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How it works
  1. 1

    Choose your destination + volunteer programme + preferred start date + placement duration

    If you’re not sure which one is right for you request a call back for a one-to-one consultation. Note Intake dates may fill up quickly, especially in peak seasons, so enroll early! If you’re preferred dates are unavailable you can either go on the waiting list or select another date. If you’re traveling in a group please contact us to check availability and receive your group discount.

  2. 2

    Complete the online application form and submit it to Big Beyond

  3. 3

    The Big Beyond team will review and process your application and we’ll contact you within two business days for a one-to-one consultation to assess your motivations and eligibility

  4. 4

    If you’re successful we’ll begin to design your Big Beyond volunteer placement with you, around your skills and interests and request any further information that we may need to help us do so

  5. 5

    You’ll then receive an email confirming your Big Beyond volunteer placement along with an invoice for the deposit, which will be due seven days from the day of issue. Upon receipt of the payment, your volunteer placement will be secured! Note It is at this stage that we’ll provide you with your information pack and sign you up to our eLearning facility to help you get prepared. You’ll be assigned a Big Beyond team member that you can contact with any questions leading up to your trip.

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    One month before departure you’ll receive a detailed job specification outlining your specific tasks allocated according to the needs of your local project at that time

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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.

All programmes are bespoke to reflect your experience, abilities, passions and to match high impact projects tackling conservation and development. This is just a guideline...

We welcome new people to the team year-round (limited places available).

  • October 13th 2013
  • October 27th 2013
  • November 10th 2013
  • November 24th 2013
  • December 8th 2013
  • December 22nd 2013
  • January 5th 2014
  • January 19th 2014
  • February 2nd 2014
  • February 16th 2014
  • March 2nd 2014
  • March 16th 2014
  • March 30th 2014
  • April 13th 2014
  • April 27th 2014
  • May 11th 2014
  • May 25th 2014
  • June 8th 2013
  • June 22nd 2014
  • July 6th 2014
  • July 20th 2014
  • August 3rd 2014
  • August 17th 2014
  • August 31st 2014
  • September 14th 2014
  • September 28th 2014
  • October 12th 2014
  • October 26th 2014
  • 9th November 2014
  • November 23rd 2014
  • December 14th 2014
  • December 28th 2014

You can join us from 2 weeks right up to 12 months.

Minimum length of stay for:
Ethiopia: 4 weeks
Malawi: 2 weeks
Uganda: 2 weeks
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Uganda Kid

Cultures of Bwindi Project in Uganda

  • Through this programme your creative skills will be pushed to the edge, and also you’ll demonstrate teamwork in bringing cultural productions together.
  • You’ll discover and learn an enormous amount while gaining fascinating insight into the ancient traditions of Africa and indigenous tribes.
  • Big Beyond Uganda volunteers will play a big part in helping to conserve and revitalise local cultural values. Despite this rich fusion of cultures the region is still divided. You can help to unite tribes and communities in a celebration of their unique culture and promising future.
  • You’ll build the capacity of the locals, including the Pygmy Batwa tribe, by developing culture-based projects and helping to build the economic and social potential around it. Today, without access to the forests, the Batwa are finding it more and more difficult to preserve the rich and traditional culture that they are so proud of.
  • Live in one the most beautiful places next to the home of the mountain gorillas and know more about this infamous corner of Uganda than most people ever will.
  • We’ll be happy to write a reference for your future employers if it helps when you get home.
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Apply now

How it works
  1. 1

    Choose your destination + volunteer programme + preferred start date + placement duration

    If you’re not sure which one is right for you request a call back for a one-to-one consultation. Note Intake dates may fill up quickly, especially in peak seasons, so enroll early! If you’re preferred dates are unavailable you can either go on the waiting list or select another date. If you’re traveling in a group please contact us to check availability and receive your group discount.

  2. 2

    Complete the online application form and submit it to Big Beyond

  3. 3

    The Big Beyond team will review and process your application and we’ll contact you within two business days for a one-to-one consultation to assess your motivations and eligibility

  4. 4

    If you’re successful we’ll begin to design your Big Beyond volunteer placement with you, around your skills and interests and request any further information that we may need to help us do so

  5. 5

    You’ll then receive an email confirming your Big Beyond volunteer placement along with an invoice for the deposit, which will be due seven days from the day of issue. Upon receipt of the payment, your volunteer placement will be secured! Note It is at this stage that we’ll provide you with your information pack and sign you up to our eLearning facility to help you get prepared. You’ll be assigned a Big Beyond team member that you can contact with any questions leading up to your trip.

  6. 6

    One month before departure you’ll receive a detailed job specification outlining your specific tasks allocated according to the needs of your local project at that time

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