What is it like to help change the lives of others?

What is it like?  What is it like when you wake up in a foreign country, in circumstances wildly different from your own, when you are being relied upon for your skills to help uplift a community? What brought you to this moment, this adventure beginning?


The volunteer experience is a bold undertaking, and whether it is love of humanity, a desire to share skills or the need for adventure that brings our volunteers to Uganda, Change Africa For Good is eternally grateful to generous people who made time in their lives to help strangers a world away from their own.

So - what brings you to this page?  Are you an educator? A medical professional? Are you seeking to share your skills with those people that could truly benefit from your experience?

Educators - Take Note and Volunteer with Us!

The education system in Uganda leaves a lot to be desired. Volunteer teachers and administrators bring their expertise from all over the world to share best practices with our educators, and give them the tools and strategies that work in their own classrooms, fueling a love of teaching and beginning a virtuous circle of success.  Teachers equipped with new strategies can engage classrooms of children and give them a reason to love learning.

Not all educational opportunities exist only with children! We value all of the experience international educators can bring.

For example: our volunteer Mike Klother, who volunteered with CAFG at the Child Welfare Attainment Center, did an in depth study of the community to examine why students were not attending schools.  Upon learning that education wasn't as highly valued by parents as it is elsewhere, a plan was put in place by Mike and a team of university interns to educate the parents of children, helping them to see why they should support their child’s education and growth and their rights to both.

Seeking Medical Professionals  - Volunteer With Us!

Medical professionals of all types are desperately needed in Uganda.  There is a shocking shortage of doctors, with only one licensed doctor for ~25,000 Ugandans. This shortage means that illnesses become harder to fight, and are significantly detrimental, impacting not only the individual’s health, but the lives of those around them.  When one person cannot work due to illness, or another needs looking after, these effects combine to limit their individual potential. Medical professionals help to mitigate the effects illnesses have on the community as a whole, through educating patients on disease prevention, treating minor medical needs, testing for diseases and referring acute cases to hospitals.

Our volunteer Andrea made a long list of the things he was put in charge of while on his medical mission with the Child Welfare Attainment Center. Administering medicine, diagnosing patients, and organizing a dental camp were among his responsibilities - volunteers can take on as much or as little they see fit, though most, like Andrea, come wanting to give their all.  After 12 days volunteering in Kalambi, he enthusiastically reports that he “would recommend to anyone from every part of the world to live this opportunity” and speaks to the warmth and welcoming environment he became a part of.


Does this sounds like an opportunity that you might like? Reach out to us via the contact page, and we’ll happily share more stories and answer any questions you might have.


TOP THREE REASONS TO VOLUNTEER WITH CAFG

While we’re biased, we believe that Change Africa For Good is the best program to volunteer your skills with for a number of reasons.  We could go on forever, but to spare you, we’ll give you our top THREE.

This is not “voluntourism!” It’s Volunteering! - Since you’ve found Change Africa For Good, it’s likely that you had to wade through the websites of several organizations providing ‘volunteer opportunities” for gap year travelers, students, and vacationers of all sorts, looking to spend a week “doing good.” Most of these programs offer opportunities to travelers that don’t leave a lasting impact in the communities they serve, and it has been reported that they sometimes do more harm than good, functioning as a tourist stop rather than bringing qualified volunteer assistance.  

While we encourage all volunteers to go out and do their part, and fundamentally believe that if it’s within your ability to help it’s the right thing to do, Change Africa For Good places skilled professionals in communities that need guidance to effect lasting change. Our educators and medical professionals help set up systems that spur long term benefits through “teaching the teachers” as well as the students, and educate the community on how to mitigate and manage health concerns. When you volunteer with Change Africa For Good, you not only get the “feel-good” elements of volunteering, but you can know that you’ve made a real change.

(2) Share your skills in an environment that critically needs them. - Chances are you didn’t go through years and years of training to become a doctor or educator just to serve a select community, but to fulfill a passion for helping others. The empathetic qualities of doctors and educators can help heal the world.  It can be hard to see or believe from a position of privilege, but there are many places in the world where this kind of work is secondary to just getting by. For a multitude of reasons, many of which are entirely unavoidable, these crucial elements of well-being are passed by.

Given that doctors are rare in Uganda, anyone qualified to provide real medical attention is desperately needed.  Call up upon your skills earned over many years of training, and tap back into the reason you became a doctor in the first place. Be there to help those who cannot access the care they need, and change lives.

Educators in Uganda do everything they can with the skills and the tools they have, but it’s not enough. Even the teachers themselves often do not have a mastery of the material they are teaching.  There is a set country-wide curriculum in Uganda that should be met, but in many areas, the skillset is just not there. Come join Change Africa For Good, and teach the children and the teachers what they need to foster a lifetime of learning.

(3) Personal Development - We’re not here to mislead you. Chances are high that the environment you will be volunteering in looks a lot different than the one you are used to. Most Westerners don’t sleep under mosquito nets or use pit latrines, but these are just elements of a different way of life! As a volunteer, you’re committed to learning about a community different from your own, and it may stretch your boundaries in ways you aren’t expecting. That being said, life exists outside of your comfort zone, and when you reach beyond your perceived boundaries, the people you meet, relationships you make and new experiences you have will combine to enrich you further.  Not only are you volunteering to help others, but will very likely find that they help you as well.

Challenge yourself to use your skills in resource-constrained environments.  How will it change your approach? What new knowledge gained will you be able to apply when you arrive back homeAre you ready to create real impact? Give us a shout! We’ll answer all of your questions and help you on your journey!