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Volunteer opportunities in UGANDA

Community upliftment project in war affected Luweero District
Luweero          May 9 - May 30, 2014

Volunteer project: The volunteers in this project will work with communities in Luwero District which are still recovering from the 5 year Ugandan Bush War (also known as the Luwero War or the Resistance War) waged between 1981 and 1986. We will support the efforts of local organisations promoting social protection and helping the communities of Luwero to improve their livelihood. Self-motivated volunteers with a strong interest in sustainable agriculture, nutrition education and food access are needed.

The volunteers will organize an outreach program in the communities and assist with the local government's programming in education and agriculture. They will teach children, provide child care, guidance and counselling, and encourage skills development. The group will help arrange and take care of some school gardens. The volunteers will also visit local farms, educate locals about agriculture, raise environmental awareness and promote education in the communities.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation in a host family. Traditional Bugandan food will be provided.

Location: The project takes place in Luweero District, in the Central region, an hour drive from Kampala.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 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.

                                                                                                         

 

Protection and preservation of the World Heritage Sites of Uganda
Uganda          June 6 - June 27, 2014

Volunteer project: Heritage Trails, Uganda is a museum of Uganda’s history and culture with 3 sites inscribed by the UNESCO in three different locations in the country: the Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi, the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the Rwenzori Mountains National Park. The project is organized together with Uganda Wildlife Authority, Uganda Tourist Board, Uganda Museum and Uganda Wildlife Education Center, as a response to the growing interest of young people to undertake concrete actions and to play an active role in the promotion and preservation of Uganda’s heritage. The Heritage Trail was initiated with the aim to create a good relationship between nature and humans, and to inspire people, especially youth, to learn about and appreciate the different aspects of the natural and cultural heritage.

The group of international volunteers will explore the forests and the villages of the three UNESCO Heritage Sites and will organise outreach programs for the benefit of the surrounding communities. They will promote environmental awareness, conservation and protection of the sites. The volunteers may help local communities on small sustainable tourism projects in the area. They will also develop and design promotional materials for the individual sites.

Language: English

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

Accommodation: Housing is provided in the communities near the heritage sites. Please, bring a sleeping bag.

Location: The project will take place at the three UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Uganda:

The Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi is located in Kampala. At its core on the hilltop is the former palace of the Kabakas of Buganda, built in 1882 and converted into royal burial ground in 1884. Four royal tombs now lie within the main building, which is circular and surmounted by a dome. It is a major example of an architectural achievement in organic materials. The site is the major spiritual centre for the Baganda where traditional and cultural practices have been preserved. The Kasubi Tombs are the most active religious place in the kingdom, where rituals are frequently performed.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, located in Kanunga/Kisoro districts in south-western Uganda, bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo, 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.

The Rwenzori Mountains, sometimes called the Mountains of the Moon, is located in western Uganda on the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It includes Africa's third highest peak - Mount Margherita, 5,109 m. The region's glaciers, lakes and magnificent waterfalls make it one of Africa's most beautiful alpine areas just kilometres from the equator. The Rwenzori Mountains are the highest and most permanent sources of the River Nile, and constitute a vital water catchment.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 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.

                                                                                                         

 

Rehabilitation and reconstruction of war-devastated communities in Northern Uganda
Gulu          June 11 - July 1, 2014

Volunteer project: The program is a partnership with local organisations and government to rehabilitate the affected communities of the Northern region of Uganda. The area was devastated by the Kony war in the past decades. Now the area is secure, reconstruction and settlement of the affected areas is ongoing, but the major challenge is the social services in the area, which were destroyed. The population is traumatized, without proper accommodation and sanitation. International volunteers will join the efforts to uplift the service delivery to the returnees and the affected population of the north.

The volunteers will help an orphanage in Gulu with much needed educational support, child care, counselling and guidance, mentoring, awareness raising and renovation. The orphanage provides home and care for nearly 150 orphans, abandoned children, children affected by HIV/AIDS or children with disabilities.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in a host family.

Location: The project is located in a village setting in the Northern region of the country, 350 km from Kampala, the capital city.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 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.

                                                                                                         

 

School renovation, education and counselling for children
Jinja          July 4 - July 25, 2014

Volunteer project: This project is in support of a primary school in Jinja District in Eastern Uganda. The international volunteers will help improve the school facilities, so some construction, renovation and painting work will be required.
The volunteers will work with the children in the school, organising educational, entertainment, play and creative activities, promoting children's development and encouraging the acquisition of new knowledge and skills. The volunteers will also provide guidance and counselling to the children to help them overcome personal challenges and develop their capabilities.
Volunteers with strong motivation for working with children, enthusiasm and creativity are needed.

