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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.

  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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This is the opportunity to get closely involved with the conservation of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, on the edge of the western Great Rift Valley. The forest is one of the richest ecosystems in Africa and provides a habitat for hundreds of mammals, butterflies, birds, trees and over half of the world’s population of Mountain Gorillas. Although the population of these beautiful creatures is steadily increasing, they are still threatened by disease, poaching, and most significantly forest clearance and degradation, as the region’s growing human population struggles to make a living.

By joining Big Beyond’s Environmental Management Volunteer Programme you’ll be helping to engage local people through a range of conservation awareness projects that are vital for the future of Bwindi and also getting involved in some more practical conservation volunteer work. The people who live in the areas bordering the park are among the most impoverished people in Uganda, dependent on agriculture and need to understand some good reasons to support conservation.

Big Beyond Uganda conservation volunteer tasks within this programme range from ecosystem research, mapping and monitoring of the area, including a new community forest reserve on the edges of Bwindi. There are also tree-planting schemes that are linked to some of the schools, a community nursery and projects aiming to improve some of the water sources that eventually feed into the home of the Mountain Gorillas. There’s a waste management project being led by locals that aims to innovate around recycling, including creative crafts from discarded metals etc. Every project is connected to the conservation of Bwindi, the gorillas and the remaining wildlife nearby. Some of the tasks will mean getting your hands dirty in the field, others creative, educational and interactive.

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

Wildlife, Conservation & The Environment Programme in Uganda

Biodiversity is the foundation of life on Earth… Oxygen, food, fresh water, fertile soil, medicines, shelter, protection from storms and floods, stable climate and recreation – all have their course in nature and healthy ecosystems… At the same time, no other feature of the Earth has been so dramatically influenced by man’s activities. By changing biodiversity, we strongly affect human well-being and the well-being of every other living creature. (IUCN)
  • Learn about rainforests and the natural world, gain practical and educational skills, plus work very closely with the Bwindi community.
  • Forests such as Bwindi are globally important and in the spotlight because they regulate climate. Without their protection most of Earth’s resources would disappear. By joining the Environmental Management Volunteer Programme, you’ll help tackle the root causes of the most pressing issues for Bwindi, the Mountain Gorillas and the surrounding biodiversity.
  • By assisting local people to understand the values of protecting their environment and teaching people how to live more sustainably, you’ll be playing a key role in reducing pressures from the neighboring communities that they place on the forests and rest of the ecosystem.
  • Live and work in one of the most beautiful places of the world next to the home of mountain gorilla and make friends with the fantastic local people.
  • We’ll be more than 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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