Welcome to FOCUSED Organization

Foundation for Community Utilization of Sustainable Empowerment and Development (FOCUSED) is a community based development organization. Its mission is to provide support to local communities in Uganda to sustain-ably engender their own development for self-sustenance. 

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FOCUSED volunteer/ Internship Program Fees

 

The volunteer program fees are directed towards supporting a project that you will be working on together with the local community and also used to aid FOCUSED to provide you with high quality volunteer logistic and social support while carrying out this international stint; to ensure you have a great experience while working with us. Among the support services include: Pre-departure preparations; Orientation; Host family homestay; Development training workshops; Project Design, and Management (Community assessment, Work plan and Budget development and project implementation plus project monitoring and evaluation); transport to and from FOCUSED plus Airport pick-ups and drop-offs upon, meals with host family and midterm retreats and daily social support from the experienced FOCUSED staff. 

 

NOTE: You are personally responsible for day to day local transportation costs, meals and beverages beyond those provided by your host family or by FOCUSED during designated period, extra drinking water, toiletries, communication expenses (telephone and internet), extra spending money, up-front medical costs (including any deductible and expenses that your medical insurance does not cover) For International applicants You are also responsible for your flights, the visa and airport tax costs

Volunteer placements depend on your preferred time schedule and the extent of experience you wish to attain. As a young organization, we are flexible.  We work to tailor your volunteer experience to your volunteer objectives.   The fees vary and depending on the period you wish to spend volunteering with us. Below is volunteer fees structure for different time periods.

 

Number of Weeks

Program Fee

2

$ 600

4

$ 900

6

$ 1200

8

$ 1500

10

$ 1800

12

$ 2100

14

$ 2400

16

$ 2700

18

$ 3000

20

$ 3300

22

$ 3600

24

$ 3900

 

 

 

Payment Procedure: All payment can be made by depositing funds on Barclays FOCUSED organization account using Barclays bank international transfers and payment service.  We provide you with the FOCUSED Bank Details and wiring transfer information once you make an application to FOCUSED.  For any further questions and concerns please send us an email at focusedug@gmail.com

 

Once we’ve reviewed and confirmed your application, we will schedule an online skype/hangouts meeting with you. The purpose of the meeting is to help us know more about you so as to start preparing for your placement in the community; share expectations of the program; have you share all your concerns to allow us to address them prior to your arrival.

 

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Volunteering with FOCUSED is by applying (link to application form). Acceptance to the FOCUSED Volunteer Program allows you to work on any of FOCUSED development programs. The development programs include: Information Sharing and Networking:(ICT, education, lobbying and advocacy forums for development agendas, etc…) FOCUSED Research(social research for development), Capacity Building(working with communities to promote sustainable community empowerment; using asset based approaches to development.). The FOCUSED Volunteer Program supports volunteers to cause lasting positive change to the communities while gaining hands on experience in international development and training.

 

Click here to apply: FOCUSED VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM

 

 

 

The international volunteer package for private universities interested in global learning of practical sustainable development. The  package is also for independent volunteers/interns plus cooperate people who  are interested spending their vacations in developing countries supporting communities to improve their standards of living.

Host Family:

Volunteering with FOCUSED places you with a host family.  Living with a host home is an enriching experience.  It enables volunteers to learn more about the in-country local cultures and widens the scope of adventure in Uganda.

 

Orientation

FOCUSED undertakes orientation for all volunteers as soon as  they join the program. The orientation is intended to support  the smooth integration of volunteers into the local community; provide them with the theory and practice necessary for doing International Development work and give volunteers the required day today details for successful community development work experience.

 

International development and training 

Volunteering with FOCUSED introduces you to basic development work training before the actual development work undertakings.  This is done to support you gain a general understanding of development work; the concepts, the best practices and approaches.  You learn community analysis skills, community based Project/Program Design and Management; skills in working with communities plus the incorporation of theories of sustainable development into practice.  

The FOCUSED staffs continue to support you by following-up on your activities, guiding you in how to develop an authentic development work plan with the communities.  The greatest part of the internship involves working directly with the communities in the implementation of the work plan to realize the project goals and objectives. 

 

Additional development experience:

FOCUSED organize development training sessions. Participating volunteers select development topics they want to learn more about in the region. Topics have to be of development importance which may not necessarily come from participant’s undertakings.  For example, a participant may be working in a microfinance/enterprise sector AND wants to know more about the Traditional Health Systems of the region.  In this case, FOCUSED provides relevant development resource materials to give insight about the identified topic. Competent speakers are invited to talk and share more about the topic with volunteers while incorporating volunteers’ views and opinions. Sometimes, site visits are conducted to give a more enunciated understanding of the topic.  

 

Mid-term review:

At the mid-point of working with FOCUSED, volunteers participate in a group retreat that allows them to relax with their peers.  This activity involves moving away from volunteers’ daily community work, and travel outside of the community.   At the retreat, volunteers engage in a number of exciting activities and games to lighten up their minds. Towards the end of the retreat, a reflection exercise is conducted where participants get to reflect on the initial work experience they have so far gone through and also discuss about what they hope to achieve in the remaining weeks of their participation in FOCUSED Volunteer Program.

 

Finale:

At the end of the volunteer’s program, each volunteer makes a presentation of his/her work to all stakeholders.  The presentation includes what was done, learnt and future plans basing on the experience.  It’s a sharing moment between the community and the Volunteer.

 

Ugandan Local Volunteers:

The local volunteer package is basically for Uganda based university students who are expected to experience and learn dynamics of community development work and administration as part of their university academic pursuance.  FOCUSED also offers volunteer opportunities for Ugandan students on vacations and the general members of Ugandan community interested in spending time in supporting local communities while attaining skills in development work.

Volunteer Program Detail:

Social support:

Local volunteers are oriented on what to expect and their responsibilities as they work with FOCUSED staff, community partner groups and organizations plus the local communities.  The organization has a Volunteer Support and Supervision Team (VSST) responsible for ensuring an enriching volunteer/internship experience.  These are local staff with wide experience in volunteer/internship programs and development work.   The VSST works with the volunteers/Interns in the process of achieving their volunteer/internship objectives and help them with setting tasks, targets and measuring progress towards their objectives; while facilitating meaningful impact of volunteers’ work with the communities.  The VSST orients the volunteers in basic tips and tools needed for navigating the local community in order to immerse with the local systems before engaging in development work.  

Finale:

At the end of the internship, participants have to write reports on their engagement with FOCUSED and general final reports as required by their respective Universities, schools and institutions.  Each volunteer/Intern makes a presentation of his/her work to all stakeholders.  The presentation includes what was done, learnt and future plans basing on the experience.  It’s a sharing moment between the community and the Volunteer/Intern.

 

 

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