• PLACEMENT LOCATION Kampala, Fort portal, Ibanda, Kamuli
    Physical Therapy
    ROLETo work alongside skilled local staff and gain valuable medical experience
    TYPES OF PLACEMENTHospitals, health clinics and medical outreach work
    ACCOMMODATIONHost family/Volunteer Guest House
    START DATESFlexible

    The experiences you will have on your overseas internship placement are likely to be vastly different from anything you are used to in your domestic clinics and hospitals. In many of our placement locations the medical facilities are greatly under-resourced and it's no exaggeration to say that you may find yourself working with equipment - and in conditions - which really test your skills, abilities and emotions.

    In such areas you are likely to encounter a number of diseases and conditions that you are simply not used to back home. In addition to this you will generally find that all pathologies are in more advanced stages, as patients often tend to present much later than they do in wealthier countries. During your medical internship, you’ll witness and treat these conditions firsthand, while developing new skills and increasing your understanding of how these diseases progress.

    For those looking to become doctors, nurses, or for valuable hands-on medical experience before committing to your career or any specialty in the medical field, ASTCF internships offer one of the few ways to enhance your education and get real world experience working alongside healthcare professionals. Give yourself an edge over the competition in the workforce by experiencing a medical internship in a private practice, clinic, laboratory or hospital setting. There is an urgent need for interns in many areas, such as midwifery, physical therapy, medical, dentistry, radiography, pharmacy and nursing.

    ASTCF’s internship in health and medical care offer participants both valuable career experience in public outreach, medical research or patient care, and an opportunity to make a difference. Internship in this field, demonstrates to employers and medical schools that the intern has a strong commitment to healthcare and the real-life skills necessary to succeed in this challenging field.

    As a medical intern, you are sure to see a huge gulf in medical standards between the developed and developing worlds. Hospitals are often poorly resourced with underpaid medical staff. This, combined with a lack of experience and funds to pay for routine medical treatment often causes the patients you see to have advanced illnesses and conditions now rarely treated in the developed world

    Internships range from working for public health initiatives, to conducting medical research or working within healthcare facilities such as; midwifery, physiotherapy, medical, radiography, dentistry, pharmacy and nursing. Interns may help provide care for pediatric patients in underfunded hospitals, draft reports and articles about healthcare topics or learn about traditional medicine and alternative treatments, carryout health outreach in the communities, as well as administrative work. Many interns have the opportunity to shadow healthcare professionals and learn about their work.

    With any internship, specific daily responsibilities may vary based on the requirements of the health center or hospital, the location or time-frame of the internship. The qualifications, skills, and experience of the intern may also influence the type and complexity of work assigned. You can contribute towards community projects during a gap year, career break or during holiday time. Therefore, your exact role within the hospital or clinic will depend on your level of medical experience, as well as the enthusiasm and effort that you show to the local staff. Pre-med interns usually start by observing the doctors and nurses. If you can demonstrate a good understanding of local medical conditions and are trusted by the local staff, you may be given more to do. The role of interns who already have some medical experience also varies and it is important to build a good relationship with the local medical staff.

    Whether you call them “electives”’ “internships”, “clerkship rotations” or “global health placements”, we work with people from all over the globe to provide tailored placements. As long as you fit our eligibility criteria, we can tailor an internship to suit your needs.
    In order to join the program, the general rule is that you must be studying (or have completed) your clinical course. We understand that this can be confusing if the terminology we have used relates to a period of work experience that in your country is taken far earlier in your studies. Unfortunately though, many worldwide universities and schools use matching terms for completely different study points.

    Medical Internships

    You need to be on your medical degree, or have completed it, to be able to join a ASTCF medical internship placement. This is your actual clinical training, so if the route to qualification in your country is a pre-med degree followed by a second entry degree that focuses on medicine, it is the latter that you need to have started.
    Ask yourself the question, when I graduate will I be a qualified practitioner and able to work in a hospital? If the answer is yes, then you are eligible to join a ASTCF Medical placement. It doesn't matter how far into the course you are - we tailor each internship to your level of skill and requirement.

    Dentistry Internships

    You need to be on at an accredited dental school or dental degree program to be able to join ASTCF Dentistry Internship placement.
    This is your actual clinical dentistry training, so if you have to complete a pre-dental course before you are able to apply for dentistry training, you will need to wait until you have started this latter course before we can accept you. It doesn't matter how far into the course you are - we tailor each internship to your level of skill and requirement.

