Internships in Uganda! Its breathtaking location on the forested shores of Lake Victoria offers unlimited opportunities for adventuring, interning and traveling. Travel to Uganda –this world famous safari destination – and experience all the natural beauty and amazing sights. There are surprises at every turn! Beautiful lakeshores; a century-old botanical garden alive with the chatter of acrobatic monkeys; friendly people and colorful tropical birds. It’s truly a unique and abundant paradise. Insert more marketing descriptions. Our internship programs in Uganda are located in the capital city of Kampala.
IFRE invites you to join our internship programs in Uganda and explore this newly peaceful and stable African destination. In Uganda, our projects include work in orphanages, HIV/AIDS, healthcare and teaching English.
INTERNSHIP PROGRAM FEES & DATES:
Start Dates: Our programs start every Monday, although we allow for flexibility due to travel constraints.
Ifre’s fees for volunteer programs and internship programs are the same. Ifre volunteers offers the world’s most affordable internship programs. When you join our internship program, you pay your fee directly to host families and projects. In this way, we ensure that your money goes for you or the people who need it (not for the organization's profit).
Ifre internship fee comprise of two separate fees. An application fee of $299 USD (covers advertising, staff/office expenses, etc.) and a nominal weekly program fee (covers room/board, field support, etc). You can visit the following link for details on fees and dates:
Additional costs for interns:
International flights, visa application/extension, daily personal expenses on beverages/entertainment daily transportation, laundry, telephone, immunizations.
WORK IN AN ORPHANAGE IN UGANDA
There are many orphans in Uganda. Many children have been orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic or have been abandoned due to extreme poverty or other unfortunate social situations. Oftentimes children are saved from a life of young soldiers or are rescued from human trafficking circumstances. There is an immense need for people to internship with orphaned Ugandan children. IFRE presently works with more than 10 orphanages in Uganda. In our projects, you help orphaned children with daily life and extra-curricular activities. However, the most important thing you offer these poor children is love and attention that they so desperately crave and truly deserve. Resources for orphans are spread thin. Orphanage workers in Uganda do their best, but manpower is low and it is the face to face contact that this children greatly need. Hugs from interns working with orphans in Uganda are priceless!
There is no specific qualification needed to join the orphanage internship project. However, interns must be flexible and patient. You should have passion and love for children.
AN INTERN'S RESPONSIBILITIES
Interns working in Ugandan orphanages generally show support by tutoring (mostly English) the children at the orphanage where they are home-schooled and assisting/educating them in areas of personal hygiene (i.e. brushing, flossing their teeth) and life skills. You may also help with math, science or other subjects. As an intern in the orphanage project, you also help with homework and encourage their academic progress. Afternoons and evenings are fun times. You will organize activities, games, sing-a-longs and dances as well as other creativity-based activities to teach the children In the orphanages where children attend a school, daytime activities for interns include: administrative work and helping with cleaning, cooking and gardening or teaching at the local school.
You will be kept busy during the day if the children go to a local school, by helping clean, cook as well as working in the garden or you may also help teachers at the local school.
TEACHING ENGLISH IN RURAL SCHOOLS IN UGANDA
Opportunities exist for those with strong English skills. In Uganda, income levels determine your children’s quality of schooling. This creates a large gap amongst student’s education. Most upper-class children receive ideal English instruction, but children of poorer families and communities lag far behind. This educational gap grows as children progress through their schooling and eventually into the workforce. Our English teaching internship programs in Uganda benefit local children and orphans by helping them develop useful English language skills. The demand for English-speaking Ugandans is becoming more prominent as the tourist industry grows. Improving these children's conversational English in Uganda makes for a better future and also prepares them to compete and participate in the global market.
There are no specific qualifications required to join this English-teaching project. However, IFRE does prefer participants to be enthusiastic native English-speakers who are eager to teach children. Previous teaching experience and/or a degree in English is preferred but not required.
