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  • Locations: Kampala, Uganda; Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Uganda
  • Program Terms: Trimester 3
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Deakin applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Trimester 3 2018 30/08/2018 ** Rolling Admission 11/11/2018 01/12/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Deakin Faculty: Faculty of Arts & Education, Faculty of Business & Law, Faculty of Health, Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environments Program Type: Faculty Led Study Tour, Internship, Volunteer Program
Language of Instruction: English Credit Weighting: 1 Credit Point
Credit Type: Undergraduate OS Help Available: Yes
GCP Points: 30
Program Description:


Information Session

Register now to find out all the information on the wildlife conservation Global Environmental Placement programs offer in T3
Date: Thursday, 26 April
Time: 9:30 - 11am

Global Environmental Placement - Uganda - Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary - November 


As you drive from Entebbe out to Nakasongola, the home of Ziwa Sanctuary you will have plenty of time to soak up the bright colours of Uganda. Red of the fertile soil, green of the jungle like fauna as well as the yellow of bananas and matoke (a local food staple) that fill the small street stalls on the side of the road. Uganda experienced a long period of instability. During the armed conflict of the 1970's and 1980's Uganda lost their entire Rhino populations to poaching but over the last two decades of peacetime, there have been significant efforts to restore these magnificent animals in the natural wilderness of the Kafu River Basin.
Rhino Fund Uganda is a non-government organisation that operates out of the 70,000 square kms of Ziwa Sanctuary in the west of Uganda, approximately 2.5hrs out of the country's capital, Kampala. Rhino Fund Uganda was established in 1997 and since that time they have been running a successful breeding program for White Rhinos that hopes to raise Rhino numbers high enough to begin releasing them back into national parks across Uganda.
Over your placement at Rhino Fund Uganda you will work with the 70 rangers that protect the Rhinos around the clock and who work on conservation projects the constantly improve the sanctuary. You will get to know each and every one of these beautiful creatures and contribute to the range of activities undertaken by the rangers such as rhino monitoring during the day, reptile identification, frog patrol and community Education & School Outreach.
After a hard days work you will wash the dirt off your hands, out your feet up and relax at Amuka Lodge where you will be provided with 3 hearty meals a day by the friendly lodge staff. During your time off you might want to relax by the pool or explore other areas of Uganda such as the beautiful Murchison Falls National Park.
Students from any undergraduate discipline can apply but this project is great for students with an academic or general interest in the areas of
  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Environmental Science
  • Zoology and Animal Science
  • Sustainable or Eco-Tourism

Required skills: No specific skills are needed for this project however, you’ll be working in a fairly dynamic environment with a big group of students as well as staff from the local host so it is important that you possess patience and flexibility to do the tasks necessary on any particular day. A keen interest in conservation and wildlife is important as well as the ability to sit back, listen and learn from the experienced staff.
Exercise level: Medium
Relevant for: For students who perhaps have not travelled before but who want to visit Africa and learn about conservation from the perspective of their local hosts.
Project type: Practical and educational activities in environmental conservation and animal welfare.
Location: 176km north of Kampala on the Gulu highway towards Murchison Falls (branch off at Nakitoma trading centre).
Project activities: Rhino Monitoring (day), Reptile Identification, Frog Patrol, Fence Supervising and Maintenance Patrols (day), Problematic Plant Removal, Community Education, School Outreach.
Working hours: 9 hours/six days a week
Project duration: 4 weeks
Unit of enrolment at Deakin: SLE225 Global Environmental Placement or SLE301 - Professional Practice
Partner to deliver this program: CIS Australia

Selection: Selection will be based on responses to the application questions and if necessary, a short interview with the unit chair.

Compulsory content hours:

Information session: Thursday, 26 April 2018

Introductory briefing: Thursday, 26 July 2018

Half day compulsory unit class & pre-departure session: Monday, 1 October 2018 (Burwood) / Tuesday, 2 October 2018 (Waurn Ponds)

In-country component: 11 November to 1 December 2018

Application close: Friday, 25 May 2018



  • For enrolment in SLE225 Global Environmental Placement - A student from any Faculty who has an elective credit is eligible to apply for this program. Enrolment will be in T3 2017. Before starting this unit in T3 2017 students must have completed at least 8 credit points of study with a minimum average of 65%.
  • For enrolment in SLE301 Professional Practice - Students must be enrolled in one of the courses S393, S394, S398, S382, S399. Enrolment will be in T1 2018. Before starting this unit in T1 2018 students must have completed at least 12 credit points of study.
  • Students in either unit must also arrange to enrol and complete the online modules for STP010 Introduction to Work Placements before leaving for their placement.

Cost and Funding

cost and funding
Cost: $4,700 AUD (TBC)

$500 deposit due before:  Monday, 16 July 2018
Final payment due date: Friday, 31 August 2018
Program fee includes: 
  • Accommodation upon arrival x 1 night in Kampala - twin share (same gender unless otherwise requested)
  • Accommodation remainder - twin share at Amuka Lodge (same gender unless otherwise requested)
  • Three meals a day
  • Training: Pre-departure information pack, on-site orientation and project induction are provided
  • 24 hour support from onsite coordinator
  • Transport from Airport to Kampala accommodation, from Kampala to Sanctuary & Sanctuary to airport (based on students travelling together)

The fee does not include:
  • Tuition fees
  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Visas & passport fees
  • Vaccinations
  • Weekend activities
  • Weekly laundry service

OS-HELP loan
Overseas Student HELP loans (OS-HELP) are provided by the Commonwealth government to eligible HECS-HELP students undertaking various international experiences for credit. This loan is added to your HELP debt and can be up to $7,998.
The following link will provide more information on the OS-Help

WIL Financial Support
  • Who is eligible: domestic undergraduate students who come from low socio-economic status backgrounds to undertake a discipline specific placement as part of their degree
  • Amount: up to AU$2,500
  • Detail information, eligibility, and application: WIL Financial Support Scheme Website.

Youth Allowance and Austudy
If you are currently receiving Youth Allowance or Austudy you can continue to receive payments while studying overseas as long you have a full-time study load for the year. The following link will provide more information on the Youth Allowance or Austudy.

Important Notes

Important Information
  • A minimum number of 4 students is required for the program to run. Places in this program are limited to 16 students in total. Selection will be based on those first to complete a full application.
  • Travel insurance is provided by Deakin for the length of the program, students travelling more than 10 days beyond the program dates will need to pay for additional coverage.
  • The OS Help loan can take up to 4 weeks to process so payments deadlines must be met regardless of the status of your loan.
  • All students outside of Science, Engineering and Built Environment must seek permission from their home Faculty to enrol.
  • Students are reminded to apply for Deakin Travel Insurance as soon as they have been accepted into the program to cover any unexpected withdrawals or costs that are incurred as refunds may not be available.
CIS Australia Cancellation Policy
  • Before deposit deadline: No cancellation fees apply
  • After deposit deadline: Loss of $500 deposit
  • After deposit deadline and before final payment: Loss of $500 deposit, along with any non-recoverable program fees are payable (i.e.: supplement accommodation deposits, transport, travel costs)
  • After final payment deadline: No refund of any program fees
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