The 2017 Sozo Children Internship provides students (age 18 – 21) with a life-changing experience that leaves a lasting impact! This 8-week experience in Kampala, Uganda is open to 12 individuals each summer, with final selections being announced on December 15th. We look forward to reviewing your application and are open to answering any additional questions you might have that are not answered in the FAQ’s below.
WHAT ARE THE OVERALL COSTS for my internship?
Here is the information about the payments, costs, and dates put in place for this summer's internship in Uganda.
The majority of the cost will be the round-trip flight, which can fluctuate, but the remainder of the expenses Sozo has tried to make as efficient as possible.
We expect each intern that has been accepted to faithfully hold to these dates and deadlines. We encourage all interns to raise support from family, friends, and church members for their trip, so if you need assistance in that please contact Suzanne Owens at email@example.com.
Remember, where God guides he also provides. Trust and faith in Him will be essential to raise the amount needed.
Where do we stay?
Your security is our first priority. During the summer you will be staying at one of our fenced and gated compounds located outside of Kampala, Uganda. It is a bunk bed set up, split into a girl’s room and a boy’s room with a kitchen, indoor plumbing and (sometimes warm) shower. We have on-site Ugandan (and American) staff as well as guard dogs.
What do we eat?
We provide healthy and balanced meals that are enjoyable. Interns occasionally go to trusted local restaurants that serve American-style meals.
How Do we Get There?
All interns will meet up in at the Atlanta Airport (ATL) and travel will begin as a team here. Transportation to and from Atlanta will be on your own. Exact flight schedules will be finalized closer to departure but generally you can expect TWO eight-hour international legs that will get you to and from Uganda with your intern team. Our Intern Leader will be flying with the team and helping navigate all international airport layovers.
How do we travel once we arrive to country/organization?
In order to ensure the safety of our trip participants, we use our own personal vehicles that are driven by Sozo staff. If our transportation is occupied for the day, we hire private transportation that is reputable and safe with drivers that we have built relationships with and trust.
What kind of projects do we work on?
Work projects are determined by the needs that arise, so it’s difficult to predict projects in the future. However, examples of projects you may work on would be organization within our homes, general upkeep of our homes, planting of crops on the land, building buildings and structures on Sozo’s land. Projects vary in terms of demand and required skill level – all interns will be placed at projects that fit within their skill level and will be assisted by Ugandan staff and locals. All projects are designed to benefit and improve the physical surroundings of the children’s homes and village in which we serve.
What is a typical day like?
Interns begin their day with breakfast and morning quiet time. This time is followed by household chores and food prep which we assist our Ugandan staff with each day. Our days are spent in the village, around our homes helping with projects or homework while investing in the children’s lives and submersing into Ugandan culture. During the evening we’ll join our kids for nightly devotion followed by dinner and a time of debrief with smaller “family groups” (4 interns per group). We also devote one day per week as a Day in Creation. On this day, interns will travel together to visit local attractions such as Craft Markets, the Source of the Nile River in Jinja, or a game-drive safari at Murchison Falls. More detailed weekly schedules and daily expectations will be reviewed during the mandatory Intern Retreat in February.
What additional money should I bring to Uganda?
Your trip cost will include your lodging, utilities, food, water, transportation, communication and project costs. The additional money you will need to plan on bringing will be to cover your Visa cost upon entry to the country ($100 USD) and enough money to cover any crafts, souvenirs or snacks you choose to buy during your time in Uganda. We typically suggest bringing $300-$400 dollars in addition to your Visa cost to cover these things.
What can I expect regarding the use of laptops and Internet while in Uganda?
Laptop computers and/or tablets are strictly prohibited during the summer internship. Once in country we will participate in a 2-week Internet & social media fast. This time proves to be powerful as we dive intentionally into the new culture and spend extended times in the Word daily (in place of social media distractions). Throughout the summer you can expect VERY limited access to Internet for blog posts, emailing home, etc. Cell phones are acceptable to bring (as many use them for taking photos & iMessaging home when wifi is available), however Sozo Children is not liable for any broken or missing electronics during your stay. You will have access to Ugandan cell phones to share within your family group (4 interns). These phones are for calling home weekly and therefore international plans are not needed for your personal cellular devise.
Can I receive letters or “happies” from home?
We love when parents and friends send letters of encouragement to our interns in the field! One popular idea is to have letters pre-written (and pre-dated) and packaged in a 1-gallon Ziploc bag for interns to bring and open throughout the summer. Items such as food, clothing, etc will NOT be sent over mid-summer for interns as space is extremely limited and reserved for getting project supplies and necessities to our Sozo Children.
Do Interns evangelize?
Sozo Children is a ministry that is centered on building relationships. We strongly desire and pray that each child and family we serve will come to know Jesus as his or her personal Savior and begin a relationship with Him. As we focus on serving and building lasting relationships, we use that as a platform to share God’s love and His desire for us to know and be known by Him. We share the Gospel to others by sharing our lives and serving. However, we do not withhold help or services from any child or home based on their religion. We serve all children alike, regardless of their faith or religious beliefs.
Do I need a passport prior to applying?
It is highly recommended that prior to applying, you either already have or are in the process of getting your passport. It usually takes between 4-6 weeks to receive your passport, but for an additional cost it can be expedited. Visit http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english.html for more information. We cannot book your flight until we have a copy of your passport in hand.
Can I fundraise for my internship?
Yes! We highly encourage you to fundraise for your internship with Sozo. If selected, you will receive a social fundraising page you can use to share with your friends and family. We also will give you an outline on a fundraising letter you can send out. If you choose, you can sell t-shirts to raise support for your trip. If you want to go this route, please let me know and I will pass along the information on how to go about doing this.
Is there a mandatory training before the trip?
Yes! We have a MANDATORY Intern Retreat scheduled for February 3-5th at the YMCA Hargis Retreat Center in Chelsea, AL. Please reserve this weekend BEFORE applying for this internship, as it is mandatory. Transportation to and from Chelsea is on your own (however we are happy to let you know who is coming from your area if you prefer to carpool). Retreat generally begins after dinner on Friday and concludes Sunday mid-afternoon.
What should I pack?
You will receive a complete packing list at the Intern Retreat. For general clothing ideas, girls will need to plan to dress modestly by wearing skirts, loose fitting shirts, jeans or capris. The guys will wear shirts and shorts around the compound but plan to wear polos or button-up shirts and a pair of slacks to church or when doing ministry.
What vaccines/immunizations should I receive?
Please refer to The CDC for the most current and up-to-date information regarding recommended and required vaccinations. The most recent requirements prior to travel to Uganda consist of the following vaccinations:
Hepatitis A and B
All childhood/routine vaccinations and Tetanus are up to date
Please discuss with your doctor which anti-malaria medication you should plan to take while in Uganda.
Our Intern Retreat in February will provide extensive details for the summer, but if you have additional questions before applying, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Internship Coordinator Jon Brennan via firstname.lastname@example.org.