time for acclimatisation. An orientation will be organised the day before the project starts. Pick-up can be arranged from the a airport after 6pm and for a fee of Euros 30.
- Other: The political situation in Uganda remains tense and there are still areas that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against travel to (notably Northern Uganda and the Karamoja region in North Eastern Uganda). Volunteers interested in participating in a project in Uganda should make sure that they are fully informed of the situation and keep up-to-date of any developments. Please visit www.fco.gov.uk for more information.
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- UPA – Uganda Pioneers’ Association is a voluntary non-governmental organisation registered with the National NGO Board (ref. S5914/114). The organisation focuses on offering youths the opportunity to contribute to community development by involving them in community projects, international volunteer projects and international volunteer exchange.With the motto “Together we shape the future”, UPA believes that involving youths can make a difference in development, bridge gaps between peoples, enhance co-operation and break down institutional barriers. They also organise practical courses on professional topics for youth and community leaders and run a development education theatre group.
- UVDA – Ugandan Voluntary Development Association is a non-political, non-sectarian, indigenously inspired and orientated voluntary organization. It is geared towards working for both local and international peace and for the welfare of its members and the community through international volunteer projects and other social services.