Peace for Paul welcomes volunteers both locally (US and Canada) and in Uganda. We are able to give the children so much more with the volunteer efforts of people like you from around the world.
Our volunteers have made such an impact on the growth of Peace for Paul and have positively changed these children’s lives. Through giving of yourself without expectations, you will get back so much more than you could ever imagine.
Experiencing the people and culture of Uganda, while helping others, is a life changing and unforgettable experience. We have a variety of daily activities while the children are on holiday, any of which you can participate in, and we welcome new ideas for education and fun that you would like to share with the children. A major part of the whole experience is the cultural exchange between you and the children. Put your heart into the experience just as the children always do and you will leave Uganda a different person. The Peace for Paul children welcome you to their home to experience their lives and to share a bit of yours!
“As a past PFP volunteer, and an aspiring doctor, I plan to revisit Uganda periodically to see the PFP children, as well as provide free healthcare services to the beautiful, however impoverished, people from the same neighborhoods as our children. I encourage anybody with even a hint of interest in our mission to learn more about PFP and how they can help some very deserving young Ugandans.”
“Living in the home with the children for a month was an amazing experience. Being able to love these children and do life with them has made a lasting impression on me. Peace for Paul is now part of who I am.”
“Living in Uganda for a month with these incredible children, is one of the single best highlights of my life! Every time I come back to Africa it feels like home. I came to PFP to teach dance, circus and yoga… and I did, but what really happened was the children taught me how to open my heart even more than I thought possible. I now volunteer in the states, selling raffle tickets and donating items to the silent auctions while I save up for another trip back to visit all the kids whom I’m now ‘Auntie Carrie’. They got me… I’m a lifer!”
I had the opportunity to spend two months with the kids. It was a wonderful time full of games, lessons, food and fun. I will never forget it.
Living in Uganda was difficult at times but the rewards far outweighed any hardship that I experienced. One of my favorite aspects of my volunteering was that I was able to use my skills and talents to help the children at PFP. I recommend this type of volunteer experience to anyone who is an adventurous traveler who wants to make a tangible difference peoples’ lives. -Austin
Every morning as I arrived at the children’s home, all the children would run out to greet me. Fighting to hold my hand and encapsulating me with hugs, the children made quite the welcoming committee. These greetings were always full of energy, making for a majestic start to each day. -Janie
All of the children attend boarding school. They are only in our homes for school holidays, approximately four months out of the year. Our volunteer program runs according to their school holiday schedule. The exact dates vary slightly each year, according to government decisions often made a month or less in advance. They are nevertheless fairly consistent.
Mid-April to mid-May is the children’s first holiday of their school year. It will occasionally start the fourth week in April and last four weeks. The second holiday starts the second or third week of August and lasts four to five weeks. The final holiday lasts all of December and January. This is the best time for anyone who would like a longer visit.
You will need to get vaccinated for Yellow Fever to enter the country and it is highly recommended to also acquire protection against typhoid and malaria among other medications from your local travel clinic. It is also expected that you will obtain traveler’s insurance. You will need a visa to enter the country, but this can be purchased upon arrival for $50 USD with required documentation.
Volunteers are encouraged to share their talents and skills with our children. As a volunteer in the home, you will be asked to participate in the different programs available to the children while they are on holiday. The programs vary depending on the time of year, but may include the following:
• Career Workshop
• “It’s a Small World” (sharing where you live and where you have traveled)
• Sex Education
• Sports Programs
• Reading Time
• Email and Computer Training
• English Games and Practice
• First Aid
In addition to the programs we have in place, we encourage volunteers to share something new with the children. In the past we have had juggling, face painting, dancing, arts and crafts, and yoga. What would you like to share with the kids? We welcome any new and fun ideas!!
A day in the Peace for Paul house follows a general schedule with a variety of educational and physical activities.
The kids are usually awake, cooking and cleaning by 7am. Breakfast is served around 9am. Subsequently, washing of dishes and clothes follows. After breakfast, an activity will follow such as reading for an hour, an outing in town, football at a nearby field, class for the supplemental education program, or a volunteer-prepared activity. We try to keep the children busy on school holidays so activities are planned throughout the day for the entire holiday.
Lunch is served around 1pm. Cooking and preparation for a meal starts at least an hour, and up to three hours before mealtime and is shared by the kids. This may include going to the market, chopping, cleaning, and preparing the stove. Volunteers are always welcome to participate in cooking with the kids, but it is never expected or required. After lunch, there is another lesson or the sports program.
Dinner is served after sunset, around 8pm. After this, the children look forward to watching a movie before going to sleep around 10pm.
Jinja is a major tourist destination in East Africa. We are located on the Nile River and Lake Victoria. Kayaking, rafting, mountain biking and many more outdoor activities are a short distance from town along the Nile River. The country of Uganda has many other sites to see as well, including Queen Elizabeth National Park and Murchison Falls where animal safaris are based. Also, some of the world’s few remaining gorillas can be seen in the southwest corner of the country. Uganda is a beautiful place with a lot to see and explore.
Uganda has over 40 languages spoken within the country. English is a national language and taught in all schools. Most people in the cities and towns will speak English, but there is much less spoken in the rural villages. Our village speaks mostly Luganda and Lusoga and the majority of our children’s first language is Karamojong. Our children can all speak English to some degree. Many are fluent.