Full time (30+ hrs/wk)
Short-Term (few weeks/months)
Nansana Ngabo Stage Nansana Town Council, P O Box 36612 Kampala
Microfinance volunteers Uganda (MFV) is offering volunteers from all over the world the opportunity to serve or work with Ugandan communities; as a part of the small microfinance institution Community Microfinance (CML) or by helping out with some of the many other projects that CML is involved in.
Volunteer with microfinance
Volunteering with CML gives you a unique insight in how microfinance is conducted in practice. Since CML is a small company (currently there are three full time employees) you will take an active part in the daily work. A large share of your time will consist of fieldwork and you will visit many different kinds of small-scale businesses, both in urban areas and remote villages, and interact with the local people. Your tasks can among other things include the following:
- Train micro entrepreneurs in business skills and fund management.
- Train women and youth-groups in simple record keeping, marketing, customer care and communication, business planning, budgeting, computer skills, group dynamics and any other skills that you find relevant.
- Help out with CMLs work in creating a monitor and evaluation system.
This position requires some business skills. It is a perfect position for a student in business/economics or someone who has retired or need a break from a job in for example finance or accounting. If you have started up a business yourself, you are more than welcome to join us and share your experiences.
Who can be a volunteer?
Anybody can volunteer with us! Many earlier volunteers have been students but we strongly encourage also others, such as retirees or people in need of a break from their jobs to apply. The volunteer experience can also be part of your holiday or backpacking trip as you can stay as short as a week.
To become a volunteer, you need to be able to communicate in English, the official language in Uganda. It is also necessary for you to be able to adapt to a different culture and a sometimes much simpler life style than you are used to. This volunteer program will show you the real Uganda and that involves things such as slow or absent internet connection, power outbreaks, cold showers and things taking very much longer time than expected. On the other hand, you will get a memorable experience and new perspectives of life.
Terms and conditions
You can volunteer with us for any period from one week up to six months. All volunteer positions are unpaid and you are responsible for covering all costs associated with living in and travel to Uganda. MFV will help you arrange accommodation in either a host family or at a guest house and will also assist with visas and other practical aspects.
Most of MFV’s partners work on weekdays during normal business hours. However, we encourage you to travel while in Uganda and schedules are flexible.
- Training Provided
- Housing Available
- Language/Cultural Support Available
- International Volunteers