Volunteer in Uganda


Each year, midwives, doctors and nurses volunteer in Uganda supporting MAMA’s work. Since 2015 we have welcomed volunteers on over 20 volunteer placements, many of whom return.

On this page you can find information to help you decide if volunteering is for you, including:

  • Our one-minute volunteer profile checklist
  • Reports from previous volunteers
  • MAMA photo gallery

If you’re ready and know you want to volunteer for MAMA, we look forward to hearing from you. Please email us at info@mamazur.org with a completed expression of interest form: 


Volunteering with MAMA is for you if…


You possess an excellent understanding of obstetric emergencies


You are a qualified nurse, midwife, doctor or 2nd or 3rd year student midwife with an interest in midwifery & tropical health


You have an understanding of resource poor settings

You are respectful and value different cultures
You can commit to a minimum of two weeks’ volunteer time

You are able to cover your own travel and accommodation costs (or fundraise for them)

You have a keen interest in midwifery in a non-UK context
You are willing to teach and hold training sessions

1.  Hear what past volunteers have to say:

Liz Payne

“We went into the kangaroo care ward, it was like a ray of sunshine: skin-to-skin care is the most effective way of regulating a baby’s heart rate and temperature, as well as helping to initiate breastfeeding and bonding and they were promoting this form of care. With many premature babies being born this was essential to their survival, and it was happening….”

Sara & Laura

“We were able to observe finely-tuned, fundamental, midwifery skills being practiced at their best – which, dare I say it, may on occasion be overlooked when technology is readily available.  That being said, under-resourcing of essential supplies is a massive issue, which, whilst it may arguably lead to well-honed midwifery skills, is a huge challenge to overcome.  Even the most skilled midwife has the odds stacked against them when the region has no O negative blood.”


“I was in my final year of midwifery training and I grabbed the opportunity with both hands to go to Uganda… The thing I loved the most was we weren’t there as a team to take over the role of the local midwives, we were there to work together, support them and learn from each other.”

Hayley & Danielle

“Unfortunately our 10 days in Uganda came to an end, and I can truly say it has been the best experience, both personally and professionally. It has opened my eyes to how other communities live and made me realise how much we take for granted here in the UK. This is an experience I will cherish forever…”

What is life like as a volunteer in Uganda?

Scroll through our gallery by clicking on the button below to get an idea of what volunteer life is like in Uganda.

3.  Sign me up

If you’ve read what we’ve shared above and are ready to take the next step that’s fantastic and we look forward to hearing from you. Please send us an email at info@mamazur.org with a completed expression of interest form:

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