Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots International Volunteer Program - Uganda

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UgandaEntebbe, UG


The Jane Goodall Institute’s (JGI) International Volunteer Program gives volunteers from all over the world the opportunity to the participate in Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots program in Africa, and we are excited to extend this opportunity to Uganda.

Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is currently in over 130 countries. It was founded in 1991 when 12 Tanzanian high school students, from nine schools, met with Dr. Jane Goodall on the veranda of her home in Dar es Salaam.

Because these students shared Dr. Jane’s love and concern for people, animals and the environment they asked her what they could do to help make the world a better place. After a spirited discussion, they decided to start clubs in each of their schools to address relevant issues at a grass roots level. These were the very first Roots & Shoots clubs.

Currently volunteers are being placed in the Western region (Budongo and Bugoma central forest reserves). Volunteer placement can begin in January/February or June/July, and volunteer positions are for a minimum of six months. Shorter term placements are not being considered at this time.

Depending on volunteer skills and experience, key responsibilities could include:

  • General support of the Roots & Shoots program
  • Development of new community education and awareness materials
  • Coordinating mobile education and awareness activities
  • Supporting peer education and environmental education training
  • Supporting school-based environmental projects including:
  • Tree Nurseries,
  • Waste Management, and
  • Hygiene and Sanitation
  • Completing a review of environmental education materials
  • Other duties as assigned

The ideal volunteer is mature, flexible, patient, self-motivated, creative, culturally competent, adapts to new environments easily, and possesses a sense of humor.

Get more information and apply at http://www.janegoodall.org/volunteer/.


  • Environmental Education
  • Youth Services
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Community Outreach
  • Habitat Restoration

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 21
  • minimum commitment of 6 months

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