This volunteer program works with young people in schools to equip them with environment conservation knowledge and basic Eco-friendly farming skills.
About the Program
This program aims at working with young people in schools to actively engage in conserving our environment since this is a collective responsibility and in many cases they are left out yet they have much input they can contribute in this struggle. The program aims at giving the power to young people themselves to improve the condition of their own schools to make them more sustainable and livable.
This program is a hands-on environmental program that aims at creating more sustainable communities through active involvement of young people to shape the face of their future environment starting with their own schools as their conservation units.
The program aims at engaging more young people in outdoor conservation activities in a fun and enjoyable way. Young people plant trees in schools and communities, students/pupils raise school tree nurseries and distribute seedlings to the community to plant for free and thus making their communities greener and more sustainable.
Many schools in rural areas where we work still face many social issues which the schools alone can’t manage to solve on their own. These issues vary school to school and they include the following;
How we are solving the social issues..
We work with these young people to take collective action and solve some of these issues, one at a time and together we will have our schools more livable and sustainable.
We sensitise pupils/students on effects of littering and engage in recycling and reusing some of the waste in schools instead of just throwing it away,
Plant both fruit and non-fruit trees in schools in form of orchards and woodlots to improve school tree cover and provide firewood to schools in the future.
School gardens are a cheap source of vegetables and other indigenous food for pupils to have something to eat while at school so that they don't go to class with an empty stomach. We have therefore started working with schools to allocate school gardens where pupils can grow some food such as vegetables and fruits.
Your roles as a Conservation knowledge teacher.
If you have any cool ideas in waste recycling or re-using, you will share them with the students/pupils to minimize littering and improper waste disposal in schools. This way you will have improved the hygiene condition of schools and reduced contamination of school lands and grounds which will make schools more attractive and healthier to live in.
The volunteers will work with schools to educate students/pupils on environment protection, how to grow healthier food in school gardens, and best farming practices. This way you will have provided a reliable source of food and fed many students/pupils in these schools.
Volunteers shall work with pupils and students to establish orchards (fruit tree gardens) in our eco-schools which will provide fruits to improve students/pupils nutrition while at school and some will be used for learning purposes.
If you’re passionate about outdoor activities, you will be taking pupils to natural surroundings to discover natural habitats of micro and macro creatures (butterflies, birds, ants, and others) so that young people can appreciate nature and learn how to preserve these eco systems.
Our students/pupils want to learn better English too! Volunteers who can teach English as a bonus activity during their stay are welcome! Some pupils can’t read/write short stories or speak good English, by helping with teaching English you will have helped to improve pupils’ literacy levels.
During your work with the school, you will work with a students or pupils’ patron and our field supervisor who will guide you on your daily activities.
A typical day in this program will start at 8am with breakfast and head to the school, make necessary preparations to capture the school's needs and how best to support them. You will work with the pupils/students on daily Outdoor projects to make the schools more sustainable on topics of waste management, tree planting, gardening and other related topics basing on the school's need. You can also show your support by teaching English as an extra activity. You will have lunch on time and dinner will be served between 7pm and 8pm and then the volunteer will rest until the next morning.
Arrival: With the exception of January and December, volunteers can arrive any time of the year. However during Christmas period, schools close as early as 16th December until 1st February the next year. Therefore volunteers interested in working with this program should consider this break when preparing for their trip.
When you arrive in Uganda, we will be there at the airport to welcome you to the Pearl of Africa. We will escort you to our operation area which is 3hours drive away from Entebbe airport.
You will however meet your meet your own airport pickup costs.
* On arrival in Uganda, you will get a tourist visa at Entebbe airport at USD $50.
Volunteer will be free to use their free time for excursions especially during weekends or selected days other than week days.
Volunteers will be free to spend their free time in Masaka town which is about 15 minutes from where they will be working from. Volunteers may also choose to spend a few days or one of their weekends at one of Uganda's most popular National Parks especially Lake Mburo National park that is about 2 hours drive fro where the volunteer will be working. You can also spend some free time at Nabugabo Sand beach on Lake Victoria.Volunteers will have to pay extra fees for these activities.
Volunteers can also spend extra time with pupils/students on weekends having fun and play.
The fees include:
Volunteers will get a private bed room that is 10ft x10ft, well furnished with a bed, mosquito net and a power source.The volunteer will have to share a dining, sitting room and a bathroom with the host family.
The host families are with in the communities you will work in and they are safe and trusted families.
We will provide the volunteer with three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner/supper) You will get both local and international dishes on special days and for those who want to try new recipes on their own, they will be given the opportunity to have it.
Volunteers will also get bottled water and fruits included.
Volunteers with special dietary considerations such as vegetarians will be catered for based on their needs.