Do you like working outdoors and getting your hands dirty? Interested in seeing the impact of climate change in the tropics? Come volunteer at a local farm and help a community achieve food security and environmental sustainability.
Volunteers work along side Ugandans digging and maintaining demonstration gardens to promote better nutrition, efficient use of land, natural pest control, soil conservation, and income generation.
WHAT YOU WILL DO
Volunteers in the agriculture and conservation program join in on the work of their host organization.
Volunteer activities may include a combination of the following seasonal activities:
- land clearing and soil preparation;
- planting maize, beans, fruit trees, and vegetables;
- weeding gardens;
- chasing pests; and
- harvesting crops.
Volunteers are given basic training and appropriate tools upon arrival. Gloves, a hat, and sturdy gumboots are recommended. This project requires working in the sun.
WHY CHOOSE THIS PROGRAM
- You enjoy sinking your hands into rich African soil;
- Additional activities such as primary school teaching, and kids’ art and sport programs are also happening;
- Public speaking isn’t your thing; and
- Helping a village achieve food security feels great!
Volunteers are given a private room and 3 daily meals at the family home of the host organization’s director.
Meals consist of local foods, such as matooke (mashed plantain), posho (corn meal), cassava and sweet potatoes. They are generally served with peas, beans, or groundnut sauce. Bread and tea are the usual breakfast.
There is electricity but no indoor plumbing. Expect pit latrines and cold bucket showers.
When gardens are not within walking distance, volunteers ride to work on the back of a motorcycle.
No more than 2 volunteers are placed together in this placement.