Different Faiths, Common Action!
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 CEFI that are important to you.
Applying to be a CEFI volunteer is simple, just contact us by clicking here.
How much does it cost to volunteer with CEFI?
It is free.
For how long?
As much as you can contribute.
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.
What immunizations/vaccinations will I need?
When traveling 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),
Hepatitis A & B (OPTIONAL - Hep B is only needed if volunteering in a public health project),
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
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.
Who organizes my flights?
YOU are responsible for all travel costs; however, we are happy to offer assistance when making international travel arrangements.
Do I need to speak English to become a volunteer?
YES, however, you may have English as your second language, if you speak Swahili this will be taken into consideration when in need for teaching positions.