What is the Community Health and Hygiene Education project all about?
The Community Health Education Internship in Uganda addresses local public health challenges, which especially affect school-aged children.
In Uganda, hygiene and sanitation is of critical concern. Many children and families lack knowledge of basic hygiene including hand-washing, water and sanitation, and menstrual hygiene for young women.
Low water quality and poor sanitation are at the root of widespread disease. And due to inadequate management of and discussion surrounding menstruation, many young girls do not complete their schooling. Both of these factors contribute to the ongoing cycle of poverty.
A lack of education around health and hygiene has far-reaching consequences, including the exposure of children to serious health hazards from contaminated food and water. This can lead to typhoid, diarrheal disease outbreaks, and eventually dehydration and starvation.
Why choose this Community Health and Hygiene Education Internship project?
- Learn about the hygiene and sanitation situation in Uganda, and the challenges the local communities encounter in addressing these challenges.
- Contribute to Global health and Sustainable Development goals by providing an extra pair of hands on local projects.
- Gain invaluable experience of real sustainable public health interventions, while making friends and creating cultural connections.
Role of the Community Health and Hygiene Education Intern
As a Health and Hygiene Intern, you will listen to and gather input from teachers and other community stakeholders about local health issues that affect the community. To help create a sustainable and effective strategy for tackling hygiene education. you will develop interactive methods that will lead to behavioral change.
The role takes part within a bigger team responsible for promoting good health practices. Through a variety of public health intervention projects, the project works predominantly with young children and campaigns within the community.
As an intern in Uganda you will be making a positive contribution towards proactively planning, implementing and evaluating health campaigns. The internship experience will help you to build your career, whilst having a lasting impact on the people in the community of your placement.
What skills do I need to be a Health and Hygiene Education intern?
Health sciences, sociology, medicine, biology, nursing, public health or similar related
fields are able to apply to this Community Health and Hygiene Education Internship project Uganda. An interest in health and sanitation, and a background in education or training are highly desirable.
You will be required to submit a CV/ resume and will be vetted via a phone interview. Any professionals from the above fields wishing to contribute to this Community Health and Hygiene Education project are also welcome to apply on a volunteer basis (speak to a Kaya advisor for more information).
A good level of spoken English is essential for this placement.
Travel during COVID times
The health and safety of our travelers and our local communities remain central to our plans for reopening countries and projects. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been adapting our programs and protocols to protect all those involved, and ask for everyone’s patience and collaboration as new rules are implemented in-country. For all projects, new standards of sanitation, procedures and social behaviors are in place, including new health and hygiene protocols and social distancing practices. You can read more here. Each location may be slightly different in the way they operate. We encourage you to inquire to your placement advisor to learn more about your specific project as you plan for your responsible return to travel!
RECRUITING FOR 2023
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
Learn about Uganda and its farmers’ local challenges
Contribute to the economic empowerment of the local farmers
Get hands on experience and learn about another culture
Where will I work in Uganda?
The local community organization you will work with is located in Bugembe, in the Jinja District of Uganda. The project is located in a semi-urban setting amongst a staff of five. Only 6 km away is Jinja Town. Jinja is the second largest town and commercial center in Uganda, with around 90,000 people. It has a major rail connection to Kenya and the Indian Ocean, and is famous as the historic source of the Nile River.
Interns will be living with host families. The living conditions are generally considered middle class by local standars and therefore, you will have indoor plumbing with running water, electricity and your own private room.
Jinja is now the adrenaline capital of East Africa, with many tourist activities including white-water rafting, kayaking and quad biking, all set in a stunning natural setting with charming colonial architecture.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 3-8 weeks
- Cost: £1246 / $1946 for 3 weeks
£336 / $524 for any additional weeks
- Requirements: Age 18+
- Location: Jinja, Uganda
- Working hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 17:00
- Project availability: January through November
- Arrival day: Last Saturday of each month, except for December
What is included
- Accommodation: Host family
- Meals: 3 meals a day
- Airport: scheduled pickup and dropoff from Entebbe International Airport in Uganda
- On the ground transportation: to/from projects included
- Access to personal online Kaya Community account including:
– Pre-departure information pack
– Fundraising Guide
– How to Manage your Money Abroad
– Learning Reflection Guide
- On the ground training: cultural and safety orientation and project induction
- Internship support:
– Certificate upon completion of your internship presentation
– Supervision from qualified professional
- Support: 24-hour support including emergency contact numbers from local team
- Excursion Planning assistance from local staff (activity prices may be extra)
What is not included
- Police/Government Background Check; US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies). All other nationalities must provide local police check.
- Routine or country specific vaccination if applicable
- Any costs for COVID-19 PCR tests required pre-departure and in-country
Easy 4-step application process
Click here to apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.
When you have confirmed your project dates we'll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.