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Undergraduate Students | Volunteer Opportunity


Hope Speaks offers a state of the art internship program to students seeking to expand the scope of their studies and experiences. While you get a once in a lifetime experience, Hope Speaks is able to increase their services to hard to reach communities and individuals through the work of volunteers, students and interns.

Based on experience and level of education, daily tasks may include:

  • Observation of evaluations
  • Assisting in the creation and implementation of treatment plans
  • Community Outreach and Education
  • Familiarization with reporting tools such as Fusion Web Clinic
  • Assisting in day-to-day program needs

On the weekends, you get to enjoy the best of what Uganda has to offer - safaris, a trip to the source of the Nile River, cultural experiences and more.


Join the Mission

Our undergraduate program includes hands-on experience working in both our outreach programs and our private clinic setting. Students will have the opportunity to partner with a Ugandan SLP to gain a unique perspective and approach to speech therapy in a global setting.

Student with kids before class

About the Program

  • FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS YOU MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN SLP OR SUPERVISING PROFESSOR IN ORDER TO SERVE WITH US. They must travel with you to Uganda. No unaccompanied undergraduate students will be able to serve with us by themselves. (new policy from clinical committee)
  • Applicants must be at least a junior in college
  • Must be able to commit to a minimum of three weeks in Uganda
  • Pass background checks and clearances
  • Complete a pre-trip course that includes cultural preparedness and child protection training
  • Be able to fully fund your internship whether privately or through fundraising
  • Sign and adhere to Hope Speaks’ Code of Conduct for the duration of your internship
  • Airfare
  • Western style lodging with 24/7 security
  • 2 Meals a day
  • Transportation to and from intern related activities
  • Travel insurance
  • Wifi (at lodging and clinic)
  • Laundry
  • A donation to Hope Speaks programming
  • Processing and application fees

Not Included (But available at an additional cost)

  • 2-3 day Safari
  • Tourist and Cultural Activities

For the following trips, the first date is the date you will arrive in Uganda.The last date is the date you would fly out of Uganda.  For planning purposes, you will be leaving the day before the first date, and returning the day after the last date.

Hope Speaks has several pre-set dates for internship trips in the coming year. They are:

  • May 17- June 7, 2024
    If approval is given, a $100 non-refundable deposit must be made and a background check passed.  Once that is done, you will need $2000 in your fundraising account page before we can book your flights.  The balance of $3000 will be due 6 weeks before you leave. (Deadline for this trip is Feb 17, 2024)
  • June 14- July 5, 2024 (Full))
    If approval is given, a $100 non-refundable deposit must be made and a background check passed.  Once that is done, you will need $2000 in your fundraising account page before we can book your flights.  The balance of $3000 will be due May 31.. (Deadline for this trip is March 14, 2024)
  • July 12- August 2, 2024 
    If approval is given, a $100 non-refundable deposit must be made and a background check passed. We then will need $2200 (or more) raised/paid, so we can book your flights. The later we book the flights, the higher the flight costs. (You pay difference above $2200).  The balance of $3100 will be due by the end of June. (Deadline for this trip is March 31, 2024)
  • Additional dates will be added as demand needed

Inquire About Volunteering

Send us any questions you have.

Become a Volunteer

Fill out an application to get started.

Check out what some of our interns have been up to on past trips

“Hope Speaks is truly the embodiment of their name--they are bringers of hope. This organization is life-giving and full of contagious joy. Ben, Kari, and their team love others in a way that is so deep it can only be carried out by people who are full of hope. Getting to experience even a fraction of this love has changed my life. Everything good in this world is in Hope Speaks.”

Kayleigh with ACU

“Working with Hope Speaks was my most challenging and rewarding externship placement in grad school. I was able to truly put my clinical skills to the test, working in settings with less resources, materials, and information on each client than I was used to having. I grew in my ability to think on my feet, develop session plans in the moment, and collaborate with other SLPs to provide bilingual sessions. These skills are ones I use daily as a CF, and am grateful I got to improve while working in Uganda.”

Rachel Kathryn-Graduate Student

“Hope Speaks showed me an entirely new side of Speech Therapy. A side that the people of Uganda truly cherish. Hope Speaks mission is to bring hope and raise the voices for children with disabilities and they are doing just that every single day. I am so grateful I was able to love and be loved by the people of Uganda during the 2 months I lived there. My simple “yes” has changed my entire perspective on this profession and has equipped me to better serve my clients today! I encourage you to also say yes and see how the Lord works through you during your time there!”

Austin-ACU Graduate Student

Where We Work

Uganda has been referred to as the Pearl of Africa and for good reason. It's home to over 40 million people. Apart from having such a large population, Uganda is a very poor nation. This has resulted in a lack of education, unclean water, and inconsistent income for its residents.

With all of these factors in play, it's easy to see why about 19 percent of the population is living with a disability. Our speech team helps to assist these children with speech therapy and rehabilitation services. By means of a diligent work effort, we're able to provide speech therapy in multiple locations throughout the country.

These include:

  • Kampala School For The Physically Handicapped
  • International Schools
  • Dawn Childrens Centre
  • Mukisa Foundation
  • Mercy Childcare Ministry
  • Angels Center For Children With Special Needs
  • Katanga Slum

Why Volunteer For Hope Speaks?

Hope Speaks is a nonprofit organization. We're looking for undergraduate students that are looking to make a real difference in a country that will much appreciate it. By simply donating some of your time and experience, you can make a real difference in the life of children with disabilities in the Uganda region. You'll give them a true voice that they can use to change their culture's history going into the future.

Become A Volunteer

Serve with Hope Speaks by becoming a volunteer. Download our application to get started.


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How to Contribute to Hope Speaks?

If you would like to help disabled youth in Uganda, it's time to act. As an undergraduate student, you can apply for our intern work program. This time commitment is three weeks, at the minimum. Even if you are unable to donate your time, Hope Speaks also accepts donations. By donating, it will help us expand our outreach.


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