What you should know

Community Initiative for Integrated Rural Development depends on support from people like you as we don’t have the capacity to hire all the fulltime staff that we would need. We therefore count on your helping hand in our community projects.

It is so rewarding seeing the smiles you bring in the lives of the local people when you finally create a solution to a problem in their life.

 Here is what you should know.

Age. Volunteers or interns coming to work with us should at least be 16 years old and should be able to live and work in rural communities.

Living. Volunteers or interns will be living with a local family (host family) who will look after you and share experience with you.

Language: The official language in Uganda is English and some local people a little of it too.

Groups and teams. Volunteers or interns arriving in teams or groups are welcome, you may have to separate though and live with different host families.

Work hours: Monday to Friday for about 8-9 hours a day starting at 8am to 4pm.

Internship minimum stay. Interns are required to stay for a minimum of 4 weeks as it allows the intern to get a better connection and understanding with the communities.

Program fees. Volunteers or interns are required to pay an affordable program fee (in the table below) which help to facilitate your stay during your internship or volunteering time. And most importantly 30% of this fee (Project development) directly goes to support a project that you will be working with.

Program fees are as below.

Period Total cost Inclusive Not inclusive.
2 weeks $168 *Orientation



*Local transport

*Host family fees

 *Local language classes.


*Air ticket

*Airport transfers




3 weeks $210
4 weeks $290
5 weeks $320
6 weeks $ 370

Project costs. Interested volunteers/interns will pay the amount on arrival at the project site, and the total cost is for the whole period you choose to stay while volunteering or interning with a local project. This fee includes housing for the entire period, 3-4 meals per day with bottled water and local transport in the project area.

Accommodation. The volunteers will reside with host families in the community. The homes have running water and well furnished rooms. The single bedrooms have electric power and a mosquito net. The volunteer will have to share the bathroom with the host family. Safety at the host families is guaranteed.  At our demo farm we can accommodate one volunteer.

Meals. Volunteers will share meals with host families where they will be served with three meals a day that is breakfast, lunch and supper. Breakfast will be served before the day’s work starts at 8am or not later than 9am with tea, local snacks and fruits. Lunch and supper will be served on time too with a variety of local dishes. Volunteers/interns with special dietary needs such as vegetarians/vegans are catered for too.


Program highlights: The CIIRD Volunteer/Internship program has been running for the past 2years and has since hosted volunteers and interns from Sweden, Canada and America.

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