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Health / Medical
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1 week
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Cost per Month: 
$3 000
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Pre-Departure Orientation
3 Meals per Day
Local Transport
Airport Pickup and Drop Off
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French, English, Afrikaans
WATO International Organization is a Non-Government Organization, registered by the Non-government registration office of the republic of Uganda, under the Non-Government Organization’s Registration ACT, CAP.113, to carry out activities in the fields of establishing projects for youths and women skills, Gender balance and women values, to uplift the destitute, undertaking social research and studies, to emphasize the safety of women and children in 121 districts, countrywide.WATO International is a non-discriminative Organisation therefore it targets and includes all the people in its programmes and activities irrespective of age, gender, social economic background , political affiliation, ethnicity or religion. This has made WATO International organization as one of the most popular and successful organization not only in Africa but also worldwide in terms of transparency, efficiency and effectiveness in delivery and implementation of its planned activities to the communities. This therefore means that women, youth, disabled , refuges are all part and partial of the target audience of WATO International Organisation.
WATO Organisation partners and other organizations involved.
WATO International Organisation is not a standalone organization, it collaborates and partners with other Organisations like Faith Arena Ministries, Kayunga District NGO forum, Airtel Uganda, MTN Uganda, Welcome trust limited (UK) ,World Health Organisation, Uganda Aids Commission , Uganda blood Bank . Ministry of disaster preparedness under the office of the Prime Minister in the re-settlement of refuges and people affected by natural calamities like landslides, diseases , drought , war and Hunger. This therefore means that WATO International Organisation has a wide range of partners and networks making it one of the most trusted Non Governmental organizations not only in Uganda but also Worldwide.
Keeping women and children safe, and helping women and youths reach their Leadership goals
Improving lives of Youths, women and children
Support professional growth and empowering youth and women for leadership
Keeping women and children safe.
Developing pathways to leadership for youth and women.
We have offices in the four Regions of the country and our headquarters are Located in Kampala the Ugandan Capital.
Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa bordered by Congo in the West, Kenya in the East, Rwanda in South and Sudan in the North. Uganda was titled the Pearl of Africa because of its beauty, being that the best natural features of Africa are all Located in Uganda. Uganda has the Largest Lake in Africa; Lake Victoria, and the Source of the Longest River in the World; River Nile Located in the Eastern region of Uganda.
. Uganda's diverse landscape encompasses the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains, a place you should not miss to visit at your tour to Uganda. Its abundant wildlife includes chimpanzees, Gorillas, Elephants, Lions, Leopards, Tigers, Giraffes,Hippopotamus, Bufalos and so many others, as well as rare birds. Remote Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a renowned mountain gorilla sanctuary, Queen Elisabeth National Park, Kibaale National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Mountain Elgon National Park, and Uganda is also renowned for Murchison Falls National Park in the northwest is known for its 43m-tall waterfall and wildlife such as hippos.
There is so much to do in Uganda – including natural and cultural attractions. Some of the top attractions include Kampala (the capital city), Lake Victoria, and the Ssese Islands. The climate in Uganda is stable and welcoming and the food alone is worth the trip. The currency in Uganda is the shilling.
Uganda being a beautiful country has become a home for everyone, Uganda has the largest number of Refuges in the World, over 2 million Refugees have run from their home countries for safety due to civil wars and political instability in their home country. Uganda has hosted refugees from South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Somalia and even from South Africa. Uganda is a stable a peaceful country to be, and has been rated as the World 3 places that any person can be and call home.
Uganda is one of the countries in the World today with rapid economic growth due to its natural resources and Political stability. Uganda's infrastructure has been highly improved for the last five years, and we have the best Roads and Bridges which make the transportation system easier leading to economic rapid growth in the country.

