Webmasters February 6, 2019 5 Comments

WHY VOLUNTEERING IS WORTH YOUR TIME.

Why volunteering is worth your time.

 

Volunteering in any place whether in your country or overseas is very important. Volunteering gives you a whole outlook on life and allows you to access people plus the experience that a way beyond your world and comfort zone.  In this current world where expertise and innovation is key, we must not limit ourselves to just degrees. The vital and practical skills are attained outside the classroom. Therefore volunteering enables you to again relevant and vital skills that takes you through life.

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Webmasters January 8, 2019 No Comments

HOW VOLUNTOURISM BENEFITS YOU.

How voluntourism benefits you.

Voluntourism is a combination of volunteering and tourism; a practice that has become a widespread form of international travel. Voluntourism is the only way you can contribute to the sustainable development of a particular community while exploring a new country and its culture. It makes traveling immensely more meaningful, by giving something to the society visited while having multiple experience. Read more

Webmasters November 24, 2018 No Comments

A GUIDE TO VOLUNTEERING IN UGANDA.

A guide to volunteering in Uganda

Besides being a small land locked country, Uganda is famously known as the pearl of Africa. It boats incredible stunning sights and remarkable activities for eager adventure enthusiasts looking to volunteer in Uganda.

Explore the monstrous mountains of Rwenzori, one of the tallest mountains in Africa, admire the fields of flora, fauna and wildlife. Surely, you will spare no time enjoying the spoils of the African country. Read more

Webmasters October 5, 2018 No Comments

VOLUNTOURISM IN UGANDA

Voluntourism in Uganda

Volunteering and tourism, when they are joined it becomes voluntourism and this is a common form of international travel that allows you to contribute to sustainable development while exploring a new country and culture.

It is similar to volunteer travel or volunteer vacation and many people find that doing volunteer work while also participating in exploring the country’s beauty remains a great way to get the best from any holiday.

Voluntourism offers unimaginable chances to participants to explore new destinations and its unique attributes, and learning about the culture first hand and play a vital role in the community.

Since most of the volunteers live with local host families, so in addition to the worthwhile work they do at their projects, they also experience the depth of cultural immersion and exchange which is impossible for typical tourists. The host families usually welcome volunteers into their homes and help them become part of the community by acquainting their traditions and customs with volunteers and some volunteers have even found themselves celebrating birthdays and weddings with their host families.

The time a volunteer decides to take a step to join voluntourism program, they are joining a global network of volunteers who live and work with diverse cultures on projects that have positive impact. Volunteering in Uganda receives volunteers all over the world and this helps them to share their passion for giving back and the desire to broaden their horizons.

The most common form of voluntourism in uganda is by visiting animal orphanages and zoos. Volunteers can work at animal orphanages, for example; Ngamba chimpanzee sanctuary that deals in rescuing and rehabilitation of wild animals that have been injured, rescued from poachers or abandoned. Volunteers assist with feeding, handling, cleaning cages, assisting staff with providing medical care to these animals and much more. Volunteers do not need any veterinary knowledge or special skills, just a deep caring for animal welfare.

There are many animal centers, or animal orphanages in Uganda, including – Uganda wildlife education center, Ziwa Rhino sanctuary, Entebbe snake park, Reptile village, etc.

Volunteering and tourism has supported Ugandan communities in various ways;

When volunteers promote to a well-run and sustainable volunteer project, they be helping to implement long term development. Volunteers use skills, time and energy to make a difference that will last long after they have returned home. Volunteers also help local teachers improve their teaching and classroom skills via various teaching projects and in this case volunteers indirectly impact on schools / institutions. And when a volunteer helps a struggling entrepreneur get their business off the ground at a microfinance project, the volunteer is helping support an entire family for years to come.

Voluntourism participants play a great role to the development of local economy because in their free time, they get opportunities to go sightseeing, undertaking game drives, island tours, trekking, boat cruises and many others.

We all know that Uganda relies heavily on the income from tourism and so voluntourism is a way of generating revenue to the county’s GDP as well as supporting local businesses.

Voluntourism companies give employment to the communities and in most cases workers have the opportunity to receive further training and education.

Voluntourism in Uganda is increasingly becoming common but it is extremely important to first research about the organization you are considering to travel with. Sustainability, experience and financial responsibility are essential to the running programs that truly benefit the population.