Are you passionate about speech pathology?
Are you a graduate student or recent graduate looking for a way to give back on a global scale? If you can commit a minimum of 3 weeks of your time, you can become a speech and language pathology intern with Hope Speaks, a unique nonprofit organization that brings hope to and advocates for children with disabilities through speech therapy and education in Uganda.
When it was discovered that no one in Uganda, even the wealthy, had consistent access to high quality speech and language therapy services, Hope Speaks developed their One for Two model. Under this plan, services were expanded to include paying clients. Funds collected support the organization and subsidize therapy for families who are not able to afford it.
Where We Work
Many Ugandans face a variety of challenges every day, such as poverty, lack of education and access to medical care, unclean water, limited employment opportunities, and high rates of serious illness. These factors have resulted in an increase in disabilities throughout the country. Hope Speaks works to provide superb speech therapy and rehabilitation services to children and families in the capital city of Kampala, in remote villages, and everywhere in between.
Why Volunteer For Hope Speaks?
When you volunteer for Hope Speaks, everyone wins. Children with disabilities receive the speech therapy and support they need. Parents learn how to advocate for their children, while also gaining valuable training that encourages speech and language development in their children.
As an intern, you will receive training prior to arriving in Uganda, and while there, you will participate in a variety of day-to-day program needs, such as community outreach, education, and patient evaluations and treatments. Observation and clinical hours are available, and you will gain valuable experience working alongside an ASHA certified clinician. Upon completion of the internship program, you will be an ambassador for our organization.
How You Can Help
If you are interested in hands-on training in the field of speech and language pathology, or a possible fellowship, we encourage you to reach out to learn more about our volunteer opportunities. Those who do not work in this field may also be eligible to volunteer in another capacity. Our volunteer coordinator will be happy to discuss all possible options with you.
You can also become a donor and make a lasting impact in the life of a child. A monthly donation of $70 provides continuous speech and language therapy to 10 children for an entire year. Of course, a donation of any amount or frequency is truly appreciated and will make a difference in the Ugandan communities we serve.