Volunteering can be a great experience?

VOLUNTEERING AT HOSPICE AFRICA UGANDA?

Since work began in Uganda in 1993, volunteers have played an important part. Volunteers generally work with the team in Uganda, but as other projects grow elewhere they will also welcome volunteers. The visit can be for a period as short as two weeks or for as long as two years, depending on the needs of the organisation at any given time and the skills the volunteer has to offer. We a grateful for all applications, but not all who apply can be accepted. A Placement Policy is nearing completion; meanwhile the following guide will give some indication of what is required. It is important to remember that, as a volunteer, you are there to serve the needs of the organisation and those it cares for. Our volunteers need to: Have a genuine concern for the adults and children and be prepared to work closely with the team in the Hospice. Be in good health, have patience and understanding, be responsible, emotionally mature, creative, self reliant, resilient and be able to use their initiative. Act with discretion and diplomacy. Volunteers are NOT there to impose their own ideas and should remember that they are guests. Be aware and appreciative of the cultural differences and way of life in African countries, especially in rural areas.

WHO CAN VOLUNTEER?

We are happy to receive applications from a wide range of potential volunteers. Examples of other who have helped in the past include

  • Students - Medical students wanting an elective and other students wishing to share their skills and enthusiasam.
  • Medical and related professionals who can help
  • Professionals with key skills in areas such as HR, accountancy or IT
If you have special skills please let us know. If you are interested in volunteering you should contact us by email at hospiceafrica@hospiceafrica.plus.com or by letter to:
  • Hospice Africa,
  • 16 Arden Close,
  • Ainsdale,
  • Southport
  • PR8 2RR.

Please enclose an up-to-date CV, specifying the desired time and duration, and tell us how you feel that Hospice Africa Uganda would benefit from you as a volunteer. We will also require the names of two referees.

WHAT IS NEEDED?

The majority of volunteers will be self-financing. This includes the cost of flights to and from Africa, transport within the country, food and accommodation,though help with finding suitable accommodation is given. Potential volunteers may be able to raise sponsorship. Some volunteers, for example health professionals with palliative care experience, who volunteer for 6 months or more, may be eligible to receive a volunteer's allowance.

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