Based in the US, A Broader View is a nonprofit organization offering nearly 250 different volunteer programs in 25 countries worldwide. Since 2007, they have sent over 12,000 volunteers overseas and have donated $3,000,000 to their partners around the world. Some of the projects you can choose from include HIV/AIDS prevention, social welfare, community development, child care, and much more. Right now, A Broader View offers several different placements in Bulenga and Mukono, Uganda, including medical care, community development, children’s education, midwifery, and child care. You’re invited to stay for one to 12 weeks in Uganda, with a starting fee of $820 for your first week abroad.
One of the many programs A Broader View offers in Uganda is a community development opportunity, where you can help with a variety of projects, including:
- Constructing a library in a small village
- Assisting with a piggery and farm project
- Supporting a community center through health talks
- Teaching children in a local school
During this program, you can expect to work Monday through Friday for eight hours a day – plus there will be plenty of time on weekends for you to explore the area, make new friends, and immerse yourself in Ugandan culture.
If you’re more interested in education than construction, check out A Broader View’s children’s education program in Mukono, Uganda. Through this placement, you’ll work with children between the ages of four and 12 to teach English, math, and other subjects in a local classroom. You also may help plan and lead after-school activities like sports and games. If you don’t have teaching experience or aren’t comfortable leading a classroom, you can start out as a teacher’s assistant and work with small groups of children – you’re also invited to help out with other tasks, such as painting, decorating, mending desks, and other small projects that will help keep the school in good working condition. During your stay, you’ll work Monday through Friday each week, with lots of time over evenings and weekends to relax or travel the area.
If you have medical training or expertise, you can sign up for A Broader View’s maternity / midwifery program in Bulenga, Uganda, where you’ll have the chance to assist with maternity services and diagnosis, as well as treatment of malaria, typhoid, diarrhea, and many other illnesses and diseases. Through this placement, you’ll help with providing contraceptive services, immunization for infants, antenatal care, ultrasound scan services, and HIV/AIDS counseling and testing. Health education is also a key part in this program, as many of the patients you’ll meet are expectant and nursing teen mothers, who will need as much education as they can receive to begin their new journey of motherhood. And finally, you may take part in community outreach programs, which allow you to travel to different areas to help educate and create awareness of the risks of common diseases encountered throughout Uganda.
For more information about these three volunteer programs and all that A Broader View has to offer, please click here.
What Volunteers Say: Review from Sarah
My 18 year old daughter and I had decided to spend a week working in the orphanage in Bulenga, Uganda with ABV before working in Kampala on a project of mine and then exploring other parts of Uganda, and our plans were somewhat complex. Early in the planning stages I had to change the dates a few times, and I am very grateful to ABV for their flexibility and support. I also felt very well prepared by the US staff for the trip with well-organized contact numbers both here and abroad and with in-depth descriptions of the projects, country, living situation, and expectations… My favorite memory of the trip is teaching four young, wildly enthusiastic and grateful 12 yr old girls mathematics in a tiny, brick room with red-clay floors, no windows or door, a chicken clucking at my heels and a baby (who had wandered into the classroom and asked to be held) in my arms. After we completed the lessons with me writing on a slab of slate propped against a wall and a tattered piece of cloth (shared with another classroom and passed back and forth through a small hole in the wall) used as an eraser, we decided to sing children’s songs, clapping for one another and trying to make music together. These kids and the adults working with them somehow navigate their extraordinarily challenging lives with unbridled positivity and love.