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Join us on-site and make a difference in the lives of African young mothers and their children

2023 On-Site Internship/Volunteer Overview

One of the most lasting ways you can make a difference in the lives of the young mothers and their children at Mwache Shuleni is to volunteer your time. Every year, we have interns from colleges and universities around the world traveling to Uganda to ensure continuous education to victims of school pregnancy-based discrimination through participatory and responsive community action.

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  • On-site Internship/Volunteer Process

    1. ApplyPress the "Apply" button below this page, fill out our short application form, and submit your resume or CV. Our team member will be in touch to schedule an interview.

    2. InterviewCome prepared to talk about your previous professional experience, goals, and motivations. This is your chance to show us why you would be a good candidate for our organization.

    3. ConfirmationAfter your interview, you will be informed within 3 business days if you have been accepted into the program.

  • On-site Internship/Volunteer Duties

    Get involved by coming over! Throughout the year, we’re supported by volunteers and interns from around the world who come for at least four weeks to work on a specific task or project. Are you over the age of 18, a graduate, or currently enrolled in an accredited college or university? Click HERE to get the available onsite roles.

  • On-site Internship/Volunteer Requirements

    We ask that interns come for a minimum of 4 weeks. This way, you're able to make a lasting impact on Mwache Shuleni and the lives of young mothers and their children. It will also give you time to get to know the young mothers and children and be part of everyday life here in Uganda. We are looking for interns who are at least 18 years old, recently graduated from or are currently enrolled in an accredited college or university, and have a positive attitude.

  • On-site Internship/Volunteer Skills

    We're looking for interns with skills in:
    ● Teaching
    ● IT
    ● Social Media
    ● Marketing
    ● Fundraising
    ● Construction
    ● Project management
    ● Training
    If your skill was not listed, please let us know and we will see what is available in your line of skills.

  • On-site Internship/Volunteer Offers

    What we offer● Accommodation● Meals● 24/7 in-country support● In-country program orientation● Pre-departure support from your Program Manager● Personalized preparation tools, guides, and check lists● Certificate of International Volunteering
    What we don't offer● Visa fees● Flight tickets● Travel insurance● Vaccination fees
    NOTE: For airport pick-up and drop-off, a van is available with a driver but will need fuel, and the cost can be shared by up to 7 interns. The regularly changing fuel prices can't allow us to have an exact fuel estimate, but a return airport journey will not go beyond 100 USD.

  • On-site Internship/Volunteer Dates

    We have set on-site internship months based on the 2023 Ugandan school calendar:
    ● February through April● June through August● September through November

On-site Internship/Volunteer price and why?

Because we are a nonprofit organization, we hardly earn enough money to cover an on-site intern's living costs. This is also the main reason, why we need your help. We cannot afford to bear all the costs ourselves. This is why we depend on donations and on the intern's help. Fees for the on-site interns arise because the on-site internship and volunteer program causes expenses for the organization that runs the program.

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Want to volunteer or intern onsite?


If your onsite internship or volunteer question is not answered below, feel free to contact us and we'll get back to you shortly!

  • Why was Mwache Shuleni on-site internship created?

    We created the virtual internship program for three main reasons;
    As education advocates: We wanted to reduce the cost of internships by enabling any student to put classroom knowledge into practice from anywhere, anytime, and for less.
    As a Nonprofit organization: We couldn't hire paid staff yet always needed the right people for the job. Our interns not only work hard but are also not paid. They are the ones who make our great work possible.
    Peer-led solutions: We wanted to involve young people in crafting solutions to their challenges. We believe students understand the challenges surrounding them better than anyone else. 

  • Is there an on-site Internship/Volunteer program fee?

    No, there are no fees such as registration, paper work, etc. as required by the majority of placement organizations. However, onsite interns will contribute to their living expenses in Uganda, especially food. We are a non-profit and don't earn enough income, which is why we need help covering meal expenses. However, housing, water, and electricity will be provided for free.

  • Is an on-site Internship/Volunteer paid?

    As with many internships, the vast majority of our internship placements are unpaid.

  • What will be my onsite internship or volunteer duties?

    Motivate children to achieve beyond their potential.

    Encourage children to communicate.

    Help children understand instructions.

    Make sure children feel comfortable and confident in their own abilities.

    Help children who need extra support to complete tasks.

    Help children prepare for play activities.

    Supervise pupils during play activities.

    Helping children cross the road after school as they go back home.

    Assist with serve porridge to children

  • How long will my on-site Internship/Volunteer last?

    Your onsite volunteer/internship will last a minimum of 4 weeks. But we strongly recommend 8 weeks and above. On-site internships can be extended at the discretion of the intern. Virtual internships will time commitment will vary based on the schedule agreed upon with you as well as your personal internship goals. But in most cases, we require a minimum of 20 hours per week.

  • Do I need to be a student to participate?

    No, both students currently at university and those who recently completed an undergraduate degree from a university can participate. You must be 18 years of age or older, and there is no upper age limit.

  • Is on-site Internship/Volunteer program competitive ?

    Yes, and we usually have a difficult time deciding which candidate to take and leave. This is also due to the limited resources in the community where we serve, such as housing. Currently, our on-site internship capacity is only 10 students.

  • Can I get academic credit?

    Yes. We ask that applicants seeking credit for academic studies supply all of the necessary documentation with their application. Our team will liaise with representatives from your university or college, if required, to ensure that all of the necessary academic documentation is completed and satisfactory.

  • Do I need to be an English speaker?

    You will need sufficient English skills to be able to perform your duties and benefit from the program. You will limit your learning and opportunities if you do not have sufficient English. We advise applicants with limited English to complete English language studies prior to the internship's commencement. 

  • What if I change my mind after my appointment?

    We are fully aware that, for certain reasons, the intern may not be able to take on the role, and you can cancel at any time. Simply notify us if you will no longer be available.

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