Uganda - Jinja

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Partner Organization:  Congregation of Holy Cross and the Sisters of Mary

Location:  Jinja, Uganda

Number of Students:  2 students

Dates:  Site determines dates.   Past dates can be anywhere from a mid-May departure, a few days after exams to early June, in order to coincide with start of school year in Uganda.  . 

Participation Requirements:

  • Language & Proficiency Requirement:  None, but openness and desire to learning some Lusoga, KiSwahili and other local dialects is necessary. Students will take lessons with past participants. English is the language of instruction; however, a majority of the people in the community are unable to speak English and very few of the younger children can speak conversational English.
  • Gender Requirement:  None but preference could be given to certain gender depending on housing.
  • Required Experience:  Students have prior experience teaching/tutoring, and working with youth. If working with St. Ursula Special School, students should also have prior experience, or have expressed a desire, to work with people with disabilities. A strong level of comfort, familiarity, and interest with working with those with disabled is essential.
  • Major Requirement:  None
  • Student Minimum Age:  None
  • Special Requirements:  One of the two placements has typically been committed to a qualified Sorin Hall resident and partially funded by the hall.
  • Other:  It is strongly recommended that students enjoy working with kids, and have an interest in athletics. It is strongly recommended that participants have already taken or plan to take an African related course prior to summer.  Since students may live with Holy Cross priests or the Sisters of Mary, this site is also suitable for any students considering a religious vocation.  Students are expected to participate fully in the community and faith life.

Special Training Required Prior to Summer Deployment: 

(The following sessions and workshops will be organized and provided by the ISSLP during the Spring semester. Additional training sessions may be added as needed.)

  • Teaching/Working with Children Workshop
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Training
  • Congregation of Holy Cross Orientation
  • Self Defense Session
  • HIV/Aids Workshop (if working at AIDS Clinic)
  • First Aid & CPR Training

Site Description:  

The preeminent ministry of the Congregation of Holy Cross is service to the people of God and lives out this desire in three main apostolates:  Education, Parish Work, and Missions. The Holy Cross vision for ministry through education is holistic with the goal of preparing “useful citizens for society” as well as “citizens for heaven.” Holy Cross parishes across the United States and around the world are places of service, education and instruction, family spirit and community, and collaboration in the life journeys of individuals and groups toward God. Holy Cross’ outreach to other countries has been an integral part of their zeal to make God known, loved, and served, and to boldly address the world’s needs for justice and charity. Holy Cross has communities of ministry in Africa, Bangladesh, Canada, Latin America, Europe, and the U.S. 

The Congregation’s mottos are Ave Crux, Spes Unica, “Hail the Cross, Our Only Hope.” It is in this spirit of bringing hope that lay men and women are invited to collaborate and participate in the ministry and missions of Holy Cross around the world. 

Scope of Work & Responsibilities:

Notice: Scope of work may have some changes based on the needs of the partner organizations at the time of student arrival.   

The students’ will have two primary responsibilities, with opportunities for other work. One will be to assist with Holy Cross primary and/or secondary schools at St. Jude Primary and Lakeview Secondary school. At St. Jude students can expect to teach 1-2 classes a day including Math, English and Social Studies and other subjects as determined by the needs of the school.  At Lakeview students may teach computers as well as provide extra lessons and tutoring in subjects as determined by the needs of the school.  Students can expect to lead classes, administer and grade quizzes and exams.  Students can also expect to be involved in extra-curricular activities, especially soccer and volleyball, both after school hours and on the weekends.

The other responsibility may be working as a teaching assistant at the St. Ursula Special School for the Mentally Handicapped where ISSLP 2015 & 2016 also assisted and there is great need. Here students will be expected to teach lessons to the older groups, interact with the children during their breaks and recreation time, and help staff with enabling the children to perform activities of daily living like eating, reading and use of playing materials and providing a ministry of presence with the students.

In addition to work with Holy Cross schools and St. Ursula’s, students with medical interest could also work part-time at St. Benedict’s Health Centre in Wanyange, a Level 2 Health Clinic if they take the initiative to work it out upon arrival. At St. Benedict’s, students may shadow and assist the resident doctor, while also working in the on-site laboratory which specializes in bloodwork and diagnosis for HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other common diseases. Students are also welcome to assist the Holy Cross priests in pastoral work and visits if they discuss their interests to do so with the priests.

Students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner in and out of the classroom given their roles in the community as teachers.  

Housing & Lodging Information:

Students live with either the Holy Cross priests and seminarians at one of the various Holy Cross communities in Bugembe or Wanyange, or live with the Sisters of Mary in Musima. Students will live in community which includes sharing meals, prayer, and Mass together. While the priests and sisters are very hospitality oriented and welcoming, it is important for students to remember that they are guests in their home and should be respectful and helpful with household chores. Running water, electricity, and internet are available but may be limited by electrical shortages. Meals are provided at the house and are prepared by employed cooks.  This site can accommodate a vegetarian diet but students should be respectful of what is served to them if invited to visit school and parish families.  

Visit the Congregation of Holy Cross website: http://www.holycrosscongregation.org/
The Sisters of Mary website for St. Ursula’s: http://www.stursulaspecialschool.org/
 

Former ISSLP Participants:

Matt Weyenberg ’17 (ISSLP 2015) mweyenbe@nd.edu  (Abroad Fall 2015)
Stephen Jakubowski ’17 (ISSLP 2016), sjakubow@nd.edu – abroad Fall 2016
Adam Moeller’18 (ISSLP 2016), amoeller@nd.edu
 
Notice: Certain sites may be canceled and other sites added at any point during the selection and orientation process.