I have learned so much from my participation in the FSD Jinja Uganda Virtual Internship program. I will always remember this experience as my first time abroad, even if it was over zoom! Being virtual had its difficulties, but I was still able to learn about Uganda’s culture, see some beautiful sights such as the Nile River at sunset, and meet some of the greatest people. I was welcomed with open arms by my community and I am grateful for every interaction I had with the members. I loved chatting with my buddies Roxy, Raven, and Rodgers. I will miss seeing everyone on zoom, but I am confident we will continue chatting and keeping in touch after our experience with FSD comes to an end. This internship has opened my eyes to women’s health in another country and I was able to see how differently stigmas and challenges are handled in another country. Professionally, this experience introduced me to working with a nongovernmental organization in the realm of public health for the first time. I know I will carry everything I have learned as I continue developing myself professionally after I complete my undergraduate education. I learned important skills of teamwork, adaptability, and time management which were all of heightened importance when on zoom. This experience has increased my own awareness for women’s health in my own country. I hope to be able to apply what I have learned and teach awareness at SUNY Geneseo, carrying this knowledge with me for my future career endeavors. I am grateful for every minute of my experience with FSD Jinja Uganda.
Name: Elizabeth Conforti - SUNY Genesseo