Finding support and help: how your community can make a difference
Who Are Our Volunteers? Where there is a will there is a way and everyone can be of service. Volunteers have no specialized requirements for participation. Volunteers normally share common characteristics such as flexibility, compassion, a sense of adventure, and most important, the aspiration to work with and gain knowledge from local people in the host community. Volunteers are drawn from all occupations and backgrounds, throughout the world. Each volunteer selects a service programme that best employs their experience and interests, and a programme where the volunteer feels engaged in a community project of durable benefit. Volunteers should be in good health and have the mental and physical competence to function as a team member. Therefore if you're open to new challenges and take pleasure in working with and learning from local people, then you can contribute to and benefit from a service-learning programme. What we ask of you is flexibility, patience, a spirit of adventure, and a sense of humour. Most Ugandan cultures are very friendly though some provide a greater degree of predictability than others due to cultural norms. GZP organization strives to provide a better future for some of the most vulnerable children and women in Uganda. The need is magnanimous and long-term, so your opportunity to make a significant difference through service is likewise precious.
Reflect on how much you receive and how much you give and consider why you want to volunteer. You may have several different reasons. However, if you are someone who has an open mind and flexible and would like to:
Share A Skill
Know A Community
Explore A Career
Be An Agent Of Change
Keep Skills Alive
Express Commitment To A Cause/Belief
Gain Leadership Skills
Donate Your Professional Skills
Have An Impact
Learn Something New
Make New Friends
Something Different From Your Job
It is also vital to stress that you are dealing with a different culture when you are volunteering internationally. How you would approach a particular state of affairs in your own country does not necessary mean it is suitable to handle it in the same way in Uganda. Your time and dedication to the programme is of course treasured but please remember you are a guest of the country and will no doubt be looked at as a representative of your homeland.