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Interested in volunteering?

We have volunteering opportunities in our UK office, at fundraising events, in research work, media work and more. See our current volunteering opportunities to find an opportunity near you or contact our team on hannah@uctf.org 

Each year around 100 people give their time and volunteer for UCTF. Whether it's for minutes or weeks, each volunteer is helping the organisation to ultimately improve life for disadvantaged children in Uganda. 

I absolutely love volunteering as, even though I have a full-time job, I can still do my bit.

We are committed to giving you the best volunteering experience possible. Every volunteer role is different but they all make a difference. In many of our roles you will have the opportunity to meet new people and make friends, develop new and existing skills, gain experience of working within an international charity and gain the satisfaction of knowing you are making a difference in your local community. Depending on which role you choose, you might also develop valuable job skills and gain career experience. We will support you throughout your time volunteering with UCTF.

Skills and time

We are a small team and rely of the generosity of our friends and supporters to enable us to do all the work that is needed. If you are in the UK or Uganda you can help. A major benefit of our dynamic structure means we can, if it is in line with our objectives, incorporate all sorts of skills and resources. So, if you want to get involved please just get in touch and I am sure we can develop and create opportunities for you and our members.

We are always looking for skilled and qualified volunteers. From coaches to IT specialists, from teachers to chefs or plumbers you can make an impact whether it's at home or abroad.

UCTF works with Teach First Summer Projects and every year offers a work placement during the summer to a student.

If you are interested in interning for a longer period of time with UCTF we are always open to applications, please send a copy of your CV and a covering note to: hannah@uctf.org

Sport Coaching

Apply to coach sports overseas. We have some fantastic volunteer sports coaching jobs in Uganda. You don't need to be as good a sportsman as Andy Murray, these placements have a focus on fun and learning to provide children with an enjoyable experience. Our sport coaching projects allows volunteers to share their love of sport with children through sports lessons in our local partner schools. Teaching sport complements the charity's initiatives as it has a wide range of benefits including health, confidence and team work. UCTF principally focus’ on cricket and tennis.

Mentoring

We believe every young person should have the same opportunities to make the most of their future. But the reality is that many of the scholars on our programmes are held back. Not through lack of talent but through lack of access to the networks of support and advice available in Uganda that other young people take for granted.  They might dream of becoming a doctor, a lawyer or other professional but have no role models among their family or friends who can give them practical guidance on how to get there.  They may come from schools with little experience of sending students on to further or higher education, and worry that they can’t afford it or that university isn’t for people like them.  Or they might not know what they want to do in their careers or education at all and find themselves overwhelmed by confusing and contradictory information when they try to make their decisions. 

We want to make sure that every scholar that comes through our programmes has the right support and information to achieve their ambitions. We would like to develop a scheme that connects our young people with inspirational role models and trusted sources of information so they can develop the knowledge and skills they need to make a big difference to their lives and the lives of those around them and give them a chance in the real world. 

If you are interested in engaging with our online mentoring (e-mentoring) programme – putting our young people in touch with volunteers from e.g. our corporate partners/ schools etc who can answer questions about education and careers and provide personal advice to guide them in the right direction. Please get in touch: hannah@uctf.org

Teacher/Mentor

UCTF hopes to pilot a new scheme to develop a teacher mentoring scheme that is mainly staffed by local Ugandan teachers. It will cover all aspects of effective teaching, including a greater emphasis on learner centred teaching, effective differentiation, effective assessment and planning, good use of text books and teaching aids and good classroom management.

We are looking for indivduals interested in volunteering in Uganda for between 6-12 months, you will be partnered with one of our 11 schools and assigned between 5-7 teachers to mentor at any one time. Teaching qualification or equivalent required.

Project Refresh

Many of our partner schools have difficulties in getting their facilties revamped, we are looking for both volunteers and sponsors to help with these projects so that our partner facilties can be in a good condition for the up and coming year. We welcome adults and children alike—anyone with an adventurous spirit and a big heart!

Pro Bono

From design to HR, people from a range of companies are giving us valuable pro bono support.  Herbert Smith Freehills are currently providing pro bono support for our legal and governance, scoping out potential new policies. Farm have supported our communications team in the re-development of our website and have provided management consultancy for our publications.

If you'd like to find out more about volunteering for us or offering pro bono support, we'd love to hear from you.

Internships

Our students are bright, inquisitive, analytical, talented, hard working, energetic and ambitious and can provide you and your organisation with creative input and quality results. Although every internship offers a unique experience, it is expected that they will comprise the following common elements:

  • An internship for one or more students
  • Full-time work for 4-12 weeks, generally undertaken during the summer vacation. 
  • A defined project, which creates real value for the host organisation and a valuable learning experience for the student
  • Interaction with an assigned supervisor or mentor within the host organisation
  • A stipend, or some assistance with travel or accommodation. Internships in the UK must comply with the National Minimum Wage Act.
  • Deadline for internship proposals*: 6 January
  • Placements advertised to students: 16 January – 19 February
  • Student applications deadline: Midnight 19 February
  • Applications sent to internship host employers: By 6 March
  • Employers provide UCTF with shortlist of candidates: By 17 March
  • Interview students and select candidate(s): By 3 April
  • Internships start End of June onwards

Whatever your organisation’s area of work, if you can offer a specific project that will give a student an insight into your company doing real work that is of benefit to the organisation, we would love to hear from you.

We are looking for internship placements in small, medium and large organisations and from as many diverse areas, and regions, as possible.

Opportunities come from many different fields and sectors including: 

Education, International Development, Not-for-Profit, Social Care, Government and Agencies, Natural Resources and the Environment, Law, Finance, Luxury Travel, Retail, Museums and Galleries, Publishing, Research, Marketing, and Film and Digital Media.

I really enjoy the camaraderie in the team as there are people from all walks of life. What brings us together is we all want to support children in Uganda by raising funds for the activities that make such a difference to their lives.