What is Gulu like?
Gulu is the largest city in northern Uganda, but it has a small-town feel in many ways. The people are very friendly, and don't be surprised to get an invitation home for supper the first time you meet someone. Agriculture is the biggest industry in northern Uganda, but Gulu's hospitality and commerce sectors are rapidly growing. There's a million photocopy shops in town, so don't worry about bringing your own from home. Much like Canada, pretty much all young people have a smart phone of some sort, and spend hours online. While English is one of the two official languages of Uganda, you may meet elderly people or young children who speak only Luo and other African languages.
What does a typical work day look like at CEED?
For our CEED interns, the workday starts with breakfast at 8 am. Then from 8:30-around 1pm you will be working with your teammates on your specific project. That might mean some days going to schools to meet with students or teachers, doing a workshop with youth or planning that workshop coming up in a few weeks. 1-2pm (approx) is lunchtime. Lunch is often the biggest meal of the day in Uganda so bring your appetite. Then from 2-5 interns are back at work, and sometimes you may have to work into the evenings or a weekend afternoon. The 11 weeks in Gulu goes fast, so every day and every week you and your team are on to the next step in the process or winding down and handing it back over the office in Uganda until the next round of interns arrive.
How do I communicate to friends and family while in Uganda?
Our CEED facility has wifi so communicating with loved ones back home while you are in Gulu is easy. Skype, WhatsApp and other apps make it easy and affordable to stay in touch.
What if I can't go to Uganda? Can I still get involved?
Absolutely. Beyond our internship program in Uganda, we regularly organize events in Montreal, and are always looking for people interested to join us. Check out the Volunteer in Montreal section to learn more and don't hesitate to give us a call or send us an email.