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Research Uganda Internship


Poverty Alleviation

Research Uganda gives participants the chance to conduct ground breaking research to direct Volunteer Uganda's strategy in poverty alleviation and development.

Unique Opportunity

The internship offers participants a unique opportunity to take part in first hand research on the ground which has a tangible impact on thousands of people's lives.


The Programme

The Volunteer Uganda research programme combines academic and applied empirical research methods to investigate local levels of multidimensional poverty. We are pioneering an initiative to establish the foundations for mapping the holistic assessment of needs across the Kanungu District through collecting geo-located quantitative and qualitative household and community level data. The focus lies upon working with local expertise and community members to identify and digitally map key areas of deprivation and to track changes in standards of living over time.

The Process

Research interns actively participate in project design and implementation, as well as primary data collection, synthesis, analysis and reporting. Playing an integral role in shaping Volunteer Uganda's long-term poverty alleviation strategy, research findings help to guide policy and facilitate community development through creating the groundwork for establishing key partnerships, planning for effective, evidence-informed interventions and increasing its collaborative work with local communities.

The Significance

Kanungu is a relatively undiscovered and understudied region that holds vast potential for multidisciplinary exploration of rural, development-related subjects. Researchers have a rare opportunity to investigate real and pressing issues that impact the lives of thousands of people, generating new, first-hand knowledge and potentially effecting change on a significant scale.


Where we work

76% of the population in Kanungu District is 30 years and under (0-5 years: 18.7%, 6-17 years: 34%, 18-30 years: 22.7%, 31-59 years: 19.7%, 60+ years: 4.9%)

70% of people in Kanungu District are educated to primary level but not beyond.

Only 13% of the population in Kanungu District is educated at secondary level or beyond.

73% of the working population derive their main source of income from subsistence crop farming.


Number of people in household

Number of dependents per family

Number of living siblings per person

Number of non-living siblings per person


Read more about the Research


Volunteer Uganda Initial Needs Assessment Report

Counting and Multi-dimensional Poverty Report

Uganda Participatory Poverty Assessment 

 Kanungu District Socio-Economic Report

Multi-dimensional Poverty Index Country Briefing


Trip Itinerary

Phase 1

Design and implementation

Prepare yourself

Participants receive extensive training to equip them with the relevant skills required to conduct the research specific to the Bwindi region and are introduced to the range of on-going Volunteer Uganda projects. This will involve visiting schools, meeting NGO staff and talking to community leaders. Participants will also take a lead in strategizing research implementation for the weeks ahead.

White Water Rafting

Volunteers will have the chance to experience Uganda's vibrant capital city, Kampala. Whilst in the capital, the team visit Makerere University where they will have some lectures. The group will then take a trip north to Jinja for a full day of white water rafting and a bungee jumping.

Phase 2

Primary Data Collection

Out in the field

In the second phase of the programme, volunteers will focus on actually conducting their research. This year Research Uganda is using a survey designed to measure the multidimensional aspects of poverty, to assess our impact and identify needs within the community. Our deep roots in the community will allow the Research Uganda team to conduct extensive research with all members of the community.

Visit lake Bunyonyi

Volunteers will have the chance to go shopping at the local market in Kanungu. At the weekend, let off some steam by spending the weekend at the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi. Swim and canoe in the lake, enjoy the sun and relax in one of Uganda's most popular tourist destinations. Participants can also choose to go Mountain Gorilla tracking too.

Phase 3

Analysis and Reporting


Identify key findings

The programme concludes with the team analysing data, identifying key findings and creating a report to be presented to the trustees of the Volunteer Uganda Trust. These recommendations, which will be published, will inform Volunteer Uganda's diversification and inform approaches to maximise impact.

A Safari weekend

The trip ends on a bang with the group heading off for a 3-day big game safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Uganda's BIG-5 includes elephants, hippos, buffalo, leopards and tree-climbing lions. Whilst on safari, participants can choose to go chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura Gorge. The project concludes back in Kampala where the group will hed out for a farewell meal.


More Information

What's Included?

Volunteer Uganda combines high-impact volunteering with invaluable and unforgettable experiences that can't be found elsewhere. To strike the balance between impact time and wider adventure there are opportunities to go on Safari, White Water Rafting, Chimpanzee and Gorilla Tracking as well as a guaranteed fantastic social life! The cost of the trip includes:


What's Included?

See where your money goes

All transport in Uganda

All accommodation & meals

Experienced in-country staff

Lectures, training and mentoring

Use of Google Nexus for geo-located data collection

Internet, sim-card & polo shirt


Who can Apply?

The Research Uganda programme is only offered to applicants interested in certain fields. We welcome applications from those wanting to enter the charity and development sectors, as well as those looking to work in policy development, politics, education or research. Applicants will be considered from backgrounds in a range of degree programmes, both students & graduates.

Who can Apply?

Applicants must:

Be graduate or undergraduate

Have an interest in the charity and development sector

Have an interest in public policy, politics and education.

Be 18+ years old (on departure)

Be medically fit to travel

Speak good English



What will you gain?

The Internship grants participants an opportunity to expand their research skills and experience to gain a unique insight into the charity and development sectors. Volunteers will also experience Africa at its most inspiring and provoking. It's a chance for volunteers to apply their leadership, teamwork and problem solving skills whilst having a long-lasting, tangible impact in one of the poorest parts of the world.

What you will gain

By completing the project:

Expand research skills

Insight into development and charity sectors

Experience real Africa and go on six amazing excursions.

Have a tangible impact

Share the whole experience with an amazing group of people.

Develop and enhance your existing skill set. 



Adventure and Wildlife



The package includes

White Water Rafting

Nile High Bungee Jump

Lake Bunyonyi Weekend

Big Game Safari Weekend

Chimpanzee tracking

Cost: £695



The package includes

Big Game Safari Weekend

White Water Rafting

Lake Bunyonyi Weekend

Cost: £495



Big Game Safari - £330

Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda's number one Safari location. You'll get to see elephants, lions, hippos, buffalo and much more.

White Water Rafting - £120

On arriving in Uganda, you will have the opportunity to experience the thrills of white water rafting down rapids from grade 1-5 on the Mighty White Nile.

Lake Bunyonyi - £100

Lake Bunyonyi is one of the most popular excursions among volunteers. Enjoy a whole weekend relaxing, canoeing and partying at one of Uganda's hidden gems.

Chimp Tracking - £120

Uganda is famous for its chimpanzees. It's one of the only places in the world where our closest relatives can be observed in the wild.

Bungee Jump - £110

As well as white water rafting, volunteers will also be given the opportunity to brave Uganda's only bungee jump, directly over the River Nile!

Gorilla Tracking - £500

With over half of the 700 gorillas left in the wild living on our doorstep in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest this really is a once in a lifetime opportunity.


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Research Uganda Internship

August 2014 for 4 weeks

Start: 30/08/14

End: 28/09/14

Now: £1,050

Was: £1,150