OPPORTUNITY FOR NURSES
BACOP in cooperation with Nakifuma Health Centre III, is offering an internship program to nursing interns and recent graduates (within 5 years), who are interested in working abroad in Uganda, Africa. This program will benefit both the volunteer, as well as the community at large. Potential volunteers will get to further their education and utilize their skills while being immersed in a foreign environment, the NHC staff will be able to impart their skills and share their workload, and the patients will be able to receive quality care quickly and more efficiently.
There is a lot of work at NHC, yet the staff is very limited. There is oftentimes only 1 nurse attending to 100 patients per day, leading to long hours and very overworked nurses!
The duration of this program for nursing interns/ graduates to begins from 6- 24 weeks .
Sample program for 1 week:
|1st to 2nd Week||Focusing on Luganda Language & Ugandan culture||Learning medical / Health Terms, orientations|
|3nd and beyond||Working in the Clinic||Delivering of expectant mothers|
|Monday||Luganda Communication to the expectant mothers||Recording, Antenatal|
|Tuesday||Morning communication done in Luganda
Interns also involved
|Blood testing , Antenatal|
|Wednesday||Counseling to the pregnant ladies.
|Recording, Blood testing, Antenatal|
|Friday||Luganda Communication to the expectant mothers||Antenatal|
|Saturday||Delivering of expectant mothers||Delivering of expectant mothers|
|Sunday||Off Day||Off Day|
The above program is a rough schedule to give you an idea what you are likely to do on a daily basis. Interns/grads can expect to have two days off per week (days may vary). While in the maternity ward, volunteers will learn about and assist with prenatal checkups, family planning services, and malaria testing for expecting mothers. You will have the opportunity to experience firsthand the differences in care and treatment from western medicine. Take every opportunity to further your knowledge, hone your skills, and grow your understanding of medical care around the world. Always be respectful of the local customs and best practices.
Your immersive stay here will help you to understand Ugandan lifestyle, culture, and language on a deeper level. You will also learn from, and assist, the hardworking local staff by reducing their considerable workload during your time in Nakifuma.
Accommodation / lodging.
You will be staying at our local Accommodation in the nearby town of Kabembe which is about 20 minutes from Nakifuma Health Centre 111 by taxi
There is a possibility of having a room to yourself, however depending on volunteer enrollment, you may share a room with another person.
|Program cost||Cost in U.S. Dollars|
|6 weeks||US $1100|
|8 weeks||US $1400|
|10 weeks||US $1700|
|12 weeks||US $2000|
|14 weeks||US $2300|
|20 weeks||US $3100|
|22 weeks||US $3300|
|24 weeks||US $3500|
BACOP is a nonprofit organization. We operate fully on the volunteer’s expenses; your money will be put to good use, supporting our multifaceted development programs, as well as the Nakifuma Health Center. Your costs INCLUDE:
- Pre-service (e.g. culture, health talk, program orientation, training, etc)
- Accommodation, laundry, and food during placement at BACOP volunteer house (3 meals a day)
- Daily transport to the work site
- Support for local staff
When a volunteer arrives in Uganda, our program Director meets you at the airport and brings you to our orientation place in Mukono where you will spend a first week of training of the cultural and basics of Luganda Language. This training provides volunteers with a very detailed understanding of how to be acquainted in Uganda’s Life and culture.
Please if you have any question please don’t hesitate to contact us we will be more than happy to help.
The program fee does NOT INCLUDE the following activities:
- Transportation during weekend travel
- Airfare, Visa /Visa extension fee
- Personal travel and sightseeing (trekking, jungle safari etc)
- Internet access, telephone, drinks or other costs accrued during training and placement
- Gifts to project staff and host family, if you wish to buy any
- Should you wish to spend more time in Uganda pre and post placement period, please remember to budget accordingly!
- Travel and medical insurances, immunization, health expenses
- You will also need a weekly budget of about US $50-$200 for all other expenses
The Nakifuma Health Center is excited to welcome volunteers from around the world!
This program allows volunteers to hear stories, share experiences, and understand the many health-related challenges Ugandans face on a daily basis. Through this face-to-face communication, organic cultural exchange, and daily interaction with local nurses and staff, volunteers will help make positive and sustainable change in the community.