Our volunteer house is located in a village right on the edge of southern Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. It’s rural and remote and certainly offers you an authentic community experience. You’ll be living in a small, quiet village called Nombe, which has incredible views of the forest and is near the bustling “town” of Rubuguri. The distance between your house and the town is just over five miles, and a 50 minute stroll for most, or a slightly shorter walk through the stunning valley short-cut. The nearest bigger towns are Kisoro and Kabale, around an hour or two away by motorbike or car, depending on weather and road conditions.
Our cosy rural retreat has bed-space for 12 people at any one time. Depending how many volunteers are around, you may have your own room, although it’s more likely that you’ll be sharing. One room has bunk beds, others singles, and there’s double beds for any resident couples too. Bedding and mosquito nets are provided but you’ll need to bring your own towel.
It’s not the 5* Hilton, but we’ve developed a few modern comforts so you don’t have to strip your lives entirely bare!
Although there’s no mains water at the house, you’ll still be able to have a hot shower. We harvest all our water from the rain. The water is heated on the fire, so we try to be a bit sparing. We have drop toilets, but they have Western-style seats, so they’re relatively luxurious for this part of the world! There is always bottled water available for drinking and brushing teeth.
We’ll provide you with three nutritious meals a day while you’re staying at the Big Beyond house. Some meals are traditionally Ugandan, for example, beans, sweet potatoes, rice or chapattis, but we also serve some international dishes including pasta, cheese sarnies, pizza and veg curries.
It’s mainly a veggie diet but roasted skewers of goat and pork are available in the village on busier days such as Fridays and Sundays.
Breakfast includes local fruit, fresh bread, eggs or pancakes, and tea/coffee (locally picked and roasted). We provide packed lunches, which you can either take with you if you’re out in the field or grab when you want in the house.