Language: English

Leisure activities: Visits to Lake Victoria, the botanical gardens, swimming at the beaches, city centre tour and trip to Entebbe.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in a nearby house and in tents. This is an urban setting. Most of the food stuff is original Buganda food.

Location: The project is based in Jinja District, Nyenga Sub county, in Eastern Uganda.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 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.

                                                                                                         

 

Protection and preservation of the World Heritage Sites of East Africa
Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania          July 5 - July 25, 2014

Volunteer project: This East Africa Heritage initiative was conceived in 2012 in the framework of the UNESCO World Heritage Education Program, to mobilize and involve local youth and volunteers in East Africa in heritage preservation and promote regional integration. The project is a joint collaboration with civil society organisations, East African communities and local authorities.

The volunteers will visit different World Heritage Sites in three countries of East Africa: Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. The group will work on at least two heritage sites in each country. The volunteers will organise and participate in different activities related to promoting, preserving and protecting the sites, strengthening cultural values, awareness raising, educational support, screening of cultural films and tree planting. The project will start in Uganda with a two-day orientation.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be placed in host families to better understand and appreciate the local culture. Electricity, running water, telephone or wireless network may not be available at all locations.

Location: UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 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 1 - August 22, 2014

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: 200 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.

                                                                                                         

 

Construction of a primary school and providing clean water for the rural population of Kebisoni
Kebisoni          September 6 - September 26, 2014

Volunteer project: The volunteers will support a primary school in a rural area of Kebisoni. The construction of the school was started by international volunteers in 1996 in conjunction with the local community members. There was only one old grass thatched mud and wattle school building built 60 years ago accommodating about 100 pupils which was in such a dilapidated state, nearly collapsing. Since that time, volunteer groups have helped constructing a building accommodating from Primary 1 to 7. Due to the Universal Primary Education system in Uganda (free education in primary schools), the school now accommodates over 1000 pupils but the buildings are not enough for them.

Lake Nyakasanda is a small lake of about 150sq meters. It is located near the school and very close to the house where the volunteers will be accommodated. The lake water is used for domestic purposes including drinking, bathing, cooking, etc. At the same time people swim in the same waters. Clean drinking water from a spring well could be obtained from a distance. The water in the lake is contaminated while its outflow is poor. Some domestic animals like cows, goats and sheep also drink from the same source. We also noted that people make a locally brewed beer from bananas using the same water. There are very few fish in the lake due to water contamination and some parts of it have a lot of papyrus reeds.
There is currently installation of a gravity water system since the area has a lot of hills. Some houses are already receiving clean water in their homes, although very few. There is need to help the local people to clean their lake water as well as educating them about hygiene.

The volunteers will work on the further construction of the school, support its day to day running, water supply and sanitation of Lake Nyakasanda, environmental awareness and promoting eco-tourism.

Language: English

Leisure time: The project site is about 100km from Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park where gorillas are found, and Queen Elizabeth National Park and Mt. Rwenzori are also not very far. It is also possible to visit Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale near the border of Uganda and Rwanda and the hot springs in Kitagati Lake Mburo National Park.

Accommodation: In a house in the community. Please, bring your sleeping bag.

Location: Kebisoni Sub-county, Rubabo County, Rukungiri District, about 360 km from Kampala in the western part of Uganda.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 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.

                                                                                                         

 

Help preserve the tropical forests of Uganda
Busia          October 10 - October 31, 2014

Volunteer project: This project is a partnership between the community of Buwuluhiro and local and international volunteers, to raise awareness on environmental conservation and management through reforestation. The local population is day by day increasing, and with more demand for fire wood, timber and other necessities from the forest, it is becoming an enemy of the environment. The project is therefore addressing the conservation, protection and environment degradation aspect for the benefit of the surrounding communities and teaching them to live in harmony with the environment. The conservation area covers 20 hectare of different species ranging from the original Mvule tree to the Pine tree. It is located in the eastern border town of Busia in the Mt Elgon Region. The major problems the project faces are bush fires, logging and cutting for fire wood.
We are looking for motivated volunteers willing to volunteer and help for the development, protection and conservation of the environment in Busia.

The international volunteer workcamp will help with mobilization and sensitization of the community. Volunteers' tasks include: tree planting, community mobilisation, sensitization, bush clearing and environmental awareness work.