AN INTERN'S RESPONSIBILITIES
As an intern English-teacher, you teach for about 2-3 hours a day, six days a week. There are English teachers and a set curriculum in place in the Ugandan schools; however, interns offer much-needed support to this overworked staff in the way of introducing and applying different teaching methods, suggesting resolutions for communication barriers and providing appropriate curriculum ideas for the classroom.
Responsibilities include teaching English in either primary or secondary schools. Additionally, you may teach in one of the local orphanages, which run their own schools and utilize interns to offer English instruction. Local schools provide all curriculum and teaching materials. Interns will work alongside an already-existing teacher – reporting to the schools' respective headmasters.
HIV/AIDS PROJECT IN UGANDA
The negative effects from HIV/AIDS in Uganda are widespread. This is a serious and deadly challenge facing the entire country, regardless of your social status, but the lower income people have the hardest time meeting the challenges of this horrible disease. Each year, thousands of Ugandans (adults and children) die from complications of this disease. There is an urgent need for HIV/AIDS interns in Uganda!
Presently, IFRE works in collaboration with local organizations running various HIV/AIDS projects promoting awareness while simultaneously providing comfort to HIV/AIDS-infected patients. These projects also train local community workers to effectively address and educate others about HIV/AIDS-related issues using grassroots methodology. These trained citizens then return to their villages of origin to train and educate other citizens – eventually launching their own HIV/AIDS awareness programs. Local programs in place by our partnering organizations include: stigma reduction, gender awareness, home visits, community counseling, as well as sensitization in public places (i.e. community centers and/or schools). This project's primary goals are to create hope among the sick – assuring them that they are able to live productive, meaningful lives (living with AIDS, not dying from AIDS) and to halt the spread of this deadly disease.
No specific qualifications are required to join the Uganda HIV/AIDS project. However, interns interested in this particular project should have interest in HIV/AIDS-related issues as well as have a passion for helping others. Patience and a willingness to share time, energy and compassion are also crucial important.
AN INTERN'S RESPONSIBILITIES
Interns will participate in a number of community-based activities. Each day, interns meet at project headquarters and take part in daily briefings, develop daily strategies and follow-up on the projects' current plans. One of our HIV/AIDS project's primary aim is the creation of public awareness, and interns will travel from village-to-village – accompanying members of the local staff – to spread information and nurse the sick. Some activities include: providing comfort through counseling and/or spiritual guidance, distributing basic supplies (such as food, soap and clothes) administering medication to alleviate symptoms such coughing, diarrhea, as well as assisting in the building or repairing of affected clients' homes.
MEDICAL/HEALTHCARE PROJECT IN UGANDA
Many Ugandan hospitals and clinics are located in outlying areas surrounding Uganda’s major cities. There is a lack the manpower and resources needed and Medical/Healthcare interns in Uganda – knowledgeable, experienced and able-bodied medical workers – are in great demand. In Uganda, health clinic interns help to offer various services to the rural citizens: outpatient procedures, blood tests, community outreach, family planning, treatment of minor injury and antenatal services. Participants joining an IFRE's medical/healthcare program will work in hospitals and clinics as an assistant to permanent doctors. Duties greatly depend on the intern’s educational background, skills, experience and personal interests.
This project is good for someone interested in gaining hands-on experience in the medical/healthcare field.
Applicants must have some form of medical certification (medical ID, EMT, paramedic, nursing, etc.) or be a current healthcare professional. Due to liabilities, applicants lacking specific medical training/expertise or credentials are ineligible for this project. All healthcare-related credentials must be provided prior to departure.
AN INTERN'S RESPONSIBILITIES
As a medical intern, participants do not perform major surgeries/procedures. Instead, interns assist doctors and other permanent healthcare professionals by measuring patients' blood pressure, temperatures, recording height, weight and other related tasks. Additionally, interns may be asked to assist various health camps/posts in distributing medication, providing health tips (pertaining to nutrition, personal hygiene) and occasionally counseling patients. Other possible duties may include treating minor wounds and injuries as well as keeping and helping to maintain health records. Duties greatly depend on the educational background, skills and personal interests of interns.
