Golden Hearts Kindergarten



Project background

Kindergarten is a critical stage in the development of each child because it lays the building blocks to future academic success.  For learners this age, school is about building social, emotional, self-awareness, language, literacy and numerical skills as well as exposure to how the world works.

In Uganda, early childhood education is offered solely by private proprietors, majority of whom targeting children from high income families.  Golden Hearts Kindergarten was therefore set up for disadvantaged children from both low-income and middle-income families with a view of nurturing them into wholesome learners. 

Research shows that children learn more before the age of 6 than at any other stage in life.  At Golden Hearts, we believe that each child is unique and develops/learns at his or her pace.

Volunteering with us will therefore be a memorable experience because it is fun-packed, intriguing, full of learning, and satisfying.  You will surely make a difference!


To nurture a wholesome child

Project  activities

The activities that learners at Golden Hearts engage in enable them develop the following competences:

·         Social Skills

·         Motor skills

·         Language skills

·         Creative skills

·         Reading skills

·         Writing skills

·         Reasoning and concept development

·         Math concepts

·         Social studies

·         Science

·         Arts and Crafts

·         Music, Dance and Drama

We also engage in a series of indoor and outdoor games as well as excursions

Volunteer’s roles/tasks

The volunteer will be expected to assist the full-time staff by participating in the following:

·         Preparing resources and materials required in the learning process

·         Assist with indoor and outdoor games.

·         Assist in arranging parties and other special school days

·         Preparing excursions and field tours

·         Music, Dance and Drama

·         Arts and Crafts

·         Engaging children with enjoyable literature – reading, storytelling and writing.

·         Contribute to documentation of children’s learning.

·         Organize children’s holiday camps

·         Arranging for teachers and parents’ workshops

·         IT-related activities, e.g. web design, social networking, etc.

Volunteer qualities

      The volunteer must:

·      Exhibit passion/enthusiasm for children

·      Be patient and flexible

·      Be friendly and open minded

·      Be creative and have a sense of humor

·      Be honest, caring and reliable

·      Exhibit effective communication skills appropriate for children

·      Have respect for differences in personality, culture etc.

·      Have a willingness to learn and share knowledge and experiences

Accommodation & transport                   

     The Volunteer can stay at UPA Guest House, or at a selected host family. The school is 1km from           UPA Guesthouse.

     Public transport to and from the school is readily available  at 3000 Uganda Shillings

Host Community 

     The project is located in a Peri-urban area where a big percentage of people can speak English well.       There are of course some scores of the community and parents who are more comfortable with the         local dialect Luganda.

Like most regions in Uganda people in this community are very friendly to visitors and are always interested to talk/work with people from other cultural backgrounds.

At Golden Hearts Kindergarten, the main language of communication is English. 

Comment From UPA

The placement requires volunteers that are highly motivated, creative and innovative. It is an interesting project and introduces you to a really local setting and early child growing experiences in Uganda.


All volunteers choosing school projects - should always remember to consider the school holidays, schools are closed in April May, August – September and December to Early February.

Past Volunteers

 Slovakia, Japan, Germany

About UPA

Uganda Pioneers' Association (UPA) is a voluntary non-governmental organisation registered with the National NGO Board (ref. S5914/114). UPA aims atpromoting community based development,intercultural co-operation and youth participation through voluntary work. 

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Contact Info

Uganda Pioneers Association,

8 miles Hoima Road, Ocheing Zone

Nansana, Wakiso District - Uganda


  •   P.O.Box 25973 Kampala,Uganda
  • +256 785 601 220 / +256 782 335 322