Times of day
Full time (30+ hrs/wk)
Short-Term (few weeks/months)
Yellow Knife Street
Climate change is a reality that many people in farmer communities still take as a myth and have not taken enough action to combat or reduce its effects to their day today activities. It is because of this that livelihoods of thousands are failing day by day as they cant grow enough food for their families or generate income from what they grow as it all lost in the field.
We need a volunteer that can work closely with these communities in conservation activities and best land use practices. The volunteer will work with farmers, local leaders and community members we work with to establish various conservation and sustainability strategies. We are interested in someone who can bring innovative ways and technologies that local people in our communities can adopt to be more resilient to the threats that climate change is posing to their livelihoods.
Volunteers can also choose to work with young people in Schools in an environment education program, draw effective action plans, establish school tree nurseries, plant trees with the pupils/students at school or communities around the schools that we work with. Working with children and youth in schools will help bring up a generation that is extra cautious about conservation and sustainability of their livelihoods in the near future.
You will work with local people especially smallholder farmers in the community to create sustainable solutions to environmental problems and challenges they face using locally available resources.
You will conduct trainings and demonstrations for farmers on climate change mitigation methods and better farming methods that can be integrated in their conventional farming inorder to realize better yields and income from their livelihood activities.
Conducting informational meetings on the impact of climate change to smallholder farming with local farmers, leaders and community.
Organising tree planting campaigns and sensitizing communities on benefits of tree integration on their farmlands and environment.
Designing easy to understand training material about climate change mitigation, waste management, organic farming, sustainable energy/ renewable energy and other vital topics for local people in the communities you will be working with.
Share knowledge on conservation practices to farmers, students and pupils.
· Knowledge in climate change mitigation and conservation methods.
· Knowledge on sustainable soil and land management.
· Environmental conservation and sustainability.
· Waste management and recycling.
· Knowledge on renewable energy options.
· Agroforestry and tree management.
Good communication skills.
ABOUT YOUR STAY
- Volunteers are welcome year round
- We will be available to welcome you from the airport. However, you will need to meet your own airport pick up or drop off costs. The project location is a 3 hour drive from Entebbe Airport.
- A Ugandan Tourist Visa for $50 USD is available at the airport upon your arrival at Entebbe. Please provide documentation of your vaccinations, specifically Yellow Fever, as this vacation is MANDATORY for all travelers entering Uganda.
- You will be receiving a cultural orientation about Uganda and villager lifestyles, learn basic Luganda to converse with the locals and basic training about the project you're to work on.
Volunteers pay an affordable fee of $8 USD per day which caters for their accomodation, meals, bottled water and local transport in the project area.
You will be staying with one of our host families in the community where you will be working. Our host families are wisely selected and they also speak English. The distance to the community groups or schools you will be working can be accessed through walking, or by a motorbike.
Volunteers will be provided with three local Uganda meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner). Fruit and bottled water are also included. We are also able to cater to special dietary restrictions or allergies.
Internet: Internet can be accessed through cafes and restaurants in Masaka town, or purchased with your smartphone through a Uganda SIM Card. Some volunteer tasks require a laptop, so it is encouraged that volunteers bring their own.
The villages or communities you will be working with are 12-15 minutes to Masaka Town, an urban center. We encourage you to spend your free time in Masaka to explore, as there are restaurants, small shops, and handicrafts.
Volunteers are expected stay for at least one week. But please note that any period longer than two weeks will be more impactful for both the community, and volunteer.
Free Time: There are many places to explore, such as parks, cafes, bars, or social functions. You will also be able to meet other volunteers from different organizations in selected spots in Masaka Town.
We can arrange for you local Safaris/tours to visit Uganda’s National Parks (Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth, etc) to see many wild animals such as hyenas, antelopes, hippos, and much more! Lake Mburo National Park is located only 2 hours away from Maska. You can also visit Nabugabo Sand Beach, or take a trip to Lake Victoria. Volunteers are responsible for all expenses incurred from free time activities, as they are of additional cost.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
- Training Provided
- Housing Available
- Language/Cultural Support Available
- International Volunteers