Volunteer in Uganda

As a volunteer in Uganda, you will have the opportunity to make a lasting impact on the community of Bumwalukani! FIMRC's centrally located clinic serves as home base for all volunteers where you will work alongside our clinic team during daily operations and assist with innovative public health and community outreach initatives.

Our program is open to volunteers of all ages and educational or professional backgrounds. As our sites are open year-round, volunteers are welcome to travel at any time and for any length of time, though we recommend a minimum of two weeks. We accept volunteers traveling individually as well as groups of various sizes.

Over the course of your trip you'll receive an unfiltered experience in health care field work abroad, and learn about the tremendous impact that even one person can have. At our end, so as to maximize your contribution, we will tailor your experience based on current needs, your interests, training, and amount of time that you spend with us on-site in Bumwalukani. All volunteers will find a wealth of opportunities to make a difference!

What You Can Do

You will have the opportunity to participate in both the clinical and health education aspects of operations on-site, and activities can range from working alongside clinic staff to conducting home visits with our Community Health Educators!

Volunteers maintain important roles at our clinic through assisting with patient intake and management, taking patient vitals, assisting with drug dispensing, and conducting laboratory testing. Volunteers may also have the opportunity to visit additional health facilities in the area including: Bududa District Hospital, Bukigai Health Center or Cure Hospital.

Community health outreach volunteer opportunities include: attending home visit follow-up care for HIV-positive clients, assisting with community outreaches conducted twice a month by our Community Health Educators (CHEs), attending home-based meetings for one of our seven community health groups, assisting with the planning of special public health events, such as World Malaria Day, World AIDS Day, or clinic programs.

The nature of a volunteer mission to Uganda will vary depending on the number of volunteers in each group, the length of the volunteer trip, respective proficiencies in the local language, medical expertise, and the current needs of the community and the clinic upon arrival. Please note that a volunteer’s level of training will determine the extent of involvement in medical activities. Your experience varies depending on these factors, but what we can guarantee is that every volunteer mission will be culturally and socially enlightening. Every volunteer will have opportunities to examine Uganda’s systems of medical provision and contribute to ongoing operations at Project Bumwalukani. 

Want to hear from our former volunteers?  Click here for a first hand look at Project Bumwalukani through the video series, Khu Wona, filmed by a former FIMRC ambassador. Also, check out our testimonials page to hear more about the FIMRC experience!

Sample Itinerary

The following is a sample itinerary for one week in Project Bumwalukani. This itinerary has been made to provide a clear, general impression of the way volunteer time is spent. Please note, however, that in order to ensure that a volunteer's work has the greatest, most relevant impact on clinic and community, volunteer schedules are established upon a volunteer's arrival at the clinic.








Depart guesthouse

Depart guesthouse

Depart guesthouse

Depart guesthouse

Depart guesthouse

8:00 - 12:00

Clinic orientation and tour

Assist at station 1 in clinic

Observe at station 3 in clinic

Assist in laboratory

Assist in pharmacy

12:00 – 1:00

Lunch in clinic

Lunch in clinic

Lunch in clinic

Lunch in clinic

Lunch in clinic

1:00 - 5:00

Bududa loop tour (including hospital)

Home visits with Community Health Educator

Create health education materials for Post Test Club

Health education with Post Test Club

Observe antenatal clinic




Volunteers in Bumwalukani will stay together in FIMRC’s Volunteer Guesthouse, or, in the case of high volunteer volume, the Arlington Academy of Hope (AAH) Guesthouse. FIMRC’s Guesthouse is about a 15 minute walk from the clinic and houses several FIMRC staff members as well as up to 10 volunteers. Beds and mosquito nets are also provided, and weekly laundry service is available. It is important to understand that plumbing may not be readily accessible in this remote, rural village. Outhouses are located on both grounds, and volunteers will be provided water and a bathing shelter in which to take “bucket baths.” Should volunteers wish to have an actual shower, they could bring a Sun Shower, which is filled and heated by the sun, hung and used like a regular shower. These can be purchased at many camping stores.




All transportation is provided by a reputable hired driver with whom FIMRC has been working since the inception of Project Bumwalukani. Volunteers are met at the airport upon arrival by the driver. Depending on the time of arrival, volunteers may stay the night in a hotel in Entebbe or may travel to Bumwalukani the same day. Total transport time between the airport and site is between six and seven hours. FIMRC provides return transportation to the airport at the end of the trip.

Daily transportation is not a necessity as the volunteer housing quarters are located within walking distance of the volunteering site. However, transportation can be made available for side visits to communities or towns further away.

Availability of health care in Uganda is restricted to major cities, but demand is high and it can be expensive. While doctors and dentists are available throughout many areas of the country, the major hospitals are located in the main cities. FIMRC’s Clinic is a primary care facility.



