Volunteering in Uganda and Rwanda

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Gorilla Highlands volunteers building the organisation, improving cooking skills at Lake Bunyonyi, doing multimedia and teaching Batwa “Pygmies” English

Introduction to Gorilla Highlands Volunteering

Wish to contribute your energy and skills to the Gorilla Highlands Initiative? Volunteer work is at the centre of our concept and everyone is welcome, from Uganda, Rwanda and abroad. Gorilla Highlands volunteering is about mixing international people and young East Africans, making small teams and learning from each other.

There are various volunteering options and volunteer jobs available:

Please visit Volunteer Options for the details and check out Volunteer Jobs before you Apply.

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photo: Anika Utke, Paul Ishimiwe and Miha Logar; featured photo: David Esteban

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Volunteering Options

Edirisa on Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda
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Swimming classes at Edirisa on Lake Bunyonyi

Volunteering Options

Guest volunteer: Do you feel like enjoying Uganda’s gorgeous Lake Bunyonyi and Rwanda’s gateway to mountain gorillas without any obligations? Don’t know if you can commit just yet? Simply stay at Edirisa on Lake Bunyonyi and/or in at a our homestay in Musanze Town as a paying customer, and we will see where you can chip in. You can request the status of a guest volunteer or a specialist later on. Oh, and you can also do Learn From Africa without any need to commit!

Arrival at the new home in Musanze, Rwanda
The homestay in Musanze in July 2019

We offer affordable accommodation, priced the same at Lake Bunyonyi and in Musanze:

camping in own tent: USD 4
camping in our fully-equipped tent: USD 6
dorm bed: USD 8
single/double room: USD 24

Core volunteer: You want to have a life outside of Gorilla Highlands volunteering? Believe that part-timing would be the best fit? No problem. As long as we can count on your help for a minimum of 6 hours a day, 5 days a week, we are happy to give you serious accommodation and food discounts. We do, however, expect you to go through 4 days of Learn From Africa first.

The longer your period of commitment, the more you will save. These are our daily discounted charges for accommodation and staff meals:

 own tent + staff mealsour tent + staff mealsshared room + staff mealsprivate room + staff meals
if you pay for a week or more in advance$8$10$12$26
if you pay for a month or more in advance$7$9$10$24
if you pay for 3 months or more in advance$9$20
if you pay for 5 months or more in advance$8$17

Specialist volunteer: Wanna go the whole way and become our staff member? Ready to put in at least 50 hours a week in your field of expertise? As long as you have specialist skills or local knowledge that we need, we will be glad to accommodate you and feed you free of charge. We still highly recommend that you participate in the Learn From Africa program as it will let you maximise your experience and contribution, but that is not a must.

Online volunteer: Can’t join us in Uganda or Rwanda? That’s unfortunate but it doesn’t mean that you can’t get involved! From social media marketing to graphic design to web development, a lot of essential work can be done from anywhere in the world. We would be thrilled to have you on (our Trello) board

photo: Miha Logar and Marcus Westberg; featured photo: David Esteban

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Volunteer Jobs

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Volunteer Jobs

This list of jobs is only intended to give you some idea of what is possible; it is not complete in any way. Ideas and personal projects are welcome but they need to be solid enough to assure sustainability even after the initiator has left.

Multimedia

– record and edit videos for the Gorilla Highlands YouTube Channel
– work on the next edition of the Gorilla Highlands Pocket Guide
– help with research and design of maps
– prepare content for social networks
– become our photographer

Promotion

– organise the next Silverchef cooking competition and other promotional events
– regularly meet existing and potential Gorilla Highlands partners inside and outside the region
– train Gorilla Highlands partners in social media
– distribute the Gorilla Highlands Pocket Guide

Primary School Activities

– prepare school workshops for children (cultural exchange, hygiene, …)
– organise non-school events for children (including weekend ones)
– lead physical exercise activities
– develop children’s reading culture
– help with career guidance

Organisational

– train staff (first aid, cooking, IT, construction, …)
– help with accounting, budgeting and planning
– develop new business ideas
– set up a volunteer wiki database

Edirisa on Lake Bunyonyi

– develop and beautify the compound
– prepare a design concept for painting the walls of buildings and implement it
– introduce new facilities (like a rope swing)
– plant herbs and vegetables
– develop composting
– create a recipe book that effectively uses local ingredients
– build a stone based water purifier
– start (cray)fish farming
– teach swimming
– build an artificial island

photo: Marcus Westberg; featured photo: David Esteban

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The upload is only required if you are applying for Specialist Volunteering. We, however, also appreciate it if you are interested in Guest, Core or Online Volunteering.

featured photo: David Esteban

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