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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:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Trimester 3 2018 30/08/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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
Program Description:

Global Environmental Placement - Uganda - Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

If you’re passionate about conservation, then this placement is for you. Contribute to the reintroduction of the rhinoceros to protected areas within Uganda. Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is the proud home of the only wild rhino’s in Uganda. A joint project of Rhino Fund Uganda and the Uganda Wildlife Authority, Ziwa presently homes 15 southern white rhinos.
The sanctuary provides trained rangers who will ably support you through your volunteer experience. You will have the opportunity to observe the rhinos at a very close and safe distance. Interesting and exciting things are common place at a sanctuary and this is your chance to experience all the excitement whilst contributing to conservation, making a difference and getting back to nature.

On a day-to-day basis you’ll work in groups with an assigned leader. Some of the activities that you’ll have the chance to get involved in include:

  • Rhino Monitoring (Day) 
  • Reptile Identification
  • Frog Patrol
  • Community Education & School Outreach
  • Removing of noxious weeds and vegetation in and around the reserve 
  • Fence Supervision & Maintenance Patrols

Don’t expect to get bored, the itinerary for this project changes and alters daily. All the activities are dependent on the weather conditions and other factors. There will be something new, exciting and interesting to do each day - so be prepared for a life-changing experience.

Program details

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: 9am (six days a week)
Project Duration: 3 weeks. 
Unit of enrolment at Deakin: SLE225 Global Environmental Placement or SLE301 Professional Practice
Partner to deliver this program: Rhino Fund Uganda

Dates: 30 October 2017 - 20 November 2017

Cost: $1,850 AUD 
Deposit: $500 AUD (Deposit due date: 1 August 2017 / Final payment due date: 15 September 2017)
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) 
  • 3 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 fee 
  • Flights 
  • Visas & passport fees 
  • Vaccinations 
  • Weekend excursions 
  • Weekly laundry service 

Information Session 

Video recording I Powerpoint presentation

Eligibility and Enrolment

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

Funding options 

OS-Help Loans:
  • Who is eligible: domestic UG students 
  • Amount: up to AU$6,567
  • Purpose: to assist students with a range of expenses, such as airfares and accommodations.
  • Detail information and eligibility: OS-Help website

WIL Financial Support (Funding for 2017 has been fully allocated)
  • 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 and eligibility: WIL Financial Support Scheme Website

Important to note

  • 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.  
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary 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 on any program fees  

International Placements can earn you 40 points towards the Global Citizenship Program.