Uganda - Kyarusozi

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Partner Organization:  Congregation of the Holy Cross in Kyarusozi, Western Uganda

Location:  Kyarusozi, Western 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.

In person opportunities summer 2021: Yes

Virtual opportunities summer 2021: No

Participation Requirements:

  • Language & Proficiency Requirement:  None required, but students should learn basic Rutooro and other local dialects.  While English is the language of instruction, most people in the community prefer to speak Rutooro. 
  • Gender Requirement:  None
  • Required Experience:  Experience teaching or tutoring and working with youth.  For work in the clinic and dispensary, students should have interest in medicine and public health.  Experience in basic medical skills (i.e. EMT certified, blood pressures, vital signs, etc.) is helpful but not necessary.  General experience in healthcare settings encouraged.
  • Major Requirement:  None
  • Student Minimum Age:  None
  • Special Requirements:  With special funding available from the Women's Baraka Bouts Boxing Club, applicants from Baraka Bouts managers and boxers may receive priority preference (based on qualification) for one of the two positions. Baraka Bouts applicants must demonstrate prior involvement and commitment to the  Baraka Bouts Boxing Club. This site welcomes applications from across the student body and should not deter others from applying.
  • Other:  It is strongly recommended that participants have already taken or plan to take an African related course prior to summer.  Students are expected to participate fully in the community and faith life of the Congregation of Holy Cross. 

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
  • First Aid and CPR Training 
  • Laboratory Safety Certification (if working in the clinic)
  • Congregation of Holy Cross Orientation
  • Self Defense Session
  • World Religions Session

Site Description:  

See the Congregation of the Holy Cross website:

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. 

Kyarusozi is located in an extremely rural area in western Uganda, outside of the city/town of Fort Portal.  Students should expect to walk long distances (7 km) to get from the Parish to school daily.  The simplicity of the rural setting sets it apart from other ISSLP sites.

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 2021.

The students will have responsibilities with the pastoral work of the Parish and assist in teaching at St. Joseph Hill Secondary School. Throughout the week and on weekends, students accompany the priests with pastoral work of the Parish which offers unique opportunities to come into contact with several communities and occasionally different tribes (all with different languages).  Students also spend afternoons playing sports with the younger children from the Parish.  The Parish serves many outlying communities throughout the region.  Through Holy Cross Family Ministries, students can also accompany seminarians and catechists on home and school visits.  Accompanying the priests with pastoral work of the Parish and sub-Parishes and the seminarians and catechists through Holy Cross Family Ministries provide immersive opportunities into local Uganda family life, the holistic ministries of the Congregation of the Holy Cross, and the role of the Catholic Church.  Students are expected to be available on weekends to be an active part of the community, to assist with pastoral outreach and celebrate Mass on Sundays.

St. Joseph Hill Secondary School has 200 students with classes ranging in size from 35-80.  Students may be expected to assist in teaching a variety of subjects (desired subjects include math, physics, science, and economics; English, literature, and geography are also taught) to various age groups, spend a considerable amount of time preparing for their classes each day, participate in school and campus ministry events.  Students also assist and run after-school programs which include basketball practice, other games and sports, Speech Club, and School Debate, and chaperone activities and school dances.  Additionally, students may spend a couple nights a week assisting in the boys and girls dormitories, supervising night-time and morning requirements such as study hall, dinner, breakfast, physical exercise, etc.  Students often walk to most places in the community and enjoy the experience of rural life, meeting and greeting families along the way. 

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

If initiated with the Sisters of Holy Cross upon arrival, and depending on when the St. Mary’s nursing interns are on site, ISSLP students may be able assist at the clinic in Kirinda which is run by the Holy Cross Sisters.  The clinic in Kirinda includes inpatient and outpatient services, where students can shadow and assist nurses and doctors; a maternity ward where students can help with prenatal care; and an HIV clinic where students to help with the pharmacy and distribution of antiretroviral drugs and HIV/AIDS education, and health outreach to other villages. Taking some initiative at the start, it is likely that students may be allowed to volunteer at the clinic and to work out a schedule that could include a two day health care component in addition to teaching at the schools and pastoral outreach. 

Housing & Lodging Information:

Students live with Holy Cross priests in the Holy Cross Guest House near St. Joseph Hill Secondary school.   Students have their own rooms and share a common room with others.  Meals are provided at the guest house in community and at set times.  

Students live in community which includes sharing meals, prayer, and Mass together with priests and brothers.  While the priests and brothers are very hospitality oriented and welcoming, it is important for students to remember that they are guests in the priests’ home and should be respectful and helpful with household chores.  This site can accommodate a vegetarian diet.

For More Information:

Visit the Congregation of Holy Cross website:

Former ISSLP Participants:

Notice: Certain sites may be canceled and other sites added at any point during the selection and orientation process.


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