Africa Community Technical Service (ACTS)

Name of Organization: Africa Community Technical Service (ACTS).

Address of Organization: Box 1515, Comox BC V9M 8A2.

Website: Website.

Contact Person: David Moore, Executive Director.

Phone: 250-339-1212.

Email: Email.

Work of organization: Assists African churches and other grassroots organizations with community development goals benefiting rural African populations. Activities include rural water supply, agricultural cooperatives, skills development, school sponsorships, health and environmental education, HIV/AIDS education and assistance to impacted families, eco-tourism to fund development, Christian discipleship training.

Kinds of internships: Discipleship Training, support to Ugandan community health and environmental educators, construction on rural water supply projects, swim instruction and water safety to prevent drowning deaths, especially among school children commuting to school by dug-out canoe.

ACTS fields several interns each year. It has been a mutually-rewarding experience. We take care of "our" interns, and the highlight of their experience is in working alongside ACTS Ugandan team counterparts and living and working in a rural setting on a very worthwhile community development project.

Desirable skills: Mature, fun-loving, healthy, positive attitude, able to adapt to rustic living- and working-conditions as part of a cross-cultural team, active prayer life a great benefit, willing to learn and apply diverse knowledge and background to new challenges on ACTS project sites (e.g. assist in baseline data collection activities, help Ugandan educators to plan activities and evaluate them effectively).

Number of internships: 1 to 4 postings possible.

Location of internships: Southwestern Uganda.

Duration of internships: 3 or more months.

Costs: See budget here. Total 3-month budget would be just under $6,000 which includes a living allowance, medical insurance, airfares, transit expenses, language study and orientation, vaccinations, and visa.

Accommodation: Accommodation and transport is provided by ACTS. In workcamp: safari (army-type) canvass tent, bed with mattress, two to a tent, largely vegetarian local diet prepared by camp cooks; in town (Mbarara) in a comfortable house with kitchen, electricity, water, plumbing, etc. Email from workcamp is sometimes possible.

Insurance: See below under Medical coverage.

Medical coverage: Participants acquire their own travel medical insurance (basic extended hospitalization and emergency medical evacuation required). Usually the CAA can provide this at a couple of dollars a day or less.

Training: We would arrange an in-country orientation week with language tutorials.

Evaluation: Yes.

Volunteering: Since ACTS is headquartered in Comox, BC on Vancouver Island, opportunities for volunteering in Canada are limited. However since an ACTS internship is self-funded, we would assist the interns in their fundraising efforts.

Faith statement: Interns are not required to subscribe to ACTS' statement of faith, but to respect ACTS organizational norms and partner churches' expectations.

Application form: N/A.

Deadline: N/A.

Application to: David Moore.

Contract: See sample contract here.