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Big Beyond

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Last modified: March 25, 2014, 7:19 AM

Description

Tailored volunteering in East Africa

International volunteering can be an investment in you, your career and sustainable development for Africa.

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If you choose the right opportunity, it will shape your skills, contribute to your professional and personal growth and provide a unique opportunity for a productive break away from University or your workplace.

Besides including incredible international travel where you truly immerse in another culture and place, it's an avenue to show commitment to sustainable development for underprivileged parts of the world through a meaningful cause.

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Big Beyond facilitate bespoke & full-board international volunteer programmes to ensure each individual joining our team achieves their goals, and the local projects do the same.

We're passionate about supporting conservation and sustainable development in remote parts of the world through working directly with local communities. Our volunteers help build the capability of local people to live more prosperous, healthy and environmentally-friendly lives, whilst simultaneously working hard to protect endangered national parks and save the world's last remaining wildlife.

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Who volunteers with Big Beyond?

People who are passionate, motivated and looking for an experience that's unique.

Our volunteers range from high flying professionals and retirees from different sectors, to students and graduates. They come from all around the world.

They're a down to earth bunch of people that are up for doing something a little out-of-the-ordinary.

Some volunteers join us during annual leave, others grab the opportunity at a career cross-roads or for their gap year .... and, there's not one reason for getting involved - it may be to explore through travel, to build skills or to give back.

Opportunities in Uganda

the story

Deep in rural southwest Uganda bordering the ancient Bwindi Impenetrable Forest lies a remote community including one of the most marginalised ethnic groups in the world - the Batwa. This traditional hunter-gather tribe (often referred to as pygmies) once lived in the forest, but were forced to relocate to scattered settlements on Bwindi's borders after it was gazetted as a national park to protect the rare Mountain Gorillas in 1994.

Today a growing population of Batwa and other tribes farm intensively right to the forest's edge in the remote hills of this forgotten corner of East Africa. People no longer have access to the wood, meat, veg and medicine once on tap from nature.

We're now in a period of shifting towards improved livelihoods in a different world.

Big Beyond operate beyond handouts towards new and sustainable opportunities. As an organisation we build skills and knowledge amongst local communities, made possible through our amazing dedicated volunteer team. Our approach is holistic so we're leading and supporting health, education, enterprise, culture and environment projects.

Which projects can I participate in Big Beyond Uganda?

We're looking for many different skill-sets and interests to aid the success of a diverse range of projects. You'll be working right at the grassroots of remote development - that's both fascinating and challenging.

We don't actually offer the well-known building projects or staff for orphanages - this is a skills-sharing opportunity where you'll help us to make a serious impact.

All volunteer programmes with Big Beyond are tailored to your strengths and interests, as well as local conservation & development objectives. You may work across a range of projects or concentrate on one.

Depending on your specific experience and interests, you could work across initiatives to...

  • help generate sustainable income for subsistence farmers
  • write basic financialplans or develop marketing strategies
  • improve the quality of education for kids and adults
  • support conservationto ultimately protect Mountain Gorillas and the wider ecosystem
  • strengthen community health through informative sessions or events
  • build skills and ideas for top-notch community tourism and hospitality
  • research and help understand cultural heritage way back before colonial times
  • produce documentaries hand-in-hand with local people through a film club,
  • ... and many more opportunities to get involved

We will also be launching programmes in Ethiopia in 2014 – so watch this space!

When can I join the Big Beyond team?

We're recruiting year-round for projects. We have two monthly intake dates (limited places available at any one time).

2014: every 2 weeks from January 5th.

How long can I volunteer?

You can join the team from just 2 weeks up to 12 months. We recommend at least one month (3 months is perfect) but we value any amount of time you're able to contribute and will ensure it's rewarding and productive whatever your timeframe.

What does it cost & what's included?

Big Beyond facilitate and manage top-notch and full-board expeditions. This means you're well looked after before and during your trip, you can concentrate entirely on the projects you came to do, have the biggest impact and the rest of your time will be left for amazing leisure activities outside your work.

This includes your bespoke volunteer programme design, pre-departure preparation guide and assistance, arrival and departure airport transfers, orientation programme, three meals a day, drinking water, local project transport when necessary (much is reached on foot), a big amazing team on the ground to facilitate your work and play, internet (but beware of slow speeds and power is limited here!), travel and leisure advise on tap for incredible weekends away or exploring the area, and... a unique platform to easily integrate right into the community from day one.

How to apply to join us?

STEP 1 Schedule a call with Lizzie (email lizzie@bigbeyond.org)to talk about you, us, the projects and exchange questions. Or you can call us (UK) 0800 6446203

STEP 2 Receive an invitation letter to join the team

STEP 3 Confirm your place on the team for the available dates by putting down a deposit of £350 (the balance isn't due until 8 weeks before your arrive).

STEP 4 Complete an online questionnaire to create your profile so we can get to work on your bespoke placement

STEP 5 Book your flights and rightly so, get hugely excited : )

We hope to see you soon!

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  • Calling all Film & TV Professionals! Africa Film Project - Program

    Last updated:
    December 9, 2013
    Location:
    Bwindi, Western Region, Uganda
    Description:
    Are you a Researcher, AP, Producer, Director, Editor or Camera Operator with experience in the film and television industry? Are you a Media Studies or Film/TV ...

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