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CIIRD Uganda

Teach Conservation Knowledge

Lwengo, Uganda

NGO | CIIRD Uganda

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;

  • High levels of littering among students/pupils with plastic and other kinds of waste that pupils collect from different areas and just throw them away anyhow using them which later find their way everywhere and in the soil and this degrades the quality of our land.
  • High levels of soil erosion in both their compounds and school gardens and thus leading to soil loss and poor yields from school gardens.
  • The school compounds are so bare with limited vegetation and pupils don’t enjoy any outdoor activities since compounds don’t have any trees to rest and play in during breaks/free time.
  • Many pupils in many government schools are not provided with lunch since they have to pay extra fees for it and this affects their concentration in class.
  • Schools are leading consumers of wood and thus responsible for the high rate of forest loss in our area and this still continues until something is done.

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.

Typical day

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.

Tasks:

  • Share innovative conservation knowledge and skills with students/pupils.
  • Participate in implementation school conservation activities,tree planting campaigns, etc
  • Participate designing school vegetable gardens and orchards.
  • Raising vegetables and sharing better gardening skills with students/pupils.
  • Sensitise pupils/students and teachers on best school-based conservation practices.
  • Represent CIIRD in school planning meetings and workshop.
  • Any other environment related roles.


Details on Arrival

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. 

Free-time activities

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.

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Sports
Yoga/Meditation

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). Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
Environment, Outdoor activities, English at University, High school level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Organic gardening.
Orchard management
Environment conservation ideas.
Waste management
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 15:30

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+
Wheel Chairs

Any questions? Just ask. We at CIIRD Uganda are happy to help you.

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The fees include:

  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals a day
  • Bottled water
  • Transport in project area

Accommodation

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.

Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

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.


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. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
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.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Uganda you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Uganda.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$335.00
6 weeks
$491.00
8 weeks
$647.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$960.00
Average fees
$82.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Lwengo/Uganda between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. CIIRD Uganda will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with CIIRD Uganda during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
Africa Eastern Africa Uganda Lwengo, Katwe road, masaka
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