Volunteer Midwife Program

Volunteer Midwives spend anywhere from two weeks to up to two months living and working in Kasana, Uganda. Volunteer Midwives provide direct clinical care alongside Shanti Uganda’s Ugandan midwives and clinical staff and model respectful, compassionate, evidence based midwifery care with clients.

All Volunteers report to the Country Director and Head Midwife and work collaboratively, respectfully and gently at the Shanti Uganda Birth House. We are a low volume, freestanding birth center, with 20-30 births per month, much of your work will be to provide antenatal and postnatal care to our clients.

Our Birth House is fully staffed by our team of six Ugandan midwives, Traditional Birth Attendant and onsite lab technician. All medical volunteers should expect to support the work of our existing staff.

View our Volunteer Midwife Job Description for more details.

We accept the following midwifery designations

  • Registered Midwives (RM)
  • Certified Midwives (CM)
  • Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM)
  • Certified Professional Midwives (CPM)
  • Licensed Midwives (LM)

Basic Qualifications & Skills

  • Degree from accredited institution of midwifery or nursing and an active medical license
    • Minimum of 1 year experience as a Primary Midwife and/or attended at least 25 births in that capacity
    • Must be legally recognized, from the jurisdiction where you practice in your home country and will only be allowed to practice within your same scope at Shanti Uganda
  • Desire to support and work collaboratively with our existing clinical staff
  • Ability to be flexible, patient, respectful and non-judgemental with a strong cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Strong self-awareness of bias and assumptions and willingness to challenge them
  • Ability to live in a rural and rustic setting with shared housing and meals – this means bunk beds, cold showers, latrines (squat toilets), slow internet and limited creature comforts  
  • Deep passion for women’s health and empowerment
  • Willingness to relocate to Kasana, Uganda for minimum of 2 weeks
  • Experience working in low resource areas or cross cultural experience an asset 

What We Provide

  • Pre-departure logistics support and preparation
  • Volunteer Manual
  • Fundraising information and resources
  • Shared accommodation at the Shanti Uganda Volunteer House
  • Lunch is provided to all medical staff at the Birth House
  • In-house cook who prepares dinner Monday – Friday
  • Wireless internet at the Volunteer House
  • Pick up and drop off to Entebbe International Airport
  • Support from our in-country staff throughout the volunteer placement
  • Weekly meetings with the Project Coordinator
  • A lasting and deep connection to a wonderful community of staff, interns, volunteers, board members and many others all over the world

What We Do Not Provide

  • Flight or travel costs
  • In country transportation costs (excluding airport transfers)
  • Food costs (Shanti provides lunch and dinner, but not breakfast)
  • Extra drinks (soft drinks, alcohol, etc)
  • Ugandan Tourist Visa ($50 USD)
  • Midwifery Registration Fee in Uganda ($100 USD)
  • Travel, medical insurance (MANDATORY)
  • Professional malpractice insurance (OPTIONAL)

Fees

Your fees go towards ensuring your volunteer placement goes as smoothly as possible and covers costs associated with hosting you in country. All remaining fees go directly to our work supporting respectful midwifery care in Uganda.

  • Volunteer midwives will pay $500CDN/week
  • Volunteer midwives staying 4 weeks or more will pay $1000CDN/month

How to Apply

  • Fill out our Application Form 
  • Send a resume and cover letter to our Operations Director at kate@shantiuganda.org
  • In your cover letter detail how your skills and expertise will add value to our programs