Breakfast and dinner are provided at the Volunteer Guesthouse daily. Lunch and afternoon tea are served on weekdays. Meals are locally influenced and are generally heavy in starches and vegetables.



Trip Cost

The following cost structure reflects individual participation in the Global Health Volunteer Program at Project Bumwalukani:

  • $1,399 for two weeks, $675 per week thereafter

This cost includes the program donation that supports our project sites as well as housing, food, & transportation. Transportation includes airport pick up/drop off, lodging in the volunteer guest house and three meals a day for the duration of the volunteer's stay. Excursions and trips for non-volunteer related activity as well as the associated costs are the responsibility of the volunteer.

Additional approximate costs include:

  • Roundtrip airfare generally ranging between $1300-$1900
  • Recommended spending money of $150 per week, at the discretion of the volunteer



Volunteers are responsible for arranging their own flights and must fly in and out of Entebbe International Airport (code EBB). If you are traveling with a group, please coordinate with your fellow group members to ensure that you arrive and depart together. 

FIMRC partners with StudentUniverse, a company that provides discounted airfare to students as well as individuals ages 18 - 25 years old. While not required, volunteers are are able to take advantage of this partnership through booking discounted flights online at: 


If you wish to work with a travel agent, please feel free to contact Leah Webster, FIMRC's Travel Specialist at StudentUniverse (617-321-3264 ; leah.webster@studentuniverse.com). If traveling individually, there is a $35 booking fee to work with Leah; however, if traveling with a group of 10 or more volunteers, Leah will arrange your group travel at no additional cost.

If booking online through participating companies, we ask that you please consider registering with www.igive.com/fimrc. Once you register, iGive will automatically donate a portion of every online purchase you make with selected vendors (including many major airline booking companies) to FIMRC, which means you will make even more of an impact on children’s health at no additional cost to you. 



Passport - US citizens can enter Uganda with a valid passport. Volunteers who do not hold a US passport must check with their respective embassies for information on travel eligibility. Volunteers are responsible for obtaining or renewing their passports and ensuring that all travel documents are in order.

Visa - US passport holders MUST obtain a visa in order to travel. Non-US passport holders should check with their respective embassies for current visa requirements and regulations. Volunteers are responsible for ensuring that they are legally eligible to travel abroad. A U.S. passport, valid for at least six months from the date of departure, containing at least two blank pages, is necessary.

The visa fee (visa fees may change, please check Uganda Embassy's website for most up-to-date information) for single entry, which lasts for 3 months, is $100 and can be paid upon arrival. 

In addition, tourist cards will be provided on board the airplane prior to landing in Entebbe. Be sure to keep the yellow copy, as it will be requested upon departure. Visitors from any country must hold tickets and other documents for onward or return journeys. If passengers arrive without meeting this requirement, they must buy a ticket or they will be deported, at their own expense, on the first available flight.

Volunteers who are not U.S. citizens must check with their consulate or a visa agency to determine what personal identification is required. 

Vaccinations - We refer all volunteers to the information provided by the Centers for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov/travel for the most up to date vaccination recommendations. Please note the different recommendations not only for the country you are visiting, but also for the region in which you will be staying.

A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required to travel to Uganda. All visitors should take malaria prophylactic drugs. Recommended malaria drugs include doxycycline, malarone, and lariam. It is also advised that all travelers be vaccinated against meningitis, Typhoid and Hepatitis A & B. Please remember to bring sufficient personal medications, if needed, for the entirety of your time away from home.


Travel Insurance

FIMRC has partnered with Worldwide Risk Management (WRM) to assist in providing you with adequate international travel and medical insurance. WRM specializes in providing international health insurance to mission groups, volunteer organizations, and individuals traveling overseas for missions and humanitarian relief. FIMRC and WRM would like to suggest the Outreach Travel Medical Insurance product as the most appropriate insurance plan for your traveling needs. It is designed for the individual short term volunteer traveling for five days and up to 12 months. Outreach Travel provides medical benefits, emergency evacuation, terrorism coverage, natural disaster benefits, trip interruption, and lost luggage benefits. These are just a few highlights and coverage depends upon the plan that you choose. If you would like to get a quote or are ready to purchase, click here.

If you should have any questions about insurance coverage or would like a no obligation quote, please do not hesitate to contact FIMRC’s insurance agent at WRM at info@worldwiderisk.com. Please provide your age, date of birth, country of citizenship, destination country, dates of trip, and trip cost when requesting a quote.


Get Started

The enrollment process begins once you work with our team to confirm your volunteering site and trip dates. Upon confirmation, you will be sent a welcome email which will contain instructions for enrollment, as well as deadlines for the submission of materials. If you have questions about how this process works, do not hesitate to contact missions@fimrc.org or 1-888-211-8575. Click below to receive more information or to begin the enrollment process!