Career Break Volunteer Project – Uganda

There are many reasons people think about taking a career break, including stress, boredom of their routine and the desire to do something completely different. People also often “fall” into a career path and realize after a while this may not be what they want for their future. A career break can help you discover what you do want from life, both professionally and personally.

Volunteering during your career break can open up a whole new realm of possibilities. You can apply your skills and knowledge in a developing country, benefiting and empowering a whole community; or you can try something completely different and gain a whole new set of skills. Regardless, volunteering can only serve to benefit your career as you work alongside a diverse team in an international setting, develop your leadership skills, discover new skills and maybe even learn a new language.

Our projects in Uganda provide the perfect setting for volunteering during your career break. With education, health, conservation and community empowerment projects in South West Uganda, we can work together to shape a project that will allow you to get the most from your career break.

I just grew so tired of staring out the window every day wondering if this was it! I loved my job and I was good at it, but I just knew I needed to do something different; I needed to challenge myself. That’s why I took a career break and went to volunteer with Big Beyond for two months. Initially, it was just for a change of scenery and because I wanted to give back in some way but my experience there genuinely changed my life – I learned so much about myself and my priorities. Looking back now it was the best decision I ever made.” Miranda, UK

Highlights

  • Using your skills to help a community and gain new experiences
  • Gain new skills in a developing country which can help develop your career
  • Receive photographing tutoring by acclaimed National Geographic photographer Tyrone Turner
  • Volunteering in a new environment to reflect and get new ideas for your direction in life

Quick Facts

  • Where Bwindi, Uganda
  • When All year
  • Price From £1069
  • Who is it best for Anyone taking a career break or sabbatical

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LOCATION

Green, lush, mountainous and remote, it’s not dry dusty Africa some may know and you’ll be travelling away from the masses, to a very friendly community we know you’ll enjoy living in. We’re nestled in a beautiful small village right on the southern borders of one of Africa’s most impressive national parks, surrounded by rolling hills, majestic lakes, tropical rainforest, extinct volcanoes – it’s an awesome landscape with immense biodiversity.

Projects are based in and around the “town” (or big village) which will sometimes involve walking to reach the people you’re working with, particularly if it’s the Batwa tribe who live right on the edges of the forest where there’s no road. It’s a place where you’ll keep fit (if you like that sort of thing), but for those that don’t, nothing is very far away. In your free time the hiking is brilliant, the wildlife surreal, you’re surrounded by nature and you get to live and work with fun, inspiring local people. This unique opportunity offers you authentic immersion in rural Africa where you’ll feel totally safe, relaxed and inspired every day.

The local people are fantastic and will welcome you with wide open arms. You’ll make friends for life. Many locals speak a good level of English, but the main local language is Rukiga. There’s a mixing pot of tribes and cultures in this area. The Batwa tribe are the indigenous forest peoples and are absolutely fascinating to meet. Their culture and intimate knowledge of the forest will completely blow you away. The Bakiga make up the majority of the population and they have immense charm and a great sense of humor.

CLIMATE

You can visit Uganda at any time of year and we run projects all year round. This is virgin rainforest and with its tropical climate it can be quite wet, but the temperature is lovely, usually cool in the night (jumpers will do) and warm in the day. The hottest months are December-February and June-September, whereas the rainy season comes twice a year in March-May and September-November. The sun still shines in the rainy season and the rain may come in the dry season too – which is why it’s so beautiful, green and fertile. Being almost bang on the equator and up in the mountains, Big Beyond Uganda volunteers will definitely need to pack lots of sunscreen! But be prepared for some cooler days too.

ACCOMMODATION

Your accommodation and all your meals are included in the Big Beyond volunteer fee – so you won’t need to worry about organizing anything. In this rural location, it’s difficult to offer you 5-star luxury accommodation, but we certainly want to make your trip as comfortable as possible and give you a nice home to live in whilst you generously invest your time to help developing parts of the world. When you volunteer with Big Beyond in Uganda, you’ll be living in a comfy house, in a little village, shared with our other volunteers. The views from the garden over Bwindi Forest are absolutely stunning. Some will have their own room and others will have to share depending on availability and preference, but we’ll spread you out as much as possible.

As we’re located in rural and remote Uganda, it will probably offer relatively basic facilities to what you may be used to back home, but we’ve kitted the houses out with comfy bedding, solar power and relaxing places for you to chill out after a hard day’s work helping the local communities. We also provide hot showers and a toasty fire for any chilly nights. We harvest our water from the rain and we’re pretty eco!

Living with other Big Beyond volunteers means you can meet really good mates, share stories and ideas, and have a piece of familiarity to hand whilst you’re away from home. Big Beyond will also look after your belly! You’ll be fully catered for with three decent meals a day, drinking water, tea, fresh hand-roasted coffee, fruit and a pack-lunch if you’re out and about in the community. The hospitality team are a great bunch and love looking after you 24 hours a day. They even do your laundry for you twice a week, now that’s luxury!

