Environment & Nature Conservation Assistants

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Coordinator | Stephen
Coordinator | Stephen
Educating indigenous communities about the need to conserve the environment and boosting the training team in constructing rain water tanks using waste plastic bottles. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

International Volunteers working alongside local volunteer teams, will help on sensitization of communities about Environmental and Nature Conservation basics . They will also have an opportunity to train in constructing rain water harvesting tanks using waste plastic bottles as bricks to further boost the rural communities' training teams in Kayunga District of Uganda.

Construction of rain water tanks with waste plastic bottles is an innovation by BUVAD, used to conserve the environment and nature, mobilizing end user communities to prudently reuse the accumulating waste plastic bottles in Uganda and the rest of the world .

There is room for both long and short-term volunteers to run workshops and work on other projects.There is a lot of room for independence and decision-making when you volunteer for BUVAD.

BUVAD assumes you will have deep passion on the subjects you wish to create workshops on .  This is something that we will confirm as we go through the application process with each other.  What we need over and above your valuable ability is that you as an individual are able to act with a high degree of responsibility, love, passion, independence and that you are by nature a proactive person.  We already know by first hand experience that most people willing to volunteer possess these traits.    

Typical day

Volunteers will work from Monday up to Saturday of every week, working 8 hrs a day .
However a volunteer is free to discuss plans for more rest days, may be to make a tour visit to some of the tourist attraction sites or relaxation centers in Uganda at their own discretion on the first day of arrival. Most workshops are 50% theoretical and 50% practical on a daily basis.

Free-time activities

There a a lot of things todo: Visiting local families, reading novels, watching Television movies,  Clubbing in the evenings...

Our volunteer residence and focal areas are located near several tour attractive locations you will want to make part of your schedule.  Many can be done in a day and some you can make overnight trips out of. 

  • Kayunga Town where you can find music and dancing at the recreation center, cinema halls, trading and restaurants, Clubbing in the evennings (7km)
  • Kangulumira, includes fishing and the Kalagala Waterfalls along the Nile, among other sites (20km)
  • Busaana, along the Nile and includes fishing and a ferry crossing into Jinja  (20km)
  • Bujagali Waterfalls, for rafting.  Good tourism facilities  (40km)
  • Lake Kyoga, located in Bbaale (60km)
  • There also Hotel lodges for camping along The Nile river within Kayunga District over the weekends and other free days.

Have fun along The Nile River banks at Kalagala water Falls site in Kayunga District.

Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
CV, Certificate of Education and any other proof
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Interest in giving back to the community
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 08:00 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by BUVAD
This money goes towards transportation and administrative costs, which are very difficult to get funding for as most grants go directly to programme implementation. BUVAD will discuss the issue of expenses for your workshop/work camp on an individual basis and hopes that you can fund raise at your ease, an amount you expect to spend on materials from your own community, friends or organizations. BUVAD will arrange for 3 meals a day to be provided to you by a support staff at the office. Your menu will consist of local food and BUVAD will communicate reasonable dietary requests to your cook. The cost of food per person is $35USD per week but could be lower depending on the number of people staying at one time and any changes to the menu. Please be flexible and understand that BUVAD will attempt to minimize food costs to you if possible and as this can only be done on an individual basis, we use $35 as a safe base of cost. BUVAD makes every effort to keep your costs to a minimum, as it is your talent and time that are most valuable to the community. If you are interested in volunteering long-term (above 1 month), BUVAD will discuss alternative arrangements with you concerning finances.

  • - Admin cost support for min stay (2 weeks) :  $150
  • - Feeding costs each week $35and for min stay (2 weeks): $70
  • - Project Materials (donation)           : Will depend on volunteer/s' capacity
Airport Pickup at Entebbe International Airport
Coming from Entebbe Airport, BUVAD will arrange pick up and delivery to the village. If you arrive late night then you will have to spend a night at a hotel. You can contact us for a cheap guest house connection. The trip to Kayunga from Kampala is done using public transport. Also BUVAD can sometimes arrange own means of transport once we can afford to raise the fuel to use in a friend’s car. Using public means, you will travel on a bus holding about 50 passengers that leaves Kampala. As these buses leave only after they fill with passengers and it might take a while, so bring a a novel to read. On the way back you will likely use one of the small group taxi’s that hold 14 passengers. These come by on the main road frequently and you will not have to wait long to catch one. Alternatively, the friends car would be of great help once money for fuel is available.

Our Centre, an offered residence owned by one of the volunteer staff, with sizeable space, has a guest room inside the main house and 2 guest rooms outside the main house but closed up in a wall fence with a lockable gate. The wash room and the toilets are located in the backyard. There is a porch overlooking the front of the guest rooms where you can sit to read a novel in your free time, make gymnastics early in the morning and or watching the moon and the stars at night. A bigger group of the volunteers can be hosted in beneficiary community families that provide a typical African setting.

Dorm Room Guest Family Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages
Your menu will consist of local food, fruits , vegetables fish and or animal beef depending on your choice . BUVAD will communicate reasonable dietary requests to your cook.
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Entebbe International Airport (EBB) in Entebbe. We assist you to find cheap flights to Uganda.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Uganda provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Uganda you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Uganda.

Dates & Fees

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 8 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 150
3 weeks
$ 175
8 weeks (max. stay)
$ 400
Average fees
$ 63 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. BUVAD will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with BUVAD during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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