Education

Overview

We are currently able to assist teachers and medical staff by offering a chance to make a difference in a developing country by choosing to volunteer in Uganda, where you will be working in a unique African setting.

Medical opportunities

Project le Monde is able to assist, student and qualified, doctors, nurses and medical anthropologists in accessing placements to experience medicine in an African setting.  Uganda has many health problems especially in the area of tropical diseases such as Malaria as well as HIV and TB which account for much of the patient load.  The programme offers a unique opportunity to manage a spectrum of diseases not commonly encountered in the developing world.  You will learn how primary care works in a developing country.

Please contact Anne Lotter at [email protected] in the first instance to find out more.

"In terms of tropical disases, I've learnt so much more than I ever could have at home."
Katrina Stone - Final Year Medical Student, Kings College London

Malaria, HIV, TB are common diseases, and in many cases are interrelated. Other tropical diseases, malnutrition and sickle cell anaemia cause major morbidity.

You will see how malnutrition caused by disease or ignorance can reduce the ability of an individual to combat illness and how education and medical care can dramatically improve the situation.

You will have an opportunity to spend time with traditional healers and begin to understand how they still play a vital role in the management of illness and leave with an understanding of how the different cultural interpretation of illness and causation can impact on the management of disease.

Registration can be arranged in country by academic institutions in the case of large hospital placements or by a local charity which can arrange registration for nurses or doctors to work in the field alongside the charities in country programme.

Registration can be arranged in country by academic institutions in the case of large hospital placements or by a local charity which can arrange registration for nurses or doctors to work in the field alongside the charities in country programme.

Two to three week multidisciplinary learning experiences

As well as assisting with placements Project le Monde will be hosting 2-3 week multidisciplinary trips for doctors, nurses, dentists, teachers and anthropologist who want to have an encounter with culture, medicine and teaching in Africa. There will be time in the evenings to get together over dinner and share individual experiences. These sessions will be lead by Dr John Davies an experienced expedition leader who is qualified in travel medicine, tropical medicine and medical anthropology.

Night out in Uganda

As well as the professional exposure cultural events will be organised ending with a three day optional safari. On return you will have an understanding of the culture and meaning of working in Africa. The experience will broaden your view of medicine and teaching, you will understand the limitations western bio-medicine in managing illnesses in a developing tropical country. The experience will also help you understand how you may want to engage, in the future, with further programmes in developing countries.

Teaching opportunities

If you are a teacher we can offer an unforgettable experience, working as a volunteer in one of our schools in Uganda.   The programme offers teaching experience in Uganda, in a primary school built by PLM with English and Ugandan representatives. 

Through teaching in a Ugandan school, you will be adding to the childrens’ learnig experiene, be providing local teachers with new teaching methods and proving the school with intuitive resources.   It also offers the chance to learn about teacher training in a developing country and develop awareness of the cultural and political differences. 

It will be a fantastic opportunity for a cultural learning experience working with local people and contributing to local communities.    The programme is suitable for newly qualified teachers who would like to gain experience, students in Initial Teacher Training, or those wanting to add to their Continuing Professional Development, helping teachers and children in a developing country. 

Please contact Anne Lotter at [email protected] in the first instance to find out more.

Who does this apply to?

This applies to:

  • Newly qualified teachers
  • Students undertaking their initial teacher training

What will I get out of it?

  • You will have the opportunity to experience teaching in a Ugandan classroom.
  • You will expand your teaching experience.
  • You will be able to share your skills with other teachers.
  • The cumulative teaching experience plus an online course will enable you to achieve your TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) qualification.
  • All volunteers will be required to plan and resource their own lessons and also take part in observations.
  • You will be provided with help and support and also feedback from your observations and teaching experience.
  • You will experience the challenges of a developing country with high illiteracy rates.

Leisure and recreational activities

While working in Uganda, you will have plenty of opportunities for social events.

Project le Monde has negotiated reduced rates for activities such as 3-day safaris.

    We can also arrange cultural evenings and trips to rural villages and museums.

    Kampala boasts many good restaurants and a group night out is always fun and cheap.

     

    Where can I find out more?

    For more information, please contact us at [email protected].