The temperatures in Kampala are between 17 degrees Celsius (night) and 30 degrees above day. The country is beautifully green and flowery. In our region there is regular rainfall all year round. In the north, the closer you get to the border of Sudan, it will be dry and dusty, but that’s where we will preach the gospel, heal the sick, help practically, and build churches.
Food and health
You can cook yourself or share the Ugandan cuisine with us. We always have meals together. Despite a varied diet, it is an advantage to take vitamin effervescent tablets with you.
In Uganda there are mosquitoes that can transmit malaria, they only become active at dusk and at night. We have mosquito nets above the beds, which provide optimal protection. Sprays such as NoBite or Antibrumm are recommended, long-sleeved T-shirts and trousers also protect against stitches in the evening.
There are several possibilities of malaria profilaxe. Check with a tropical doctor who can give you the best advice. For a stay of at least 2 months, most volunteers do not take Profilaxe, as strong side effects can occur. You can also take the Artimesia tea, which is also preventive. It is a purely herbal tea (therefore no side effects), of which one drinks a cup once a day. It is worthwhile to buy a pack at home and buy it here. However, if you still suffer from malaria, there is no need to worry. There are good clinics and doctors in Kampala and the medicines here help quickly.
Vaccinations: There are no longer compulsory vaccinations for Uganda. We recommend yellow fever, the triple vaccination polio diphtheria tetanus and also hepatitis A and B. However, please make sure you check with your doctor first, he will be happy to help you and then decide for yourself.
The medical expenses are very low here, but we do not accept anyone who has not taken out foreign health insurance. Please ask carefully, many credit cards (Master Card, Visa…) already have international insurance, sometimes the normal health insurance is sufficient, where you don’t need any additional insurance.
The Africans are very well dressed, the women only wear skirts and t-shirts or a blouse. The men wear jeans or suit trousers and short-sleeved shirts. This is not a duty, but it is welcome, especially in ministry in the church. Avoid spaghetti straps and low-cut décolletés. Skirts and pants should go over your knees.
The currency in Uganda is the Uganda shilling. The best thing to do is to bring cash in euros (large bills) which can be exchanged in the banks of Kampala. If you bring US Dollars, make sure that you have new notes (from 2001) and only notes from $50, — (there are worse courses under it!) The credit cards only accept VISA, but only to withdraw money at a bank. They can currently only be used for payment in large hotels. Traveller’s cheques can be exchanged, but get a much worse exchange rate than cash! With about 100, — Euro pocket money per month you can live well here, but you should allow for extra money if you plan to bring home many souvenirs.
Computers & Internet
There is a computer available, if you are coming for a long time, please bring a laptop with you.
The mains voltage in Uganda is 220V, but different sockets are used than in Europe. A travel adapter is therefore helpful, but can also be purchased here at a reasonable price. There are always days when there is a power cut, so bring a good flashlight.
Visa: You need a visa if you want to enter Uganda. You can easily get it at the airport in Entebbe before you pick up your luggage. The visa costs 50 US dollars or 40 euros (which you should have in your hand luggage) and is valid for 3 months. Alternatively, you can apply for a visa in advance at the respective embassy/consulate in your home country, which is often even cheaper. For the following months you will need a work permit. This costs 250 US dollars. More detailed information regarding the necessary documents etc. will be sent to you when your application has been accepted. Or you settle it when you’re in the country.
The most important airlines from Central Europe to Uganda (Antebbe Airport) are: Emirates, British Airways, KLM, Egypt Air, Ethiopia Airlines, SN Brussels Airlines. Fares vary between €650, — and €900, — for short term flights and €800, — to €1,200, — for annual flights, depending on the route and departure point. Ask for youth tickets or missionary tickets if necessary! Most of the time you can take 40 kg with you.
If you are here for a longer period of time, you can go on excursions or a safari with us, or an official tour operator. (3 days cost approx. 300 Euro)