Design Sprint Practicum 3 Weeks to Catalyze a Venture's Growth.

Design Sprint Practicum 3 Weeks to Catalyze a Venture's Growth.

The 3 week trip to Uganda is our most popular exchange offering.

 

Volunteers work intensively with a ventures who have signed up to intensively develop their strategy during the 3 weeks ‘Sprints’.

8 half-day workshops from United Social Ventures will introduce tools to be collaborated upon outside of sessions. This will include trips to get feedback directly from users.

The three weeks is shapes so that the collaboration will continue remotely beyond the trip. Volunteers have become permanent team members, board members, and even returned to live in Uganda after the trip!

The 3 week trip to Uganda is our most popular exchange offering.

 

Volunteers work intensively with a ventures who have signed up to intensively develop their strategy during the 3 weeks ‘Sprints’.

8 half-day workshops from United Social Ventures will introduce tools to be collaborated upon outside of sessions. This will include trips to get feedback directly from users.

The three weeks is shapes so that the collaboration will continue remotely beyond the trip. Volunteers have become permanent team members, board members, and even returned to live in Uganda after the trip!

The Schedule

The Schedule

  • June 2020

    Pre-Trip Webinars

    Pre-Trip Webinars

    Participate in 3 preparatory webinars around the experience in Uganda, the philosophy of social ventures, and the practice of supporting social entrepreneurs.

  • 16th July 2020

    Arrival

    Arrival

    Be welcomed at arrivals in Entebbe airport and transported to your accommodation at Makerere University.

  • 17th July 2020

    Introductions

    Introductions

    Be connected to the venture you’ll work with and set the goals for the Design Sprint over the next 3 weeks.

  • 18th July 2020

    Walking Tour of Kampala

    Walking Tour of Kampala

    Visit Gadaffi Mosque for amazing 360-degree views of the city, then on to the downtown market, independence monument, parliament, and the national theatre’s arts & crafts market.

  • 20th July 2020

    Working Week

    Working Week

    Workshops some mornings. Coaching sessions others. And lots of time to be working with your team both from our co-working space and from meeting users.

    In evenings, explore Kampala: from acoustic music nights to pub quizzes. Or have a relaxing evening in, you can invite teammates over and together cook some Ugandan dishes.

  • 25th July 2020

    Optional: Trip To Jinja

    Optional: Trip To Jinja

    Jinja, two hours from Kampala, is where the River Nile starts the journey to Egypt. There are a range of activities possible: A boat cruise to see wildlife, white water rafting and bungee jumping!

  • 29th July 2020

    Fieldtrip

    Fieldtrip

    Kampala is a different world to rural Uganda. Learn more about this while helping with research for a social venture.

  • 31st July 2020

    Optional: Safari

    Optional: Safari

    Select a tour company to take you to Murchison Falls or Queen Elizabeth National Parks. At either one, you’ll get to have a boat cruise and there are lions and elephants. Murchison even has giraffes…

  • 5th August 2020

    Presentations

    Presentations

    Present the progress you’ve made with your projects to a conference engaging more students in social action. 

  • 6th August 2020

    Departure

    Departure

    The journey has just begun… continue to volunteer on your projects from home!

    We hope that all participants will commit to remotely volunteering for at least 6 months after their trip – and potentially much longer into the future.

Dates for 2020

21st May – 11th June
16th July – 6th August
27th August – 17th September

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Why an Exchange with United?

Experiential Learning

Because social entrepreneurship and global citizenship is best learned through practice

Effective Impact

Tasks are tailored to your skillset & of genuine significance to high-potential social ventures

Enduring Connections

Work continues remotely from your home. 10% of past participants have returned to Uganda.

Explore Uganda

On weekends go on safari, tour Kampala, raft the Nile… even bungee jump!

Equitable Friendships

Peer-to-peer collaborations create a more authentic and enjoyable intercultural experience.

Why an Exchange with United?

