5 independent reviews for Conservation & community volunteering in Uganda

Reviews for Conservation & community volunteering in Uganda

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review 2 Mar 2016

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

Going to a country that was almost the furthest from my mind, staying in a village that you can't find on Google Maps, being immersed in spectacular countryside and doing one of the most personally satisfying projects day in and day out with open, friendly and uncomplicated people.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Read the participants' handbook carefully, rural Uganda is not for the fastidious. Be open to the limitations of the place and the people, and relax and enjoy it for its simplicity, honesty and cultural texture.

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

Undoubtedly. My efforts and all of the work of the operators is about helping rural communities move forward in the 21st century without handouts but by harnessing participants' valuable life experiences and skills.

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

Transformative, eye-opening and deeply satisfying.

review 13 Jul 2012

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

Being in a community without feeling like an outsider. Everyone was willing to help and also be open about their lives. I loved everything about the experience.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Bring all printed materials or handouts for students. Bring all supplies needed for your training. Be prepared with a Plan B and a Plan C and be willing to improvise.

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

Yes. I know that it gave people a different perspective about how to handle their finances.

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

It surpassed my expectations and made me want to go back as soon as possible.

review 13 Aug 2012

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

The women I met and worked with as a volunteer in Uganda. The women were strong, resilient, courageous, determined and inspirational. They were also welcoming of a white woman from Australia - making me feel one of them as we walked or sat in a circle to meet and explore opportunities. The women were so open to learning. They were committed to doing whatever it took to ensure their children had an education.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Embrace the opportunity to become part of a local community and connect with the local people. They have so much to teach us - simplicity in living, enjoy the little things, lived according to the seasons and share the journey with family and friends.

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

Absolutely - we lived very simply but lacked for nothing. It was great for the volunteers, great for the environment and great for the community.

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

Excellent - the philosophy of community development and building the capacity of people and communities is needed all over the world. This was one small example in Nombe, Southern Uganda would be a great model for the whole world. It was a privilege to work in this community and a unique opportunity to learn about another culture. Fantastic experience.

review 1 Jul 2012

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

We were most fortunate to have spent time with the communities of Bwindi especially the towns of Rubuguri and Nombe and how privileged we were to have been embraced by so many strangers who soon became friends and not just acquaintances. Our two weeks voluntary work in Uganda flew by with so many highlights, it is impossible to name even a few. The people, their positive attitudes and their willingness to learn, the scenery and of course the gorillas. We donít really know how to sum it all up but it was an amazing experience and one that we canít really articulate to others apart from saying Ė ďgo try it and see for yourself because then youíll understandĒ.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Just do it! You will never regret this decision to go to Uganda, you will only regret that you didnít do it!

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

Our hope is that the people we came into contact with gained at least half as much from our meeting as we did from meeting them. In our humble way we hope that it helped a willing and able community to prepare for a life that will be changing in the next few years due to the coming of electricity and the expanding of tourism and to welcome the change because ultimately it will benefit them and make their lives all the richer.

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

Settling back into normal life feels quite strange and the more we tell people here about our experiences the more we realise how amazing it all was and how lucky we were to join the team at the very start of what is going to be a fantastic project for the Bwindi community.

review 16 Apr 2012

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

The fantastic welcome from the local people - they were so appreciative and really pleased to see us.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Learn a few words of the local dialect and use them to greet people. Ladies - wear skirts (below knee length) as much as is practical. If wearing trousers, stick to loose-fitting styles, not leggings. This sensitivity to the local culture is greatly appreciated.

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

Yes, most definitely, on all counts. All the projects are targeted at helping local people have better lives - through improved health, education and resources. Conservation awareness and environmental impact are also given great prominence.

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

A heart-warming and emotionally rewarding experience; suffice to say, I hope to be able to go back again to follow up and see how things are progressing.

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