HIV/AIDS Projects in Uganda

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Uganda: Iganga


Volunteer or Intern with an HIV/AIDS project in Uganda. Uganda has been hit hard by the AIDS epidemic. The countryside is dotted with villages abandoned after the disease raged through, killing many of the adults, but Uganda is seen as a success story in Africa. The prevalence of HIV infection topped out around 15% in the early 1990s and since then the official prevalence rate has dropped to around 6%.

Interns with this project will work with social workers, health professionals, and community organizations devoted to providing care and support services to people affected by HIV/AIDS. Interns will accompany social workers on home visits, develop educational programs, assist with the distribution of Antiretroviral treatments, and pursue other projects. Participating in this project will give interns insight into the fight against AIDS in Africa as well as help interns to understand the human impact of the disease.


Uganda is the lush pearl of Africa on the northern shore of Lake Victoria where the Eastern African Savannahs meet the western rainforests. The natural wonders of the country include dramatic waterfalls, incredible wildlife including the last troops of mountain gorillas, and Lake Victoria, the second largest lake in the world. The people of Uganda are well known for their hospitality and warmth. Uganda ranks among the world's poorest countries and has little in the way of basic infrastructure such as electricity, running water, waste management, and access to education and healthcare.

ELI works with local organizations based in Iganga District, about three hours east of the capital Kampala. Iganga town lies on the Mombasa to Kampala Highway--one of East Africa's major transportation routes. The bustling highway gives the false impression that the town is teeming with traffic, but just a few hundred yards from the highway, cars become a rare sight and quiet village life takes over.

ELI volunteers and interns have the rare opportunity to fully experience Ugandan life through living with host families and working in community based organizations.

Program Duration

2-4 Week, 5-8 Week, 9-12 Week, 3-6 Month, 7-12 Month


Throughout the year


Throughout the year


Participants should have some background in medicine, pharmacy, public health, or social work.

Intern Types

  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Counseling
  • Development
  • Education
  • Family and Home Studies
  • Health Sciences
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Sustainable Development
  • Women's Studies


  • English

Cost in US$:

Starting at USD 1,125 for four weeks

Cost Includes:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • In-country orientation/Training
  • In-country staff support
  • Registration fees
  • Written materials pre-departure

Program Fees Include:

* Pre-departure Support: ELI's staff is very knowledgeable and happy to help volunteers and interns to prepare for their travels.

* Airport Pickup: Volunteers are met at the airport in Entebbe and given a ride to Iganga where the projects are based

* In-country Orientation: Each volunteer program starts with a one to two day orientation which covers important topics on the logistics of living and working in Uganda, registration with local authorities, using transportation, and the culture of Uganda

* In-country Staff Support: ELI's Uganda coordinator has years of experience working with Ugandan NGOs and international volunteers. He is very resourceful and on call 24/7 in case of emergency.

* Accommodations: Participants stay with a local host family and experience day to day Ugandan family life.

Experience Required


Volunteer Types

  • Adult Education
  • Aids
  • Childcare/children
  • Community Centers
  • Community Development
  • Community Health
  • Community Organizing
  • Consciousness-raising
  • Education
  • Family Planning
  • Gender Issues
  • Grassroots Organization
  • Health
  • Health Care
  • Health Education
  • Home Visit
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Orphans
  • Popular Education
  • Public Policy
  • Public Speaking Coordination
  • Self Help
  • Social Services, Social Work
  • Women
  • Youth

Typical Volunteer

There is no typical ELI volunteer. We work with people from all over the world and a variety of backgrounds. ELI has placed volunteers ranging in age from 18-81. Successful volunteers are flexible, upbeat, energetic, and inquisitive.

Age Range

18 and older

This Program is open to

American, Asian, Australian, Canadian, European, Kiwi, South African and Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Home-stays

Participants Travel


Typically Participants Work


Application Process Involves

  • Online Application
  • Other
  • Resume
  • Written Application