Sustainable Development Internships in Uganda


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It takes Money and Grit

It takes an intrepid traveler to go to Uganda as an isla, International Service Learning Alliance intern. To make an impact in the lives of the community they serve, isla interns are Continue reading “It takes Money and Grit”

Learn Rukiga!

Uganda, once a British protectorate, has two official languages, English and Swahili. Despite these being the official languages, in addition to English, the majority of the population speaks Luganda, the tongue of the Buganda people, or one of 50 local languages. Possessing a basic understanding of a local language increases your effectiveness in the field. Local people appreciate your effort to understand them and their communities.

Is worrying about learning the local language keeping you from accessing your intern potential? Fear no more. Below we have complied a list of the most important Rukiga (Rukungiri’s local language) words and phrases you need to get started!

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Snowflakes in Uganda??

If you saw this title and were worried about the state of global climate, no need to pack for the snow if you’re heading to East Africa. I guess, unless you plan on summiting Rwenzori, Mt. Kenya, or Kilimanjaro. But, this post doesn’t focus on snowflakes or snow packed mountains, rather it focuses on leadership and cultural organizing.

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5 Reasons to do Service Abroad

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Going aboard to work with non-profit organizations is an experience unlike any other. Tackling some of the world’s greatest issues sometimes takes collaboration from a diverse group of people. Here are some reasons why you should do service abroad.

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How to Write a Support Letter

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You know you want to go abroad. You’ve chosen your destination. You know when you arrive. You’ve planned every meticulous detail to make sure this will be the best experience. You’ve saved for what seems like an eternity, but you still fall short on some hefty expenses. What do you do?

Writing support letters is one of the most effective ways to fundraise for a service experience abroad. (For other ideas, click here). Fundraising letters connect your friends, family, and local businesses to your cause and offers them an opportunity to support you in your fundraising efforts. Not quite sure how to write a letter? Just keep on reading to learn how to formulate one of your own!

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5 Ways to Fundraise for Service Abroad

hanna with Students (1)Have you ever wanted to go abroad and make a difference? Did it ever seem a little out of your reach financially? Today, young people have more debt than ever before, making going abroad seem next to impossible.

But it doesn’t have to be.

With a little elbow grease and ingenuity, going abroad is entirely possible! Below are 5 ways you can fund an experience of a lifetime, like our internships in Uganda!

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