- Iganga Town
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-- $2,500 USD, plus a $500 USD *refundable* deposit which secures your space for the summer.
-- Airfare: $1,600-$2,000 depending on your departure airport and dates
-- Visa: $50-$100, depending on your travel plans
-- Travel items, money belt, mosquito repellent, etc.: $100
-- Immunizations: $175-$500 for required immunizations of Yellow Fever, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, anti-mala
The Uganda Village Project (UVP) Internship brings together graduate and undergraduate students studying international development, public health, and medicine to work alongside rural communities as they are empowered to lead healthier lives. While living side-by-side with community members, interns learn about the social justice and health equity issues these communities face and work in partnership with the community to overcome these barriers.
Programs and activities support water, sanitation, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and reproductive health. Interns will grow in their understanding of global health as a multi-sectoral and interdisciplinary field, face the challenges of grassroots public health work, and think critically about where they fit as leaders in the movement for global health equity.
Each intern team is composed of 4-6 interns, including Ugandan and international interns to ensure diversity in cultures, education, and experience. All interns must be 18 years or older.
- An 8-week program
- We promote cross-cultural collaboration and team building.
- We build practical knowledge and build skills in community mobilization, data collection, and health education.
- We emphaize community immersion through living in and partnering with our villages.
- We develop critical thinkers and future global health leaders.
More than 400 international and Ugandan national interns have assisted in education and outreach efforts as a part of our internship program since 2004. Many interns go on to promising careers in public health or international development, including as medical doctors, clinical researchers, NGO program managers, World Health Organization employees, Peace Corps volunteers, and more.
UVP interns are directly involved in efforts to improve health. They do things that impact health immediately—like leading educational sessions about malaria or family planning, and they also support villages to build their capacity to participate in community projects. Our programs are year-round, but the interns bring a special energy to the villages to help spread health messages and work with community health volunteers so they have the skills they need to work with the village for the rest of the year.