Fred Kasozi works for a small organization focused on creating livelihoods in Uganda. But in early 2013, he left that job to become a volunteer in a provincial district in Ngororero, Rwanda to share his entrepreneurial skills with people with disabilities.
It was his first international volunteering experience.
Kasozi said most of the volunteers he meets in his own country are expats from rich nations like the United States or the United Kingdom, but not so much from low-income countries like his own.
“I thought it’s high time we start with what we have and I started with myself,” he told Devex from Uganda, where he is currently involved in a pilot partnership project by Voluntary Services Overseas to increase income-generating opportunities with beekeeping cooperatives.
It’s a mixed picture. Since many donor agencies have their own volunteering programs, like the Peace Corps in the United States, the perception is that most volunteers come from rich nations.