I have learned so much from the FSD Jinja Virtual Internship Program! Most notably, I have gained knowledge on the cultural differences between the US and Uganda, both relating to menstrual health and society as a whole. I found the cultural workshops to be the primary source of this education. Whether I was learning Lugandan, exploring traditional Ugandan foods, or chatting to our buddy, Ken, there was so much to learn and appreciate about the new country I was exploring (albeit virtually). Another key highlight for me was the interactions I experienced with the community of women and girls in Jinja. Despite the fact that this was conducted on Zoom, I felt able to form connections with the women. We laughed, made jokes, and received genuine insight into each other’s lives. I am certain that this internship has equipped me with a multitude of skills, both socially and professionally, to employ in my future education and career.
Name: Maddie Johns - Notre Dame University