Teaching Internship in Uganda
Assist with teaching, curriculum development, and extra-curricular activities
Be part of an inspiring nonprofit initiative on Banda Island, a stunning little island on Uganda’s Lake Victoria, and gain valuable teaching experience. Addressing a range of issues on a group of small islands, this organization runs dynamic projects with a multi-faceted approach; they manage education and medical programs, encourage vocational diversity through skill-development workshops, build a sustainable environmental infrastructure, and run female empowerment initiatives. As an intern, you’ll teach at the primary school that the organization has set up to serve the nearby village. You’ll also have the opportunity to experience and contribute to other projects that are happening, which will give you a thorough understanding of the day to day running of a grass-roots charity. On top of this, you’ll be living in an idyllic permanent camp on the island; a unique experience!
- Destination Banda Island, Uganda
- Type of Organization Nonprofit
- Work Focus Community Development, Education
- Length of Internship 3-6 months
- Accommodation Tented Camp
- Fee As from EUR 2,325
You’ll be part of an NGO that is working with small villages on Uganda’s Ssese Islands to find long-term solutions for both environmental and social issues. The Ssese Island region is an archipelago situated in Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa. It is formed of 84 islands, 48 of which are inhabited. The organization is situated on Banda Island, a small haven approximately one square kilometer in size, teeming with wildlife. Banda offers the ideal environment to develop development projects, and to host international interns in an idyllic permanent camp.
The villages on the islands face a number of social challenges; there are roughly 100 villages with a total population of over 100,000 people, which is served by only 1 secondary school and 6 primary schools, nowhere near enough to serve all the children. The region also holds some of the highest rates of HIV and primary school to secondary school dropouts in the world, 80%, and 75% respectively. To start addressing these issues, the nonprofit opened a primary school that with both local teachers and international volunteers, which provides a diverse learning environment for a large number of children on Banda. Moreover, they are working to make healthcare and sanitation accessible all the island communities through purification and composting methods, the introduction of sewage systems, and through floating medical services.
On top of addressing social issues, the organization works to promote a lifestyle that is environmentally sustainable and welcomes innovation. Their current and future projects include creating composting toilets, installing micro solar power stations, and setting up permaculture farming programs.
Your tasks during the Teaching Internship
You’ll be part of a small organization and while your main focus will be on teaching, you’ll have the opportunity to be involved in a range of areas, including some practical assistance on different on the ground programs. Your tasks are likely to include the following:
- Teach or assistant teach classes at primary classes (children range in ages from 4 to 13). The main subjects are English, maths, science, and social studies
- Teach physical education classes and coach the kids in a range of sports (including swimming)
- Help develop our curriculum
- Assist with extracurricular activities, which can include drama, music, and arts
This organization also offers internships in fundraising, digital media and communications, sustainable engineering, organic farming, and it’s possible to do an internship with a combination of focus areas.
NB. Please note that the internship is based on a volunteer work placement, so you are not receiving any payment or stipend.
You’ll stay at the camp where the organization is based; a small permanent camp with safari tents, a bathroom, a kitchen and a dining area. The camp has running purified water, hot showers and solar energy to supply the whole site with electricity. You’ll be at 5 minutes walk from the main village, and right next to the lake, which means swimming is easy and safe. It’s a basic but comfortable camp, with a pretty incredible setting.
- Good English speaking and writing skills
- Ideally some teaching experience
- An interest in development work
- A flexible attitude and willingness to adapt to village life on a small island
- Please note that you’ll need to have your own laptop
The Application Process
If you’re keen on this work placement and feel that you could make a good contribution to this organization, we’d love to hear from you! Here’s what to do:
- Fill in the Application form (it will show in a slider pop-up!) and send us your CV.
- If we might have a placement available for you, we’ll chat with you on the phone or Skype to go through your application and make sure it’s a good match.
- We’ll set up a call between you and the person who would be your supervisor during the work placement.
- If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, get started with a detailed booking form, and we’ll give you all the information you need to prepare for your upcoming adventure.
- Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.
Or if you’d just like to ask us some questions about this internship first, just shoot us an email, or fill in the contact form. We’ll be happy to assist!
When can you start making an impact?
There are internship opportunities throughout the year, and the start dates are flexible.
At Roots, we do everything we can to make your internship experience smooth and hassle-free. We offer an all-inclusive service, which means we will help you find the right internship (we believe we are great matchmakers!), help you with visa arrangements, book accommodation for you, give you all the pre-departure information you need before arriving, pick you up from the airport and check in with you while on your work placement to ensure you feel supported.
8 weeks – EUR 2,325
12 weeks – EUR 2,745
16 weeks – EUR 3,165
20 weeks – EUR 3,585
What is included in the fee?
- Assistance with your visa arrangement & other preparations
- Accommodation in safari tent in permanent camp
- All meals
- Airport transfers (by car and boat)
- An orientation program
- A weekend safari in one of the nearby national parks
- A weekend trip to Kampala
- Leisure activities such as water skiing and motor-boating