LRTT Uganda

Bwindi, Southwest Uganda

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Bwindi Fellowship

Make an impact on teacher training whilst spending 3 to 4 weeks in Southwestern Uganda. You will be supporting a team of inspiring educators who teach classes of up to 80 children with only a chalkboard. Over 450 teachers in this region have received our training so far, and this fellowship is a crucial part of our longest standing partnership.

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Ideal for Teachers

  • Looking to join a more established Fellowship
  • With experience at the primary/elementary or secondary/high school level
  • Motivated to make an impact in a rural community

Training

Workshops and instructional coaching

As a Fellow, you will be trained and equipped to play a crucial role as a workshop facilitator and instructional coach. You will contribute to a three-year program of support that helps principals, lead teachers, and classroom teachers sustainably improve teaching in Kanungu schools.

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Teachers

Supporting teachers at primary and secondary level

This is our longest standing program with over 450 teachers having received LRTT certification. You will be working both with veterans and those who are new to the LRTT program. Over half of the teachers in this region receive no ongoing professional development.

Schools

Government and low-cost private schools

Schools have on average 300 students and class sizes range from 35-80 students. Teachers are often equipped with a single textbook and a chalkboard. Kanungu is the 57th (out of 134) districts by national exam performance. We work with both government and community schools.

Context

Low-resource classrooms, operating in english

Primary education has been free and compulsory since 1997 but education quality issues are widespread and today children in Uganda get on average just 4.5 years worth of learning from their seven-year primary education. English is the primary language of instruction in classrooms.

Partner

Working in partnership with Great Lakes University

You will be partnering with Great Lakes Regional University to promote effective teaching in Kanungu district. Since 2015, our Fellows have co-led training with our network of LRTT Lead Teachers, building long term capacity in the area.

Region

Bwindi region in the Southwestern Uganda

Our Lodge, where Fellows stay, overlooks Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to 400 of the world's 700 remaining mountain gorillas. The rolling hills and elevation make for a comfortable climate. The region is known for its tea, coffee, and its green matooke bananas.

Itinerary

Your Journey

Week 1

“Agandi”, Welcome To Uganda!

Welcome to Uganda - The Pearl of Africa. After arrival into Entebbe Int’l Airport, transfer to our purpose-built lodge in Kanungu in South Western Uganda overlooking the rolling hills.

Induction & On-Boarding

The induction will involve a inspiring opening ceremony, detailed orientation to the program, and of course - getting to know the other inspiring Fellows of your cohort.

Week 2

Coaching in Schools

Kick-start the process of improving teacher effectiveness by conducting school visits and observing the local teachers in action, coupled with providing actionable feedback.

Co-facilitate a Workshop

Co-facilitate a full-day workshop on teaching practices with all the partner teachers, organized centrally.

Weekend - Uganda Safari

Head out on a 3-day safari to the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Chase the big 5 of an African safari, including the park’s unique tree-climbing lions. Alternatively, relax at our lodge.

Week 3

Coaching in Schools

Continue to conduct observations and provide in-person feedback with action steps that will improve the teacher’s instructional effectiveness.

Co-facilitate a Workshop

Co-facilitate a second full-day workshop on teaching practices with all the partner teachers, organized centrally.

Weekend - Adventures in Lake Bunyonyi

Explore more of Uganda after another week in classrooms by heading out to Lake Bunyonyi, partaking in adventures ranging from a high ropes course to canoeing.

Week 4

Coaching in Schools

Continue to conduct observations and provide in-person feedback with action steps that will improve the teacher’s instructional effectiveness.

Transit Day

This day is reserved for traveling as a full-group, absorbing views of Uganda along the way and getting to know your peers better through games.

Weekend - River Rafting on The Nile

On your final weekend, take a well-deserved break by rafting down the rapids of the spectacular Nile - one especially tailor-made for the adrenaline junkies.

Celebrate Success

The closing ceremony provides a fitting finale to the Fellowship - a celebration of your success. Collect all the memories and transfer to Entebbe Airport for your journey back home.

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Excursions

'The Pearl of Africa'

Uganda is home to half the planet's remaining mountain gorillas, as well as an abundance of native wildlife. Combine that with Jinja being the Source of the Nile and there's plenty for you to see.

You will get the chance to

  • See lions, elephants, hippos, buffalo, and more on Safari
  • See chimps and gorillas in their natural habitat
  • Get off the beaten track and experience rural East Africa

Bwindi Experience

Bwindi Experience

Includes Whitewater Rafting, Safari Weekend and Lake Bunyonyi. Reward yourself and make the most of your time in Uganda with three amazing excursions.

Raft the Nile

Raft the Nile

Uganda's River Nile is one of the world's most renowned rafting locations. The first section of the route consists of several grades 3-5 rapids. Stop for a well-earned BBQ lunch before you navigate the final stage of rapids. End enjoying a cold drink with your teammates at the drop off point.

Lake Bunyonyi

Lake Bunyonyi

Just 2-hours from LRTT's lodge, Lake Bunyonyi is one of Uganda's most beautiful spots. Over the weekend you will stay on one of the lake's 35 small islands. Activities include swimming, canoeing, and a boat trip to explore the lake and see various islands. In the evenings, enjoy drinks as the sun sets over the lake, and enjoy a team dinner at luxury hotel Birds Nest.

Safari Weekend

Safari Weekend

You will spend three days and two nights in Queen Elizabeth National Park, famous for the behavior of the park's tree-climbing lions. Enjoy several game drives in search of elephants, buffalo, lions, hyenas, hippos, and an array of birdlife. Take a boat trip to see animals by the water, followed by a team dinner at a 5* hotel.

Gorilla Trekking

Gorilla Trekking

A 'bucket list' experience, this is a challenging guided trek into the thick interior of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. You'll spend an hour in the company of a family of endangered mountain gorillas. The trip includes transport, permits, and guides who lead you to and from the gorillas in safety.

Chimp Trekking

Chimp Trekking

Anyone participating in the Safari Weekend can choose this as an additional activity. You will undertake a trek into Kyambura Gorge, habituated by chimpanzees and a variety of other primates.

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You might be wondering

Where do we stay?

You will stay in our purpose-built lodge, overlooking the rolling hills. With a bar, pool table, and campfires each evening on the deck, the lodge will be your home away from home.

How do we get around?

All transport in-country is included. Our team will meet and drop you off at the airport. We use vehicles to get to and from schools, as well as for Safari and weekend excursions.

What's the food like?

Our on-site chefs work hard to make the lodge feel like home, providing breakfast and dinner on the days when you are in school. Breakfast ranges from fresh fruit and pancakes to eggs on toast, and there is always plentiful fresh local coffee! Dinner is mostly vegetarian dishes such as curries or pasta with meat meals twice a week. Let us know if you are vegetarian or vegan and the team will have it covered.

What's nearby to see & do?

As well as excursions, there is plenty to see in the area ranging from hiking to visiting a coffee factory. Whether with morning group exercise or a sunset drink at the lodge bar, there’s a way to celebrate and reflect on each day together.

What's the weather like in Uganda?

The elevation makes for a comfortable climate with temperatures averaging 27 °C / 87°F. It is the driest from May-August but rains in the afternoon cool the temperature later in the day. Situated at approximately 4000ft, the lodge can get cool in the evening.

What else should I know?

Uganda is where we pilot and develop our training before adapting to each of the settings where we work. This means that on our Uganda Fellowships you will be pioneering any new developments in our program.

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