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Big Beyond

Community Health Ambassadors

We work in health prevention. Projects may include teaching preventative methods, running events, doing health research or improving the local clinic.

About the Program
This is an ongoing project to continually develop sustainable solutions for a healthier community. This is a rural and remote location where healthcare services often don't match up to countrywide averages. Health is a critical foundation for sustainable development in Africa, but also for conservation - the gorillas, for example, are incredible susceptible to human disease. Our health-based projects focus on communities in the villages that border Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

We are passionate about inspiring local people to take simple measures that prevent illness, mortality rates and medical bills, generally promoting happier and healthy lives. Big Beyond does not give out medicine or physically treat patients, so only those that are interested in health prevention should join this program.


Big Beyond Uganda volunteers live within the Great Rift Valley on the edge of a mountain rainforest called Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, in the far south west of the country. It's a breathtaking little corner of the world, home to one of the world's most endangered primates - the incredible Mountain Gorilla.

Green, lush, mountainous and remote, it's not dry dusty Africa some may know and you'll be travelling away from the masses, to a very friendly community we know you'll enjoy living in. We're nestled in a beautiful small village right on the southern borders of one of Africa's most impressive national parks, surrounded by rolling hills, majestic lakes, tropical rainforest, extinct volcanoes - it's an awesome landscape with immense biodiversity.

Projects are based in and around the "town" (or big village) which will sometimes involve walking to reach the people you're working with, particularly if it's the Batwa tribe who live right on the edges of the forest where there's no road. It's a place where you'll keep fit (if you like that sort of thing), but for those that don't, nothing is very far away. In your free time the hiking is brilliant, the wildlife surreal, you're surrounded by nature and you get to live and work with fun, inspiring local people. This unique opportunity offers you authentic immersion in rural Africa where you'll feel totally safe, relaxed and inspired every day.

Suitable for


Typical day

You will be working from Monday to Friday including the following activities.
  • Teaching the basic disease prevention to both adults and/or children, including the topics of nutrition; water; hygiene and sanitation; birth control; first aid; or perhaps oral health to individuals or small groups. 
  • Helping to run awareness events to communicate health messages amongst the public;
  • Involved in the Healthiest Schools Programme or engaging youth Health Clubs;
  • Part of developing and implementing affordable and innovative tools such as domestic hand-washing stations, including Tippy Taps;
  • Spending some time improving the local clinic and their services if your background fits; or
  • Helping with our research to build a deeper understanding around health issues in the community or the role of traditional medicine.
We stress that you are not expected to be a qualified doctor to get involved in this health program. If you are - great - your experience will be greatly appreciated, but we also invite individuals with some knowledge on health issues, compassion and enthusiasm. The communities here will always be appreciative of your time and we hope that you will learn a lot, as well!

Program Requirements

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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
Required Documents
Our own sign-up questionnaire
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
You are not expected to be a doctor or nurse, just come with bounds of enthusiasm, compassion and some knowledge of health issues.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Any questions? Just ask. We at Big Beyond are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

You're well placed to explore one of the most beautiful regions of Africa! We can help organise incredible adventures, from cultural explorations to wildlife and wellness experiences. The local area is perfect for trail running, hiking, gentle strolls, bakiga dancing and learning new skills from the local people.

Of course one thing you shouldn't miss when you come to this part of the world is gorilla trekking. You need a permit to track gorillas in Bwindi and only 12 permits are issued per day per gorilla group, in order to limit human to animal contact. We can help organise your permit.
Day or weekend trips could also include climbing the Virunga Volcanoes, relaxing at Lakes Bunyoni or Mutanda, or perhaps safari at Queen Elizabeth National Park

Activities are not included in the programme, fee but we will help make arrangements for you in advance of your trip so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the excitement of what’s to come. If you’d prefer to decide once you’re out there - that’s no problem either, just speak to our expert team in Uganda and they’ll organise everything for you.

Water Sports

Included Services

What's included?
Accommodation - Three meals a day, Water - Transport to project location from Kigali - Transport to project sites for work - Ugandan SIM card -Big Beyond shirt
Airport Pickup at Kigalin International

You’ll be escorted by one of the Big Beyond team from Kigali, across the border to your new home in Uganda. The journey is a combination of private vehicle and public transport. The journey takes about 5 hours door to door and goes past some beautiful scenery, so get a window seat and start getting excited!


Our cosy and rural retreat has bed space for ten people. Depending on how many volunteers are around, you may have your own room, although it’s more likely that you’ll be sharing. Some rooms have bunk beds, others singles and there’s a double bed for any resident couples. Bedding and mosquito nets are provided. We harvest water from rain and heat it over a fire, so you'll be able to indulge in hot showers. There's also a cosy, communal living and dining area, both inside and out.

Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

We will provide three vegetarian, nutritious and locally-sourced meals a day, sometimes traditionally Ugandan (chapatti, sweet potato and rice) and sometimes a little more international (pizza, homemade bread and lentil curry). There's not refrigeration and there's also not a wide range of food available here, as you may be used to, but we try to be creative at mealtimes.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
9 weeks
11 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Bwindi/Uganda between 4 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Big Beyond 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 Big Beyond during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Uganda

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Uganda. Please check the visa regulations for Uganda.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Uganda and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Uganda.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Uganda.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Kigalin International (KGL) in Kigali. 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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Uganda you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Uganda.
What can you do in leisure-time in Uganda while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
Bwindi, Bwindi, Uganda

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