Uganda is a home to many tribes that speak different languages. Uganda has 56 tribes and about nine indigenous communities that formally came to be recognized in the 1995 constitution amendment of 2005. English is the official language of Uganda. Luganda and Swahili also widely spoken in most parts of the country. With the increasing Asian population, most Asian languages are spoken, there is also French, Arabic and Germany mainly in institutions where they are taught and at embassies.
Uganda has a very strong cultural heritage. Many regions in Uganda have kingdoms including Buganda, Busoga, Bunyoro and Toro.Ugandans are remarkably hospitable and hail from a diversity of rich cultures and life styles Each tribe has it’s own traditional dance ; The banyankole perform their Kitagururo dance , the Banyoro have their Runyege , Acholi have the Bwora and Otole dances . The Alur people from the West Nile have the traditional Agwal dance ,Bagisu have the Imbalu dance during circumcision ceremonies.
Culture and traditions are also expressed through a wide range of arts and Crafts made from wood ,Papyrus reeds and local materials . These include black smith implements ,beaded Jewellery, wood carvings and batiks.They can be found all over the city in village bazaars, gift shops,hotels , Urban galleries and the National Theatre Craft Market. While on your Uganda travel or safari, consider taking on a cultural tour to the known destinations.

Uganda has the best Education system within both East and Central Africa, with Makerere University as the best in East and central Africa.The education sector in Uganda is one of the most robust, with good export potential. This involves institutions at all levels but most especially secondary and tertiary levels. Due to the liberalization programme in the sector witnessed in the 1990s, the private sector participation has been encouraged in the education sector. The sector has thus proactively attracted sizeable proportions of international students contributing to national export earnings (approximately US$30 million in 2005) through cross border mode of supply. In 2006, foreign student enrolment in tertiary institutions in Uganda reached 12,930 studying various courses in both public and private institutions. The overall population of international students can reach over 30,000 for combined secondary and tertiary enrolment. The system of education in Uganda has a structure of 7 years of primary education, 6 years of secondary education (divided into 4 years of lower secondary and 2 years of upper secondary school), and 3 to 5 years of post-secondary education.

Uganda's health sector has improved so much since 1990s five years after the war. Uganda has a total number of hospitals (public and private) in Uganda is 155. Of these 2 are National Referral Hospitals (Mulago and Butabika) , 14 are Regional Referral Hospitals (RRHs) and 139 are General Hospitals (GHs). In terms of ownership, 65 are government owned , 63 PNFP and 27 are private. Hospitals are major contributors to outputs of essential clinical care and take up a large volume of human and financial resources. In the financial year 2014 /15 almost similar to the year before, hospitals produced 54% of all inpatient admissions, 19% of total outpatients, and 36% of all deliveries. There are 139 GHs in the country providing; preventive, promotive outpatient curative, maternity, inpatient, emergency surgery and blood transfusion and laboratory services. However, Uganda still needs more medical workers and Medical volunteers to help in offering free surgical services to the poor communities which can not access health surgical services due to limited funds to meet the surgical bills, leading to high mortality in the country.

In our organization we partner with the government of Uganda in promoting Economic growth, Education for all, good health programs, Tourism and improving livelihoods of Women, children and the Youths in the Country. This we do in a well designed and planned programs; like free medical Camps, youth Camps, Business Trainings, Girl child education programs, gender equality programs, Sports & Talents for Youth program, Art & Crafts program, Music & African Culture Program, Documentary and filming programs as well as implementing Social research and studies programs.

We have animal care and animal welfare projects that you can do as part of your work experience, gap year or career break, or just as a volunteering holiday.
Help preserve threatened and endangered species. You don’t need any qualifications, just a love of animals. You can work with monkeys or orang-utans, elephants, pandas, turtles, horses, plants, dolphins, whales and the Great White Shark, leopards, rhino, tortoise, reptiles, birds, fish and, well, pretty much any species you’re interested in - exciting stuff!!

The type of work varies on whether the project is Wildlife Conservation or Animal Welfare: interaction & play, field research, data collection, wildlife darting, monitoring and identification expeditions, releasing rescued and rehabilitated animals back into the wild, washing and feeding rescued animals, preparing food, observation, night watches, creative psychological stimulation for animals, cleaning duties, enrichment projects, learning, educating, photographing, building, painting and much more.

We have Teaching volunteering projects in Uganda that you can do as part of your work experience, gap year or career break, or just as a volunteering holiday. Challenging Voluntary Projects with Underprivileged Communities Uganda.
Teach your choice of subject to children and adults, usually in the poorer section of society, in Schools, Orphanages, Social Care Centres. Children’s Homes, and more, and always with the objective of helping the local community. You’ll benefit the children and also gain valuable skills and experience yourself. Your help is always appreciated because the schools generally have a lack of teachers, high illiteracy rates and poor funding. Teaching the children is hugely satisfying, a high feel-good factor!
You don't need any qualifications to teach. If you'd like any help, guidance or advice in choosing, please contact us by phone, Skype or email. We're here to help you.
If you're a teacher taking a break, you may like to know that many schools regard our teaching programmes as professional development, and that this may be used in appraisals or performance management interviews.

