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Uganda Tree Nursery and Reforestation Project

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. 

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

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

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