Uganda has rich cultural history that’s admired throughout the world, and if you’d like to embrace and promote the unique tribal diversity surrounding Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, then the Cultures of Bwindi Programme could be just for you. It’s a brilliant opportunity to be involved with fascinating cultural initiatives, which will give you a serious insight into indigenous forest tribes including the Pygmy Batwa tribe.
Big Beyond Uganda Volunteers will team-up with locals to develop projects aiming to celebrate their culture with the rest of the community and visitors alike. UNESCO has put culture at the heart of development in Uganda because they see it as a fundamental component of sustainable development and a powerful contributor to economic growth, social stability and environmental protection.
The Cultures of Bwindi Programme may involve building a cultural museum as well as finding artifacts and stories to display in it. There’s also a traditional herbal medicine garden alongside this. Tasks may include working along-side a variety of performers keen to celebrate their traditions through dance, stories, plays and ceremonies and create shows in the new amphitheatre for tourists as well as local people. Also the Pygmy Batwa tribe are developing an interactive forest trail inside Bwindi that will demonstrate how they used to live and survive entirely in the forest, side-by-side with the mountain gorillas, and they want Big Beyond Uganda volunteers to help them create a top-notch experience for visitors. A cultural festival is also in the making to exhibit and celebrate the diversity of cultures around the park - so seriously plenty to do, and hands-on input from Big Beyonders is needed.
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