We invite you to join the team and embark on an empowering and liberating initiative with us.
Have you had experience in directing or teaching drama? Are you a creative and compassionate person who is ready for the experience of a lifetime?
We are looking for people who would like to come to Uganda and also those who would like to be a part of the pre departure team. We are located in Adelaide, South Australia and there are opportunities for interstate and international people to become involved. Please fill in the form below to register your interest.
SKILLS WE REQUIRE
- Those experienced in creating and/or running theatre workshops
- Theatre director
- Lighting technicians
- Costume makers
- Set designers
- Set builders
- Film makers
- Teachers of any of the above
- Event organisers
Experienced with children
- Aid workers
- Naturopath/Homoeopath/Alternative doctor
Please see below for information on what to expect as part of our team, expectations of the team, support provided to the team, and frequently asked questions.
We look forward with great excitement to hearing from you!
To download a copy of the Team Invitation please follow this link.
What to Expect
The children we work with are in various stages of recovery and each individual is experiencing a unique range of emotional interpretations of their past. Our focus is on creating an environment that is conducive to healing and transformation. We believe there is great power in the self-healing that rises from individual mental processing while in an inspired state. Their ages range from 6 – 24.
For more information see http://www.projectphoenixtheatre.org/child-soldiers/.
Equatorial Uganda is home to the source of the Nile and the continent’s largest lake, Lake Victoria. Wild gorillas live in the mountains and the wildlife is incredibly diverse making it a popular safari and bird watching destination.
On a less positive note, anti-gay sentiments are strong, and tensions simmer in the northeast.
Lira lies about 270km north of Kampala, the Ugandan capital. The estimated population is 108,600.
For more information see http://www.lonelyplanet.com/uganda.
Uganda is rich with opportunities. There are wildlife drives and safaris, hot springs, Nile cruises, canoe trekking, chimpanzee, gorilla, and golden monkey tracking, wetland sanctuaries, nature walks, bird safaris, mountain biking, rock climbing, abseiling, bungee jumping, cultural tours, and volcano and mountain trekking. Lira is the fourth largest town in Uganda. It has a produce market, golf course, airstrip, university, and banks. We intend to make the most of this beautiful country with some exploration.
As an equatorial nation Uganda experiences fairly steady tropical temperatures throughout the year. In the north it is slightly hotter and drier from December to February (24°-33°C with spikes up to 40°C) with the wetter season falling from March to May.
One of the main crops in Uganda is bananas. There are many varieties including the ‘matoke,’ which is cooked as a savoury staple. Maize, millet, and cassava are also important staples. There are many fresh fruits and vegetables including jackfruit, avocados, bananas, carrots, greens, tomatoes, potato, and cabbage. A meal may consist of matoke, cassava, spinach sauce, beans, and meat, usually goat. Breakfast may consist of sweet bread and butter or an omelette with sweet black or milky tea. There is also street food such as roasted sesame seeds, Indian style flat bread, fire roasted bananas, and samosas. Soft drinks, beer, and waragi (a local gin) are readily available.
There are a number of hotels and private rentals that we are currently assessing as a base for the Project Phoenix team.
The Ugandan part of this initiative will take place from mid April to mid May 2015.
Support Provided to the Team
Mental and emotional
While our team is mentally and emotionally strong to support the young people, there are times when the reality of their situation affects us in deeper ways that we want to deal with, or should deal with, alone. We will have regular discussions and support sessions for the team where we can safely talk about our experiences. We can all achieve more in an empowered, playful, and joyous state. We also hope to have someone experienced in counseling travelling with us.
There is a hospital in Lira should we need it. We will each require travel insurance, which you will receive more information on should you choose to be a part of the team. There is also a comprehensive report on security, safety, and health available for all team members, and a list of required and recommended items that will help to look after your health.
Team members will receive a comprehensive list and help in organising practical requirements such as visas, insurance, flights etc. Many things will also be booked as a group for cheaper rates and ease of organisation.
Responsibility of the Team
Culture, Religion, and Language
Ugandans are positive, friendly and polite people. Many travellers visit Uganda so they are fairly understanding of the potential differences in custom and social interaction.
The predominant religion in Uganda is Christianity. Project Phoenix does not subscribe to any religion, and we believe in the free expression of other religions as long as they do not harm others in the process.
Uganda is a multilingual country with over 50 dialects. Most children in Lira speak Lou, (Lango and Acholi), which has many dialects, and some speak Ateso. Most children can also speak English and there will be a translator for those who do not.
Unlike many organisations Project Phoenix does not charge a fee to be a part of the team. Costs incurred to each team member will include flights, travel insurance, vaccinations, visas, internal travel, accommodation, food, water, and personal items such as clothes and passport. We will provide you with a cost estimate as we finalize aspects such as accommodation. As a much needed part of their fundraising, other organisations may charge from US$2240 for 2 weeks to US$5190 for 12 weeks for food, accommodation and insurance (not flights, vaccinations, or visas.)
Frequently asked Questions
You are currently based in South Australia. Is it possible for interstate and international volunteers to become part of the team?
Yes! There are many different aspects that can be undertaken by people interstate or internationally. There are fundraising and event opportunities, consultants required who are experienced in theatre workshops for traumatized people, and depending on the number of places filled by local people there may also be people needed for the creative team.
Can this lead to more projects and opportunities?
Yes. Our aim is to expand Project Phoenix internationally with continual initiatives operating. This will create many roles including those for program leaders, artists, program development specialists, fundraising specialists, administrative positions, and media positions.
I am not artistic. Can I still help?
Absolutely! (Though we believe that everyone is inherently artistic, they just don’t know it!) There are many roles that you can help with such as fundraising, event organizing, administration, raising awareness, and many more. Please contact us.
I am not artistic but I love children and youth and would love to be a part of the team in Uganda. Is this possible?
Yes! The theatre workshops are at an introductory level where the vibrancy and joy of the leaders are more important than drama theory and technique. There are also technical roles, such as lighting, costume making and set building. Please contact us!
I want to be involved but am not able to join the team going to Uganda. How can I help?
There is a pre departure team that includes drama workshop consultants, fund-raisers, event organisers, health consultants, and more. Please see the list above, and contact us to register your interest. If you have any skills that are not on the list that you think may be relevant, please let us know!
Will I get paid?
Currently there are no paid roles within Project Phoenix. All funds raised go towards aiding the former child soldiers through equipment costs and building artistic infrastructure.
Can this lead into paid roles?
Yes. We aim for Project Phoenix to be a groundbreaking nongovernmental organisation with far reaching and quantifiable results. This will lead to positions in the future for people passionate about making this possible.
Will I catch Ebola?
The current Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak is the most serious recorded since its identification in the 1970s. While it is a serious illness the mode of transmission makes it difficult to contract. Your mucus membranes or broken skin must come into direct contact with an infected person. A comprehensive fact sheet will be given to people who are interested in coming. There have been no EVD cases in Uganda during this outbreak (World Health Organisation on the 5th of November 2014.) If the EVD outbreak escalates to the level where travel to Uganda is not recommended the Project will be postponed accordingly.
For more information see http://smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/Uganda.