Teaching Projects to children in Drama, Music and the Arts that you can do as part of your work experience, gap year or career break, or just as a volunteering holiday.
Teach Art, Music, Dance and/or Drama in schools in poorer communities of Uganda. The Arts are an excellent means of communicating and can also be downright fun for the kids! You don't need any qualifications, just lots of enthusiasm.
Use Arts to address social issues and enable children to express their frustrations and confusions - and perhaps help them to understand and learn to cope with unwelcome situations. Art, Dance, Music or Drama help teach children life skills, communication and socialising skills. And it's fun!

We have Sports coaching volunteering projects in Uganda that you can do as part of your work experience, gap year or career break, or just as a volunteering holiday.
Whether you just love sport or you're a professional, we have a project for you! Sports include Football, Rugby, Cricket, Polo, Badminton, Baseball, Hockey, Swimming, Gymnastics, Tennis, Athletics, Surfing, Capoeira and more! No experience required other than a desire to use Sport to help others.
Use your skills to Coach in underprivileged communities of Uganda. Sport teaches a multitude of skills, such as team spirit, social interaction, fair play, competitiveness, leadership, healthy living and just good old fashion fun. It is a fantastic way to improve the lives of others. You can coach as a full time placement, or alongside another volunteer placement.

Work with Children and Care for Vulnerable Adults in Volunteering Projects in Uganda Care Centres that you can do as part of your work experience, gap year or career break, or just as a volunteering holiday.
Play a meaningful role in helping to care for disadvantaged children or vulnerable adults, to help improve their situations. You can join one of our Care projects available in Schools, Hospitals and Social Centres, where you can work with abused children, street children, children with learning and physical disabilities, and adults.

Community Development projects in Temple Conservation, Construction, DIY and more that improve poorer local communities in Uganda and which you can do as part of your work experience, gap year or career break, or just as a volunteering holiday.
Community development projects can cover a wide spectre of volunteering, including:

Temple restoration and renovation,
construction of community buildings,
Repair and maintenance,
DIY and handyman efforts to improve project sites such as Children's care centres and animal sanctuaries.

Work Experience placements and internships in Uganda give you valuable practical experience as part of your internship requirement, gap year or career break, or just as a constructive volunteering holiday.
We've run a wide variety of Uganda's Internships across a diverse range of industries and destinations. As a host organisation we partner with the best companies and Organizations across the Country, which accept interns through us and not directly, because of our expert vetting process and care in pairing interns and internships.
We also partner with many Universities, helping provide student accredited placements.
And if you can't find a relevant match, we'll customise one for you!
Like the hundreds of emails we’ve had from previous interns, you’ll also be saying, “This was the best thing I’ve ever done!”

Language Courses and Lessons where you can study in Uganda as part of your work experience, gap year or career break, or just as a volunteering holiday.
The best way to learn a language is to live, eat and breathe it. There is no better way to learn a language than by living and mixing with native-speakers. You'll speak the language when you're out shopping, having a beer with new friends, reading the local newspapers or watching television. Your language skills will improve in leaps and bounds!
The courses range from Beginners through to Advanced. If you'd like to learn a language we haven't listed, please contact us because we can probably arrange it for you!
Education, Sports, Health / Medical
Average Cost per Week ($USD)
$700 per week
Estimate only - visit Organization website for actual costs to Volunteer
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • 3 Meals per Day
  • Homestay
  • Local Transport
  • Airport Pickup and Drop Off
  • Internet

Costs do not include Flights, Visas, Vaccinations, Insurance, Spending Money, 2-Meals-per-Day, 1-Meal-per-Day, Volunteer-Hostel
Project Locations


My name is Mable and I should say that my experience with WATO foundation was a great one, with excellent team work and good working environment, the involvement was made easy thus boosting the learning and skill acquisition ability. There were also monthly allowances and accommodation and these were also motivativating