GCN Uganda works with a volunteers and interns in different areas in accordance to its mission and objectives. Our volunteers and interns are unpaid and as such GCN will not take anyone who expects to receive a stipend during their time with us. Volunteers and interns at GCN take part in our on-going activities and provide hands-on experience. Additional tasks may include conducting research, drafting reports, attending meetings and engaging in related administration.

Applications for volunteers and internships are accepted all year-round. To send an application, please email your CV, cover letter and 2 recommendation(s) to info@gcnuganda.org.


Nur Kara, Child Rights/Social Media (July – September 2013)

Nur Kara is a rising fourth year student at the University of Chicago. She is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in political science and human rights, with a focus on strengthening women’s/girls’ rights through the betterment of their education and access to education. She is an intern at GCN researching child rights, and is also working on social media techniques and counseling activities. She hopes to pursue a career in public policy-based research.


Hannah Kift, Volunteer Counselor/Expressive Therapist (June – August 2013)

Hannah holds qualifications in Health Science, Counselling, Expressive Therapies, and Diversional/Recreation Therapy. She has much experience in the facilitation of recreation, art and play therapy for children and adults of various ages and disabilities. Hannah is currently volunteering with GCN as a counsellor and is enjoying working with the girls to express and value themselves through facilitation of art therapy activities.

Esther Nambafu, Opportunity Program Officer (2012-2013)

Esther Nambafu amazingly sees businesses opportunities in literally every challenge. She has a soft spot for the girl child and is committed to empowering thousands of vulnerable girls in Africa. Esther is the Opportunity Program Officer at Girl Child Network (GCN) – Uganda. In this role, she ensures that girls receive finance and business trainings, working with the Loan Officer to monitor and improve girls’ small businesses.

A young entrepreneur of personable character, Esther has had the opportunity to radiate entrepreneurial motivation, energy, enthusiasm, and desire for growth to the network of girls at GCN. She owns a successful enterprise that produces high quality peanut and honey products for the upper market in Kampala along with a micro-credit company that she co-founded early this year and has encountered and overcome various day-to-day challenges that every budding entrepreneur would innocently encounter. She offers mentorship and business guidance to all our Empowerment Clubs at GCN.


Sybella Agaba, Empowerment Club Intern (June – August 2013)

Sybella is an intern who joined Girl Child Network in June, 2013. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Social Administration at Uganda Christian University Mukono. Her joy is in seeing young girls become empowered and use their minds to become developed. She believes that every girl or young woman has the ability to become a great person in her area of influence or community.


Lieke Caldenhoven, Counseling Intern (February – July 2013)

Lieke is a Dutch applied psychology student, with extra courses in global development and youth. After her studies, Lieke wants to work with youth in Africa to help them build their future by giving counseling and trainings. Lieke spent significant time in Africa working with small NGOs. So, when it came time to decide where she wanted to do her internship, she could only think about working in Uganda to help the youth who are most in need so they can work toward a better future.

“I became very enthusiastic when I heard about Girl Child Network Uganda and how they work and what a change they make in the girls’ lives, and saw possibilities for my internship.” Now, as a counselor, Lieke helps the girls of Girl Child Network to build their self-esteem, helping them sort out the problems they have and let them believe in themselves.


Ellen Kuutmann, Psychology Research Intern (February – April 2013)

Ellen Kuutmann wrote her master thesis in cooperation with GCN. She is a psychology student from Sweden who joined GCN for two months to learn more about self-esteem in teenage girls, which is also the topic for her thesis. Through interviews and self-reports, she is gaining insight into how the girls value themselves and which areas of psychological functioning are connected to self-esteem. The findings of her study will enable for GCN to give even better support to the girls in the future. Ellen completed the psychologist program at Stockholm University in June 2013.


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