Volunteers in Uganda stay with local host families. ELI truly believes that this is the best way to fully immerse in another culture and get the most from an international experience. All families are carefully screened and are well-respected members of the community with at least one family member who speaks English. Participants will have either a private or shared bedroom with secure storage (volunteer must provide own padlock). Bathrooms are shared with the host family. Please note that bathroom facilities are going to be very basic. Participants will need to be prepared to use pit toilets and take bucket baths. Participants will be provided with breakfast and dinner daily.
ELI's Uganda volunteers fly into Entebbe International Airport, located approximately 40 minutes from Kampala. While there are not set arrival dates in Uganda, the airport is 3 hours from Iganga, and we may request participants to attempt to time their arrival dates to coordinate airport pickups efficiently.
Travel insurance is not included in the program fee. We prefer to let participants decide what kind of coverage they need.
All prices are listed in US Dollars. The program fees reflect the costs ELI faces when setting up a program. We work hard to keep our costs as low as possible. ELI is a registered 501(c)3 non profit. US taxpayers may be able to deduct some or all of the program fees. If you are outside the US and wondering what these costs translate to in your currency, click here for an online conversion tool that will give you the approximate current exchange rate.
After you fill out the application form on our website, our application advisor will be in touch to help you with the next steps. We have set up a checklist for you see exactly what steps you need to take to go abroad with ELI.