Volunteer with the Batwa People outside of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park



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  • Description


    We are a charity organization reaching out to the Batwa people with education, health care and prevention, water, sanitation and hygiene programs, infrastructure development, land acquisition, evangelism, income generating activities and skills development.

    The Batwa are a group of people who were evicted in the early 90s from the forests of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Forest National Park in SW Uganda. Prior to that, the Batwa survived a life of gathering and hunting and lived harmoniously with the resident gorillas.
    After eviction from the forests, the Batwa were given no compensation from the government. Some were settled by good samaritans on either barren or poor land while others live as squatters,
    Because they lacked skills to adapt to the new environment, The Batwa have lived an impoverished lifestyle with the majority not able to own a place to call "home". The majority of them live in ramshackle houses made of grass or banana leaves,

    This has left the Batwa to live vulnerable lives. Many Batwa women and girls are bought for cheap sex in exchange for food others are victims of rape. This, together with the myth that sleeping with Batwa women can cure AIDS and backache, the Batwa have had many unplanned pregnancies and many of them have acquired HIV/Aids.
    The Batwa have also ended up with large families they can't take care of.

    Acute marginalization in the communities where they live has also deprived them access to major social services. We are a non governmental charitable organization working towards empowering the Batwa to raise their social status, be well accepted in the communities where they live and also create an environment that accepts them as equal and well deserving citizens,

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Language practice
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Visitors will create new networks and learn how to talk and interact with the Batwa people and other locals. In addition, visitors will learn how to live in a new environment...one of the remotest places in Uganda. Learn about the Batwa culture, research the Batwa history and their road to the present.
    Visitors will also have a chance to participate in local agriculture, building and construction, coffee tourism, eco tourism, and many other volunteer opportunities, The Batwa will teach about local herbs, ancient Batwa culture and general life in the communities where the Batwa live including: local foods, local customs, traditional dress and village life,
    Volunteers will have the amazing experience of learning all about the Batwa and their culture: dress, cooking, traditional dances and activities like making fire the traditional way.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    This program aims to help improve the lives of teenage mothers and the most vulnerable girls in our program by facilitating vocational training and life skills projects, including ones relating to hands-on skills, crafts, and empowerment of women. Volunteers are required to help develop important vocational and hands on skills for girls in the community to benefit from.
    Such skills include: sewing and knitting, art and design skills, painting, catering, Information communication technology and computer training, basic bakery, soap making, hand sanitizers and other relevant skills.

    If you are a builder or you have basic building and construction skills, you are welcome to this program, we have a building program that builds basic housing units for the Batwa in rural Southwestern Uganda, you are welcome to support and participate in this building program, You can work as a professional builder, architect, engineer, planner, porter, or prepare meals for builders.

    Other activities under this program include: designing house plans, project master plan, cementing and painting. We also need volunteers to make beds, chairs and tables for batwa to use in their houses.

    For nurses, doctors or interns who would wish to make an impact in local communities in Africa, this is for you. We also need dentists and midwives.
    We also extend first aid training in managing various accidents that happen deep in villages where there are no available health centres. These accidents include burns, drawing, falls, cuts, bites and knocks.

    TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY: We are looking for volunteers to help at our profit-for-charity lodge and tour company. Volunteers should have one or two of the following skills;
    web design, social media management, SEO, marketing skills, blogging and other important tourism related information and skills. Our goal is to bring in as much tourism business as possible to generate income to support our charity projects locally. You can also work as an online volunteer to connect with clients, 25% of proceeds from our tourism business go to charity programs.

    Website design, social media management, graphics, filming, photography, video shooting and editing.

    WATER SANITATION AND HYGIENE: You will teach sanitation and hygiene among the Batwa remote communities. This includes but is not limited to making compost pits, bath parties, washing parties, sharing about personal hygiene and dental care.

    TEACH LANGUAGES; Our project is located in the most touristic region of the country. Where tourists who come to trek mountain gorillas, golden monkeys, relax or swim in the many volcanic lakes, Languages like English, French, Spanish, Italian, and German would be a great help to our staff and batwa guides in the community.

    We are looking for people with proposal and grant writing experience. We are also looking for fundraisers to help us raise funds for different projects.

    help with general maintenance tasks, like painting, fencing, working on the compound, and creating in house designs, our goal is to turn our guest house into a better tourist lodge. you can also help with art.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    I would like to learn French, Germany and Spanish and will gladly exchange my English and two other local languages

  • Accommodation


    We have a community guest house which is also a profit for charity lodge. It is located close to a small village town close to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, a world heritage site and home to mountain gorillas, We have basic self contained rooms and cottages. We provide warm bathing water boiled by a locally improvised burner, There is a basic kitchen and cooking options are either charcoal or gas (additional cost) but some times we use firewood.
    We have a nice dining place/lounge. We have electricity and we have a 3G network connection. You can use your computer or phone at your own expense (buying a local SIM card or paying for WIFI usage). We have tap water and the bathrooms have showers and flush toilets,
    The facility gives you a real feel of village life but with basic accessories.

    Food as an exchange: You will learn how we grow our food, harvest it and prepare different African dishes in our very local way, You will learn how to prepare Uganda's most famous dish (the delicious "rolex") and you can teach locals some of your dishes.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Available sights and other activities include: Gorilla trekking, golden monkey trekking, gorilla habituation experience, A boat cruise on Lake Mutanda or Lake Mulehe, Batwa Forest Experience, hike in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, a hike to the water falls inside the jungle, a hike on one or all the Virunga volcanoes, safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park or Lake Mburo National Park and a visit to local markets, cultural performances and community walks.

    All of this can be arranged at an additional cost. Some are a of 2 - 3 hr drive away while some activities a short walk away from our project location.
    Available transport is boda bodas (motorcycle taxis) and rental cars.

    We are often asked what you can bring to help these vulnerable people, so here are a few suggestions: clothes and shoes for all ages, soap, blankets, school supplies, personal hygiene supplies, tooth paste and brushes, educational materials, toys, footballs.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We have space for digital nomads, with a good 3G internet connection in the area and accommodation facilities, the place has electricity. very close to the Home of gorillas and the virunga mountains for hikers, there are very many safari lodges around for those who want to catch up with more work and business.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have a dedicated space for parking with security. We can accommodate up to three camper vans at a time.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Yes, you are free to come with your pet with pre-approval.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 3 hours a day, 4 days a week (meals not provided)

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