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As a healthcare intern with African Impact, you will serve on the frontlines of South Africa’s public health effort to combat the HIV/AIDS pandemic. This is an incredible opportunity for a candidate with an interest in public health or medicine offering a variety of specialization fields in which to participate.

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  • As a medical intern with African Impact, you will be working alongside healthcare professionals at one of Cape Town’s public health projects or community medical clinics
  • South Africa faces many serious healthcare issues, including high rates of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis
  • The overall experience will give you first-hand access to South Africa’s healthcare system
  • Candidates for this internship in Africa should have previous experience in healthcare or intend to study in a related field
  • An international medical internship will greatly enhance your professional resume
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 4 Weeks
Impacts Healthcare & Medical
Destination Destination
South Africa
Priced From Priced From
£ 1483| € 2150| US$ 2150| AU$ 3376|
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Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 1483| € 2150| US$ 2150| AU$ 3376|

Detailed Project Pricing
4 Weeks - 2016 USD 2150 GBP 1483 EUR 2150 AUD 3376
6 Weeks - 2016 USD 2150 GBP 1483 EUR 2150 AUD 3376
4 Weeks - 6 Weeks (2017) USD 2350

Project Start Dates

This project starts on the 1st and the 16th of every month. Please note that the internship cost is the same for 4 weeks and 6 weeks. The prefered start dates for the program are: Feb 1st, March 16th, May 1st, June 16th, August1st, September16th, November 1st. Accommodation and meals are optional and charged separately. Please see the project brochure for a breakdown of costs.

Our Prices Include:

  • All airport collection and returns. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you
  • 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
  • Tea, coffee and filtered water

Our Prices Exclude:

  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
  • Laundry

How your Volunteer Fee is Used:

Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.

African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.

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Work & Impacts

Placement – Mothers2Mothers

Mothers2Mothers is an NGO that helps to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV through an effective and sustainable model of care. The main goals of the program include preventing babies from contracting HIV, keeping mothers with HIV, and their babies healthy and empowering mothers living with HIV, thereby enabling them to live positive and productive lives. Mothers2mothers trains and employs new mothers living with HIV to provide education and support to women just like themselves.

As an intern at Mothers2Mothers, you will work alongside fieldworkers and conduct regular home visits within the local community. You will meet with, and support, HIV-positive women who require counseling.

 

Placement – Ikamva Labantu

Ikamva is an umbrella organization with a network of over 1,000 projects working with children, youth, families, mothers, seniors, and those physically challenged. The NPO focuses on providing health interventions at the primary level, education and skills development, food security and enterprise development, and building community infrastructure within South Africa’s most disadvantaged communities.

During your internship in Africa, you will have meaningful and sustained interaction with some of South Africa’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable communities affected by HIV/AIDS, abuse, crime and poverty. Ikamva employs social workers, child psychologists, counselors, occupational therapists and nurses who you could partner with during your internship. Your responsibilities may include research, writing, advocacy, early childhood development training as well as counseling and career guidance for youth. You will also assist with the provision of services related to the care of orphans and vulnerable children, primary health care and psycho-social support along with the development of multi-purpose relief centers in disadvantaged communities.

 

Placement – Imizamo Yethu Community Health Clinic

As an intern at this vibrant community clinic, you will work as a doctor’s assistant, nursing assistant or administrative assistant. You will be able to shadow experienced medical professionals at a clinic that sees a large volume of patients on any given day. As you partake in this charity work in Africa, you will have the opportunity to experience all aspects of the clinic’s operations while observing nurses and doctors treating patients. On some days you will also get the opportunity to visit patients at their homes in the community. 

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Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Intern activities

Intern Activities

The local town of Observatory is a vibrant and lively area with many coffee shops, bars and restaurants for you to enjoy after the day’s work.  During the course of your internship placement regular Friday afternoon group excursions to different locations in Cape Town are arranged for you.  They will include an exciting range of activities and tours including a Wine Cellar tour at Groot Constantia, afternoon barbeque in Nyanga township, various hikes to Crystal Pools in Gordon’s Bay, Table Mountain and Lions Head. 

The African Wild

You can experience an African Safari at Aquila Safari - a “Big 5” private game reserve with animals such as the springbok, lion, cape porcupine, olive baboon, leopard, and African elephant.  Another great excursion for nature enthusiasts is to visit Cape Point, a nature reserve within the Table Mountain National Park which is a Natural World Heritage Site.   

