Uganda essentials

Did you know that Uganda is known as the ‘Pearl of Africa’?

Uganda holds a special place for Cooperating Volunteers, as it’s where everything began. During your volunteer experience, you can participate in various programs such as child care, sports, community education, construction, environment and agriculture, teaching, mental health, or medical services. In your free time, you’ll have the chance to explore this wonderful country. Here are some must-see places if you choose Uganda as the destination for your adventure.

What should you not miss?


This national park, also known as the Mountains of the Moon, is located on the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

Famous for its impressive alpine landscapes, glaciers, waterfalls, lakes, and rich biodiversity, it’s ideal for nature and adventure lovers.

The Rwenzori Mountains reach heights of over 5,000 meters, with Mount Stanley (also known as Ngaliema) being the highest at 5,109 meters, making it the third highest mountain in Africa, after Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya. The highest peak of Mount Stanley is Margherita Peak, but it includes other famous peaks like Alexandra Peak and Albert Peak.

Due to the height of these mountains, it’s quite likely to find glaciers, although they are shrinking due to climate change. The glaciers and snow are an attraction for climbers, with various routes requiring great skill. There are treks lasting between 7 and 10 days.

The park is home to a wide variety of plants and animals. Among the flora, giant plants like lobelias and senecios stand out. In terms of fauna, you can find forest elephants, chimpanzees, leopards, and various species of endemic birds.

The park is accessible from Kasese, a nearby town in Uganda, and routes can vary depending on the level of difficulty you’re looking for.


This national park is located in northwestern Uganda and is the largest national park in the country. It’s one of its most iconic tourist destinations, offering a unique mix of stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife, and the majestic waterfall that gives the park its name. Established in 1952, it has been visited by many notable personalities, including Winston Churchill and Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway survived a plane crash near the park in 1954, an event that drew global attention.

The park covers an area of about 3,893 square kilometers and is divided by the Victoria Nile River. The spectacular Murchison Falls is where the Nile narrows and plunges 43 meters through a gorge just 7 meters wide, creating a breathtaking view and a powerful force of water.

The park is home to a rich diversity of wildlife. Notable animals include elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes, Rothschild’s giraffes, hippos, Nile crocodiles, and various species of antelopes. Additionally, it’s a paradise for bird watchers, with over 450 species recorded.

There are various activities to enjoy, with the most popular being:

A vehicle safari through the park’s savannas to observe the majestic animals in their natural habitat.
Boat cruises on the Nile offering spectacular views of the falls from below.
Hiking to the top of the falls to enjoy the impressive views and the power of the water. Fishing for tiger fish or Nile perch.

The park is managed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority, which works to protect its biodiversity and promote sustainable tourism. Conservation efforts include anti-poaching measures and natural resource management.


Located in southwestern Uganda, it is one of the world’s most famous ecotourism destinations due to its population of mountain gorillas. This park offers a unique combination of biodiversity, spectacular landscape, and wildlife observation opportunities.

Bwindi spans 331 square kilometers of mountainous forests and is situated in the region of the Albertine Rift Valley. The park is known for its steep terrain and dense forest, earning it the reputation of being “impenetrable.” The climate is tropical with two main rainy seasons, from March to May and from September to November. It’s accessible from Kampala, Uganda’s capital, via an 8-10 hour road trip. You can also fly to nearby airstrips like Kihihi and Kisoro.

It is one of Africa’s richest ecosystems, with a great variety of plant, animal, and bird species. Besides the mountain gorillas, Bwindi is home to elephants, antelopes, chimpanzees, and over 350 bird species, including many endemic species.

Famous for housing approximately half of the world’s mountain gorilla population, there are several gorilla families habituated to human presence, allowing for gorilla trekking, a unique and exciting experience that lets visitors closely observe these majestic primates in their natural habitat.

Visitors can also interact with local communities, including the Batwa, a tribe of hunter-gatherers who were the original inhabitants of the forest.

The park’s management focuses on the conservation of mountain gorillas and their habitat. Tourism revenue supports both conservation efforts and local communities, creating a sustainable ecotourism model.


Located in southwestern Uganda, this is one of the country’s most popular and diverse national parks. Named in honor of Queen Elizabeth II, the park is known for its stunning landscape, varied wildlife, and ecotourism opportunities.

Covering approximately 1,978 square kilometers, it lies between Lakes George and Edward, connected by the Kazinga Channel. The landscape includes savannas, forests, wetlands, and volcanic craters. The climate is tropical, with a dry season and a rainy season.

Queen Elizabeth is home to a great diversity of fauna. Notable mammals include elephants, lions, leopards, hippos, buffaloes, and various species of antelopes. The park is famous for its “tree-climbing lions” in the Ishasha area. It also boasts a rich birdlife with over 600 species recorded, making it a paradise for bird watchers.

Activities include safaris, boat cruises on the Kazinga Channel, chimpanzee trekking, walks and hikes, and cultural visits to local communities.

The park is accessible by road from Kampala in about 6-7 hours. You can also fly to Mweya or Kasese airstrips via domestic flights.


Situated in East Africa, Lake Victoria is the largest tropical lake in the world and the second-largest freshwater lake by area, after Lake Superior in North America. This lake is a crucial geographical feature and a vital resource for the surrounding countries: Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania.

It has an area of approximately 68,800 square kilometers, with an average depth of about 40 meters and a maximum depth of 84 meters.

It was “discovered” by European explorers in the 19th century. John Hanning Speke was the first European to reach the lake in 1858, naming it after Queen Victoria of England. However, the lake has been known and inhabited by local communities for thousands of years.

It is the primary source of the White Nile, one of the two main tributaries of the Nile River. The Kagera River is its largest tributary.

