Women's Empowerment Projects in Uganda

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Uganda: Iganga


Volunteer or Intern with a grassroots women's empowerment organization in Uganda! As in many countries in Africa, Ugandan women are marginalized through limited opportunity for education, lack of economic opportunities, and other factors. ELI works with community organizations committed to providing women with the tools they need to improve their prospects. Interns will work with local organizations in order to learn firsthand about the factors contributing to the marginalization of women in Uganda and design programs to promote equality between men and women. Past interns have designed and led workshops focusing on issues such as financial literacy, income generation, health and hygiene education, family planning and adult literacy.


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

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


Throughout the year


Throughout the year

Intern Types

  • Agriculture
  • Agronomy
  • Counseling
  • Development
  • Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Family and Home Studies
  • Human Rights
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Work
  • 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
  • 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

  • Academic Reinforcement
  • Adult Education
  • Agriculture
  • Aids
  • Appropriate Technology
  • Banking
  • Business
  • Childcare/children
  • Clerical And Office Work
  • Community Centers
  • Community Development
  • Community Health
  • Community Organizing
  • Computer Training
  • Consciousness-raising
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • English Teaching
  • Family Planning
  • Gender Issues
  • Grassroots Organization
  • Health Education
  • Human Rights
  • Income-generation
  • Legal Aide
  • Literacy
  • Marketing
  • Micro-enterprise
  • Microcredit
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Office Work
  • Organic Farming
  • Organizational Development
  • Popular Education
  • Small Business Development
  • Social Services, Social Work
  • Teaching Accounting
  • Women
  • Youth
  • Youth Development

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