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CIIRD Uganda

Village Conservation Assistant

NGO | CIIRD Uganda

This position is open to volunteers interested in working with local people to improve their adaptation and resilience to climate change and its effects.

About the Program

This programs works with rural community members who are joining efforts to rehabilitate their degraded communities so they can be able to sustain their community needs and livelihoods.

Many rural communities in our areas entirely depend on land resources for their subsistence needs such as food. With the rising levels of degradation and loss of green cover from trees and other vegetation from wetlands, many local people in rural villages are facing high levels of crop failure, loss of livestock due to drought condition that don’t favour these activities.

Our villages have suffered high levels of degradation and the only solution is to rehabilitate degraded areas and conserving natural resources in these villages such as wetlands and other natural water sources.

We are working with local people especially smallholder farmers in these villages to jointly create more a sustainable environment by rehabilitating the degraded land by encouraging farmers to integrate tree growing in their farm activities and enterprises.

We also work with communities and institutions in the community to conserve the environment, improve their resilience to climate change and its effects. Through community cleanups, tree planting campaigns on public lands such as churches, hospitals/health centers, trading centers and sharing of environment protection knowledge and action plans.

Some of the key issues that the program seeks to address include;

  • Reduce the rate of natural resource loss and degradation of farmland resources.
  • Food insecurity among rural farmer families.
  • The loss of farm tree cover that is raising the need to encroach on natural forests for wood fuel and other purposes.

In the Village conservation program, volunteers will work mostly with smallholder farmers and community members and will engage local leaders and institutions where necessary especially during designing and implementation of conservation action plans.

The program mainly targets smallholder farmers who directly face the adverse effects of climate change and thus seeks to address these environmental challenges for a more stable environment and increased improved farm output.

Your roles as a Village Conservation Assistant

As a volunteer, you will work with local groups of people and farmer families in rural communities design and implement conservation action plans to protect and conserve key natural resources in the villages through lasting solutions that make villages more sustainable and productive.

You will participate in community tree planting campaigns and/or helping out with raising tree seedlings on our Demo farm in Luteete village,

You shall also sensitise local people on effects of climate change and how best local people especially smallholder farmers can adapt to the adverse impacts.

Volunteers shall also share conservation and sustainability information with local people through environment education campaigns.

Your workplace surroundings

Volunteers will be working in a rural setting with great people willing to welcome any helping hand towards their work.

The area has good internet access however, you will need a personal computer because the people you will be working with may not have computers. The area is close to places where you can access internet cafes in case you need this service.

You will be staying with one of our host families in the community where you will be working, our host families are wisely selected and they speak English so, you won’t have any language barriers with them.

You wont need transport while in the area since the distance to the community where you will be working with is so short and thus walkable in  about 9-12 minutes.

In this location is about 12 minutes drive to Masaka town which is an urban center where you will be able to do some more cool free time activities

Volunteers are expected stay for at least one week but you would make more impact if you choose a volunteer period longer than two weeks.

You should be willing to live and work with local people especially smallholder farmers in a rural community.

Uganda is one of the most gifted countries with beautiful weather conditions, so you won’t need any special wear. However you’re encouraged to have longer skirts or shorts since what you may consider to be normal wear in a western culture may be considered too short for locals you will be working with.

When you arrive in Uganda, we will be waiting for you in Entebbe and we will go with you to our operation area in Lwengo near Masaka.

On arrival, you will get cultural orientation about the local people and introductory classes to basics of the local language so that you can get some of what locals will be saying and speak to them too! 

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+
Wheel Chairs

Typical day

A typical day in a rural setting will be start at 8am with breakfast and head to the community to work with local people on conservation projects. You will have lunch between 12pm and 1pm  and then continue with the work until 3pm/4pm.

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 community groups.
  • Participate in project implementation activities.
  • Participate in field activities such sensitisations, tree planting campaigns, etc
  • Represent CIIRD in community meeting and workshop.
  • Any other environment related roles.

Details on Arrival

Arrival: Open throughout the year therefore volunteers can arrive any time of the year.


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.
* You will get a Uganda tourist visa when you arrive in Entebbe at USD $50.

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)
Required Documents
None
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Sustainable land management.
Sustainable/renewable energy.
Soil management and improvement.
Organic gardening.
Forestry and tree management.
Environment conservation ideas.
Grant writing.
Waste management
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 15:30

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

Contact Project Manager

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 such as Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison falls National Park, especially Lake Mburo National park that is only 2 hours drive from where the volunteer will be working. You can also spend some free time at Nabugabo Sand beach or take a trip to Ssese Islands on Lake Victoria.

Volunteers will have to pay extra fees for these activities.

Water Sports
Concert/Music
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Sports
Yoga/Meditation
Contact & Reservation
$90
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$90
/week
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weeks
1 - 12
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age
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Airport Pickup
Housing
Food
Internet
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The fees include:
  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals a day
  • Bottled water

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 working 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?
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Costs (Prices in USD)
1 week (min. stay)
$100.00
2 weeks
$178.00
3 weeks
$256.00
4 weeks
$335.00
6 weeks
$491.00
8 weeks
$647.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$960.00
Average fees
$90.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Masaka/Uganda between 1 week 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%)
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