WHAT YOU'LL BE DOING
As an organization rooted in relationship, our internship is designed to grow relationships in three areas: Christ, other interns, and our Ugandan family.
If selected, you will be in Uganda with up to 12 interns where you will serve our Ugandan staff in the day to day operations of an international missions organization. You will get to experience life on the ground for an incredible 8 weeks. You will be stretched, challenged, and ultimately grow during your time in Uganda. Our hope is this experience will broaden your worldview and gives you a deep love for Uganda and the work the Lord is doing here.
While in Uganda, the interns will be divided into groups we call family groups. You and your family group will serve together for the entirety of the summer as you minister in the village, participate in nightly devotions, and discuss everything you are experiencing. An incredible opportunity you and your family group will have this summer is to build relationship with one particular family in the village. Every week you will meet with this family and begin to invest in their lives as you pray, love, and serve them. Incredible testimonies have come from this very meaningful opportunity.
We have selected two godly individuals to lead you through this summer! This is a unique mentorship experience because all of our leaders have served with Sozo Children previously and we trust them with the utmost confidence. They will be your guide as you experience so many new and exciting adventures that can often be very challenging.
AS AN INTERN WE EXPECT THAT YOU WILL...
- Maintain appropriate relationships with those of the opposite gender (this includes Americans and Ugandans) This is not a summer to find your forever love but to grow deep in your relationship with Christ.
- Remain respectful and submitted to all leadership during your internship, especially our Ugandan leaders.
- Interns must be respectful of Ugandan culture and customs. Sozo Children is intentional in raising our kids in Ugandan culture and strives to minimize American influence as best we can.
- Interns are expected to walk in humility as you serve Sozo Children. This experience is all about learning and growing! We are confident you will grow the most through this experience by keeping a teachable spirit.
- It is imperative interns understand and respect Sozo’s long term vision in Uganda. As an intern, you are only to give love and the gospel to our kids and any Ugandan you meet. You will learn more about this is foundational principlefor Sozo in your required reading, When Helping Hurts.
- Interns are expected to handle conflict biblically (Matthew 18:15-17). If conflict arises, you are expected to discuss the issue with that person first. If the situation is still not resolved you are then to bring it before your leaders. Gossip will not be tolerated during this internship on Uganda and we take this very seriously at Sozo.
- Your time on social media and internet will be limited in Uganda. This is a very unique opportunity to detach from life back home and really invest in this time in Uganda. You will have scheduled access to the internet twice a week for 30 minutes to check in with family and friends back home. We just ask you are mindful of how media and internet is affecting your time in Uganda.
- Interns are expected to lead by example while in Uganda. Be mindful our kids, short term team members, and community often look up to you in many ways. We expect your life will exemplify Christ in all that you do.
When Helping Hurts by: Steve Corbett and Brian Finkert
Poverty is much more than simply a lack of material resources, and it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve it. When Helping Hurts shows how some alleviation efforts, failing to consider the complexities of poverty, have actually (and unintentionally) done more harm than good. But it looks ahead. It encourages us to see the dignity in everyone, to empower the materially poor, and to know that we are all uniquely needy—and that God in the gospel is reconciling all things to himself. Focusing on both North American and Majority World contexts, When Helping Hurts provides proven strategies for effective poverty alleviation, catalyzing the idea that sustainable change comes not from the outside in, but from the inside out.
This summer internship will be from June 1 - July 27
Application Deadline: December 1, 2017
Deposit: February 1, 2018 ($500)
Mandatory Intern Retreat: February 9-11, 2018
First Payment: Due March 1, 2018 ($1,500)
Second Payment: Due April 1, 2018 ($2,000)
Final Payment: Due May 1, 2018 ($2,000)
MEET YOUR LEADERS
Meet Meghan. Fun fact: She was born in Alaska! Meghan studied at Samford University and UAB and now teaches children with special needs in Birmingham. She took her first trip to Uganda through Sozo Children in 2015! She has also served in East Asia, Guatemala, and Mexico through other ministries. Meghan is most excited about building relationships with the interns this summer and watching God move through them in Uganda!
Meet Patrick. He's from Albany, GA and studied at the University of Alabama getting his degree in Accounting. His first trip to Uganda with Sozo was 2017. He has also served in youth ministry and inner-city Bible studies. Patrick is looking forward to seeing how the Lord reveals Himself to the interns in new ways to them, and watching them work with the people of Uganda for His kingdom.
We believe a day of rest is much needed for your time in Uganda. During this internship, you will have the opportunity to take part in a few incredible and adventurous excursions. Be prepared for the opportunity to Bungee jump at the source of the Nile River, visit the equator as you stand in both the northern and southern hemisphere, and experience an incredible 2-day Safari at Murchison Falls National Park!
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 www.passports.state.gov 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 9-11th 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:
Yellow Fever | Typhoid | 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.