The people in this area are Samia who descend of the Bamasaba in the Elgon Region. The volunteers will have the opportunity to learn about the Samia Culture during the project.

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

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted by local families in their huts, with an option of staying in a community hall.

Location: The project is located in the eastern border town of Busia (Kenya-Uganda border) in the slopes of Mt.Elgon. It's 230 km away from Kampala.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 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.

                                                                                                         

 

Empower women through knowledge and entrepreneurship
Butebe          November 6 - November 27, 2014

Volunteer project: The project is located in Kabarole district which was part of the Toro Kingdom; it became a district in 1980. The district is bordered by Bundibugyo in the west and north, Kasese in the south, Kamwenge and Kyenjojo in the east. The project was started by community women who formed an association to generate income within their homesteads, taking advantage of the developing tourism industry in the region. Mt Ruwenzori is seen within the vicinity, as well as other natural sites like Queen Elizabeth national park.

The volunteers will get involved in HIV/AIDS awareness and Family Life Education work. They will also support the income generation activities of the women. The aim of the project is to help Butebe families improve their standard of living by selling crafts and processing locally available fruits. This would help young women live their life to full potential.

Language: English

Accommodation: Participants will be accommodated at host families.

Location: Butebe Village, Burahya County, Karambi Sub-county, Kabarole District, about 350 km east of Kampala.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 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 volunteer and training center in Kampala
Kampala          November 7 - November 28, 2014

Volunteer project: We are putting up a permanent volunteer and training center in the region of Kampala to cater for the increasing demand for skilled labour and volunteer opportunities. The center will accommodate volunteers, trainees and youth from Uganda and other countries of the East African region, and will work as a one stop center for regional integration.

Volunteers are needed to help accomplish this project. The group will take part in the construction of the volunteer and training center. The volunteers will also work on raising awareness and developing strategies for the effective operation of the center.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in host families.

Location: Kampala

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 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.

                                                                                                         

 

Construction of water and sanitation facilities for a rural primary school
Mukono          November 7 - November 21, 2014

Volunteer project: With this project we would like to improve the facilities and learning environment in a village primary school in Mukono District, 20 km from Kampala. The long-term goal is to increase school enrollment and attendance, and to provide quality education for the village kids. The school has over 300 children, but very poor sanitation facilities and insufficient staff to tend to the growing children population. One of the permanent structures was recently taken down by heavy downpours.

The volunteer group will join the construction of water and sanitation facilities at the school and will be teaching in classroom. The volunteers will also organise activities with the local people, aiming to raise awareness of the role of the school for the community and mobilize support for its activities.

Language: English

Accommodation: Housing is provided in host families in the community.

Location: The project is based in Mukono District, 20 km from the capital Kampala, in the Central region of Uganda.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 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.

                                                                                                         

 

Environmental protection and AIDS prevention in Buwenge
Buwenge          December 5 - December 19, 2014

Volunteer project: This program was initiated by a youth group in Buwenge, in Jinja District in Eastern Uganda about 20 years ago. They had realized the importance of protecting the natural environment after seeing how the community had been affected by deforestation. A big number of trees had been cut down for fire wood and charcoal burning for sale, and many people were destroying the wetland areas by cultivating them to grow food crops. There was an acute shortage of rain and food in the area and poverty was at its most rampant. Community members took up reforestation and quite a good number of trees have been grown since then.
In 2006, there was an outbreak of epidemic diseases in Buwenge Township, like cholera, typhoid, diarrhea, dysentery, an increase in the malaria cases, and jiggers had invaded the region. This was as a result of poor waste collection methods used by the town council (there was not even a truck for removing waste to the final disposal sites) and lack of basic hygiene in the average household. The town had turned into a stinking place due to the littering of the water sources with solid wastes. Since then, the Town Council, community members and international volunteers have worked together for improving the standards for waste collection and disposal.

The volunteers will be involved in various environmental protection activities in Buwenge: tree planting, advocacy for wetland management, nature conservation, waste collection and management. The participants in this project will also be given the opportunity to participate in the HIV/AIDS awareness work and testing at Buwenge Hospital.

Language: English

Leisure time: This project is located very near to the Lake Victoria, the source of River Nile, and to the Bujagali Falls, Jinja. It is possible to visit the Sipi Falls in Kapchorwa District and Mt. Elgon in Mbale in the free time.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in a village house in Buwenge.

Location: Buwenge Town, Kyerida Parish, Munyegera Zone, Kamuli District - Jinja, about 150 km east of Kampala.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 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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