Volunteer with Amatsiko Organization

Amatsiko Organization

We support and empower disadvantaged children and their families.

Kampala, Uganda, Uganda, Africa

Amatsiko is a registered community based organization (CBO) operating in South- Western Uganda, Kabale District, Kigezi region. The idea for the project was initially conceived in 2005 by Alex Atuheire, the project director, after he saw the detrimental effects that being vulnerable had on the future of the community's children.


Closest City: Kabale Town (0.0KM)

What We Need

- Educating disadvantaged children.
- Educating girls.
- Feeding children.
- Empowering communities in organic farming.
- Teaching English.
- Bringing hope to people with disabilities.
- Involving children in co-curricular activities.
- Teaching physical education.
- Participate in community projects.
- Gardening.
- Design and implementation of permaculture and sustainability-based plans.
- Involve yourself in creative workshops.
- Assist with swimming lessons.
- Soccer academy; games and sports.
- Assist in outreach community workshops.

-- Fundraising / Grant Writing ---

We are focused on improving our school, with many plans for the future. We hope to support more vulnerable children in South Western Uganda. We are fundraising to raise money to buy land for our school.

The school rents the land on which it is located. This arrangement could end at any time as we have no lease. The land could easily be re-rented to a higher bidder. We wish to acquire land for the school to secure its future.

Running costs will be reduced by USD $3000/year. The school will take on more students as well as develop more community involvement programs in Kabale. There is a lot of work being done every day, but still the biggest challenge is money. If you have willingness and/or experience with grant writing, fundraising, report writing; if you know organizations, people or businesses, who/which could support us, you could make a huge difference here and in the lives of the disadvantaged.

--- Teaching / Assisting in the classrooms ---

You can impact the lives of numerous children and adults by volunteering to teach in our school. You don't have to be a teacher to volunteer in our school(s). You do not need to speak our local language however you will learn some local basic words.

The teaching program is open to all the volunteers whether they are on holiday, university or even just on career/ work break.

When you choose to volunteer with us, you will find a warm welcome awaiting for you from our children. You can teach English, making ‘Loombands', basic computer skills, or you can work alongside local teachers as a co-teacher.

Some of the schools we work with are often understaffed and poorly resourced, but you can help to improve this situation by volunteering your time in the classroom.

Often you will find that the only tools you have are a blackboard and a piece of chalk. This can be both challenging and exciting, as you have the freedom to use your creativity and think outside the box. You may find that the greatest tool for effective learning is yourself. The students will want to find out about you and the country you come from. They will want to know why you have chosen to come and teach them.

Whatever skills and talents you have, teaching in our schools offers a rewarding combination of the new, exciting, and life-changing, as well as the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally.

--- Marketing / Networking ---

As a growing and ambitious organization, we strive to get on a fast track with our projects. Thus we are in need of marketing and networking our organization and its projects as wide as possible. If you know some good organizations that could support us, or would like to help extend our network, you are welcome to do so.

--- Video Capturing and Editing---

A volunteer with skills of capturing and editing videos is much needed as well, since people would like to visually see what our Kids are rather than merely reading about it. Sharing this on YouTube, the kids website, and on our Facebook page would raise awareness among a larger number of people, increasing the opportunity for receiving help.

--- Sports education ---

Children in Uganda are mostly active and physically fit, but we lack professional sport training. The favorite game here is football (soccer) - every boy dreams of being a football player. Thus football coaches would be most welcome. Children are very open to other sports too, like volleyball, basketball, karate, etc. So if you can train any sport and love working with children, you will absolutely enjoy it because the kids are very eager to learn! Sports days are twice a week.

--- Music / Dancing / Drama education ---

We have a huge bunch of very creative children at our school, but we lack a professional arts teacher. Music, singing, dancing and/or drama teachers would be very welcome. Our Future vision is to have our own students’ band!

------- Volunteer on a farm------------

Volunteering on an Organic farm or families in Africa is a great way to help provide healthy food sources to communities and learn about sustainable farming techniques at the same time. Working on a farm in Africa is great for volunteers with an interest in ecology and organic farming and who like working outdoors.

Agriculture & Farming projects in Africa mix farm labor and programs for providing food to the local community, creating more effective farming methods and supporting outreach programs that teach local children about farming and sustainable development both at home and school.

Someone with skills and knowledge about agriculture or passionate about agriculture and environmental conservation would be much welcome.


When & Who

All year round.
Yes, we require a minimum of 1 Week
Individuals, Family with Kids, Groups

What we Provide

Homestay, Guesthouse, Volunteer House

Local food, shared accommodation, self contained and free internet access.

