Volunteer project Youth With A Vision

Youth With A Vision is a project that was founded by John Mugabi. He recognized that it is of great importance that orphans grow up in a loving environment, something that children sometimes lack in orphanages. For that reason YWAV works with foster families where foster the children. At the moment there are three foster families where the children are raised in a relatively normal family situation. The project is constantly looking for suitable foster families to be able to give orphans a better future. Most children are younger than three years.

What are you going to do?

Helping a foster family means helping the children with their homework, doing sports, playing games, learning songs, doing arts and much more. An important aspect of helping the older children is social education. Often the older children have problems with their self-confidence and conversations with you as a Western volunteer can have a very big positive effect.


When you come to help with this project, you (together with an employee) will are also going to provide information in schools, community centres and disadvantaged neighbourhoods. The topics discussed include HIV and Aids, the importance of good hygiene, family planning and food supply.

Courses in the community center

The project uses a large community centre nearby where many courses are given. Is giving courses something that you would like to do? Please indicate this when registering. In principle they are open to any subject but there is a special demand for basic computer knowledge (many people have never worked with a computer) and web design. Practical knowledge such as cooking lessons or a furniture making course is also very valuable.

Helping with YWAV projects

There are a number of connected projects where you can help. For example, there is a project where making clothes from a kind of tree bark, a project that makes accessories and greeting cards from banana fibre and there is a children’s choir and a theatre association. Together with John and his team you will visit these projects to support them.

More information


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.

Pay attention; if you want to work with orphans, a minimum stay of 8 weeks applies.

Tasks for volunteers

At YWAV the focus is on helping with one or more foster families. You will also help the team with outreaches and educational sessions in Masaka and surroundings.

Depending on the season and your expertise, there are a number of activities where the project can use your help:
At YWAV the focus is on helping with one or more foster families. You also help the team with outreaches and information in Masaka and surroundings.

Depending on the season and your expertise, there are a number of activities where the project can use your help:

  • help with the construction of classrooms / wells etc.
  • support for the teachers at the nursery and primary schools that are connected to the project
  • 1 on 1 help with children who can use some extra help
  • support and advise the teachers at this school
  • give courses / workshops in the community centre
  • help with building a new website for Youth With A Vision
  • help with creating flyers and posters for the projectWe 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
  • in the Joeboentoe House

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.

Will you help us?

Sign up now or contact us for more info!

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Voluntary work with Joeboentoe

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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