Healthcare volunteering in Uganda

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Healthcare volunteering in Uganda


Our promise to conserving local wildlife:

We're located right next to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which is a lush green forest of extreme biodiversity, with over 200 species of birds, a variety of primates including rare mountain gorillas, hundreds of butterflies, the highest diversity of tree and fern species in East Africa, forest elephants, antelope, chameleons and much, much more.

All of our volunteers whether they're involved in projects directly with the national park or with the bordering communities are working to support conservation efforts. It's the core of what we do. We are focused on improving the habitat of wildlife inside and outside the park and reducing the threats from human habitation.en greater passion for and understanding about wildlife in other parts of the world too.

Our water-saving initiatives:

Very few households where we're located in Uganda have the luxury of running water, including our own volunteer house. We rely on innovative ways to collect the rain and manage our use. Our volunteers will learn how to adapt and have the opportunity to understand why many people in the world value every drop of water for their crops, washing, eating and drinking needs. Some of our volunteers are even involved in designing and creating more innovative water harvesting systems for the local community. Other volunteers will be involved with projects relating to water pollution and helping to improve the sources of water entering the home of the rare mountain gorilla from the villages nearby and the homes of the locals.


In this programme, volunteers work together with the community to identify health issues and develop solutions that can tackle the root causes behind certain problems. We support community groups and individuals by listening to their needs and never making assumptions.

Campaigning for Change:

All of our Uganda volunteers are working towards local issues identified during our in-depth research which always takes place within each of our destinations with a wide range of stakeholders before we operate there. Our ongoing and direct communication with the local community also enables us to adapt to changing situations. We are campaigning to integrate tourism and conservation and development in each of the destinations where our volunteers will be staying.

Traveling with respect:

Our volunteers benefit from a well designed, rigorous and enjoyable orientation programme when they first arrive in Bwindi. This includes basic local language tuition to enable our guests to share a few words with their new community. They'll learn all about local customs and understand how to create great relationships with local people.

Our volunteers are encouraged to immerse into the communities we're based in. The relationship we've built with the local communities has meant they're extremely excited to welcome our volunteers to live on their lands, share time with them and work together. We have explained from the basics of 'what a tourist is' to 'why they've travelled from far away lands to stay with them'. Our volunteers are coming to directly help out and some stay a lot longer than a typical tourist so they have the chance to really learn.

We create opportunities for genuine friendships to be forged and where respect is mutual. As an organisation we are also working toward improving the relationship between the host and guest for tourism in general, so not just our volunteers. This is tackled through tourism related education, training and the growth of opportunities through allied enterprises. We aim to enable all visitors to our destinations to have the warmest welcome possible.

Reviews of Healthcare volunteering in Uganda

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 12 Mar 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

When I was marking out straight lines of the village's football pitch, the local community joined in to help. it showed me that little things can make a difference and put smile's on people's faces.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Just go and throw yourself fully into the whole experience, the projects you help with and the people you share the house with. Also just relax, things are at a much slower pace so timings can be a issue, but its not really a big deal when you can go look outside and realise there's worse places you could be waiting.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I Fully believe this, depending on what you do but I know from the previous example in question 1 that you don't need to do major things to make a difference. What seems small to me was massive for them.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

This was a great vacation as I feel I benefitted more from this than what I actually contributed. If you feel in bit of a rut at home this is the perfect experience for you. It had that much affect on me I am looking to find a job abroad doing volunteering or if I can't do that I will go back out there for 6 months.

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