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Welcome to Internships in Uganda

Incredible natural landscapes, warm, lively locals, and game-viewing opportunities like nowhere else in the world! Uganda, the Pearl of Africa, has so much to offer as an internship destination.

Uganda is a hidden gem of a destination with so much to see and a nonprofit internship is the best way to experience it. The internship opportunities in Uganda offer the chance to really get to know this underexplored travel gem. You’ll get the chance to see the remarkable sights and attractions dotted around the country: gorilla trekking, safaris, cultural experiences, and more. You’ll also get the chance to integrate with and contribute to a local community, building deep personal connections with those you work with. Most of all, you’ll get to help towards making positive change in a country that has had more than its fair share of trials and tribulations.

Located in east Africa, Uganda is a landlocked country with diverse scenery, encompassing lush forests, rolling hills, expansive savannas, and towering mountains. The country’s culture is a rich tapestry of over 56 ethnic groups, each contributing to its vibrant traditions, music, dance, and cuisine. The nation has faced many challenges since claiming its independence in 1962. In recent years, however. it has stabilized, building strong democratic governance and focussing on economic development. A tourist destination it has some truly remarkable highlights to offer. NGO Internships in Uganda offer a uniquely immersive experience of African life, an untouched natural setting, and a cause worth contributing to.

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Uganda Highlights

Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Uganda is famous for its mountain gorillas, and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of the best places in the world to see them up close.

Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park offers traditional African safari experiences to spot all of the Big Five and more.

Education Programs

Education is a critical focus for many nonprofits in Uganda. Interns can assist with inspirational projects to provide children and adults the schooling they need to develop and thrive.

Rich Cultural Diversity

Uganda is known as the “Pearl of Africa” due to its diverse ethnic groups, languages, and traditions. Immersed in the local culture, interns can embrace the country’s heritage.

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Charity Development Internship Uganda

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Charity Development Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Mbarara, Uganda
  • COMMUNICATION, FUNDRAISING, MUSIC
Contribute to a charity's growth, engaging in development initiatives, fundraising, and communications strategies for positive impact.
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Music Teaching Internship

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Music Teaching Internship

  • Min. 4 weeks
  • Mbarara, Uganda
  • MUSIC, EDUCATION, YOUTH PROGRAMS
Leverage your music talents to offer lessons for children in underserved Ugandan communities, fostering musical education and cultural exchange.
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Important information about Uganda

Internship locations in Uganda

Mbarara

Mbarara, a vibrant city in southwestern Uganda, offers a mix of modern amenities and cultural richness. As well as its own attractions, it’s a great gateway to national parks like Queen Elizabeth. Within the city, explore local markets, taste Ugandan food, and experience the warm hospitality of this bustling regional hub.

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Weather and Climate

Uganda’s diverse weather is mild and pleasant in the highlands, and warm in the lowlands, with two rainy seasons. The wet season spans from March to May, and the dry season, from June to September and December. Mbarara specifically, experiences a tropical rainforest climate with a distinct change in the seasons. Average temperatures range from 17°C (63°F) to 26°C (79°F) across the year. Visitors can enjoy lush green landscapes during the wet season and pleasant conditions for outdoor activities in the dry season.

Safety and Support

Throughout your internship in Uganda we’re here to support you. Uganda is mostly safe for travelers. Interns will have to exercise caution though. Mbarara is generally considered safe for travel, but like any destination, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings, follow local advice, and avoid walking alone at night. We’ll help you stay updated on current travel advisories. Our host organization will offer advice on respecting local customs. As with any travel, having common-sense safety measures in place will help you to have a positive and secure experience in Mbarara.

Uganda Travel Requirements

  • Visa – If your internship is shorter than 3 months, the most convenient choice is the tourist visa which can be easily acquired online. For 3 and 6 months, we recommend the volunteer visa (Class G1). Extending this visa for longer stays is also relatively straightforward.
  • Travel Insurance – You want to have a carefree experience during your internship in Uganda, so it’s important to get the right travel insurance; a package that is suited for your upcoming trip. Check out our page with more information on flights and insurance.
  • Police Clearance / Background Check – This is a standard policy for most of our internships, as you are often working with vulnerable individuals. The procedure on how to obtain a police clearance/background check varies per country.
  • Vaccinations – We always recommend seeking professional medical advice for vaccinations but the generally recommended vaccinations for Uganda are: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Poliomyelitis, Tetanus, and Yellow Fever. You may also want to ask about Hepatitis B, Meningococcal Meningitis, Rabies, and Typhoid.

UGANDA FAQS

Is Uganda an expensive country?

Uganda is generally considered to be more budget-friendly than many Western countries. Accommodation, food, and transportation are often affordable, making it a relatively cost-effective destination for Western travelers. However, expenses can add up depending on the kind of activities you want to do during your trip.

What language is spoken in Uganda?

Uganda is a linguistically diverse country with over 56 ethnic groups. English is the official language and is widely spoken, especially in urban areas, in government, and in education. Additionally, there are several indigenous languages spoken throughout the country, including Luganda, Swahili, Runyankole-Rukiga, and many others.

Is it easy to travel around Eastern Africa from Uganda?

It depends, of course, on how many extra activities you do and souvenirs you buy, but you can get an estimate of the total cost of the internship based on the “fees” that are noted in the listing.Yes, it’s relatively easy to travel around Eastern Africa from Uganda. The country has a central location and well-connected transportation networks. Uganda shares borders with several Eastern African countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. This proximity allows for convenient road trips, bus journeys, and even flights to neighboring countries. Local meals cost around $2 and day trips range between $10-50 depending on the activity. Keep in mind, accommodations costs and a one month food package are included in the fees, so you don’t have to budget for that!

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HOW TO APPLY

If you’re ready to apply for this internship, here’s what to do:

APPLY

Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) which includes sharing your CV to us.

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SPEAK WITH AN ADVISOR

We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.

INTERNSHIP MATCHING

If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.

PAYMENT

If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, getting started with the booking process and all the info you need.

CONFIRMATION

Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.

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