    Nursing and midwifery Internships

    There are many routes to becoming a qualified nurse or midwife - whether through a bachelors degree, associate degree, a nursing diploma, a vocational to registered "bridging" course or something else.
    The rule is, if you are on a clinical course where the ultimate aim is to pass an exam that allows you to provide nursing or midwifery care in a hospital environment, we can accept you on ASTCF Nursing and Midwifery Internship program. As we tailor each placement, we will make sure your level of skill is communicated to your supervisors overseas.

    Radiography Internships

    Whether you are a radiographer, radiologist, radio-logic technician, radio therapist.... if you are on, or have completed, an associated degree, accredited course or a postgraduate specialist course that allows you to use imaging devices for diagnostic purposes, ASTCF programs are good for you! Don't worry about what year of your studies you are in, we will tailor the internship to match your skill level.

    Pharmacy Internships

    Most countries require a degree in pharmacy to become a qualified pharmacist. Some countries also offer courses to become a pharmacy technician, which allows you to assist a pharmacist. If you are on an accredited course that allows you to enter either of these professions (exams pending!) then we can accept you onto the ASTCF Pharmacy Internships program. Do not worry about where you are on the course, we will tailor your internship to match your skill level.
    Other consideration, interns should have strong self-motivation and interest in working in healthcare. Depending on what kind of internship is sought, some background in research or in patient care may be helpful. Interns need to be ready to adapt to new circumstances and different cultural perspectives on healthcare. Strong communication and interpersonal skills are important to make the internship a success.
    ASTCF’s minimum age for participation is 18. There is no maximum age for participation. Due to the customized nature of our internship placements, interns at all stages of their careers are welcome on the program.
    Understanding of Ugandan culture can help improve your internship experience. Consider enrolling in our one-week language and cultural immersion program.

  • DATE

    Though our volunteer placement program start date can be flexible, we recommend all our prospective volunteer to set their start date either on the 1st or on the 3rd Monday of each month because our Programs begin on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month, however it is recommended that volunteers arrive before this date so you can acclimatize to the time difference before orientation. We advise you to arrive one day before your program is due to start (the day before orientation). Accommodation is provided from the Sunday night before your program starts on the Monday, however if you arrive earlier our staff will organize accommodation for you. This accommodation will cost extra but it is not expensive (expect to pay approximately US$30 per night including meals. You will pay for this accommodation directly to the Guest House Manager or staff when you arrive in country) Once you have booked your flights to Uganda ensure you email your flight details to our Volunteer Placement Advisory to ensure you are picked up at the airport.

    Volunteer Program Fees

    At Africa Sustainable Tourism Care Foundation (ASTCF), we offer very affordable program fees with high-quality service and a level of transparency to all our volunteers and intern. We work hard to make our prices as reasonable as possible, while maintaining our personalized service and standards of excellence. Our fees reflect unmatched support for the volunteer and real service to sustainable projects in the community. The program fee covers the cost of decent home-stay accommodation or in the volunteer’s guest house, meals, orientation and in-country program support during your entire volunteer stay. Our program fees are determined according to the length of stay.

    Volunteers are required to pay a deposit of US$150 to secure their placement. Deposit is included as part with the program fee, it is not an additional charge. Full payment of program fees is due 30 days before the volunteer’s project.

    (ASTCF reserves the right to change its policies, review cost and inform volunteers accordingly before their arrival. All fees and arrangements on this website remain final.)

    Please Note: There are no extra charges such as application or processing fees. Program fee outline above is exactly what you will pay. However, your airport pick up will attract an additional fee of $100 if you are arriving solo and $50 per person if you are arriving in a group of two or more people in the group. To convert these prices to your local currency please click here. Program fee paid is non-refundable.

    Weekly Volunteer Program Fees (Program fee is quoted in US Dollars)

    Weeks 1wk 2wk3wk 4wk 5wk6wk7wk8wk
    Fees$150$300 $450$600$750$900$1050$1200

    Program Fee DOES cover

    Meals:Our program fee covers 3 meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) from the first day to the last day of the program
    Accommodations:Depending upon the particular location and placement, volunteers will either stay in our Volunteer Guest House, or with a host family. Volunteers are recommended to bring their own sleeping bags and other accessories necessary to their personal comfort.
    Researched and Personalized Projects:We offer the most unique and amazing projects which focus on matching the interests, skills, and experience of volunteers in accordance with their volunteer work.
    Assistance and Support:From the very beginning to the last day of the project, our local and project staff members support volunteers, in addressing various concerns and occasionally checking up on volunteers and monitoring their progress.
    Safe Volunteer Placement:We strive to place you in a safe humanitarian volunteer work environment. Our projects are researched and established with safety in mind. This focus on safety means that your project will not be in an area riddled with crime and unsafe conditions.
    Volunteer Care and other Services:ASTCF’S staffs are always available and willing to support volunteers by answering all questions while providing the best advice on fundraising and other issues such as health, culture, excursions, travel, safety, and special events.