Beach & Sea Adventures

Cape Town offers plenty of remarkable beaches for you to choose from.  You can swim, surf, kite-surf or even dive with the sharks.  There are also plenty of boat ride opportunities available to Robben Island, Seal Island or a harbor tour at the V&A Waterfront.

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About Cape Town

About cape town

About the Destination

As you work and travel in Africa you will be located in the popular area of Cape Town called Observatory. This vibrant town is conveniently only 7km from the centre of the city. This suburb town has a unique bohemian atmosphere and a fascinating local culture, which offers an interesting collection of cafes, boutique stores, book shops and art galleries by day, while evenings awaken trendy restaurants, lively bars and live music performances. The house is centrally located to the shops, restaurants and public transport.

You can stay in a private, lockable and furnished room in a comfortable house exclusive for the use of internship participants. The general atmosphere of our program housing is friendly and social. When living in program housing, you will have your own fully furnished, private room (i.e., no roommate) and will share the common areas of your house with other participants. You will be sharing shower and toilet facilities and the use of a lounge area with DSTV [cable television] for relaxation. Meals can be provided at an extra cost, should you prefer not to cater for your own meals.
The people of South Africa are very friendly and vibrant people who will win a special place in your heart. You will build meaningful relationships and gain valuable insights into the complexities of both poverty and social development. You will discover new perspectives and an appreciation for your own luxuries, learning about yourself, as you give to others.

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Feedback from our volunteers

Rachael Schmoker

I interned at the South African Christian Leadership Assembly (SACLA) in Khayelitsha and had an incredible experience. SACLA is a home based healthcare organization and for patients that are bed-ridden or otherwise cannot make it to the clinics. The carers there are extremely welcoming and so willing to answer my incessant questions. Being able to walk around the community and see where people live was a huge part of my experience. Other than working in Khayelitsha I was able to experience so many parts of South Africa like bungee jumping off of the world’s highest commercial bridge jump, snorkeling with whales and sharks, hiking Lion’s Head at sunset and going to see one of the most fabulous showings of Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Fugard Theatre. This experience was life changing both personally and professionally and only intensified my passion for community health and Africa. I am sad to leave this gorgeous country, but know that I will be back. 

Nick Schmidt

My experience in Cape Town is one that simply cannot be described in words. There is no way I could have expected how much of an impact this trip had on me. The internship I was placed with was the SACLA health project in Khayletisha. We were in charge of delivering medicine to all those unable to do so themselves and providing home based care to patients with chronic illness. We walked throughout the whole of the township and were able to have a direct impact, not only in people’s everyday lives, but also within the community. I can’t thank the staff enough for their friendliness and willingness to show me the sad truths of the health system. The experience solidified my chosen career path and I can’t wait to get back.
The friends I made will forever be in my heart and experiencing the city with them is something that will never be forgotten. Cape Town has something for everyone and if you think you can do it all in a few months, you’d be wrong. My recommendation to you would be to leave yourself some time at end of your trip because you’ll want to extend your stay.

Victor Adekunle

Living in Cape Town in the last 2 months has been nothing short of exciting. The program managers were friendly, down-to-earth and incredibly proficient at planning and executing a fun-filled yet focused internship for me. My placement site (Treatment Action Campaign) was carefully selected to ensure I learnt as much as I could about the role of Social/Community movements in local healthcare delivery while weekly activities ensured I got to see and participate in most of the local attractions such as a tour of the vineyards at Constantia Glen and surfing at Muizenberg beach – the perfect mix of work and play. Needless to say, I had a fabulous time and look forward to future trips to the Western Cape – home of beautiful beaches and memorable braais (local word for barbecue). I recommend this program to anyone looking for a hands-on internship in  a friendly environment.

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Healthcare and Medical Internship, Cape Town

South Africa

how would you like us to contact you?
via phone
Full Name*
Email*
Phone Number
*Required
start a live chat instead

As a healthcare intern with African Impact, you will serve on the frontlines of South Africa’s public health effort to combat the HIV/AIDS pandemic. This is an incredible opportunity for a candidate with an interest in public health or medicine offering a variety of specialization fields in which to participate.

