Soft Power Health looks for independent, highly motivated individuals to volunteer with us in beautiful, rural Uganda.
We look for short-term as well as long-term volunteers. As a volunteer, you will assist with our Malaria Education and Prevention Program, working in the field and occasionally in the office, or you can work with our family planning program. If you have medical training, there may be part time volunteer opportunities at the Allan Stone Community Health Clinic.
What to Expect
Time has a fluid concept in Africa. Rarely do things occur as they are ‘supposed to’ here. Volunteers must be flexible, and to follow the motto of the Nile, “go with the flow.” Uganda has a tropical climate, where rain alternates with hot sun year-round during the day, and evenings drop down and become pleasantly cool. During your stay expect to be hot, dirty, muddy and wet.
As a volunteer you must be able to function well independently, but it is crucial you understand the importance of always adhering to Soft Power Health’s guidelines and rules pertaining to medical practice and social interaction with the communities we serve. For instance, our mandate prohibits giving out or distributing anything to people for free (candy, pens, etc.), as these acts can inadvertently foster a climate of dependence, no matter how well intended these gifts might be. Also, most of the work is done in the field, which means we visit villages and go to people in their homes. It is extremely important to respect local customs, and this particularly refers to dress. Please come prepared with the right footwear and clothing. Women should bring long pants or skirts to cover your legs – it is mainly the legs that are a point of modesty here, and not upper portions of the body.
- The following vaccines are a must:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Typhoid fever
- Yellow Fever
- One of the following malaria prophylaxes is required:
- Drinking water:
- Drinking water can be purchased almost everywhere or you can bring
your own water purifiers.
- A short list of some of the things we recommend you bring:
- Bug spray
- Sun block
- Sun hat
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Bathing suit
- For women, long pants and skirts to cover your legs
- Medicines: Pepto-Bismol, Tylenol
- Rain jacket
- Fleece to wear at night
- Lightweight long-sleeved shirt and long pants to wear at night
- Do NOT bring anything you really care about. And please do not bring things to give away.
You will be responsible for all your expenses, in addition to a $100 USD /weekly donation to Soft Power Health to help cover your transportation costs during your stay in Uganda. Bring US bills dated 2003 or later. Bills $50 and above get a better exchange rate.
Plane Tickets and Accommodations
Plane tickets can be booked through Gary at Arrow Travel tel + 212 889 2550 or www.arrowtravel.com/contact_us.htm.
We do not provide accommodations, so these can be made through Nile River Explorers at http://raftafrica.com/site/book-online.html
If you would like our assistance please contact Shirley (see right).
While volunteering with us, visits to the White Nile River and Murchison Falls National Park are an absolute must! Fortunately SPH and the White Nile are within easy walking distance of one another, while the trip to Murchison Falls takes several hours.