    Program Fee DOES NOT cover

    Airfare:Both domestic and international airfare is the responsibility of the volunteer.
    Passport/Visa:Appropriate travel documents, such as passports and visas, are the responsibility of volunteers. While we provide information regarding obtaining the correct documents required, it is the responsibility of volunteers to acquire all relevant credentials.
    Return Trip to Airport:It is the responsibility of the volunteer to secure transportation return to the airport. Airport drop-off (Can be arranged at an extra cost)
    Airport Tax:Fees and taxes associated with international arrival and/or departure is the responsibility of the volunteer.
    Daily Transportation:In the event that volunteers’ projects are not within walking distance from their living accommodations, they are required to cover costs associated with daily transportation.
    Bottled Water/Soft Drinks:In the event volunteers wish to consume bottled water or soft drinks other than those provided with their daily meals, they are responsible for purchasing their own beverages.
    Personal Expenses:Volunteers are responsible for any incurred expenses outside of their projects, such as snacks, (outside of their daily meals).
    Tourism Entry Fees:While there are numerous attractions in Uganda, entry fees such as museums and national parks is the responsibility of volunteers.

    Airport Pick-up
    Volunteers will be met by our program coordinator at Entebbe International Airport in Entebbe town upon arrival after which you will be transferred to your project site. If volunteer's project placement is in Kampala, you will be transferred direct to your project site after being picked up from the airport. If a volunteer's project is in Fort Portal, you will spend the night in Kampala at the Guest Inn and transport you to our project site the next day.

  • FOOD

    Ugandan food is tasty, diverse and volunteers can expect to experience flavors and meals during their volunteer experience. You will be provided with 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Meals will consist of local foods (matooke, posho, cassava, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, yams and rice), served with green/vegetables, beef, chicken, fish, beans or ground-nuts stew. The country’s tropical climate contributes to a healthy choice of fruits which include bananas, watermelon, papayas, mangos, jackfruit, guava, passion-fruits, sugar canes and pineapples.

     However, we need to emphasis on the point that you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home. We will do our best to see that you are well taken care of, but also as a volunteer, there is a need to be flexible. If volunteers wish to eat out, there are a large numbers of restaurants and diners to suit all tastes and budgets. However, food and drinks outside of mealtimes are the volunteer’s responsibility.

    Depending upon the particular location and placement, volunteers will either stay with a host family or within our Volunteer Guest House, a rented house or lodge Within our Volunteer Guest House accommodation, we offer simple but clean, safe and comfortable living spaces where volunteers can reside in either a single or share a room with fellow volunteer of the same gender.

    Home stay Model Homes are selected homes that are upgraded to a level where host families can host tourists. Our host families are chosen carefully and are esteemed community members, and experienced in hosting international volunteers. They have strong interest in our volunteers’ safety and well-being and demonstrate this with caution and care. The family is trained in visitor handling, nutrition, hygiene and sanitation, and waste disposal. It is expected that community tourism will economically empower families and provide cross-cultural exchange between hosts and visitors.

    Thus, staying with a host family offer a strong and supportive system to volunteers during their program and it’s a great way to learn about local people’s culture and customs. Volunteers are recommended to bring their own sleeping bags and other accessories necessary for their personal comfort.

  • A Day in the Life of a Volunteer:
    Here is an example of a typical weekday at the project. This serves as a guideline only and we ask that volunteers stay flexible as itineraries may change to best serve the community.

    06:00-07:30amRise and shine! Volunteers wake up early to start a great day. Take breakfast of cereals, bread, tea or coffee. Refreshed and nourished you are ready for your project work.
    07:30-08:00am Travel to the project! It typically takes 15-30 minutes to reach your volunteer assignment.
    08:00-01:00pmDig into the project! You do your volunteering job assignment.
    01:00-02:00pmLunch break! You will return to your home-base or host family for a delicious lunch. If the distance is too great, you’ll enjoy the box lunch you brought with you.
    02:00-04:00pmFinish up your volunteer project work! There’s always plenty to do.
    After-04:00pm End your work day and enjoy your leisure time! You can rest, explore the local area, hang out with other volunteers, study or plan for the next day, whatever you want! This is your time to spend it how you like.
    07:00-08:00pmDinner at your volunteer house! After dinner, you’re free to continue your local explorations before settling down for the night, thinking ahead for another fun, busy day.
    Saturday & SundayThis is the time to enjoy safaris with our beautiful country, exploring Uganda and its many attractions.