If you are looking for a way to actively contribute and do something different and meaningful, join us, spend some time in Uganda, and make that difference you have always wanted too. It will be the experience of a lifetime and you will treasure the memories and moments created at Elohim.
In the past few years we have enjoyed the company of volunteers from the UK, USA and Canada.
What can you do?
There are many things you can do as a volunteer – these will depend on your circumstances, how long you wish to visit the project and what urgent matters we need help on. As a rule all volunteers will be CRB checked. If you already have a certificate from the Criminal Records Bureau, then we only require a copy of the certificate. If you are visiting the project for a longer period of time, there will be many different things you can get involved with…
Teaching will only be permitted for volunteers who are staying with us for 14 days or more. For certain subjects, only experienced teachers will be permitted to teach. Depending on the time you are volunteering for, you may be able to teach a particular subject you have knowledge or experience in, for example maths, science, first aid, music, drama or art. However, this will be dependent on our timetable and the priorities at the time. As well as teaching at Elohim, schools in the local are usually eager to accept teaching volunteers.
Here are just a few things you can do as a teaching volunteer:
- Teach at either Elohim (after school and on weekends) or local schools.
- Support the teachers to teach subjects.
- Mark student’s homework and individually tutor those who are struggling in certain subjects.
- Help the students improve their conversational and written English.
- Help develop curriculum materials.
- Observe the teaching methods and suggest improvements in the teaching techniques.
- Promote interactive learning.
- Counseling and guidance.
- Set up basic systems, rules, policies and processes.
If teaching isn’t necessarily your sort of thing, there is still plenty you can do as a volunteer with Elohim:
- Support us in making Elohim self sufficient; help us make mini business plans, support the sales of goods we produce and help us establish relationships with foreign partners.
- Help the general organisation and administration of the Elohim Child Development Association.
- Support with the development of the website and marketing material.
- Get your hands dirty- Help with the various building projects that we look to undertake, paint the centre and work on the gardens alongside the kids.
- Organise medical camps or nutritional/health days.
- Help to teach English as a second language to the children.
- Help the student’s creativity in art, music, dance and drama.
- Help organize the dormitories.
- Organise the planting and harvesting of core crops.
- Work with the staff and architects to make plans for the centre.
- Organise days out with the children, and play games with them.
The above lists are not comprehensive or mutually exclusive, and there are many other tasks that you can do and help out with; the work that you do here really will vary on a day-to-day basis.
If you are interested in volunteering with Elohim please let us know and we will be more than happy to discuss your options as a volunteer here and make the necessary arrangements. All volunteers visit Elohimatt their own expense, and they take away with them life-changing experiences and life long memories.
To learn more about the experience of past volunteers, visit our Stories page.
If you are interested in volunteering, donating or establishing a relationship with the Elohim Child Development Association, take the first step today and get in touch with our external administrators:
For Uganda based enquiries, contact Duncan at firstname.lastname@example.org (Founder and Executive Director)
For South/South West UK – based enquiries, contact Ray at email@example.com (External Co-ordinator)
For North/Midlands UK – based enquires, contact Kerys at firstname.lastname@example.org (External Administrator for Education)
For South/South East UK – based enquiries, contact Lucy at email@example.com (External Administrator for Welfare)
For North American enquiries, contact Kevin at firstname.lastname@example.org (Board Member)