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Uganda Tree Nursery and Reforestation Project

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Uganda Tree Nursery and Reforestation Project

Work with local communities to conserve Uganda’s forests and incredible biodiversity using agro forestry and reforestation techniques.

Prices from $995

Uganda lies landlocked on the Central African Plateau in East Africa and offers an incredible contrast of landscapes: semi deserts, savannah, lakes, the Nile, rainforests and mountain ranges. Tourism is a huge industry in Uganda with travellers flocking to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and wildlife, including the Big Five and its famous mountain gorillas. To quote Winston Churchill “For magnificence, for variety of form and colour, for profusion of brilliant life - bird, insect, reptile, beast - for vast scale - Uganda is truly the pearl of Africa.”

There are 60 areas in Uganda, including 10 national parks, in which the natural environment and critically endangered species are protected. In the last 20 years it is estimated that the two thirds of Uganda’s natural rainforest has been cleared and there is major concern that the designated protected areas will soon be under threat from increased human wildlife conflict, pressure from population growth, domestic and commercial deforestation and climate change. 

Much of Uganda’s rural population is heavily dependent on its natural resources for food, fuel and shelter. This creates a range of environmental threats such as soil degradation, deforestation, drainage of wetlands, loss of biodiversity and pollution. This project works directly with participating villages to raise environmental awareness, promote conservation and support sustainable livelihoods. Volunteers will assist communities with the design, establishment and management of tree nurseries, tree planting programmes and reforestation activities. 

Project Highlights

  • Gain experience of nursery management, agro forestry and reforestation techniques.
  • Work alongside local communities to create sustainable livelihoods
  • Help to protect and conserve Uganda’s beautiful environment for future generations
  • Experience life in a biodiversity hotspot

FAST FACTS

Location Fort Portal, Jinja or Kamuli, Uganda
Activities Locate new sites in which to establish tree nurseries
Construct nurseries and transplant trees
Promote agro forestry techniques to local communities
Help educate local schools on topical conservation issues
Experience the breathtaking biodiversity of Uganda
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation

Volunteer Guest House

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)
In-country Project orientation
Accommodation
3 meals a day
Airport pickup
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup
 

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

The long term goal of the project is to support government efforts to preserve the biodiversity and fragile ecosystems of Uganda. This is achieved by collaborating with local communities to control agricultural expansion into forested areas and regulating agricultural and livestock practices to reduce deforestation. 
 
Through its reforestation programme this project aims to lessen the pressure felt by the forests, thereby conserving vital habitats for endangered wildlife. By achieving this through education and awareness, the project will help to promote jobs, community capacity building, conservation management and educational opportunities and ultimately enable people to enhance their standard of living.
 

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Volunteers will spend all day working outdoors, weather permitting, gaining firsthand experience in agro forestry, tree planting and reforestation. 

You will assist with surveys of schools, individuals and farming groups interested in tree planting to identify potential new nursery sites. You will also help establish tree nurseries alongside project staff and the local community. During this process you will help train the local community on the design, construction and management of the nursery.

Volunteers will also be involved in transplanting young trees from the nursery sites to designated areas to meet the environmental needs of the local community.
You may also help with promoting the importance of agro forestry and tree planting within local schools and communities and provide training on agro forestry techniques.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

A member of staff from our local partner organisation in Uganda will meet you on arrival at Entebbe International Airport and take you to the volunteer guest house. 

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Accommodation is in same sex twin rooms in a local volunteer guest house. Each house has shared bathrooms with a western toilet, full kitchen facilities, a lounge area and Wi-Fi. ATMs, cafes, restaurants and supermarkets are a short walk away. 

 

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with three meals a day, prepared for you by a local staff member. A typical breakfast consists of tea, coffee, bread, preserves and scrambled egg. Lunch and dinner are filling and nutritious, with plenty of delicious local vegetables, fruit, rice, pasta, cassava and matooke (boiled green bananas). Chicken and beef is served several times a week to supplement the menu. 

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EXTRAS

Gorilla trekking tours in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park can be organised at weekends for volunteers. This is a fantastic opportunity to see the famous mountain gorilla in its natural habitat. 

In Jinja you can visit the source of the Nile or the Busoga Kingdom Palace or enjoy some extreme sporting opportunities such as white water rafting and bungee jumping. 

COSTS

2 weeks $995

4 weeks $1,695

6 weeks $2,245

8 weeks $2,895

extra weeks £ 300

DATES

Projects start on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month. 

DURATION

2 weeks +

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)

In-country

  • Project orientation
  • Accommodation 
  • Three meals a day
  • Airport pickup
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Entebbe/Kampala (EBB)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

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To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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