Safety and Support
While our internship program emphasizes a high level of independence from our teams, UVP staff does extensive behind-the-scenes work in internship preparation and coordination. We are deeply committed to the safety, happiness, and growth of each of our interns. We provide support through:
- Pre-Orientation Preparation: We provide our interns with comprehensive information about the internship through emailed materials, UVP ‘buddies’, Skype sessions, and a pre-orientation day for Ugandan interns.
- Orientation: Upon arrival to Iganga, UVP hosts an orientation reviewing all programs, logistics, activities, and skills necessary for the summer.
- Written Materials: UVP provides each team with manuals and toolkits that will assist in internship activities.
- Staff Support: Our Program Managers have a breadth of knowledge about community led development, public health in Uganda, and our Healthy Villages. Program Managers attend and assist internship activities throughout the summer and are always available as a resource or support.
- Internship Coordinator: Our two Internship Coordinators will be based in Iganga for the summer as the primary on-the-ground support for interns throughout the summer. They will be regularly visiting each team, attending events, troubleshooting challenges, and providing holistic support for individual interns and intern teams.
Intern Safety and Security
Uganda Village Project makes intern safety a priority. For general information about the security situation in Uganda, please see the US State Department website. At this time there are no travel warnings or alerts for Uganda.
If a serious incident occurs within Iganga District or one that has wide-ranging implications that could impact Iganga District during the internship, we will contact all team members by phone and update social media with the status and next steps so that family members have current information about intern security. We regularly review all information that is published from the US Embassy or local sources and will contact team leaders at once about any relevant security updates and the UVP response. Generally, protests or other potential disruptions are isolated to Kampala and other sizable cities, but we will brief team leaders at each weekly meeting if there are any reports throughout the country to ensure all interns are informed.
If as an intern or a family member, you have any concerns about safety and security in Uganda, please contact our Board Chair, Alison Hayward at Alison@ugandavillageproject.org, or our Managing Director, Kelly Child, at Kelly@UgandaVillageProject.org. Alison is a physician residing in the US, and Kelly has been working in Iganga with UVP since 2015. We are happy to call you and discuss any situations you may be concerned about.