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Big Beyond

Big Beyond

Big Beyond is an independent volunteer organisation passionate about empowering remote African communities to lead their own sustainable development, reducing human pressure on fragile conservation...

Volunteer

Location:
Kisoro, Uganda

Posted:
21 Dec 2012

Deadline:
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Uganda wildlife conservation volunteer

Motivated professionals are invited to join the team and live on the edge of Bwindi to work hand-in-hand with the local community across a range of critical conservation projects.

Kisoro, Uganda

Applicants are required to hold the relevant Visas/Work Permits

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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park sits on the edge of the Great Rift Valley in southwest Uganda. It’s one of the richest ecosystems in Africa providing a home to over half of the world’s population of incredible and rare Mountain Gorillas, and hundreds of just as important mammals, butterflies, birds, trees and plants. 

This is a skills-based volunteer programme so you’ll be applying your energy, professional knowledge and abilities to help build local capacity and form a positive relationship between the rural communities and the national park. You’ll be working to give Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, its surroundings, Mountain Gorillas and all the other wildlife a real future.

What will I be doing?

Within this programme there are a number of roles to fill throughout the year. Depending on when you’re looking to join the team, how long you’d like to stay, and what your background is, you could potentially become involved in scientific research, conservation education or the strategic side of environmental programmes. 

All volunteer placements are bespoke, tailored to individual skills, interests, passions and levels of experience, as well as the needs of local projects at the time. 

Tasks range from ecosystem research, mapping and monitoring, tree-planting schemes, kids wildlife clubs, environmental events, waste management projects and improving some of the water sources that feed directly into the home of the Mountain Gorilla. Some of the tasks will mean getting your hands dirty in the field, others creative, educational and interactive. One thing’s for sure - there’s a lot to do and our team will work hard designing you a brilliant personal placement that reflects your motivations and goals, as well as supporting the local conservation and development goals on the ground. 

During your volunteer placement you’ll be well integrated into the local community and the team. The local people are just fantastic and will welcome you with open arms. 

Where will I live?

We want to make your trip as comfortable as possible and give you a nice home to live in whilst you generously share your time to help the rural communities bordering Bwindi. You’ll live in a shared volunteer house situated within a quiet little village and there are fantastic sweeping views of Bwindi forest right from the garden. It’s remote and there’s no electricity or piped water here so we run on solar power and harvest bathing water. It’s a truly eco experience with a bit of a luxury edge! 

Who can go?

The range of roles we’d like to fill is diverse and we need lots of enthusiastic individuals with a range of skills and interests to make a difference. You don’t need a degree in conservation to join us…. the only thing we ask is that you’re over 18 and have the right attitude to volunteering and living in rural Africa, a strong work ethic and team spirit. 

Free time & travel:

There are loads of activities to suit different interests right on our doorstep. In your free time, you might enjoy a pretty challenging hike or perhaps a more chilled out walk amongst the gorgeous hills whilst you marvel at sweeping views of great the lakes, volcanoes and Bwindi forest. You can go on a trek through the rainforest to a breathtakingly beautiful waterfall or just simply bask in the garden with a good book. 

Gorilla tracking is of course a hugely popular activity when travelling to Bwindi, a truly exhilarating and an unforgettable experience. The tracking gates are literally 10 minutes from your house and in easy reach. Your passion may be to spot incredible and colourful species of birds, or see some of the ancient indigenous trees. Maybe the history and culture surrounding the Batwa Pygmy tribe will completely engross you and you just want to spend some time with the people, learning about their fascinating way of life. It’s a really sociable place to live so you’ll probably spend loads of time making new friends and just living like a local. 

For those that feel a travel urge, just a small journey away (possible on your weekends) you’ll find yourself in hot African savannah where tree climbing lions live, and buffalo, elephant and antelopes wander. Or perhaps you’d prefer to visit the huge snowcapped mountains of the Rwenzori’s for a really challenging hike and exploring forests in search of chimpanzees on the way… it’s a country of incredible contrast, diversity and a true blend of Africa.
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