What is the Microfinance and Entrepreneurship Training for
Communities in Uganda project all about?
The Microfinance and Entrepreneurship Training for Communities project in Uganda provides elementary training for local businesses and entrepreneurs. Working alongside community members, the intern/volunteer will develop business and financial training materials that will help community members across a variety of business topics.
In Uganda, many people do not have the knowledge necessary to start small businesses, yet with an entrepreneurial spirit, they undertake the challenge. As a result, these businesses often fail.
This intern/ volunteer opportunity in Microfinance and Entrepreneurship Training for Communities actively works against this trend, and supports the training of microloan recipients in business skills. The project also supports trainees in creating savings groups whereby individuals can save small amounts of money each week and earn interest on their savings.
By participating in the Microfinance and Entrepreneurship Training for Communities project, the intern/ volunteer will be able to make a positive contribution towards
improving business literacy among rural communities, and ultimately working towards poverty reduction in Uganda.
Why choose this Microfinance and Entrepreneurship Training for Communities in Uganda project?
- Contribute to poverty reduction by improving the skill sets of local business entrepreneurs.
- Using sustainable development approaches, gain invaluable experience of community and business development.
- Make lifelong friends, explore an amazing part of the world, and create valuable cultural connections.
Role of the Microfinance and Entrepreneurship Training for Communities Intern
You will help nurture business skills include bookkeeping, loan utilization and repayment, and how and where to save money. As a Microfinance and Entrepreneurship Training for Communities intern/volunteer, you will practically contribute to the improvement of the skillset of the local communities in Uganda..
You will be attached to a local community organization, and will work with colleagues on identifying, designing, and implementing a specific project to benefit the community. This internship experience will help you to build your own career, while mutually having a lasting impact on the people in the community of your placement.
What skills do I need to be a Microfinance and Entrepreneurship intern?
Professional or academic background in business, entrepreneurship, finance, accounting, or similar subjects are eligible to apply to this Microfinance and Entrepreneurship Training for Communities project.
You will be required to submit a CV/ resume, and a phone interview will be conducted.
Any business professionals wishing to contribute to this project, or an aspect of this project, are welcome to apply on a volunteer basis (speak to a Kaya advisor for more information). A good level of spoken English is also 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
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.
What to do in your spare time
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. Interns often choose to do white water rafting, kayaking, quad biking, mountain biking, horse riding or hiking in the nearby Mabira forest.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 3-5 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.