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Uganda Medical Internship

Uganda Medical Internship

Gain valuable work experience with professionals in the medical and healthcare field while making positive changes to those local communities most in need.

Prices from $445

Where East and West Africa meet, Uganda offers its visitors lush forests, arid savannahs, vast lakes and mountain ranges, as well as an array of wildlife including the Big five and the infamous mountain gorillas. The allure of this incredible landscape is what led Winston Churchill to describe Uganda as “the pearl of Africa”.
Despite this, Uganda is amongst the poorest countries in the world and, according to the World Health Organisation, it has one of the worst healthcare performances in the world. Major concerns include the lack of medical knowledge and inequalities in the access to healthcare, with rural areas being grossly under-staffed and not well equipped compared to hospitals in urban centres. Ugandans living in rural areas need all the help they can get! 
It is widely accepted that ‘Health is wealth’, with good health being a strong foundation on which success and prosperity can be built. With the strain on health professionals ever increasing, volunteers are highly valued in the underdeveloped healthcare industry of Uganda. Volunteers are essential to helping to improve public health, supporting local clinics and hospitals, making healthcare more accessible and educating people on basic health and sanitation practices. 
The healthcare understanding and practical experience you will take away from this project will undoubtedly be eye-opening. Not only will you gain a valuable and life changing experience but you will also have the opportunity to make a positive change to those local communities most in need.

Gain valuable work experience with professionals within the medical and healthcare field
Educate local communities on basic health and sanitation practices
Learn about different health practices and work hands-on with local communities in need
Make lifelong friends with your new healthcare colleagues
Experience the breathtaking biodiversity of Uganda


Certification or proof of experience in a medical field, such as a medical student ID, EMT or paramedic certification, or nursing or physicians credentials.


Kampala or Fort Portal, Uganda
Work with medical professionals in hospitals, public and community health centres 
Educate local communities on basic health and sanitation practices
Gain hands-on work experience within the medical sector, assisting local communities in need
Airport pickup
Volunteer guest house or stay with a host family.


Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Before you go Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier T-shirt (UK only)
Airport pickup
In-country Project orientation and support
3 meals a day
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup

Nearest airport(s): Entebbe/Kampala (EBB)


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

One of the largest problems Ugandan communities face is a lack of medical knowledge, supplies and education. The aim of this project is to promote health awareness and to increase healthcare for rural people, decrease the prevalence of endemic diseases and to improve village health by providing public health projects and promoting general health education.
Volunteers will be working in both public or health community centres and hospitals and health camps. As with any volunteer project, the nature of the work you will be doing will depend on the project, location, time of year and most importantly the needs of the individuals in the community you are helping. 
Your role can range from observational to direct patient assistance. Depending on your level of knowledge you could be involved in:
Outpatient department services (OPD)
Mean cell haemoglobin (MCH) -  blood tests
Checking for anaemia-based conditions
Dispensing medications
Community outreach
Antenatal services
Psychology and social works
Deliveries and family planning
Volunteering on this project is a great way to learn about different health practices, while working hands-on with local communities in need. This will be both a life-changing experience and an opportunity to make a difference in one of the worst countries for healthcare in the world.
A member of staff from our local partner organisation in Uganda will meet you on arrival at Entebbe International Airport and take you to your project site. If your project placement is in Kampala, you will be transferred direct to your project site after being picked up from the airport. If your project is in Fort Portal, you will spend the night in Kampala at the Guest Inn and you will be transported to our project site the next day.
Depending upon the particular location and placement, volunteers will stay in our volunteer guest house, or with a host family. The guest house accommodation is simple but clean, safe and comfortable and volunteers will be staying in either a single room or same sex twin rooms. 
You will be provided with 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) prepared for you by a local staff member. 
A typical breakfast consists of tea, coffee, bread, preserves and scrambled egg.
Lunch and dinner are filling and nutritious, consisting of local foods and served with delicious local vegetables, fruit, rice, pasta, cassava and matooke (boiled green bananas). Chicken and beef is served several times a week to supplement the menu.


1 week $695

2 weeks $945

3 weeks $1,195

4 weeks $1,545

5 weeks $1,895

6 weeks $2,145

7 weeks $2,545

8 weeks $3,095

Extra week $445

Projects start on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month.


Nearest airport(s): Entebbe/Kampala (EBB)



Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .


For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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