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Volunteering during your career break can open up a whole new realm of possibilities. You can apply your skills and knowledge in a developing country, benefiting and empowering a whole community; or you can try something completely different and gain a whole new set of skills. Regardless, volunteering can only serve to benefit your career as you work alongside a diverse team in an international setting, develop your leadership skills, discover new skills and maybe even learn a new language.

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Dates:
January 8th, 22nd | February 5th & 19th | March 5th & 19th | April 2nd, 16th &30th | May 14th & 28th | June 11th & 25th | July 9th & 23rd | August 16th & 20th | September 3rd & 17th | October 1st, 15th & 29th | November 12th & 26th | December 10th & 24th December

Project duration: two weeks to six months. Start dates on every other Sunday year-round (arrival on a Saturday after 4pm).

Project participation fees

2 WEEKS GBP 1069 14 WEEKS GBP 3663
3 WEEKS GBP 1278 15 WEEKS GBP 3856
4 WEEKS GBP 1450 16 WEEKS GBP 4049
5 WEEKS GBP 1686 17 WEEKS GBP 4232
6 WEEKS GBP 1966 18 WEEKS GBP 4404
7 WEEKS GBP 2250 19 WEEKS GBP 4586
8 WEEKS GBP 2438 20 WEEKS GBP 4764
9 WEEKS GBP 2642 21 WEEKS GBP 4930
10 WEEKS GBP 2857 22 WEEKS GBP 5091
11 WEEKS GBP 3066 23 WEEKS GBP 5252
12 WEEKS GBP 3276 24 WEEKS GBP 5317
13 WEEKS GBP 3469

OUR PRICES INCLUDE:

  • A creative and totally unique high-impact volunteer program.
  • Your personal email and phone guru to help you prepare.
  • Pre-departure destination handbook.
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure.
  • Detailed in-country orientation program, including basic language and cultural immersion.
  • Local project transport where necessary.
  • Decent full-board accommodation in a shared volunteer house.
  • Three organic veggie meals a day.
  • Bottled drinking water, fresh hand-roasted coffee and tea available all day.
  • Fresh local fruit available at all times.
  • All housekeeping and laundry done for you.
  • Local mobile phone SIM card (including pre-cut SIMs for unlocked Smart phones).
  • Free internet (unfortunately slow and unreliable in this part of the world, be warned!).
  • Big Beyond team t-shirt.
  • Daily project support, guidance and translators when needed.
  • 24/7 emergency support from professional in-country teams.
  • Travel advice and organisation for any weekends away.
  • Program administration.
  • Contribution to project costs.
  • A life-long membership to the Big Beyond Tribe.

OUR PRICES EXCLUDE:

  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
  • Laundry

HOW YOUR PROJECT FEE IS USED:

Big Beyond projects make long-term sustainable impacts within the communities they work. You’re project fee goes towards your direct expenses on project, supporting our longterm staff who ensure our projects are sustainable and towards the running of Big Beyond to ensure the organisation itself is sustainable. By volunteering with Big Beyond you not only make an impact during your time but help us ensure that everything we do make a sustainable and lasting change.

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ON YOUR DOORSTEP

There’s an abundance of activities to suit different interests. In your free time, you might enjoy a challenging hike in the surrounding mountains you or a more relaxed stroll through the villages, a trek through the rainforest, a climb up a volcano or two, or just simply marveling at or basking in a beautiful waterfall. Your passion may be to spot incredible and colorful species of birds, or you can take a dip into some of the refreshing lakes – Lake Bunyonyi and Mutanda aren’t far away and a must-visit for a day or two.

Perhaps the history and culture of the Batwa and Bakiga tribes has completely engrossed you and you just want to spend some time with the people, learning about their fascinating way of life. Gorilla tracking is of course a hugely popular activity when travelling to Bwindi, a truly exhilarating and an unforgettable experience. We can help organize permits.

FURTHER AFIELD

For those that feel an urge to explore a little further afield, it’s just a small journey away (possible on your weekends) to get to the hot African savanna where tree-climbing lions live and buffalo, elephant and antelope wander. Or perhaps you’d prefer to visit the huge snow-capped mountains for a challenging hike and explore forests in search of chimpanzees on the way … Uganda is a country of incredible contrast, diversity and a true blend of Africa.

But you don’t have to travel across every inch of Uganda to experience what this country is all about. Sometimes meeting the different local people, sharing some food and enjoying a cold beer with majestic views as the sun goes down is enough. You can relax by playing sports, discussing life and exchanging stories, or you could just choose to sit and relax in the gardens of your Big Beyond house reading a book in one of the hammocks.

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Our projects in Uganda provide the perfect setting for volunteering during your career break. With education, health, conservation and community empowerment projects in South West Uganda, we can work together to shape a project that will allow you to get the most from your career break.

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