JMCM is a fresh, new style NGO located in Kampala and United States of America in the small State of Washington (#EIN 320387466). Uganda (known as the pearl of Africa) works with a multitude of primary schools and non profit organizations in a variety of exciting and contemporary fields such as sustainable agriculture, non-traditional education, empowerment technology, exotic animal care, and cultural immersion , and is currently developing a medical volunteer program and relief services.
JMCM is unique in that we believe that, unlike many local and foreign NGO’s that tend to impose their own agendas and waste precious resources in the process, the best way to do development work is by contributing to and working with pre-existing organizations started and run by the Natives themselves. Our development and funding model allows us to stay strings-free and helps us earn genuine credibility among communities we serve. We believe that this type of model should be the way international development organizations are run and hope to be the first successful one of its kind.
While we have an influx of international volunteers to assist us in our projects on a short and long -term basis, we are looking for program-specific intern leaders to join us and live in proximity to JMCM centre with staff and volunteers to further evolve and develop our projects and/or potentially create new ones in their chosen field.
Ideally, all candidates will have experience and/or a degree in their desired fields, however, we are very open to speaking with all applicants who have a tenacious attitude, strong work ethic, sense of adventure, are independent, can think outside the box, and who are interested in contributing to, what we believe, is the way development work should be done.
One of the principal advantages of internship with JMCM is that, while you will work intimately with our founders in a variety of ways, you will primarily be managing yourself, your projects, and potentially other volunteers. We afford you the freedom to be creative, be intimately involved, and take a leadership role in our organization as long as it remains within the parameters of our umbrella mission and ideology. While we want you to focus primarily on your chosen field, all project-specific leaders will get the opportunity to be a part of JMCM other various endeavors and gain a diverse and expansive field of experience.
While serving at JMCM, you will receive basic guidelines. Furthermore, you will be living with and be constantly surrounded by interesting people and one can’t help but create a substantial network of fascinating friends and co-workers.
Project Leader Interns:
General Requirements are:
Minimum stay of 2 months
Conversational English or greater
Able to work with people who speak little to no English
Comfortable travelling and living in a developing country
Able to design and create an ongoing volunteer project (or significantly contribute to a pre-existing project or area)
Able to work independently with minimal guidance
Able to travel to and from work site independently
JMCM has recently partnered with several small medical clinics, hospitals who are interested in developing an ongoing international medical volunteer program with us. We are in need of individuals in the medical field/community/profession to help us establish this program. Since Uganda is a developing country, potential interns must understand that they will not be working in pristine and technologically up-to-date hospitals, however, there are an abundance of unique opportunities (opportunities very often difficult to receive in more developed countries) to learn from well-educated doctors in a hands-on setting while helping lots of people. In addition, volunteers will be having the chance to develop their own medically related side-projects.
Medical Project Interns must be a:
Qualified Medic, student or accepted onto a Medicine program, or work in the medical/health field
Comfortable working with doctors and medical personnel with patients on actual medical procedures
Comfortable working in developing country hospitals and clinics where conditions will be lower than most are used to
Be sensitive to cultural differences as they pertains to health
JMCM believes that sustainable agriculture projects are often an efficient and important method of alternative funding and education for Ugandan organizations. It allows the Ugandans to experience a sense of teamwork, empowerment, accomplishment, and the satisfaction of reaping the rewards of their labor. We are interested in finding agriculturally/environmentally-inclined interns to maintain and evolve our existing agriculture projects and to start their own.
Agriculture Project Interns must:
Possess a qualification in agriculture or have specific experience in agriculture/environmentalism
Able to work with both project personnel and farmers on their farms
Happy working outside in hot and sometimes difficult environments
Special Education Project:
JMCM works with special-needs school- orphans, street and vulnerable- the only special-needs school that works with young children that have a variety of disabilities. There are many areas at this school that require improvement and we would like intern leaders with an education/special-education background to come and work with the students and faculty to help find solutions to improve the all-around quality of education for these children. There is also potential to expand the special-education project to areas outside this particular facility.
Special Needs Children Interns must:
Have a qualification or experience working with special needs children
Happy working directly with children who posses all types of special needs
May be asked to take over class when the teacher is absent for periods
Understand that the educational environment and procedures of a developing country do not always conform to the standards of a developing one.
One of our principal technology partners is the internationally-recognized “One Laptop per Child” or OLPC that designs, maintains, and distributes free educational laptops to children and schools in developing countries. We want technologically-inclined interns to come and work intimately with OLPC and their operations, as well as find new and effective ways to utilize technology to improve the lives and education of Ugandan children.
Ideally have a qualification or professional experience in IT i.e. programming or system administration OR a general knowledge and love of technology
Comfortable working with Windows and/or Linux
Able to teach skills to beginner and advanced students
Able to implement hardware and software systems with available (often antiquated) resources
NGO Development Intern:
JMCM is desirous of having an intern that is qualified and interested in working intimately with the founders to further develop JMCM as an organization. NGO Development Interns will be afforded the opportunity to meet with new and existing directors/staff of a variety of Ugandan organizations and nonprofits and learn how to establish and maintain relationships as an international NGO. The intern will also help with JMCM’s marketing, promotion, web-site development, and assist in the management of its day-to-day operations. You will participate in weekly (sometimes daily) meetings with the founders, will learn about what it takes to manage and run an NGO with a fresh ideology, and also have the freedom to create new endeavors/projects that will benefit JMCM as a whole.
NGO Development Interns must:
Have qualification or experience in marketing, English, management, business, communications or a relative field
Excellent writing and communication skills (being able to write in English is a big plus but not a necessity)
Have an understanding of a diverse array of media and how to utilize it
Be open to constantly working on a multitude of projects and deadlines
Enjoy working in a variety of fields
Excellent self-management skills and strong work ethic
Have the ability or desire to establish and maintain a wide variety of contacts on JMCM’s behalf