Hands of Grace Africa is supported by many volunteers who are an essential part of our team! The commitment and hard work of our volunteers have played a key role in achieving our positive impact. Volunteering with us offers an opportunity to make a difference in a local community while discovering the unique Ugandan culture, making new friends and having a rewarding experience you will remember for the rest of your life. As you gain valuable learning experiences, your work will also help us meet our goals of providing solutions to the most urgent needs and problems within the community. The international volunteer opportunities offered through Hands of Grace Africa allow you to not only provide beneficial aid and services to the community, but will also help you gain new insight into your adopted country and culture. You will meet new people, learn about a new culture, live in a new environment, and provide meaningful support to those that need it most.
WHO CAN VOLUNTEER INTERNATIONALLY
Hands of Grace Africa has international volunteer opportunities for high school students, college students, recent graduates, career changers, professionals, retirees, and everyone in between. Our volunteer community is incredibly diverse. You will work alongside volunteers from many different countries and backgrounds who all share the same goal: to help make life better for people everywhere.
WHAT INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE
We have many different international opportunities. Our projects are designed to allow you to make a real difference in someone’s life. Whether you choose to volunteer with children in Uganda, provide medical support to the needy, or work on any of our women empowerment, youth empowerment, poverty alleviation or building projects, your time and efforts will make a significant impact.
WHAT SETS OUR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN AFRICA APART
Working year-round at our 10 sites builds strong relationships with our host families and other community partners, making our programs safe, culturally immersive, and developmentally impactful.
Our programs are structured and supportive, with ongoing educational and cultural activities, logistical advice, and round-the-clock safety and security support provided by our dedicated site team staff.
We offer rigorous participatory development, community engagement, cultural integration and project management training that participants apply in the field.
We are as much (if not more) concerned about community outcomes as participant learning outcomes.
Our program frameworks, values, and partnerships reflect our community outcome priorities. This deepens the participant experience through critical reflection on issues of power, privilege, social identity, and the role of international development.
BE THE CHANGE IN THE WORLD: VOLUNTEER ABROAD
Real Change. Serious Development. You can create, nurture and sustain the well-being of the world’s children on community-led projects with global volunteers. Join a team of short-term volunteers providing essential resources in homes, classrooms, clinics and hospitals, orphanages, childcare and community centers, libraries, government offices, farm fields, and more. Share your skills and exceed your own expectations – helping children and families reach their greatest potential.
I HAVE LIMITED MOBILITY. CAN I STILL VOLUNTEER?
People with disabilities or chronic health conditions can still benefit greatly from volunteering. In fact, research has shown that adults with disabilities or health conditions ranging from hearing and vision loss to heart disease, diabetes or digestive disorders all show improvement after volunteering.
Whether due to a disability, a lack of transportation, or time constraints, many people choose to volunteer their time via phone or computer. There are many projects where you can help. Writing and graphic design lends itself to working at home, and in today’s digital age many organizations might also need help with email and websites.
If you think home-based volunteering might be right for you, contact us.
WE LOVE CHILDREN
Helping others kindles happiness, as many studies have demonstrated. When researchers at the London School of Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and measures of happiness in a large group of American adults, they found the more people volunteered, the happier they were. According to a study in Social Science and Medicine, compared with people who never volunteered, the odds of being “very happy” rose 7% among those who volunteered monthly and 12% for people who volunteer every two to four weeks. Among weekly volunteers, 16% felt very happy, say the researchers.
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