FIELD SUPPORT AND SUPERVISION
How does IFRE help me when I am in the field? How can I maintain communication? Do you visit me?
Once your internship program begins, our local staff members stay in constant touch with you. Interns staying at the Uganda homebase will see our coordinator and staff daily. In Uganda, our projects are approximately 10-25 km from our offices (and usually located in rural settings outside of the cities). Our coordinators stay in touch with interns via personal visits, telephone calls or emails. The director of each project will serve as participants' immediate supervisor. IFRE's Uganda coordinator maintains a mobile phone so participants are able to reach him with questions and concerns.
We recommend that you ask questions and make comments regarding your experience. Many minor issues can be avoided with a just little extra communication before they develop into major issues. Your project will have local staff members in addition to our in-country coordination staff. If your project is located a great distance from our offices, then our local staff will communicate via email and/or phone. We are available for you at the local office via email and phone before and during your trip. It’s our job to make sure that you are safe, healthy and happy.
You can earn academic credit for most internship projects in Uganda. The best way to receive academic credit is by pre-arranging the project with your college/university. It is up to an intern to communicate with faculty/academic advisors regarding college credit for internship work PRIOR to applying to IFRE. Your college/university may require additional information prior to approval and may require students to submit pre/post research or other requirements.
Alternatively, you can earn academic credit through Seattle Central Community College (SCCC). SCCC offers college credit for a variety of international programs (study abroad, volunteer abroad, intern abroad, language studies and even cultural-exchanging home-stays). IFRE recommends contacting Professor Steve Tash (we can provide contact details) to further explore this option of receiving academic credit for your international internship. IFRE is not associated with SCCC and it is up to the intern to arrange to transfer SCCC course credit to their university/college of choice.
ROOM & FOOD
IFRE manages living accommodations, provides meals and supervision for interns for the entirety of their stay in Uganda. We offer a Home Base in Uganda. IFRE’s Uganda home base is located in a Kampala. We try to create a “home away from home” for interns staying at our home base. It is a perfect situation for interns to live safely and comfortably while making many new friends and sharing experience every day. Most of interns project in Uganda are located within 1-20 KM of our home base so you may walk or ride a local bus to your project. In the evening when you return to home base, you can relax, eat dinner, explore local areas or simply share experience with internship comrades.
Occasionally, depending on intern traffic, available projects or distance to a intern’s assigned project, we may also place our interns with carefully pre-screened host families. Our host families are socially respected and are experienced with hosting international interns. They have strong interest in our interns’ safety and well-being and demonstrate this with caution and care. In most host family situations, interns will share a room with another intern of the same gender. Another viable option is an at-orphanage stay. Interns participating in the orphanage project may reside within the confines of the orphanage's compound in a room set aside for interns. Once you have applied for program placement, you will find the specific details of your accommodations in your personal placement documents for your project. Our field staff visits interns regularly and always happy to help our interns in any way needed. We offer 3 meals a day of local cuisine. Typically, interns eat breakfast and dinner at the home base (or host family) and have lunch at their project. We offer fresh, nutritious and safe local foods to our interns to eat. We also work extremely hard to maintain our facilities in a positive condition.
Interns have free time for the duration of their project, weekends and the Language and Culture program. While IFRE does not arrange activities during this time off, our local staff, members and coordinators can provide priceless assistance in making appropriate arrangements for travel in Uganda. It’s the time for self discovery and learning. It’s time to explore this foreign culture and exotic land. It’s definitely time to visit gorillas or go on safari while in Uganda! Our IFRE local coordinators/staff are available to give you free advice, travel tips and help to book your travel. Uganda has some of the most amazing examples of wildlife, as well as numerous safaris, fascinating landscapes, colorful customs, gorgeous beaches, historic castles, etc. Hikes through the local villages and country-sides can also be the perfect backdrop for an authentic, cultural experience. Our local staff members can provide invaluable assistance in booking travel and/or tours around Uganda. Please discuss your options with our local project staff to find the best way for you to spend your free time in Uganda.