Lake Victoria hosts rich biodiversity, including a variety of fish, the most famous being the Nile perch. However, the introduction of the Nile perch has had a devastating impact on native fish species. It is crucial for local economies, although overfishing and pollution present significant challenges.

Management of Lake Victoria requires cooperation between Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania, with several regional programs and agreements, like the Lake Victoria Environmental Management Project, focusing on conservation.

These are just some of the essentials in Uganda, but there are many more recommended spots to explore during your visit.

If you want to know more locations, stay tuned for the second part.

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Our volunteers will be able to validate university credits with the aim of traveling in a more responsible and economical way.

What does volunteering focused on university practices involve?

At Cooperating Volunteers, we make agreements with different universities to validate university credits with the aim of traveling in a more responsible and economical way.

The specialties we work with are extensive: medical volunteering, nursing, education, social work, psychology, physiotherapy, engineering, architecture…

The practices can be carried out in our designated destinations for this purpose, as well as in Spain.

If you choose an international destination, it’s a unique way to live an unforgettable and enriching experience, as you will have the opportunity to continue your education in another country, with a completely different culture.

Stepping out of our comfort zone and being part of the various projects at the destination will allow us to grow both personally and professionally, creating a more extensive curriculum.

And we are fully convinced that this experience will accompany you throughout your life.

You will be able to visit hospitals, schools, centers, orphanages, and participate directly and actively in the daily lives of all those people at the destination, always accompanied by other professionals willing to collaborate hand in hand with you and guide you in daily tasks.

If your university is not part of the agreement with Cooperating Volunteers, you can contact so that we can get in touch and make this experience a reality. 


Corporate volunteering consists of tailored programs for your company, designed to develop teamwork skills.

It is proven that teamwork directly impacts productivity. 

Collective effort surpasses individual capabilities, promotes diversity of skills, stimulates creativity, and facilitates problem-solving in the face of various challenges.

Therefore, it not only maximizes efficiency but also enriches the work environment.

We conduct corporate volunteering programs that consist of customized programs for your company, designed to develop teamwork skills, improve performance, and foster unity among employees.

We tailor projects to the corporate identity and size of the company, and we can adjust them to any destination and time of the year.

The advantages of corporate volunteering include:

  • Improving communication.
  • Group unity.
  • Cultural integration in different situations.
  • Employee training.
  • Increased Corporate Social Responsibility.

The future is aligned with a more responsible society, and participating in social projects positions our company among the list of revolutionary businesses that want to be part of the change.

If you resonate with this message, corporate volunteering is a unique experience both individually and collectively, and at Cooperating Volunteers, we accompany you throughout the process to make it a unique journey.


Quality time spent with family strengthens emotional bonds, promotes communication, and contributes to the emotional well-being of its members. 

Spending quality time with family and being able to disconnect from our hectic routines is not only enriching but also necessary.

Sometimes we forget to communicate, connect, and dedicate time to each other. Each one of us lives focused on our jobs, schools… And it’s necessary to find the opportunity to pause and take care of ourselves.

Quality time spent with family strengthens emotional bonds, promotes communication, and contributes to the emotional well-being of its members. And of course, it creates lifelong positive memories.

At Cooperating Volunteers, we suggest moving away from those ‘more superficial’ trips (which can also be fantastic), but we invite you to live this experience to bring out our most empathetic and humanitarian side.

Family volunteering gives us the opportunity to be part of a positive impact, promoting values of solidarity and social responsibility.

There are many families who choose to experience these trips focused on cooperation and direct involvement with different communities around the world, where living conditions are very different and sometimes entirely precarious.

Projects are tailored to different ages, allowing us to work together.

An incredible way to fill our suitcase with memories, learning, and knowledge.

And although stepping out of our comfort zone often feels daunting, we assure you firsthand that it’s worth it.

At Cooperating Volunteers, we accompany you throughout the entire experience, from start to finish, to make it unforgettable.


At Cooperating Volunteers, we believe it’s never too late for anything, especially for volunteering and living a unique and unforgettable experience.

There are many people, increasingly so, who opt for responsible travel that involves social work.

Accustomed to organized and mostly touristic trips, at Cooperating Volunteers, we want to advocate for a more enriching experience, one that transforms us from within and allows us to be part of the change the world needs to see.

We can adapt both the destination and the duration of our projects to fit your needs.

It’s an opportunity full of emotions that allows us to significantly contribute to different communities and their evolution. And you can participate in different areas such as education, social support, or assistance in different centers.

Some of the benefits include:

  • Sense of purpose: Provides a sense of purpose by contributing your skills and experiences to meaningful causes.
  • Emotional well-being: Reduces feelings of isolation and establishes social connections.
  • Personal development: It’s continuous learning, skill development, and discovering new activities while keeping the mind-body active.
  • Physical health: Keeping active.
  • Stress reduction: The act of helping others reduces stress and contributes to mental health.

Living this experience will undoubtedly be a before and after. 


A volunteering initiative with leadership and impact through the educational action program.

When we talk about social volunteering, we refer to all those actions and activities carried out altruistically, selflessly, and with the aim of addressing multiple problems and needs of different communities, always focused on education and self-sufficiency.

Education is essential because it provides the tools and knowledge necessary for personal, social, and economic development.

Our goal is to create self-sufficient communities and provide opportunities for the future personal development of each member. The message is not to ‘give’, but to accompany in the process of training for self-managed provision.

At Cooperating Volunteers, many of our destinations and projects embrace this type of volunteering. Some of our projects include: community programs, education, women’s empowerment…

And although they are completely different from each other, they share a single objective: progress towards a society that can embrace us all in the same way.

If you are someone who is restless, who needs to see a change in the future, volunteering is an experience tailor-made for you.