Uganda - Jinja

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Partner Organization:  Congregation of Holy Cross, Jinja, Uganda

Location:  Jinja, Uganda

Number of Students:  2-4 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. 

In person opportunities summer 2022: Yes

Virtual opportunities summer 2022: No

Additional Information:

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, if we are unable to deploy students in person, students will not be obligated to complete the ISSLP and may withdraw without penalty. For students wishing to continue with the ISSLP in virtual mode, ISSLP staff will work with them to be placed with a virtual international service option.

Participation Requirements:

  • Language & Proficiency Requirement: None, but openness and desire to learning some Lusoga, 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 
  • 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:  With special funding available, applicants from Sorin Hall and the Women's Baraka Bouts Boxing Club may receive priority preference (based on qualification) for one of the two positions. This site welcomes applications from across the student body and should not deter others from applying.
  • 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 live with Holy Cross priests and brothers, 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 Health Clinic)
  • First Aid & CPR Training
  • World Religions Session

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 “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/engagement.

This site will be in person for summer 2022.

This section reflects the most recent scope of work for students who deployed in the last few years to Jinja, Uganda. This scope of work may change based on the needs of the organization at the time of student arrival and/or due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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. Andrew’s, St. Jude Primary and Lakeview Secondary school. At St. Andrew’s and St. Jude students can expect to assist in teaching 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 also expect to be involved in extracurricular activities and clubs, especially soccer and volleyball, both after school hours and on the weekends. Past ISSLP students have assisted as editors of the student magazine.

The other responsibility may be working as a teaching assistant at the St. Ursula Special School for the Mentally Handicapped where ISSLP 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 also assisted and there is great need. Here students will be expected to assist in teaching 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 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 teaching assistants. 

Housing & Lodging Information:

Students live with the Holy Cross priests and seminarians at one of the various Holy Cross communities in Bugembe or Wanyange. Students will live in community which includes sharing meals, prayer, and Mass together. While the priests and brothers 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.

For More Information:

Visit the Congregation of Holy Cross website
Former ISSLP Participants:
*Did not deploy due to COVID-19 pandemic
Notice: Certain sites may be canceled and other sites added at any point during the selection and orientation process.
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