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.