Experiential Learning

Because social entrepreneurship and global citizenship is best learned through practice

Effective Impact

Tasks are tailored to your skillset & of genuine significance to high-potential social ventures

Enduring Connections

Work continues remotely from your home. 10% of past participants have returned to Uganda.

Explore Uganda

On weekends go on safari, tour Kampala, raft the Nile… even bungee jump!

Equitable Friendships

Peer-to-peer collaborations create a more authentic and enjoyable intercultural experience.

Costs United Social Ventures is a charity, not a commercial company making profits from international volunteers. Participants fundraise for trips to cover the costs to United of running them.

United’s Fee: £575 / $730

 

This includes:

        • Accommodation
        • Airport Pick-up/Drop-off
        • 24/7 United Support
        • Training Workshops & Webinars
        • Connections to Social Ventures
        • Sim Card with Minutes & Internet
        • Safeboda Credit for Kampala Trips
        • Field Trip to Rural Uganda

NOT Included in this Fee:

 

        • Flights
        • Living Costs (e.g. Food & Drink)
        • Visa Fees
        • Inoculations
        • Travel Insurance
        • Other Activities in Uganda (e.g. Safari, Trip to Jinja,…)

Costs United Social Ventures is a charity, not a commercial company making profits from international volunteers. Participants fundraise for trips to cover the costs to United of running them.

United’s Fee: £575 / $730

 

  This includes:

        • Accommodation
        • Airport Pick-up/Drop-off
        • 24/7 United Support
        • Training Workshops & Webinars
        • Connections to Social Ventures
        • Sim Card with Minutes & Internet
        • Safeboda Credit for Kampala Trips
        • Field Trip to Rural Uganda

NOT Included in this Fee:

 

        • Flights
        • Living Costs (e.g. Food & Drink)
        • Visa Fees
        • Inoculations
        • Travel Insurance
        • Other Activities in Uganda (e.g. Safari, Trip to Jinja,…)

Testimonials

  • “The experience was invaluable for my future career in global health research and reaffirmed my desire to work in East Africa.”

    Tonia
    PhD Candidate, Physiology, Oxford University
    2017 Participant
  • “The people I encountered were just incredible. I was not expecting to be in such a brilliant volunteer team, to be given such a platform to express my views or to encounter such a vibrant social experience.”

    Peter
    History, York University
    2018 Participant
  • “It was a really brilliant trip, especially meeting the different people and visiting different parts of Uganda”

    Susannah
    Theology, Oxford University
    2016 Participant
  • “I felt like my skills were actually useful so I was beneficial to the ventures”

    Josie
    Law, Birmingham University
    2018 Participant
  • “Meeting Makerere students and working with them was definitely the best part of my experience. I think that’s unique to United and was completely different from anything I’d been involved with before.”

    Yoojung
    English Literature, Oxford University
    2017 Participant
  • “I made some really wonderful friends who I am sure I will stay in contact with for years to come.”

    Esther
    Theology, Oxford University
    2016 Participant

Testimonials

  • “The experience was invaluable for my future career in global health research and reaffirmed my desire to work in East Africa.”

    Tonia
    PhD Candidate, Physiology, Oxford University
    2017 Participant
  • “The people I encountered were just incredible. I was not expecting to be in such a brilliant volunteer team, to be given such a platform to express my views or to encounter such a vibrant social experience.”

    Peter
    History, York University
    2018 Participant
  • “It was a really brilliant trip, especially meeting the different people and visiting different parts of Uganda”

    Susannah
    Theology, Oxford University
    2016 Participant
  • “I felt like my skills were actually useful so I was beneficial to the ventures”

    Josie
    Law, Birmingham University
    2018 Participant
  • “Meeting Makerere students and working with them was definitely the best part of my experience. I think that’s unique to United and was completely different from anything I’d been involved with before.”

    Yoojung
    English Literature, Oxford University
    2017 Participant
  • “I made some really wonderful friends who I am sure I will stay in contact with for years to come.”

    Esther
    Theology, Oxford University
    2016 Participant

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