Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Volunteering is a great way to advance a cause, support an organization, and make a difference in our community. It can also be an opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills. If you'd like to give something besides money, consider lending your time and talents to OPHOM that are important to you.

Applying to be a OPHOM volunteer is simple, just contact us by clicking here
Volunteer Positions Available

Program Coordinators
Home Support Visit to HIV positive clients (women children)
Business Educator/Consultant (women empowerment in Business Development and many others )
HIV/AIDS Educators, Youth HIV/AIDS Educators
After class school Sports Coach
Art, Music, Dance and Drama Trainers

How much does it cost to volunteer with Open Heart Orphanage Ministry?

We are currently not charging any fee on our volunteers, mean time all you have to do is to organize, arrange for your journey to Open Heart Orphanage Ministry, however some cost may be incurred in terms of lunch and super of around 2,3 or 1 dollars a day if one economises. Also some times the organisation may provide some assistance with meals.

For how long?

Longer volunteer/internships up to 2 years, so it depends on your choice in months to years

Do I need a college degree to volunteer?

NO, anyone can volunteer for general projects. HOWEVER - if you plan to teach in secondary (high school) grades (s1-s6) you must have a college degree, diploma in the subject you plan on teaching.

For all other projects, college level education is not required.
What age do you have to be to volunteer?

Individuals must be at least 18 years old but should be in good health. However, we sat as the management of Childline Uganda and decided to reduce as lower as 14 years since we have got clients of the same age range, it will create an impact in their lives. So now we accept volunteers of age range 14 and on wards/plus.
What immunizations/vaccinations will I need?

When travelling to any international developing area we suggest (NOTE: some are legally required by country):

Yellow fever vaccination (legally required to enter Uganda and to obtain a Visa),
Diphtheria (optional),
Polio (recommended),
Hepatitis A & B (OPTIONAL - Hep B is only needed if volunteering in a public health project),
Typhoid (recommended),
Rabies (OPTIONAL),
Tuberculosis (recommended),
Malaria (needs to be closely discussed with doctor),
Tetanus (recommended), and
All childhood immunizations should be current.

What is a typical work day?

Project work is normally Monday-Friday; hours vary from 5-6 hours per day. The total hours that you are expected to be "on the job", in various activities, is 20-30 hours per week.
Who organizes my country Visa for my volunteer placement?

If Visa's are required based on your country of origin, you should organize your Visa through a travel agent or independently - visit the Ugandan embassy website for more information. In Uganda, for citizens of most countries, you can do this at the airport when you arrive or before you get to Uganda. Currently, Visa's cost US$50 (Bring a $50US bill, dated 2003 and above).
Do I need travel insurance?

Travel insurance is recommended. This should be purchased above and beyond any healthcare insurance you may have
What should I bring with me?

A detailed volunteer guide along with a checklist will be provided once you have registered for a project and have sent us flight details.
How safe is it to volunteer internationally?

The Ugandan people are very warm and friendly towards foreigners, so you will be well looked after. Uganda has a democratic electoral process and mixed macroeconomic conditions. However, you should use common sense as you would be anywhere, particularly in Kampala or its surrounding districts.
What is the climate like in Uganda?

Although the country lies on the equator, most of Uganda is on a plateau 3,600-6,000 ft/900-1,830 m above sea level. Temperatures in some parts of the country can vary quite a bit (high 60's-90's) owing to the country's high altitude, depending on the season.

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