If you are interested in medicine, take advantage of our unique program in Uganda and gain medical experience in a developing country with a culture and medical belief vastly different from yours.
In Uganda, people still die of curable diseases. The medical staff at the medical centers is often overwhelmed by the number of patients that visit them daily as there is shortage of medically trained staff. Be part of RCDP's healthcare project in Uganda, assist the local hospitals and clinics and treat ordinary Ugandans. You will work with local medical professionals and your actual work responsibility will depend on your educational background and experience.
When you join the project you will experience a country, culture and way of life that most tourists in Uganda don't get to see and make a genuine difference to the local medical practice.
Volunteers are required to produce health care certification like medical student ID, EMT or paramedic certification, or nursing or physician credentials. Before your arrival, the hospital will also require a copy of your resume which must clearly state your credentials and education.
Your responsibilities vary according to education, skills, experience, and qualifications. Volunteers will mostly assist doctors or work as an assistant to doctors. Your work will might include:
The healthcare project in Uganda is located in Kampala. It is the largest city and is also the capital of Uganda. Compared to other urban centers in West African like Nairobi, Kampala is a safe city to stay and do volunteer work. Though often crowded during the day time, at night, the city comes into its own and has a lively nightlife. To travel around the city, you will find 3 methods of public transportation: boda bodas, matatu, and special hires. The fastest method is the boda bodas, motorcycles that you see all over the city. You won't be in Kampala long before being propositioned by a Boda driver. Matatu is a small, very colorful bus.
In Kampala, there are many things to do and see. You can visit museums, galleries, or many colorful markets. A rafting trip to the headwaters of Nile, bungee jumping in Nile, jet boating and visiting Sesse Islands and Ngamba Island are popular trips just outside Kampala. If you have time, you can visit world famous national parks where you can see the Giant Silverback Gorillas.