Want to learn about the psycho-social aspects of healthcare alongside a Ugandan NGO?
Check out The Office of Regional and International Community Engagment’s co-curricular International Service Learning Placement with The Aids Support Organization (TASO) this fall.
TASO is a national Ugandan HIV/AIDS support initiative founded over 25 years ago, and one of the longest standing partnerships with UBC ORICE. Across its 11 centers, the organization responds to the clinical and psychological needs of those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. In addition, TASO runs community intervention programs aimed at reducing stigma and improving individual and familial well-being to decrease the spread of HIV/AIDS.
The student or students placed with TASO this fall will support a particular program that focuses on the economic empowerment and self-esteem of adolescent girls and women. Specifically, working with staff and groups of clients who are currently participating or have participated in the program to identify areas of improvement and further its success. The project will include contributing to the organization by researching and assessing the impacts of the program and considering assessment practices that can be sustainably incorporated by TASO.
Applicants for this placement should have interest in the health care system and the psycho-social aspects of health (i.e., not clinical) in particular. They should also be prepared to learn about HIV/AIDS and its history in Uganda in order to fully contribute to the betterment of their project, the organization and ultimately the clients’ and community’s health and well-being.
The placement is open to all UBC students; psychology and sociology students may be especially suited for this placement. The placement is co-curricular and is NOT for credit. One to two placement spots are available. Applications accepted until full OR until 11:59pm on Sunday, July 21, whichever comes first.