Variety, Vegetarian, Vegan, Accommodate Dietary Restrictions

Local food for meals.

Wifi & Satellite
Electricity
Local SIM Card
Laundry Service
Hospital Transport
Purified Drinking Water

Our Fees

$20

More Services we Offer

May have additional fees
Pick Up/Drop Off
Orientation
Tours
Social Activities

Contact Person

Alex Atuheire
P.o Box 379, Kabale, Uganda, Kampala, Uganda, Uganda.
87% response rate , 64 hour(s) response time.

Other Ways to Help

Create/Update our Website
Social Media Help
Fundraising
Editing Work
Grant Writing

1. You can create a blog or podcast or social networking profile for Amatsiko or Go Organic Africa.

2. Write a grant proposal, get the word on fundraising, or send emails and phone calls to current or potential donors.

3. Help update and manage our websites.

4. Assist in organizing an event in your community.

5. Assist with research, analysis, writing or editing.

$10

- Netballs, volleyballs and soccer balls.
- Red, blue and black pens, permanent markers (i.e. sharpies or chisel-tipped), small coloured chalk, white board markers.
- Thin to thick textas/markers, wax crayons (ie. Crayola), coloured pencils.
- Post-it notes, sharpeners, erasers, safety scissors, bull clips.
- Blu-tac, clear plastic contact for covering books, paper fasteners, large glue sticks, masking tape rolls.
- Water-based tempera blocks, watercolour block paints & large squeezy acrylic standing tubes.
- Musical instruments, music CDs or sheet music from a variety of genres.
- Scrabble, UNO, Pictionary, Cranium, cards, Monopoly, memory games, puzzles, dice.
- Quality blue lanyards.
- SD USB Card readers.


Additional Info about Us

5 to 10 people

Are you looking for ways to make a difference while gaining relevant work experience to add to your resume? Do you want to learn new skills? Do you want to explore potential career areas? You can accomplish all of this, and more, by becoming a volunteer with Amatsiko Organization! Doing volunteer work with Amatsiko can be one of the most rewarding and best investments you can make with your time.

If you want to work on projects that benefit communities and work towards sustainable development then volunteering with Amatsiko is for you.

With Amatsiko you will get the chance to work in the beautiful, stunning and green countryside, South Western Uganda.

Perhaps you'll choose to visit some of Uganda's attractive places during your stay; Gorilla tracking, National Parks or canoe trekking. Anything you choose to do while here will develop a passion for Uganda that will make you want to come back again and again.

How about learning some physical skills?
We offer gardening projects where you could take part in basic gardening and maintenance. The main objective of the project is to enable the Amatsiko community to become self – reliant and to improve the general living situation of local communities.

Perhaps most importantly -- the biggest thing you'll get out of volunteering with us is fun!

Amatsiko Organisation works with different school in South Western Uganda by teaching and empowering them. In 2013, Amatsiko Organisation started a community school and currently there are 120 children who attend school at Amatsiko Preparatory School. The school provides free education and meals for 120 under-privileged children as well as board for 20 children and the rest stay with recognized guardians, but are supervised by Amatsiko staff.

Very few of the children in Uganda get a chance to go to school. However, at Amatsiko, we aim to bring hope to the hopeless ones, by enrolling vulnerable and abandoned children into school. Most of these children have lost their parents due to HIV virus.

In a way to reduce malnutrition cases in our children and to get enough food to eat, we sensitize communities and teach them how to make kitchen gardens and school gardens, as well as, how to protect the environment by introducing bee keeping projects in communities.

You can impact the lives of numerous children and adults by volunteering to teach in our school. You don't have to be a teacher to volunteer in our school(s). You do not need to speak our local language however you will learn some local basic words.

The teaching program is open to all the volunteers whether they are on holiday, university or even just on career/work break.

When you choose to volunteer with us, you will find a warm welcome awaiting for you from our children. You can teach English, making ‘Loombands', basic computer skills, or you can work alongside local teachers as a co-teacher.
Some of the schools we work with are often understaffed and poorly resourced, but you can help to improve this situation by volunteering your time in the classroom.

Often you will find that the only tools you have are a blackboard and a piece of chalk. This can be both challenging and exciting, as you have the freedom to use your creativity and think outside the box. You may find that the greatest tool for effective learning is yourself. The students will want to find out about you and the country you come from. They will want to know why you have chosen to come and teach them.

Whatever skills and talents you have, teaching in our schools offers a rewarding combination of the new, exciting, and life-changing, as well as the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally.

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