What is the One Day Volunteering Programme?
Here at Soft Power Education we recognise that not everyone is in a position to stay in Uganda for an extended period of time to volunteer with us so we have established a programme for individuals who would just like to spend a day or two volunteering and we have established our very popular ‘One Day Volunteering’ Programme. This is exactly what it says on the tin: an opportunity to volunteer with Soft Power Education for just one day.
Why do we run a One Day Volunteering Programme?
- One day volunteers are absolutely integral to Soft Power Education’s success. Soft Power Education began back in 1999 solely thanks to the generous donations of both money and time of one day volunteers. Individuals would stop in Jinja on their travels through Uganda, wanting to do a bit more than simply travel through, they would hear about the work of Soft Power Education and spend a day or two of their time assisting with the work we were doing here on the ground.
- Today the programme is not only historical but it remains highly successful: in 2013 alone, over 500 individuals spent one day with us and donated over $10,000! In addition many of the people who spend one day with us end up returning for an extended duration of several weeks or months with us at a later date – it’s always lovely to see returning faces!
What’s the itinerary for the day?
- We will arrange for our Volunteer Coordinator, Aggrey, to meet you in the morning at one of the campsites, located in Bujagali, at 9am. Here he will give a brief chat about Soft Power Education – who we are, what we do, as well as checking you have everything you need for your day with us. From here you will tour some of our projects located in Bujagali.
- You’ll first visit Kyabirwa Children’s Centre (KCC). KCC is the base for one of our pre-schools, as well as our Special Educational Needs out-reach clinic. From here you will walk through the village up to The Amagezi Education Centre (AEC).The AEC is a fantastic focal point for Soft Power Education. The AEC runs several programmes but the P6 Pupils’ Project is the key project. This welcomes children from our partner schools to come and experience hands on, interactive learning. You will have plenty of time to walk around the centre and see lessons in progress (during term time). As well as this, the AEC is also the base for the majority of our other projects hosting our Arts Centre and our sister organisation Soft Power Health as well as various other activities. The Arts Centre has some great souvenirs for sale, which have been made by individuals in the local community so do make sure to bring a little bit of cash with you. From the AEC, everyone jumps on the back of one of our trucks and heads out to our current partner school we are working with.
- With the one day programme you will be assisting with our on-going School Infrastructure programme. You will spend the day helping to paint the classroom blocks we have recently renovated; working to create a more inspiring learning environment for the children and teachers. Our goal is to renovate and refurbish all of the Government Primary Schools in this area – to date we have worked at more than 50 schools! The hosting school will provide a delicious local lunch to thank you for your contribution to their school and you’ll do a little more work in the afternoon before getting back on the truck for the drive back to Bujagali.
We hope that the day you spend with us will not only help us to achieve the goals for Soft Power Education but hopefully it will allow you the opportunity to see a side of Uganda that you may not otherwise experience. Working directly in the community is a great opportunity to get under the surface of this beautiful country and will hopefully see you returning again in the future.
What do you need to bring?
- A lovely local lunch is provided at the school so all you need is some drinking water, some sun cream, camera and a small bit of money should you want to buy a soda or anything at the local trading centre.
- We do ask for a donation of around $25. This donation helps us to cover the costs of the day such as materials and transport but it also helps us to maintain the sustainability of our other programmes too ensuring the Soft Power Education can continue to run long after our volunteers have returned home.
- We also have Soft Power Education t-shirts for sale as an extra souvenir of the time spent with us.
If you are travelling independently and would like to help out then send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If you are already in Jinja then you just need to get yourself up to the NRE or NRC campsites at Bujagali and find our Volunteer Coordinator Aggery (on the right) - he’s the one normally covered in paint and everyone knows him!