With a rich portfolio of programs, FSD Jinja-Uganda enables students, professionals, and philanthropists to join together and support life-changing international work led by local grassroots leaders and organizations in Uganda. By working directly with FSD Jinja-Uganda staff, local organization supervisors, and members of the community, program participants design or support projects that reflect the host community's priorities. The careful training, planning, and support that goes into volunteering and interning with FSD Jinja-Uganda leads to sustainable change that is truly community-driven. The best way for one to get involved depends entirely on what type of experience one hopes to gain.
PROGRAMS FOR INDIVIDUALS
International Development Internships
Immerse yourself in a new culture while working alongside community members to create lasting change. The FSD Jinja-Uganda International Development Internship and Gap Year programs provide students and young professionals to develop and implement community development projects with one of the more than 40 community development organizations in Uganda. Participants receive intensive development training and are mentored throughout the experience by FSD staff. Program length can vary from 2 weeks to a full year.
Community Based Participatory Research Internship
FSD Jinja-Uganda Research Internships allow participants to engage with FSD Jinja-Uganda community partners in carrying out research on local issues and developing potential solutions. With community-based participatory research, the research question is defined and findings are analyzed together with the community. The goal is knowledge creation, which serves to inform community action. Program length can vary from 9 weeks to a full year.
ProCorps is specifically designed for professionals who want to contribute their time and talent to international development projects. Like our international internship program, ProCorps participants will have a fully immersive experience working alongside community members as they contribute their expertise to the mission of one of our 40 Uganda based partner organizations. Program length can vary from two weeks to six months. Applicants must have five or more years of work experience and match the qualifications sought by the host organization.
PROGRAMS FOR GROUPS
Group Service Learning Trip
FSD Jinja-Uganda’s Group Service Learning Trip (GSLT) program provides both theoretical understanding and practical experience in community-driven development. GSLT’s are a group model where at least 6 participants work together to complete a short-term, high-impact project within the community. Program length varies between 10 days and 3 weeks.
Group Engage combines the benefits of a long-term international development internship with those of working in a team. Participants are placed as a team of 3-5 in a single community development organization. The team works together to complete a sustainable development project and receives all the same support as in the international development internship program. Program length can vary from 2 to 18 weeks.
Our staff work year-round to support our partner organizations through capacity building. Beyond grant making and Intern/volunteer support, we provide key training to our organizational partners in proven, community-based approaches to sustainable development as well as in general organizational development. Very often, our ProCorps and GST assignments are tied directly to the capacity-building plans and goals of our partners.