The USC Institute for Global Health provides the USC community the opportunity to work with partners and students in Uganda to design and implement public health education curricula.
Using soccer fields as literal common ground, USC students and alumni team up each year with students from Uganda’s Makerere University to plan educational sessions for youth living in rural regions.
Hundreds of children from local schools attend health lessons and soccer classes in day camps that take place over the course of week. The educational sessions cover health and development subjects ranging from hygiene to gender roles. In the soccer rotations, pupils train with professional coaches and scrimmage for a chance to move on to the final district tournament at the end of the week.
The camp is a collaboration between the USC Institute for Global Health and non-profit foundation Ray United FC, as well as Ugandan organizations including sports NGO Edgars Youth Programme, non-profit Youth At Work Initiative and more.
All USC students are invited to take part in this experience. As a volunteer you will work with Ugandan university students and organizations to plan public health education sessions and carry out research. Then, you’ll travel to villages to lead discussions, games and workshops with schoolchildren attending a weeklong soccer camp. After, you may choose to spend an optional week touring schools, government centers and health clinics. Master of Public Health students may be able to receive course credit and fulfill practicum requirements.
Interested in participating? Please fill out the interest form below and we’ll contact you with further details. Please also attend our upcoming information session Feb. 6, 2018.
News & Updates:
- 02/06/18 – Info Session: Uganda Public Health Immersion (1/8/2018)
- USC students lead public health camp in Uganda (9/12/2017)
- USC public health program turns Uganda’s fields into classrooms (8/22/2016)
- Students join public health with soccer at Uganda youth camp (8/20/2015)
Upcoming Trip: June 3-13, 2018
Information session: Feb. 6, 2018, 12:00 p.m. in SSB 111 (RSVP)
Early-bird registration deadline: March 15, 2018
(View even more photos on Flickr.)