Volunteers

VOLUNTEERING AT HOSPICE AFRICA UGANDA?

Since work began in Uganda in 1993, volunteers have played an important part.
Volunteers generally work with the team in Uganda, but as other projects grow
elewhere they will also welcome volunteers. The visit can be for a period as short as two
weeks or for as long as two years, depending on the needs of the organisation at any
given time and the skills the volunteer has to offer. We a grateful for all applications, but
not all who apply can be accepted. A Placement Policy is nearing completion; meanwhile
the following guide will give some indication of what is required. It is important to
remember that, as a volunteer, you are there to serve the needs of the organisation and
those it cares for. Our volunteers need to:

Have a genuine concern for the adults and children and be prepared to work closely
with the team in the Hospice.
Be in good health, have patience and understanding, be responsible, emotionally
mature, creative, self reliant, resilient and be able to use their initiative.
Act with discretion and diplomacy. Volunteers are NOT there to impose their own ideas
and should remember that they are guests.
Be aware and appreciative of the cultural differences and way of life in African
countries, especially in rural areas.

Have a genuine concern for the adults and children and be prepared to work closely
with the team in the Hospice.
Be in good health, have patience and understanding, be responsible, emotionally
mature, creative, self reliant, resilient and be able to use their initiative.
Act with discretion and diplomacy. Volunteers are NOT there to impose their own ideas
and should remember that they are guests.
Be aware and appreciative of the cultural differences and way of life in African
countries, especially in rural areas.

Who Can Volunteer

We are happy to receive applications from a wide range of potential volunteers.

Examples of other who have helped in the past include
Students – Medical students wanting an elective and other student s wishing to share
their skills and enthusiasam.
Medical and related professionals who can help
Professionals with key skills in areas such as HR, accountancy or IT
If you have special skills please let us know. If you are interested in volunteering you
should contact us by email at info@hospiceafrica.ie or by letter to:
Hospice Africa Ireland
Our Lady’s Hospice
Harold’s Cross
Dublin 6W
Ireland

Please enclose an up-to-date CV, specifying the desired time and duration, and tell us
how you feel that Hospice Africa Uganda would benefit from you as a volunteer. We will
also require the names of two referees.

 

WHAT IS NEEDED?

The majority of volunteers will be self-financing. This includes the cost of flights to and from Africa, transport within the country, food and accommodation, though help with finding suitable accommodation is given. Potential volunteers may be able to raise sponsorship. Some volunteers, for example health professionals with palliative care experience, who volunteer for 6 months or more, may be eligible to receive a volunteer’s allowance.

Dr.-Bernadette-Brady

Dr. Bernadette Brady, volunteer doctor at HAU in 2013

 

I came to HAU with experience in working in hospital and hospice based palliative care in
Ireland. So I was aware of the medications that we use, the types of physical and
psychological symptoms that we manage. But the patients that are under the care of the
HAU team encounter a range of problems not known to Irish patients. Access to medical
care is a luxury, and for those with cancer, the option to undergo chemotherapy or
radiotherapy is rarely available. Despite the obstacles, good-quality palliative care is still
possible and practised in Uganda, as in many other African nations and low income
countries across the world. The care provided is holistic, and patient, rather than disease,
centred, in keeping with international standards of palliative care. On clinical visits, the
team demonstrated care and compassion, while also using their specialist knowledge to ease patients’ suffering. Of utmost importance is ensuring the patient and their family
know that we will continue to care for them, to manage their pain, to relieve their physical
symptoms, to support them in their emotional distress and to be with them throughout
their journey. This is the ethos of HAU.