Volunteer with Conservation Through Public Health
Support our work by volunteering for CTPH. We are always looking for people with the skills and passion to help us to grow and achieve our goals as an organisation. We offer various opportunities depending on your skills, from marketing, fundraising and strategic planning to public health, parasitology and lab work.
CTPH’s volunteer programme has been running for more than 7 years and has seen a number of volunteers with a broad range of skills giving their time to support our vital work, conserving the mountain gorillas and improving people's health and livelihoods.
As a CTPH volunteer you will have the opportunity to work alongside our skilled Ugandan team to learn and share your expertise and skills. You will learn more about the unique work CTPH carries out and about life in the country Winston Churchill dubbed "The Pearl of Africa."
Past volunteer placements
Helen, Marketing and Ecotourism Advisor
"I spent 4 ½ months working for CTPH with half of my time spent at the Gorilla Conservation Camp in Bwindi and the other half at CTPH’s head quarters in Entebbe. My role involved streamlining the website, working on monthly newsletters and funding appeals alongside promotion of CTPH Gorilla Conservation Camp. I have enjoyed my time at CTPH immensely and really value what I have learnt from the fantastic team here in Uganda. I hope to go back to the UK with not only a fantastic experience to talk about and some new friends, but also with new skills which I hope to use to further my career."
"I spent 3 months in Bwindi analyzing gorilla fecal samples (poop!) for parasites, organizing our findings in excel, and analyzing the information. While I was in Bwindi I made it a priority to interact with the community; I developed an educational curriculum for 200 children that was used in conjunction with Kampala Kids League, allowing us to combine the fun of football with much needed conservation and public health education. I got to know local teachers, parents, and children through the process, which allowed me to find out first hand how welcoming the people here are. All of the CTPH staff made me feel as if Bwindi were my second home and I look forward to my return."
Simon, Public Health Officer
"I am a doctor from the UK and spent 2 months in Bwindi. My work included a malnutrition survey of the population around the park, education of the CTPH community conservation volunteers about nutrition and hygiene and one day a week working in the local health centre. It was a fantastic experience both in public health work and clinical work and also a great way to really get to know the local community."
Divya Krishnan, Researcher
"What i have imbibed from my experiences in Uganda encompass far more than lab research or community outreach. I really got to get to the roots and experience the Ugandan way of living, for that I am truly grateful. In the entire 5 weeks I spent in Uganda, not once did I feel threatened, out of place or uncomfortable. Apart from what CTPH does professionally, it is the nature of the staff that makes it truly a special organization."
- You will be based either at our head office in Entebbe or our field site in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park depending on the type of work you are carrying out. Placements are from one month to one year.
- All placements are voluntary; volunteers should meet all their expenses while they are volunteering with CTPH, as the organisation does not pay a salary or any other volunteer expenses.
- CTPH does not cover the cost of your transportation to Uganda. When there is a planned activity, volunteers can utilise CTPH vehicles, if available, however CTPh does not cover local transport for volunteers.
- CTPH does not pay accommodation costs but can help you to find suitable budget accommodation in Entebbe and we offer a discounted rate for volunteers at our Gorilla Conservation Camp in Bwindi.