How we work

UPA uses her international youth volunteer exchange program as a medium to fulfill her development goal. Since 1989 UPA has been engaged in organizing short term national and international volunteer (STV) projects in the form of workcamps.

In 2002 UPA initiated new volunteering projects for Medium- and Long-Term Volunteer (MLTV) placements on community projects. An MLTV is a volunteer willing to work for a longer period of time, usually over three months. More than in STVs, MLTVs not only exchange cultures, ideas and knowledge, but also get deeply immersed in Ugandan culture since they work with Ugandans and often stay with host families. Tasks for MLTVs include teaching in communities or schools, working with HIV/AIDS or health clinics, conducting outreaches, organization work or taking care of children in orphanages or children’s homes. Volunteers also get exposed to cultural diversity, new skills, develop self-esteem, discover talents and potentials,
share and exchange good practices, ideas and experience.


The UPA has 10 x branches across Uganda.

These are:

  • Atana Apac (Apac District)
  • Arua(Arua District)
  • Gulu(Gulu District)
  • Bukomero(Kiboga District)
  • Kikooba(Kiboga District)
  • Pakwach(Pakwach District)
  • Kampala(Kampala District)
  • Central (Wakiso District)
  • Cultural Troupe(Wakiso Dist)
  • Lugo(Wakiso District)

Here you can see these branches displayed on a map of Uganda.

Different branches of UPA do several activities that contribute to local projects. The activities include providing voluntary labour and skills to grass root development projects like in agriculture, building schools, community centres, health units, cleaning wells and spring protection, planting trees and garbage collection.

We also engage youhts in projects that empower, train, sensitise and make them aware of topical issues of HIV/AIDS, gender, democracy, conflicts, reproductive health, drugs, cultural heritage through sports and games, music, dance and forum theatre, debates, talk-shows, public dialogues, seminars and workshops.


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