Experiences in Kenya and Uganda

Dave Bonner has beendavebonner_riftvalley engaged in community training in Uganda since 2008.  Putting his interest in relief of poverty together with his beekeeping skills, it was a easy step for him to become engaged in Bees Abroad’s work.

He’s recently written an article about his work with Bees Abroad in BeeCraft – a British journal for beekeepers, styled “the informed voice of British beekeeping”.  We’re delighted that the editors have let us reproduce the article here.

Please select the link below to read the article, which was published in the March 2014 edition of BeeCraft.

Bee Craft Mar 2014 Dave Bonner volunteering

How to become involved

 Have you Skills that would be helpful to Bees Abroad?

At Bees Abroad we are all beekeepers. We link the love of beekeeping with a desire to help reduce extreme proverty.  We provide groups in developing countries with the practical skills, knowledge and equipment to keep bees. Tey use the extra income to make a better life, to buy medicines and pay for education.Collecting Frame

We are all volunteers. Here at home we do everythin from fundraising and accounting to replying to requests for help and sharing best practice with each other.
In the developing world we teach all aspects of beekeeping from making hives and suits to luring passing swarms, basic business disciplines and processing honey for sale.

There is far more thanenough to do so we are always on the lookout for beekeepers who might share our interests. Here are just some of the ways other beekeepers can help us:

Adopt a project – individually or as a group:

  • Learn all about the project from its project manager
  • Support the project by fundraisingLining Log Hive with mud
  • Visit the project as part of your holiday
  • Help the project manager whilst in the UK

Give your time/use your skills
We often have opportunities. Do you have skills in:

  • Website design
  • Accounting
  • Project controlComplete Log Hive
  • Governance
  • Fundraising
  • Graphc Design
  • Charity Management
  • IT
  • Writing reports/articles

Become a Supporter

  • Make a regular donation by standing order
  • Receive our quarterly newsletter


Volunteering with Bees Abroad

A big thank you to all our volunteers.  We couldn’t run our projects without you. Our volunteers play a key role in many aspects of running the Charity.  There are many roles performed by a few people, so we are always pleased to hear of people who have skills they can bring to our Charity.

We have volunteer positions available in the following areas:

Newsletter management, Show coordination, Fundraising and Administration, as well as positions for Project Leaders in Developing Countries.

For more information on these roles, please go to this page.

If you have experience working in Beekeeping in a developing country, we would particularly like to hear from you.

The administration roles mentioned above, would suit a newly qualified graduate who has studied in administration, marketing or fundraising.  Alternatively, an experienced administrator who requires the flexibility of working from home.

We are a Charity which does not have a central office. Therefore volunteers should have access to their own computer equipment. Bees Abroad UK  Limited cannot accept any liability for any damage caused to volunteer’s equipment which they are using to help the Charity.  It is the responsibility of the volunteer to ensure that the relevant security precautions are taken into account.

Our quarterly meetings are frequently held using Skype.

If you think you could help in any way, please complete the volunteer-app-form or  email us

We would like to say a big “Thank You” to all our volunteers who regularly give the most valuable asset, their time, to help at shows. These include: Jeff Bee, Mary Home, Angie Gallagher, Stuart Andrews, Jeannie Hainsworth-Lamb, Sally Fletcher-Pemberton and Jane Frank.