Volunteer project Villa Maria

Villa Maria is a big project that consists of a hospital, a kindergarten, primary school, secondary school and vocational education. It is run by the Catholic Church and the staff are mainly nuns. You will find some male teachers who work at the schools but the majority of the employees are women. The project is about 20 minutes drive from the centre of Masaka.

In addition to teaching assistants, they are also looking for qualified volunteers for the hospital. Like many hospitals in Uganda, the Villa Maria hospital is understaffed by default. They can use your help!

School for deaf and deaf-blind children

Within walking distance of the primary and secondary schools is the school for the deaf and deaf-blind children. Around 200 children are being educated here with great love and patience. When they reach adulthood they need to be ready for the hard Ugandan society. Things like social welfare do not exist in Uganda and they therefore will have to work very hard in order to succeed. For that reason, in addition to basic knowledge (mathematics, English reading / writing), focus is mainly on skills that are always in demand in Uganda. For example carpentry, clothes making or painting. At this school they, in addition to help with the standard courses, benefit greatly from someone who can support the students (and possibly even the teachers) in practical subjects. A basic knowledge of sign language is not necessary but useful.

Villa Maria also has an orphanage (Saint Francis Revival Home) which is located about 15 miles from the main project.

Helping at another school?

There is also a great need for volunteers who can help out in the schools. At a nursery school you can help with all lessons and at the primary and secondary school schools they are mainly looking for volunteers to help out with English, mathematics and basic ICT. There is also a vocational school (vocational school) where the following courses are offered;

  • Secretarial work
  • Catering and hotel management
  • Tailor and knitting (knitting machine)
  • Fashion & Design
  • Carpentry
  • Barber
  • Kindergarten teacher
  • Computer studies
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Volunteering at this project starts at $ 579 for a four week period (this is including accommodation)! Look for a comprehensive overview of the costs on the page Costs of Volunteering

Tasks for volunteers

The work at Villa Maria is very diverse and depends on the area/school where you want to support. To give you an idea of common things to do:

  • outreaches that help poor families or elderly people in the area
  • help with building or maintaining classrooms/schools
  • sensitisation days in the surrounding area about personal hygiene, HIV/AIDS, internet safety and many more topics

We do our best to provide all information about the projects as accurately and completely as possible. However, local conditions may differ slightly from the information as described here.


At this project there a several options regarding your accommodation. You can stay;

  • with a host family
  • at the project

For more information about the different accommodation options, take a look at the Accommodation and Coordinator page.

Conditions for volunteers

The minimum age is 16 years and there is no maximum age associated with this project.

Conduct of good behaviour
To be able to help with this project, you need a conduct of good behaviour from your (local) government or Interpol.

Funding the project

The projects we work with receive an expense allowance that leaves no room for self-enrichment. We work this way because we prefer to see the projects being helped through improvements to the project instead of financial donations. Unfortunately we know too many projects where the donated money has disappeared into the pocket of a worker.

On this page on our Joeboentoe website you will find how you can best help the project. If you raise funds, Joeboentoe will take care of a responsible spending of the money.

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If this is the first time for you to volunteer or travel to a country like Uganda, you will probably have a lot of questions. Just click on one of the buttons on the right to learn more about that specific subject. If you have a question and you can’t find the answer on our website, feel free to contact us. The easiest way is to contact us through WhatsApp (+316-43050911) or Telegram (+25678-3686875) but of course you can also mail us!

If you are going to volunteer for the first time, you probably have many questions. Click on one of the buttons on the right to read more about the topics. If you have a question that is not answered on our website, please contact us. The easiest way is to ask a question via Whatsapp (+316 430 50 911) but you can also email us.

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