KAASO Uganda

Kyotera, Uganda, Africa
KAASO is first and foremost a primary school, but relies on an interconnected network of community initiatives to keep the school running and the level of education high. St. Paul KAASO is a unique community project in Uganda that provides education and mentorship to children in one of the areas hit the hardest by the HIV/AIDS crisis.

Volunteering Activities

Women Empowerment

What We Need

KAASO has been welcoming volunteers since 2006 - and many of those volunteers have come back again and again. Volunteering at KAASO is not just a one-off experience, it is to become part of a unique community, a school and a family. You simply cannot come to KAASO and not be moved by the spirit, tenacity, determination and hope of the people. It is an experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

We invite self-motivated, forward-thinkers with open minds to KAASO. Your duties will not be handed to you - there is no set format, no text book. With respect, empathy, and personal motivation, you can find your own unique way to make a difference.

Please note you must speak English to volunteer at KAASO.

When & Who

We are always on the lookout for new volunteers. Please note that the school is closed from December - January so please plan your volunteering either side of this time. Contact us today to see how you might be able to get involved with this incredible project!
There is no limit on how long or short your stay at KAASO should be, however the longer you come, the more you can help. Volunteers who stay longer learn more about the people, the culture, the lifestyle and ultimately can end up making a bigger difference. That said, if you can only manage a few weeks, we would still love to have you!
Individuals, Family with Kids, Groups

What we Provide

Types: Volunteer House

Your volunteer fees cover all meals and accommodation.

During your time at KAASO, you’ll be living in the volunteer house – see tour video hereL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEgUxJX7pgY. The house has solar power in the evenings for lights and charging devices.

Types: Vegetarian, Vegan, Accommodate Dietary Restrictions

All meals are provided and you will eat within the school grounds with Dominic and Rose at their house. Breakfast is casual and usually around 9am. Lunch and dinner are more substantial and served around 1pm and 9pm. The village of Kabira is just across the road and has basic supplies.


Our Fees

$3 daily
$150 One-time

One of the best things about volunteering at KAASO is that there are no administrative costs. KAASO is dedicated to putting all money possible toward supporting education. To that end, we charge minimal fees which cover volunteers' food and board, and in the first 3 months, include a built-in donation to the project of your choice at the school.

The below costs are all in USD:

Under three weeks: $250
First month: $350
Second month: $250
Third month: $150
Subsequent months: $100
Airport transfer (each way): $100

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More Services we Offer

May have additional fees
Pretrip Assistance
Pick Up/Drop Off

Volunteers will need to cover all external costs - flights, travel and health insurance, visa, vaccinations, etc.

Contact Person

Emma Outteridge
PO Box 212, Kyotera, UGANDA, Kyotera, Uganda.

Other Ways to support us

KAASO also has an ongoing need for electronics, which are extremely expensive and are hard to come by in Uganda. We are always seeking secondhand laptops, USB sticks and external hard drives for the school library and computer lab as well as secondhand smartphones for the teaching staff. If you’re interested in donating these items or doing a fundraiser for them, please contact us.

Additional Info about Us

Up to 5 people

KAASO is not your average volunteer experience. Volunteering at KAASO means joining a family, becoming part of a community, and having experiences that will change the way you see the world.

We invite you to join us.

The KAASO school year runs from early February - late November so we advise volunteers not to come over the long Ugandan 'summer holiday' period - December/January - when the school is largely empty. Any other time of year, we welcome volunteers!

In 1999, Dominic and Rose Mukwaya created St. Paul KAASO Primary School to enable under-served youth to get a decent education – at no cost. The school began with just 12 children and by the end of the first year there were 49 students.

Classes were taught in a thatched roof hut and resources were extremely limited, but Dominic and Rose persevered. Their mission was to ensure that even those unable to pay school fees would get the education they deserved. Over time, KAASO’s reputation spread and parents wanted to send their children to the school. In order to be sustainable, Dominic and Rose agreed to take in these fee-paying students, helping to boost the school’s income and supplement the under-served children.

Today, KAASO educates over 600 primary school children every year, charging fees only to those who can afford to pay and supporting those who cannot, with a whole raft of students in the middle whose families offer food or services in return for their child’s education. As one of the top schools in the district, KAASO provides a high level of education and academic excellence not commonly available to those unable to pay school fees. Thanks to KAASO, students who would otherwise have struggled to go to school now have a truly bright future.

While the school was originally created to assist orphans, it is not an orphanage and all children who board at the school during term time return to their home villages to stay with their families or guardians during the holidays.