VOLUNTEER CODE OF CONDUCT
This is written in the knowledge that it is very unlikely that the behaviour of any volunteer would be less than exemplary. However, it is acknowledged that even those with excellent motives which lead to their volunteering to help those less fortunate than themselves may suffer an occasional lapse or inadvertently transgress cultural values previously unknown to them.
It is essential that we support our children and young people in every way so that they do not fall into promiscuity or undesirable and damaging habits regarding alcohol, tobacco and drugs. Promiscuity and drug misuse are particularly dangerous due to the high incidence of HIV/AIDS in Uganda and the risk of sexual exploitation and abuse. We are trying to protect our children and young people from such dangers.
Therefore, we have written this code of conduct to support our volunteers so that they do not inadvertently cause offence or perpetrate behaviour which may set a bad example to our children and young people and thus endanger them.
- Volunteers must not smoke either at the project or at the volunteer accommodation. If volunteers have cigarettes on their person, it would be appreciated if they would keep them from the sight of all children and young people.
- Volunteers must not bring or consume alcoholic drinks and/or illegal drugs of any sort at the project or volunteer accommodation. Illegal drugs are considered to be those taken for ‘recreational’ purposes as opposed to those prescribed for medical reasons.
- Volunteers must not engage in any sexual activity, including kissing and cuddling or lying on the grass together at the project or at the volunteer accommodation – except in the privacy of their bedroom with the partner who has accompanied them to Uganda.
- Volunteers must not bring non-project volunteers to their room at the volunteer accommodation or use their room at the accommodation for sexual liaisons with any person they have met whilst socialising at other venues in the area. They are welcome to bring their new friends to the project provided that they conform to our standards.
- Volunteers must not bring any unsuitable literature or pictures to the project or the volunteer accommodation. The terminology ‘Unsuitable’ includes literature containing material of a sexual, violent or drug-related nature.
- If volunteers have a disagreement with each other or any other person on the project premises or at the volunteer accommodation, they must conduct the discussion in a civilised and quiet manner and seek to reach an agreement or acceptable compromise as soon as possible.
You will find more information about cultural differences on the HOMESTAY
page - please click on CULTURE.
Thank you for your understanding and your cooperation in supporting us to provide the best care and example for our children and young people.