Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation Program in Uganda
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by Africa Sustainable Tourism Care Foundation
Times of day
Full time (30+ hrs/wk)
Short-Term (few weeks/months)
Lwanga Zone LC1, Kibuye Parish, Makindye Division West Constituency
P.O. Box 29523, Kampala, Uganda – East Africa
Uganda depends heavily on environment and natural resources. Future sustainability in agriculture, food security and general livelihoods relies significantly on environmental conservation and sustainability. However, the country is subjected to environmental problems which put the economic, environmental and social development at risk. These include soil degradation, deforestation, drainage of wetlands, loss of biodiversity, pollution and unsanitary conditions.
Many of these problems are associated with poor management of water resources, poor farming methods, demographic pressures leading to land scarcity, and lack of efficient energy sources; resulting into food insecurity arising from drought and floods, outbreak of diseases such as malaria, water borne diseases associated with floods and respiratory diseases associated with droughts, and heavy rainfalls which increase land degradation. This is where you come in!
What will I be doing?
Volunteers in this field do hands-on work and have a direct impact on the preservation of the environment in the host communities. Participants may help to integrate environmental curricula in schools; promote sustainable utilization of natural resources— proper sanitation practices and alternative energy practices; promote environmental awareness activities— wastewater management, recycling, environmental youth clubs and park management; as well as promoting environmental approaches— sustainable agriculture, fuel efficient stoves and various agri-business strategies.
The project provides international participants with the opportunity to gain firsthand experience in agro-forestry, tree planting and reforestation, with focus on the Western Uganda Highlands. The program brings together international volunteers on a regular basis to construct nurseries both with schools and communities, transplanting trees to degraded forest sites and train communities on agro-forestry techniques.
Our volunteer programs are based both in the town of Fort Portal, which is located 300 kilometers from the capital city of Kampala and in Jinja town about 80 Kilometers east of the capital city of Kampala. The volunteer program begins on the first and third Monday of each month. Volunteers can choose to volunteer for periods ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks
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- Training Provided
- Housing Available
- Language/Cultural Support Available
- International Volunteers
How To Apply
Complete and submit our online application form with the details of your chosen program and dates. You will then receive an email confirming that ASTCF has received your application. Within 48 hours (2 working days), you will receive an email from your ASTCF Principle Program Consultant acknowledging your application and confirming the project and dates of your volunteer program. In this email, you will receive more information about your chosen program, as well as details on how to pay the non-refundable deposit on your program of US$150 which is required to validate and initiate the application process and to secure your placement. It will only take you a short time to complete this form: Online application.
Your trip advisor will talk you through how to pay your programme fee deposit and for any extra trips. As soon as your deposit on your Program Fee has been received by ASTCF, you will be provided with all the information and support you need to prepare for your upcoming volunteer program. We will be providing you advice about visas, immunizations, when to purchase your airline ticket and other things you will need to take care of before you depart. You will also receive a pre-departure handbook filled with valuable information about the country where you will be traveling as well as details about your specific program. The Pre-trip check list and your program invoice with instructions and the due dates of further payments of the remaining balance of the program fees not later than 4 weeks prior to your departure date or at the time of application if you apply within. In addition, our staff is always available to answer any questions you might have about your experience abroad.
After I Apply, What Happens Next?
Your trip advisor will be your point of contact throughout your preparations up until you finish your volunteer program. Your trip advisor will provide you with access to your ASTCF Information Booklet, providing detailed information specific to your chosen volunteer program, and fulfill all remaining administration duties with you.
We will be providing you advice about visas, immunizations, when to purchase your airline ticket and other things you will need to take care of before you depart. You will also receive a pre-departure handbook filled with valuable information about the country where you will be traveling as well as details about your specific program. The Pre-trip check list and your program invoice with instructions and the due dates of further payments of the remaining balance of the program fees not later than 12 weeks prior to your departure date or at the time of application if you apply within. In addition, our staff is always available to answer any questions you might have about your experience abroad.