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We're on a mission to shape a better narrative of disability in Uganda, and we want you to join us! We accept volunteers at our field office in Jinja, Uganda who have a background in special education, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, or speech and language therapy. Ekisa volunteers get the opportunity to be immersed in the culture of Uganda while working alongside inspiring Ugandans who are impacting their surrounding communities. 

The therapy team at Ekisa is life changing, not just for the kids, but for their coworkers as well. 

Noah Tucker, Physiotherapy Volunteer

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Special Education

The kids of course are the best! I love getting to see them explore and learn new things. Simon's big smile every morning makes it so great to go to work. I get to see such a wide range of needs, ages, and personalities all in one place and it has helped me grow as a teacher.

Rachel, Volunteer Teacher

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How will you make a difference?

Ekisa Academy: You will help meet the needs of our 46 students by supporting their spiritual, physical, social, intellectual, and emotional development through leading a variety of lessons at our school.

Occupational Therapy: You will help children in our Transitional and Community Care programs learn the skills they need in daily-life in order to thrive. You will plan a variety of activities to help them improve their self-care, handwriting, sensory motor skills, and fine motor skills.

Physiotherapy: You will work alongside our experienced and dedicated physical therapists to help the children in our Transitional and Community Care programs improve their strength, mobility, and motor skills. 

Speech and Language Therapy: You will work alongside our speech and language therapist to help encourage communication in our non-verbal children. 

  • What are the minimum requirements to become an Ekisa volunteer?
    Ekisa volunteers must be 18 years of age and love working with kids with disabilities!
  • How long do volunteer positions last?
    There are exceptions, but in general, a minimum commitment of six weeks is necessary. We accept long-term volunteers for professionals specializing in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, or special education.
  • When are volunteer positions available?
    While we do our best to be flexible, we usually accept volunteers with a start date in January, May, or August. We accept applications on a rolling basis.
  • What is the support-raising process like?
    Volunteers are responsible for raising the funds to support their time in Uganda. If you are considering volunteering for six months or longer we'll talk to you about how we can help in this effort.
  • Who will organize the logistics of my volunteer placement?
    Once accepted, our Volunteer Coordinator will work with you to coordinate the logistics of your trip including flights, visas, living arrangements, etc.
  • What does the average day look like for an Ekisa volunteer?
    There's no typical day! However, volunteers are required to work from 9:00-5:00 Monday through Friday, with an extended break during the kid's nap time. You might spend your morning at Ekisa Academy and your afternoon doing one-on-one activities with the kids.


Ready to join our community of volunteers?

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