Community Centre Intern

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UYWEFA is committed to addressing and alleviating the negative effects of the HIV/AIDS pandemic that has caused untold suffering, poverty, and dehumanization throughout Uganda. In April 2011 UYWEFA constructed an education center in order to provide 50 Orphans and Vulnerable Youth (OVCs) in the community of Kazo with free education. As of January 2015 the centre has expanded to service approximately 200 OVC's.

The centre is community-owned and therefore largely staffed by local volunteers. We are seeking the assistance of an international volunteers/interns to supplement the skills of local volunteers and provide administrative and teaching support. The primary responsibility of volunteers will be to conduct classes such as English and Math. Furthermore, Interns will have the opportunity to participate in other programs UYWEFA offers; Economic Empowerment Programs assisting single HIV positive mothers and various Youth Programs.

  • Great opportunity to make a huge positive impact in a struggling community.
  • Resume & career building experience.
  • Authentic cultural experience through living with a home stay allowing you to truly integrate into the community of Kazo.
  • Opportunity to travel to some of the worlds premier travel destinations (Gorilla tracking in Bwindi National Park & Safaris) and visit neighbouring countries (Kenya, Tanzania).

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Internship in UYWEFA

During the second semester of my second year of bachelor I had to do an internship abroad (I live in France). I decided to go to Uganda for 4 months. The family I'm staying with has been and is still really nice to me, and they make me feel at home.
During the first half of my internship I was an English teacher for P2 and P3. I was approximately at UYWEFA school from 9am until 5pm, but I was usually only teaching two hours per day. The rest of the time I worked on the fundraising campaign which aims to raise money in for buying the land on which UYWEFA's buildings are.
During school vacation, I travelled across Uganda and Rwanda during approximately 2/3 weeks.
The second part of my stay here will be more focused on UYWEFA's organisation and administration. I am still working on the fundraising campaign as well, but I am not a teacher anymore.
My overall appreciation of this internship is pretty good, Ugandans are usually friendly and welcoming and I have met really nice people here.
The kids at school are all great, and they deserve the best !!

What would you improve about this program?
Make sure that the money I pay when I first came here for the family really goes to the family, and not somewhere else...