Volunteer Tourism

TOURISM BEYOND WILDLIFE… a community experience!

Do you want to combine a safari with a volunteering experience? There are many ways that you can make a difference within the community, share your skills and experience.

There are teaching opportunities in schools, women groups and vocational schools, medical help, assist within an orphanage, help with children on the streets o participate in a building project.

We can organize trips with volunteering opportunities for mission groups, families, couples or individuals.

UCOTA Project

Great Lakes Safaris and UCOTA have joined hands to promote community tourism and support community development, in partnership with tourists.We aim to improve the livelihood of the communities together. Tourists get the opportunity to visit several community projects of your choice, in so doing support their way of living and combine it with a safari to national parks.

The groups operate small enterprises ranging from accommodation and guiding to craft making, music, dance and drama. 
Thanks to the revenues from these activities many important community projects are supported, including clinics, schools, water supply and literacy programs. Every time you buy a UCOTA product, you help the community to help themselves.

Cultural safaris in Uganda will not only give you an experience of a lifetime, but will make sure that the local people benefit from tourism as well!·

AND YOU CAN HELP TOO!

You can support the communities by visiting one of the projects directly, by volunteering or by making donations. To ensure that the money is well spent, donations should be made at one of the offices.

Don’t watch the world from a distance, but get involved and experience the real Africa!

For more information contact African Adventure Holidays

Kitwe School Project

We are working in collaboration with the management of a school project initiated by four Dutch travellers, who are supporting the children of Kitwe to have a better future.

In October 2009, Nanny, Peter, Marjan and Frits travel to Uganda for the first time. Together with their guide Gerald from Great Lakes Safaris they visit various national parks, with beautiful nature and wild animals.They were also introduced to the small villages along the road and the local people that lived here. During their long walks they visited schools, hospitals and women’s projects. But it is the primary school in Kitwe that stole their heart…

Living in a western country you realize that everything is well organized and you take it for granted. At this school, however, with 700 students, the situation is different. Apart from (paint less) premises and (ragged) school banks there is nothing. No electricity, no water and no kitchen to prepare meals.

After a meeting with the head master, a plan was put together to support the children .They agreed that the lack of electricity was the most important and urgent aspect. And an initial donation was made.

In August 2010 electricity was installed at the school. In November 2010, Nanny, Peter, Marjan and Frits return to Uganda and combine a safari with a visit to the school in Kitwe. The rooms where the children stayed overnight and the headmaster’s office now had electricity supply and this enables children to study in the evenings. But the visit to the school also made it painfully clear that a lot more needed to be done.

The next phase of this project is to construct a new kitchen and provide utensils at an estimated cost of Euro 4.000.00. Many people have already donated, sufficient to start the construction of the kitchen. However the school still needs support to improve sleeping areas, acquire beds, beddings and library books .

If you would like to help us build this small-scale project, or would like visit the school personally and see the progress that has been made so far! please contact African Adventure Holidays

Please keep helping the children! Any contribution is welcome!

For more information contact African Adventure Holidays