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Uganda Build A School Programme

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Uganda Build A School Programme

Work in the heart of this rural African community, building and developing sustainable education infrastructure for local Ugandans whilst putting a smile on the faces of the people you meet!

Prices from US$1,545

Travelling through Uganda, often referred to as the "pearl of Africa", offers a unique experience that is not to be missed! Famed for its equatorial mountain forests, island dotted lakes, colourful vibrant cities and dramatic wildlife encounters there is never a dull moment to be had. Vibrant and diverse cultural traditions, exemplified by the warmth and hospitality of  the Ugandan people, can be found throughout the country.

By working in the heart of this rural African community you can contribute towards building and developing sustainable education infrastructure for local Ugandans whilst putting a smile on the faces of the people you meet. Many Ugandan communities do not have sufficient access to educational facilities, thereby presenting a fantastic opportunity to improve their livelihoods and standard of livingwhilst improving the future of the next generation. The experience of being involved in such a worthwhile and wonderful project will surely have an enduring effect on your outlook on life. In your free time you can discover the rich and colourful markets, remarkable wildlife and city ambience in the beautiful country that is Uganda.


  • Visit the ‘pearl of Africa’
  • Immerse yourself in this rural & engaging community
  • Help build a school for under privileged children
  • Promote sustainable community livelihoods


  • Minimum age of 18 years


Location Mukono District, Uganda

Contribute to a village community project
Build better lives for local Ugandans
Daily manual construction work
Community education & development
Improving village infrastructure and facilities

Transport Airport pick-up on arrival
Accommodation Volunteer house


Before you go

Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country 3 meals a day
Airport pick-up
Local orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


The aim of the Frontier-Uganda school construction programme is to tackle international development issues at grassroots level through infrastructure development. The development of a formal education structure and the building of schools is seen as key to achieving this goal and improving the lives of the younger generation here.

The project is located in a rural area to the east of the capital city, Kampala, where you will become a part of the community working closely with construction workers and local families giving your time to help out where necessary. Throughout the project you will meet many welcoming local people and make lots of new friends, all while experiencing and learning about Ugandan culture and its traditions.


You will be working from Monday to Friday in a small team of like minded individuals. The day to day work programme will vary according to the time of your visit and the stage of the building work, but activities may include manual labour, moving materials, mixing concrete, bricklaying, decorating, digging and so on. This project is suitable for volunteers of all experience levels and with the rigth attitude you do not need to have previous construction work experience to be able to make a positive contribution.

The primary focus of the project will be the construction of a local school, although there are also plans to develop a local health centre. Whatever your contribution you are sure to find this project incredibly rewarding when you see the progress it has made. The programme also gives you the opportunity to travel around the communities you are working in during your free time, exploring the country whilst getting to know the people.

The people you are helping will be hard working and appreciative of your contribution to their community and will be incredibly responsive to your presence on the project. Although the work may occasionally be arduous, it will be rewarding and fulfilling, giving you an unforgettable experience and the opportunity to make a real difference!


You will be met upon arrival at Entebbe International airport by a friendly representative and taken to your project location. Once you have had time to rest, the local staff will introduce you to your project and the local area. Your in country coordinator will be more than happy to help you settle in and acclimatise; you'll feel at home in no time in this friendly, vibrant country.


Throughout your project You will be staying in either a home stay or a volunteer guest house. The accommodation will of course be clean and comfortable and will quickly become your second home. The African style toilet and shower facilities are shared between 4 or 5 people and, while we can’t always guarantee the hottest water, the facilities are more than adequate. The house is equipped with a lounge, TV, kitchen, hand washing facilities, telephones and and spare electricity sockets. Life at the guesthouse is simple, unsophisticated and fun, perfect for unwinding after a busy day!


You will be provided with three good quality meals every day, so you shouldn’t ever feel hungry.  The food you will be provided with will consist of delicious local dishes using fresh produce to create a cultural and tasty experience! Typically your diet will consist of rice, bread, sweet potatoes, beans and noodles, with vegetables such as cabbage, avocado, spinach and eggplant. Look out for the national drink, wagari, which is a type of gin made from bananas. Water and tea/coffee are included throughout your stay whilst soft drinks (coke, sprite etc) and other beverages can be purchased from the local supermarket in town.

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Uganda is a beautiful country. There are numerous opportunities to visit game reserves, national parks and cultural spots. Other activities include playing sports, water rafting, safaris and learning and watching African musical performances and dances. We recommend that you organise trips with local providers which will help support the local economy and give you the best of local knowledge!


4 weeks US$1,545

Extra week US$345


Weekly, please aim to arrive on the Monday.


Your time on the project can be from a minimum of 4 weeks, up to 3 months.


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support and documentation
  • Travel and medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier T-shirt


  • 3 meals a day
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Local orientation & training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Entebbe/Kampala (EBB)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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