What is the Youth Empowerment Internship in Uganda project all about?
The Youth Empowerment Internship in Uganda focuses on presenting youth perspectives concerning young people’s access to healthcare, and how young people are served in healthcare settings. The program is designed to highlight the lack of youth-friendly healthcare services that is evident in Uganda, including services for those living with HIV/ AIDS.
The program will employ Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to produce worldwide educational content on the subject. It will engage youths around the world in a collaborative process online, to share experiences, and to exchange knowledge and ideas on young people’s concerns regarding treatment and access to healthcare. These perspectives will be presented in media form, and the finished product will be shared globally for young people’s advocacy.
This project will help young people in Uganda to build their confidence as they voice their concerns and campaign for their rights. It will provide a platform for them to learn the perspectives of youths from other continents, without even traveling out of their own country. Most importantly, the project will provide them with essential research, ICT, and multimedia skills. The project values partnership and welcomes educational youth service, and development organizations or individuals to join in building a network of opportunities for young people to work together.
Participants/ youth artists in this project become global citizens who make a difference by collaborating with peers around the world.
Why choose this Youth Empowerment project?
- Learn about the healthcare system in regards to adolescent and children’s healthcare, and the challenges they face
- Contribute to the global understanding of youth and adolescent healthcare requirements in developing countries
- Experience Ugandan culture while making local friends and exchanging cultural
- Contribute and provide modern ICT skills to the youth involved in the project’s implementation
Role of the Youth Empowerment Intern
Interns on this program will support in guiding research, and helping in the process of ICT, and media production training sessions. Interns can support the entire process, or choose one or two skills development sessions that they would be comfortable with teaching. Interns will also contribute to the procurement of ICT tools (laptops, cameras etc) for use on the project.
Interns/ volunteers over the age of 24 will mentor the youth in the processes of project implementation, and interns/ volunteers 18-24 years old will double as mentors and participants in this multimedia project.
What skills do I need to be a Youth Empowerment intern?
Interest in working with young people. People with a background in social work, public health, ICT, the media, and healthcare/ medical students/ professionals are encouraged to apply to this placement at St. Francis Health Care Services. You will be required to submit a CV as well as go through a phone interview for the vetting process before your placement is confirmed. 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 SUMMER 2021
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
Where will I work in Uganda?
The local community organization you will work with is located about 7kms from Jinja town. As the second largest town and commercial center in Uganda, Jinja has 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. There are many attractions around Jinja guaranteeing you to keep busy even in your free time!
Details & Costs
- Duration: 4-10 weeks
- Cost: £1628 / $2542 for 4 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
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.