Hear from a volunteer: Working with Big Beyond
Posted on October 21st, 2016
Cheryl joined us in Uganda for a second time in early 2016. Whilst with us she worked on a book about the lives and stories of the Women of Higabiro.
Imagine working in a place where the sounds of the community bounce of the valley walls. The sounds of children laughing, singing and playing; people working in the fields, conversations as people stop to chat along the road or the chopping of wood in preparation for lighting fires to cook. A place where you feel enveloped by the essence of the community. A unique and amazing place.
My name is Cheryl Phillips – I am a community development consultant in Australia. I recently revisited a Ugandan village where people live according to the rhythm of nature. I was working with Big Beyond – an organisation that focuses on sustainability and empowerment. Each volunteer takes on a project in order to make a difference – it is surprising how much can be achieved in a matter of a few weeks.
My project was to document the stories of local women. I felt privileged to listen to a wide diversity of women as they shared their story. These stories will be compiled into a book and be made available to tourists visiting the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where they come to discover the intrigue of silver back gorillas and their families.
The stories include both life stories and life events – those experiences that can be unique to different cultures e.g. birth of a baby, courtship, marriage and death. They also include stories from village storytellers and traditional healers.
I worked in Uganda with Big Beyond 4 years ago and so one of the great delights of this visit was to visit friends made during my first visit. Every walk along village roads meant catching up with friends from the past or a new friend made during this visit.
Look out for the book!
Destination Ethiopia: The Treasure of Hamar Heritage
Posted on January 20th, 2016
Hamar are a tribe living in the Omo Valley of Ethiopia, East Africa. In this hidden corner of the world there are around 15 distinct tribes – and most of them continue their traditions from way back when. This is quite a feat in this fast changing world and on a continent so affected by colonists, missionaries, influential national and international ‘powers’ from above. May Hamar continue to treasure what’s important to them, and be treasured.
Project Insight: Very proudly made in Uganda
Posted on January 12th, 2016
21 Reasons to Travel & Experience The World
Posted on January 11th, 2016
The Kaleidoscope of Travel. How can world travel be so important in life? Experiences through travel can revitalise our senses and fundamentally transform us for the better, if you let them.
10 Reasons to choose a travel sabbatical in Africa
Posted on November 9th, 2015
Sabbaticals or career breaks are an absolutely fabulous idea. They’re a big opportunity and we would love to inspire more people to make them happen, whether it’s a quest for adventure, personal development, philanthropy or simply time-out from the norm.