Monday, October 29, 2012

Now Accepting Applications for January - February 2013 interns!

Uganda Village Project: Now Accepting Applications for January - February 2013 Interns!
About Uganda Village Project

The Uganda Village Project (UVP) is an international public health organization that works with people of Iganga to promote public health and sustainable development in the rural communities of Iganga, in southeast Uganda. The organization represents a network of partnerships bridging disciplines and sectors working to innovate and support locally specific solutions that draw together multiple stakeholders for results-based programming.

January-February 2013 Internship Opportunity

We are currently accepting applications for the January-February 2013 internship program. Interns spend 6 weeks working with rural communities in Uganda to help implement sanitation, nutrition, and/or public health monitoring & evaluation programs. As interns, you will work and live in teams in a villages that are part of our "Healthy Villages" program which addresses the most pressing healthcare concerns of each community.
Our interns work in teams made up of 4 international interns and 2 Ugandan interns. These teams will do a variety of activities which may include the following:
  • Conduct a follow-up needs assessment
  • Gather feedback through community meetings on previous work
  • Conduct health care initiatives of their own (e.g., HIV/AIDS testing days, Safe Water Education days)
  • Work with sub-county and district officials to improve medicine supply chains
  • Organize multiple healthcare initiatives (often working in collaboration with other NGOs, CBOs, and government officials)
  • Work with local health centers to which their village is assigned
You can read more details, photos, and FAQs about our internship program here:

Intern Qualifications

We are looking for individuals who are passionate and have experience in public health, medicine, or international development. We give extra consideration to individuals who have prior experience working in developing and low-resource settings. Ideal applicants are those who have a strong interest in development and/or global health and are looking for a cross-cultural and entrepreneurial opportunity to work in a rural setting.

We accept undergraduate and graduate students (over 18 years of age) and professionals. Past volunteers have come from a wide range of disciplines, including, but not limited to pre-medical, medical, pre-law, law, anthropology, agriculture, economics, nursing, pharmacy, engineering, and public health students, as well as nurses, doctors, engineers, and business professionals.

Internship Program Dates

January 8, 2013 - February 19, 2013

Internship Fundraising Requirement

Once accepted, all interns are required to fundraise $1,500 USD for UVP, in addition to a deposit of $500, for a total of $2,000 USD. The deposit is refundable upon successful completion of the program. This sum includes a donation towards UVP’s programs in Uganda as well as pick-up and drop-off at Entebbe Airport, orientation costs, room and board, in-country transportation, food, and Uganda-based staffing costs. All interns are required to individually purchase airfare to and from Entebbe Airport in Uganda.

Application Deadline

The deadline for applications for the January-February 2013 internship November 27, 2012. In order to apply, there are two steps:
  • 1) Complete the online application at
  • 2) Submit your CV and essay questions via email to internships (at) — instructions on both are on the last page of the online application
Questions? Email us at internships (at) 
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Monday, October 15, 2012

Calling for Board Position Applications -- Assistant Director & Marketing/Communications Chair!

The Uganda Village Project is excited to open applications for two volunteers to join our Board of Directors -- the Assistant Director of the Board and the Marketing & Communications Chair. Read below for details!


Our Vision
We envision a future in which all Ugandan communities will have the means to effectively create and implement their own health and development solutions.

Our Mission
To facilitate community health and well-being in rural Uganda through improved access, education, and prevention.

We strive to uphold this mission in the following ways:

  • Working on project development in collaboration with our local non-governmental and governmental partners in Iganga District, as well as the communities involved in the projects
  • Advocating for community health and development through networking inside and outside the district, and supporting efforts on the ground by local partners
  • Focusing on understanding the epidemiology and etiology of public health problems in Iganga in order to inform and support direct service projects
  • Sustainable public health and development programs that have real impact in communities
  • Culturally-appropriate project design
  • Interdisciplinary long and short term volunteer teams of professionals and students which seek to support on the ground efforts of Uganda Village Project and its partners
  • Learning about and experiencing the culture and daily lives of the Ugandan people
  • In-depth planning, development, and evaluation to ensure outcomes are achieved

Our Goals
Our goals reflect each of our areas of focus: healthcare, clean water, orphan support, and capacity building.

  • Expand awareness regarding HIV/AIDS among at-risk populations in Iganga District
  • Increase availability of sustainable clean water solutions for communities who are currently lacking them
  • Improve the living conditions of HIV orphans in Iganga District
  • Create opportunity for pre-professional and professional students and other skilled volunteers from resource-rich countries to visit a resource-limited country and get hands-on clinical experience and exposure to issues in public health/tropical medicine
  • Support provision of healthcare and preventive health education to underserved populations in Iganga
  • Continue to build an effective public health NGO that assists local governmental and non-governmental partners in achieving sustainable programming goals using international resources

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - Estimated time commitment 8-12 hours/week

- Assist Director with responding to e-mail inquiries regarding the organization, maintain and respond to all e-mails received at the organizational account;

- Organize annual and monthly meetings of officers, and attending such meetings whenever possible. Leading the meeting in the absence of the Director;

- Leadership of officers in coordination with Director to delegate tasks and ensure that tasks are successfully accomplished;

- Help officers to accomplish tasks by looking for and brainstorming opportunities for organizational growth, raising awareness/publicity , achieving fundraising goals, strengthening donor and alumni relations;

- Assist in website development and helping to update web communication mechanisms such as Twitter, Facebook, and our blog regularly;

- Act as co-admin for e-mail lists and online groups;

- Edit organizational materials such as manuals, brochures, and reports;

- Respond to weekly reports and urgent notices sent from Uganda-based staff and weighing in on decisions and discussions on the officers' email list;

- Assist Director with organizational human resources management as needed.

- Raise or donate at least $1000 towards UVP’s work in Uganda

- Participate in monthly executive board member meetings;

- Participate in the annual executive board member meeting.

MARKETING / COMMUNICATIONS CHAIREstimated time commitment 4 hours/week

- Maintain general documents used by the organization;

- Build on current organizational memory processes such as project area manuals, orientation manuals, administrative documents;

- Actively pursue ways to increase publicity for the organization through online and print media and other means;

- Respond to queries from outside individuals such as journalists who request information from us;

- Creating and updating all publicity materials (press releases, pamphlets, program summary sheets, etc.) for donors, volunteers, and partner organizations;

- Collaborating with in-country staff on e-newsletters to members of our contact list to share UVP's current work and progress;

- Update the organizational blog and social media with publicity announcements, including weekly posts on the blog, Twitter, and Facebook page;

- Raise or donate at least $1000 towards UVP’s work in Uganda

- Participate in monthly executive board member meetings;

- Participate in the annual executive board member meeting.

Please send your resume, a brief cover letter, and a short list of references to to apply. Further questions are welcomed.