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Volunteer opportunities in UGANDA

Protection and promotion of the Ruwenzori Mountain
Kabarole          July 6 - July 26, 2015

Volunteer project: The Ruwenzori Mountains National Park covers nearly 100,000 ha in western Uganda and comprises the main part of the Ruwenzori mountain chain, which includes Africa's third highest peak (Mount Margherita: 5,109 m). The region's glaciers, waterfalls and lakes make it one of Africa's most beautiful alpine areas. The park has many natural habitats of endangered species and a rich and unusual flora comprising, among other species, the giant heather.

The Ruwenzori Mountains National Park provides stunning views of glacier and snow-capped mountains just kilometers from the equator, where it is contiguous with the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Having the third highest mountain in Africa at 5,109 m (after Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya), the Park includes a much larger alpine area than either, covering an area of 99,600 ha of which 70% lies at over 2,500 m in height. The Ruwenzori Mountains are the highest and most permanent sources of the River Nile, and constitute a vital water catchment. Their multitude of fast flowing rivers, magnificent waterfalls and stratified vegetation make the property exceptionally scenic and beautiful. The mountains are well-known for their unique alpine flora which includes many species endemic to the Albertine Rift in the higher altitude zones including giant heathers, groundsels and lobelias. The Park also supplies local communities with various wild resources and is an important cultural heritage.

In this project, we are collaborating with Uganda Wildlife Authority and Uganda Tourism Board to preserve, protect and promote the site given its status as World Heritage Site.

Volunteers will coordinate heritage club activities and produce awareness materials and screen relevant heritage films. They will also run a heritage gala and an awareness raising workshop with debates, reflections and discussions on World Heritage issues, involving local communities working closely with the site manager.

Study theme: Local history, preservation, protection and promotion, sustainable tourism and improving the livelihood of local communities.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation will vary from host families to a group accommodation on site. This is a purely traditional Toro setting and most of the food stuff is original Toro food.

Location: Kabarole district is located 324 km from Kampala central Region, the project is located in the western region.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Teaching children in a primary school in Butambala
Butambala          July 11 - August 1, 2015

Volunteer project: Volunteers in this project will support a primary school in Butambala district. With over 800 children and 9 teachers, the pupil-teacher ratio in the school is 1:75. And the population of the school is still expanding. This has caught the attention of the community and administration who are willing to partner with international volunteers interested to give a helping hand for improving the education of children in Uganda.

The volunteers will take part in the following activities: Group teaching, classroom assistants, painting of teaching aids on the walls inside and outside the classrooms, mentoring and provision of guidance and counselling service to the children.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation is available at the school compound.

Location: The project is located in the central region of Uganda, Butambala district, between Kamengo and Buwama.

Terminal: Entebbe International Airport

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Conservation and protection of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park          August 7 - August 28, 2015

Volunteer project: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of Uganda's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It has been described as “an isolated forest of outstanding biological richness”. This ancient forest contains more than 160 species of trees and over 100 species of ferns - and more famously, almost half the world’s mountain gorillas. As it is surrounded by one of the most densely populated rural areas in Africa, community benefits arising from gorilla tracking and other sustainable tourism initiatives may be the only hope for the future conservation of this precious site.

The volunteers will explore the forests and villages of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and will organise outreach programs for the benefit of the surrounding communities. They will promote environmental awareness, conservation and protection of the site. The group will provide educational support in the villages and plant trees. The volunteers may also help the local communities on small sustainable tourism projects in the area, as well as develop and design promotional materials about the park.

Study theme: Local history, sustainable tourism and improving the livelihood of local communities.

Language: English

Leisure activities: Site visits, biodiversity and cultural talks, picnics, enjoying the outdoor environment, mountain climbing.

Accommodation: Housing is provided in the nearby communities. Please, bring a sleeping bag.

Location: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is located in Kanunga and Kisoro districts in south-western Uganda, bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo. It comprises 331 square kilometres (128 sq mi) of jungle forests. The forest is one of the richest ecosystems in Africa and is known for its exceptional biodiversity. Many types of birds and butterflies can also be found there, as well as many endangered species. The forest is home to almost half of the world’s mountain gorilla population.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Building a school and teaching children in a poverty-stricken area of rural Uganda
Mabira          August 14 - September 4, 2015

Volunteer project: The project is based in Buikwe district in the Central region of Uganda. Volunteers' help is needed in a local nursery and primary school serving the community of Mabira. With around 300 children, the school doesn't have proper permanent structures. The school was started with the aim to provide a safe place to study and protect children from rape, traditional sacrifices and other calamities happening as they walked through the forest for more than 5 km to attend schools in other communities. The local people are mostly sugar plantation workers, some hit by HIV/AIDS, living in poverty and often leaving their young ones alone to care for their siblings. We are trying to put up permanent structures for the school and support its day to day running.

The international volunteers will teach the children in the school, will organise awareness activities with the local population about care and protection of children, and will help in the construction of a permanent building for the school. They will also join the efforts to help improve the school water and sanitation facilities.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay with local host families.

Location: The school is located in Mabira, on the boundaries of Mabira forest, Kitigoma parish, Nyenga sub county, Buikwe district in Central Uganda.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

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