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Volunteer opportunities in UGANDA

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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