KACOP short term (1-3 weeks) volunteer program!

KACOP unlike other volunteer hosting organizations, we are entirely run by a team of committed local Ugandans who are very concerned about our communities which volunteers come to help. Volunteers participate in our programs from all over the world including U.S, U.K, Jamaica, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and so many other countries. We started hosting volunteers in 2013 and volunteer applications are accepted from all over the world.
KACOP recruits volunteers for locally-run community projects in the areas of health care, economic development, social work and education projects. KACOP also recruit volunteers or interns wishing to widen their career in professional fields of; M&E, Fundraising, marketing, project planning and management, development studies, medical and many more. Volunteers are an integral part of everything that happens at KACOP. We couldn’t do it without you! There are many ways to volunteer your time, anyone with the desire to serve vulnerable groups. The time you spend volunteering, your destination, and the projects in which you will be involved are all geared to your skills and interests, and the community’s needs.
Our Volunteer Program is an immersion program customized for individual travelers, students, professionals, and groups.
The program came about in collaboration with KACOP and the under-served children. We are committed to meeting the needs of our communities and place volunteers in programs that have the skills that fit the community’s need as well as the motivation to make the best out of their stay. Simultaneously we provide safe and meaningful experiences for you as our volunteer.

volunteer projects

•Volunteer on health projects: KACOP reaches out to the vulnerable communities with a team of volunteers for 2-3 days a week to organize health workshops. KACOP aims to fight diseases by educating the communities in Wakiso Sub County on awareness and prevention. Drawing from the education seminars and resources from the Uganda Ministry of Health training programs, this objective is achieved through the exchange of knowledge in seminars, working together in organized camps, and Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) programs. Topics discussed in the seminars range from Malaria control, family planning, to HIV/AIDS and cancer.
Volunteer within Community Sanitation Projects: KACOP team engages into programs and projects which improve the sanitation of rural people. This includes cleaning of drinking wells, building of dry racks and the digging of latrines as well as education on a healthy life style. Join the team and help in improving the poor conditions of sanitation in vulnerable communities.
Community outreach: Includes home visits to vulnerable children caregivers like single mothers, elderly, disabled, and persons living with HIV/AIDS to keep company, offer relief, and assess needs.
Administration: You can participate in any of our administrative tasks such as; Budgeting, fundraising, communication, M&E, project planning, social work, and marketing etc.
Community Development: Mobilize vulnerable communities to start income generating initiatives for self-reliance. You will be encouraged to take part in a flexible schedule which will include some or all the activities offered by the program. The exchange of ideas, experiences and culture is encouraged.

Period of volunteering: We accept applications on a rolling basis

Skills needed.
Previous international development field work experience is highly desirable
Specialized skills that would be valued by a small NGO
Experience working with people who are traditionally socially-excluded groups such as, people with HIV/AIDS, women, and children.
Strong inter-personal skills and cross-cultural sensitivity
Good organization skills
Knowledge in word and excel programs
Ability to adapt to a diverse type of tasks
Demonstrated ability to work effectively under pressure
Ability to work independently
Interest in volunteering
A desire for a career in international development

What we offer: KACOP enables volunteers to get to know Africa in particular Uganda from a different perspective, to meet the locals and have an insight into their culture, learn new skills, gain international understanding, make new friends while giving back to the community; thus, the mutual rewards for the volunteers, communities and the organization.
Skills a volunteer will attain include but not limited to; working as part of a team, Cultural diversity and international understanding, Cross-cultural exchange and cooperation, global citizen cooperation, Communication, Problem-solving, adaptability and Leadership.

Fundraising: We ask each volunteer, regardless of placement length, to raise a fee basing on the project designed. We ask that this amount is generated by fundraising activities to alleviate the volunteer’s burden and to increase KACOPs public profile. We suggest fundraising to offset personal costs.

Participation fee borne entirely by the volunteer/intern and no repayment at the end of the project, the fee covers only the following; program funding, volunteer accommodation, pre-departure administration work, one day trip around Kampala, on arrival orientation, local mobile sim card, and airport pick up.

The program fee excludes the following: Airfare, Visa and Visa extension fee, transportation during weekends travel, food, personal travel, medical insurances, immunization, and health expenses.

What to expect on arrival to Uganda: When a volunteer arrives in Uganda, our Coordinator meets them at the airport and brings them to project site. From that point our volunteers spend between 1 to 2 days in our orientation program. This orientation provides volunteers with a very detailed understanding of KACOP (organization culture, programs, staffs, working environment, beneficiary communities, accommodation, food, past, current and future projects, programs, timetables, partners, regular follow up support and general organization management.

Accommodation facility: Volunteers stay at the project site, you are provided with a single room with a bed and its beddings, mosquito net, electricity, a bath room. A common living room with a TV set, this also act as a dining room and an outside rain water tank were water for use is collected. You are provided with a gas cooker and cooking utensils to prepare food of your own just in case you are not comfortable with the food provided. However there is no flash toilet, there is only one very clean outside pit latrine.

Contract: A contract describing the terms and conditions favorable to both volunteer and KACOP organization will be signed before a volunteers starts his/her journey to Uganda.

Additional Requirements:
• volunteer must bring own computer

For more information please contact Director on email:kacopcommunity@gmail.com or call +256782240171