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 Program Options - Types of Volunteer and Internship Programs

Who can volunteer?
Any individual who agrees with the UN declaration that “We the people” have the power to change the world:

  • Gap “lifers” - any age
  • Families - age appropriate projects found for young children
  • Small groups
  • Corporate

Projects carefully matched to your skills, interests and local non profits projects needs.

The range of options include:

  • Community projects: e.g. Working with Youth clubs, women’s groups, building homes, orphans
  • Health sector: HIV related projects a range of skills needed
  • School based projects: primary & high schools – viz. as teacher aids, remedial classes for reading, extra maths, extra English, science lessons etc.
  • Extra mural clubs: arts & sports, leadership and life skills related activities
  • Animals: animal welfare organizations serving impoverished communities
  • Guide Dog: administration, office based work, fundraising, dog training etc
  • African penguins: cleaning and feeding oil covered penguin- due to sea pollution
  • Rural: farming community projects , agricultural skills, also urban agriculture as poverty alleviation and job creation
  • Media: community TV, journalism, marketing
  • Conservation projects: vegetation and endangered animals e.g. African penguins – due to oil spills
  • Landscaping: horticultural, architectural
  • Craft sector: skills, product development, marketing capacity building

Put your theoretical knowledge into practice. You can either help a small budding African entrepreneur to make his business work and profitable, thus creating more jobs and alleviating poverty. Or having studied you can get practical skills in your chosen profession. Most internships in Africa are un-paid (in this way you are not taking a job from a local), but the work is rewarding, challenging and empowering locals.

Some of the above options as well as:

  • Legal: community based law clinics, advocacy etc
  • Coaching / Mentors to: small, medium and micro enterprises: business skills, enterprise development


How long are Intern Abroad programs?
We can arrange internships of any duration and the length of your stay is entirely up to you. Most internships range from two months to six months with an average duration of three months. Please discuss your needs we will be willing to find an appropriate project for the outcomes you intend.

Can I get paid for my internship?
We arrange unpaid experiential learning opportunities for students and professionals looking to gain valuable work experience in Cape Town. Unfortunately, the laws in South Africa prohibit non-residents from receiving any income during their stay without a valid work permit.

Can I earn academic credit for the Intern Abroad program?
Absolutely. If your university or college offers an independent study or internship course, then you can often earn up to 4 credits for your international internship experience. Please let us know your requirements.


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It’s been a very amazing trip; I will miss the humour, stories, miss all of you and will remember you always.
Lian - Toronto, Canada

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