FSD Jinja-Uganda’s Gap Year program is an immersive program for pre–college students (17+) looking to explore academic and career passions. The program is designed not only to train students in community-based development, but to help students grow and understand themselves, their strengths, weaknesses, and professional goals.
While on the gap year program, participants are matched with one of one of 40 community organizations that have partnered with FSD Jinja-Uganda. Once paired, students co-create a development project by working directly with community groups and combining your coursework and experience with expertise to sustainably transform lives.
Throughout the participant’s project work, FSD Jinja-Uganda conducts training and reflection sessions to teach participants how to build cross-cultural relationships while working in different environments. Strong emphasis is placed on experiential learning and exploring Uganda.
- Engagement in a cross-cultural experience in a bid to finding solutions to key development issues in Uganda, while facilitating communities to implement sustainable development projects using tested development approaches and methodologies.
- Generation of new knowledge about grassroots development priorities, challenges, assets, opportunities and finding new innovations for appropriate interventions.
- Work side-by-side with a community-based organization specializing in one or more of the following development sectors: health, youth and education, women's equality, microenterprise, human rights, community development and/or environmental issues.
- Design and implement outreach campaigns promoting community mobilization, sensitization, and health education; Develop community resource centers; Train community leaders to organize informal events, provide informational and health resources.
- Learning more about the local Ugandan cultures and widening the scope of adventure through working and living in Uganda. Participating in organized group/individual excursions and retreats that allow volunteers and interns to relax with fellow peers.