Supporting marginalised youth through counselling and education

Do you have experience in social work and counselling? Do you also have some ICT skills? If so, this project gives you the chance to use your competences in a meaningful way! You would support young people from an urban marginalised community by offering health advice, counselling, and educational opportunities.

Kawempe is a marginalised community in Uganda’s capital Kampala, marked by poverty, population growth, and high HIV/AIDS transmission rates. Somero Uganda – a local NGO – is trying to combat some of these conditions and improve the lives of young people in this district. The NGO, founded in 2009, directs its focus on the district’s vulnerable children and young women who are affected by sexual exploitation, prostitution, and child labour. By offering education, supporting access to health care, and raising awareness of sexual and reproductive health, Somero Uganda attempts to improve the future prospects, job opportunities, and health of its beneficiaries. Through its activities, the NGO also advocates for the rights of children and young people. Somero Uganda is based in Kawempe, has 13 employees, and is supported by six volunteers.

As GLEN participants, you would contribute to the organisation’s counselling and education activities. Namely, you would participate in the counselling activities with regards to HIV/AIDS prevention and support HIV/AIDS patients attempting to enrol in medical treatment. Additionally, you would conduct information sessions on the topics of family planning, sexual and reproductive health, menstrual hygiene, and drug abuse. You would also support the conducting of such information sessions in schools, as well as carrying out home visits to programme beneficiaries to provide them with psychological and social support.

Beyond this, you would be involved in teaching ICT skills to improve the job prospects of Kawempe’s youth. Further possible tasks include supporting Somero Uganda’s fundraising activities or conducting sessions on cultural diversity during which GLEN participants and Kawempe’s youth exchange ideas and discuss their perceptions of the Global South and Global North.

The partner organisation especially invites people with disabilities to apply for participation in this project.

The scheduled time for the internship is three months between August and October 2018.

Trainings and seminars prior to the internship will be held in English.

The GLEN team will be comprised of one German participant and one Polish participant.

Program component: GLEN

Language(s): English

Topic / area(s) of interest: Health; Education; Youth and Children

Vocational field(s)/field(s) of study: Social Work; Educational Science; Social Education; Social Pedagogy; Psychology; Health Sciences; Sex Education; Information and Communication Technology; Communication Studies

Field(s) of study: Education and Pedagogy; Humanities, Sociology, and Social Sciences; Cultural, Communications and Media Studies; Medicine and Health Studies; Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Period of the internship: 3 months between August and October 2018

Country: Uganda

Number of Participants: 2

Proposed by: Somero Uganda

Classification of the internship in the development fields: Health (5), Youth Childcare (8), Education (2)

Number of the internship: 1117


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