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Company/Organization: Beacon of Hope Uganda

Description:

Date: March/April 2015

Early Bookings: 20% off (Booking 20th-Oct- 20th- Nov 2014)

Beacon of Hope Uganda Work-camps typically bring together a temporary community of 10-20 international volunteers from different backgrounds to provide services to local community projects. The volunteers carry out skilled and unskilled tasks that would not otherwise be possible. The practical work is only part of the main objective. The work is a tool and method to promote intercultural understanding and friendship between the volunteers and with the local community.

The volunteer workcamp for this year will be a wonderful learning experience on many levels, particularly for languages, but also for practical work skills, social and interpersonal skills, geographical and intercultural experience, self-awareness, understanding the realities and hopes of the hosting community, seeing life as it is from a wholly different perspective… Tolerance of differences, willingness to share, a sense of humor and a constructive approach to solving interpersonal problems are essential qualities for workcamp volunteers.

The beneficiaries of our projects will welcome you into their community with open arms. You will be made to feel at home and you will taste all the different cultural foods, see their dancing and have the opportunity to join in. The children always enjoy having visitors and will be very friendly towards you. They can take you for walks to see the monkeys and you can learn about the various local medicinal plants.

AREAS OF SERVICES:

Community Building and Construction (Help Build a Social Center)

Volunteers, who will indicate their desire to work in construction and building, will enjoy a wide variety of projects to choose from every week. This is the most flexible branch of BoHU operations, as volunteers may choose to work on different projects every week or, alternatively, work on various stages of one project through to completion (assuming they are able to stay throughout the duration of the project).

When your volunteer vacation comes to an end, youll be tired and a bit dirty. But, you will have made a big difference in the lives of local children, youth and general community. Youll leave the village with visible proof of the work you\ve done and happy memories of the people you\ve helped.

We wish to set up a Social Center (The Hope Center) in the middle of Kasala village in favor of its inhabitants and surrounding villages – to supply and support them for an independent life step by step. The plan is to construct 5 buildings with different functions:

The Hope Academy (2 buildings): Nursery- and Primary school should provide Education for up to 450 children during the week. On weekends, it is planned to use the rooms for teachings and community outreaches, such as raising awareness about hygienical problems and diseases, as well as organizing business trainings. Later in future, we also would like to extend the trainings to teaching in practical professions such as joinery, tailoring or hair dressing, to later on include them actively in the life of the Social Center itself.

A Health Clinic: Starting on the bases of a pharmacy that provides medical supplies, we want to develop the clinic up to a medical standard of Level II. This clinic will be able to also serve some of the surrounding villages, taking the number of helped people to around 4600.

Orphanage / Dormitory (2 buildings): The first residence will serve the workers and especially teachers at the Social Center to assure their reliable availability and reducing problems of accessing the Center. The second building will be a safe shelter for orphans / disadvantaged children, who will be supervised by teachers, but especially by so nominated Mamas of the village community.

Although certain projects often present unique needs and challenges, there are several core areas (and corresponding activities) you will likely find yourself contributing to at some point during your service as a BoHU Construction Volunteer: Site Preparation (demolition, digging foundations, clearing rubble, etc.), Building (Mixing and pouring concrete, bricklaying, carpentry, plumbing, etc.), or Community Beautification (planting trees, landscaping, community cleanups, painting murals, etc.). Whatever your interest, rest assured youll get your hands dirty from the start!

Read More about other areas of service!- http://beaconofhopeug.org/?page_id=1018

Qualifications:

Responsibilities & Conduct

As an organization comprised of and operated by volunteers, everyone must pull his/her own weight to keep things running smoothly. Volunteers are assigned jobs and responsibilities on a rotational basis throughout the week to ensure the cleanliness and general upkeep of BoHU facilities. These tasks are generally tended to following the morning meeting each day and must be completed before the designated volunteers may join their teams on site.

Volunteers at the home
Volunteers from Mexico, Switzerland, UK with Ugandan Counterpart
The house helper has been helping out in preparing the breakfast but with the new approach of the workcamp, a small group of volunteers will be asked to help prepare breakfast and dinner each day. They will be responsible for buying the necessary produce and ingredients at the local market and preparing the meal for the entire house. This new tradition will provide volunteers with a sense of accomplishment and pride (it’s a great feeling to feed up to 16 hungry mouths!). It will also serve as a change of pace from typical projects while enabling our diverse volunteer body to share and enjoy a variety of dishes from around the world – a welcome deviation from the ubiquitous rice and potatoes that accompany just about any local plate!

Volunteers enjoy a collegial atmosphere that stems from a great group of people bonded together by a common desire to make a difference in the world. However, it is imperative for volunteers to understand that BoHU’s image in the community is of paramount importance to our ability to operate effectively and fulfill our mission every day. When you come to volunteer at BoHU, you represent BoHU. You are expected to act in a mature, responsible manner that is considerate of local customs at all times. Upon arrival, all volunteers will be obliged to sign a statement of understanding of BoHU’s volunteer code of conduct, the violation of which will result in appropriate penalties or outright termination of service.

Our work is largely dependent on the trust of the community we serve and we cherish the relationships we have cultivated with so many people here. As such, outsiders stand out in a crowd and you should expect that you will almost always be associated with BoHU when in public, whether you are sporting BoHU colors or not. Therefore, volunteers need to be constantly conscientious of this attention and help us to project a positive, professional image.

Hours:

6hrs a day

Length/Availability:

4 weeks

Start Date:

3/1/2015

End Date:

5/20.2015, 4/30/2015



Deadline:
Jan 2015
Additional Info:
Volunteer Life

Beacon of Hope Uganda volunteers enjoy an extremely unique experience not only in the work they do but also in the atmosphere they live in. The hard work volunteers put in during the week undoubtedly warrants some fun and relaxation during evening free time and on the weekends. During the week we organize a variety of activities for volunteers in the evenings. We often play football (soccer), cards and board games or chill out around the bar or go out for a dance getting to know fellow volunteers from around the world. Musical ballads are known to break out from time to time as well as the always entertaining pub-quiz nights.

Schedule

Volunteers work Monday through Friday. Every weekday morning, breakfast is served from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM, and at 9:00 AM on Saturday. The workday generally finishes around 4pm and dinner is served at our headquarters from 7pm-9pm.

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