Our Model

Volunteer recruitment

We aim to recruit highly motivated, open-minded and committed university/college graduates and professionals from a variety of disciplines and with interest in society development. Prospective volunteers undergo a screening process to match them with suitable assignments in the four programs available:

  • Health and hygiene,
  • Education and training,
  • Advocacy and
  • Rural economic empowerment.

Our volunteers are set out to become community leaders as well as community changers through love, interest and passion and commitment to the work without expecting any financial or material rewards. Selected volunteers are expected to serve for at least 6 months after their training, and they can always commit to the program for a longer time if they want to

4- week Orientation and Training

Selected volunteers start their volunteering journey with a 4-week intensive orientation and training in:

  • Leadership and governance
  • Community entry skills for community development
  • Soft skills related to communication, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration
  • Business and entrepreneurship.

The training aims to equip volunteers with the knowledge, skills and mindset that makes them transformative community leaders, and to give them a better understanding of sustainable development goals. In addition, experts from different disciplines give short talks to volunteers during training.

Ongoing Training & Support

Volunteers are assigned a mentor according to their needs, who offers guidance and support throughout the whole life cycle of their volunteering experience, in order to help them grow into transformational community leaders.
The mentors, who are practising professionals and retirees, become the role models, coaches, and beacons that play a crucial part of developing our volunteers to change their communities, enhance their leadership skills, and cultivate their talents and creativity. Through mentoring activities, the volunteers gain the skills and knowledge needed to participate positively and constructively in economic and social life, and they benefit from mutual teaching, learning and action. The volunteers are more likely to succeed when they have the additional support of a caring, consistent adult mentor. On ongoing support and training will also include brief modules and online resources/activities to keep the volunteers acquainted with information needed for communities to flourish.

SUI volunteer network

Volunteers, who are trained and placed every year, join a movement of youth volunteers who are changing lives and communities in Uganda. This will be a network of transformational leaders, who can continue to mobilize constituencies, and to engage people in national planning and implementation. We envision a Uganda where youth are prepared to take the lead in building equitable, healthy and flourishing communities. We believe that the trained volunteers will take up leadership roles in different sectors of the economy as decision makers, and greatly contribute to building a prosperous and peaceful Uganda that is free of chronic poverty. The volunteers will stay connected through a social media community to share ideas, projects, etc., that can be extended to other communities.

Volunteer placements

The youth volunteers serve in rural communities to unleash community capacity and promote citizen engagement to address opportunities, solve problems and strengthen community responses. Depending on qualifications and passion, the trained youth volunteers are placed under four programs—

  • Health and hygiene,
  • Education and training,
  • Advocacy and
  • Rural economic empowerment

Through these programs, our volunteer will help to build well-informed communities where people lead healthier and safer lives by addressing present and future challenges.

Where do we volunteer?
Our volunteers serve communities where they live and/or work. The volunteering experience may also involve those who work/live in towns but can offer time to volunteer in neighbouring rural areas. Volunteering in local communities is a way of giving them the resources to escape poverty and for them to help their own communities grow in a sustainable manner. We aim to train and place 100 volunteers every year, with the ambition of increasing the number over time.

What areas do we serve in Uganda?
We shall initially target highly underserved districts, but we intend to have SUI volunteers in all the districts of Uganda. The focused expertise of volunteers is carefully matched to overall program goals and specific community needs to ensure achievement of measurable and sustainable results.