Why would you postpone your career to spend a few months in Uganda? Well, I’m currently sitting in the Fontes Foundation office in Kampala, the dynamic capital of Uganda, so I should be well placed to give you an insight into what it means to be an intern, and why it’s an experience I would not want to be without.
I am spending 3 months at Fontes Foundation and I am getting a chance to work on most of Fontes Foundation’s projects, which is a great opportunity in such a short time. My main focus has been following the construction of the Youth Centre that we have been building in Kampala. The work includes following up with contractors, meetings with the youth and planning the activities that take place at the Centre. A lot of work? Yes. Interesting and instructive? Yes. As an intern at Fontes Foundation you will get responsibility, a lot of responsibility.
Most of my time is spent in the office in Kampala, but I take part into regular field trips to our safe water projects in Western Uganda. Beware of hippos, lions and elephants down there! The environment at the office is great. I work both with Europeans and Ugandans, which gives me an interesting insight into working in a foreign country and a different culture. In addition, the internship gives the chance to live in an exciting and growing African country, something that more people should be able to experience.
The internship programme is an exceptional opportunity to challenge yourself, learn a lot and do something meaningful. It is instructive, exciting and fun – I couldn’t recommend it more.