Dscf0401
  • As a medical intern with African Impact, you will be working alongside healthcare professionals at one of Cape Town’s public health projects or community medical clinics
  • South Africa faces many serious healthcare issues, including high rates of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis
  • The overall experience will give you first-hand access to South Africa’s healthcare system
  • Candidates for this internship in Africa should have previous experience in healthcare or intend to study in a related field
  • An international medical internship will greatly enhance your professional resume
Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 4 Weeks
Impacts Healthcare & Medical
Destination Destination
South Africa
Priced From Priced From
£ 1483| € 2150| US$ 2150| AU$ 3376|
Back to Top

Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 1483| € 2150| US$ 2150| AU$ 3376|

Detailed Project Pricing
4 Weeks - 2016 USD 2150 GBP 1483 EUR 2150 AUD 3376
6 Weeks - 2016 USD 2150 GBP 1483 EUR 2150 AUD 3376
4 Weeks - 6 Weeks (2017) USD 2350

Project Start Dates

This project starts on the 1st and the 16th of every month. Please note that the internship cost is the same for 4 weeks and 6 weeks. The prefered start dates for the program are: Feb 1st, March 16th, May 1st, June 16th, August1st, September16th, November 1st. Accommodation and meals are optional and charged separately. Please see the project brochure for a breakdown of costs.

Our Prices Include:

  • All airport collection and returns. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you
  • 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff
  • Tea, coffee and filtered water

Our Prices Exclude:

  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Alcohol. Please note this is not allowed during day time activities
  • Laundry

How your Volunteer Fee is Used:

Volunteer tourism, or ‘voluntourism’ as it is popularly known, is loosely defined as a holiday in which you give back to the land you are visiting; contributing to either community development or conservation. But it’s so much more than that. Voluntourism encompasses a new trend of responsible tourism, where travelers are making informed and responsible choices and planning trips which don’t negatively affect the country or communities they are visiting. When volunteering, it is critical that travelers choose a volunteer organisation or charity with a proven ethos and philosophy around sustainable and responsible tourism practices. This applies both to their work with local communities, wildlife and our volunteers themselves.

African Impact is proud to have a 10 year track record of facilitating responsible volunteer programs in Africa, providing 24 hour support and guidance for volunteers and offering on-going support to communities in need. Understandably, these operations cost money to run and this is where the volunteer fee comes in.

Back to Top

Work & Impacts

Placement – Mothers2Mothers

Mothers2Mothers is an NGO that helps to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV through an effective and sustainable model of care. The main goals of the program include preventing babies from contracting HIV, keeping mothers with HIV, and their babies healthy and empowering mothers living with HIV, thereby enabling them to live positive and productive lives. Mothers2mothers trains and employs new mothers living with HIV to provide education and support to women just like themselves.

As an intern at Mothers2Mothers, you will work alongside fieldworkers and conduct regular home visits within the local community. You will meet with, and support, HIV-positive women who require counseling.

 

Placement – Ikamva Labantu

Ikamva is an umbrella organization with a network of over 1,000 projects working with children, youth, families, mothers, seniors, and those physically challenged. The NPO focuses on providing health interventions at the primary level, education and skills development, food security and enterprise development, and building community infrastructure within South Africa’s most disadvantaged communities.

During your internship in Africa, you will have meaningful and sustained interaction with some of South Africa’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable communities affected by HIV/AIDS, abuse, crime and poverty. Ikamva employs social workers, child psychologists, counselors, occupational therapists and nurses who you could partner with during your internship. Your responsibilities may include research, writing, advocacy, early childhood development training as well as counseling and career guidance for youth. You will also assist with the provision of services related to the care of orphans and vulnerable children, primary health care and psycho-social support along with the development of multi-purpose relief centers in disadvantaged communities.

 

Placement – Imizamo Yethu Community Health Clinic

As an intern at this vibrant community clinic, you will work as a doctor’s assistant, nursing assistant or administrative assistant. You will be able to shadow experienced medical professionals at a clinic that sees a large volume of patients on any given day. As you partake in this charity work in Africa, you will have the opportunity to experience all aspects of the clinic’s operations while observing nurses and doctors treating patients. On some days you will also get the opportunity to visit patients at their homes in the community. 

Back to Top

Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Intern activities

Intern Activities

The local town of Observatory is a vibrant and lively area with many coffee shops, bars and restaurants for you to enjoy after the day’s work.  During the course of your internship placement regular Friday afternoon group excursions to different locations in Cape Town are arranged for you.  They will include an exciting range of activities and tours including a Wine Cellar tour at Groot Constantia, afternoon barbeque in Nyanga township, various hikes to Crystal Pools in Gordon’s Bay, Table Mountain and Lions Head. 

The African Wild

You can experience an African Safari at Aquila Safari - a “Big 5” private game reserve with animals such as the springbok, lion, cape porcupine, olive baboon, leopard, and African elephant.  Another great excursion for nature enthusiasts is to visit Cape Point, a nature reserve within the Table Mountain National Park which is a Natural World Heritage Site.   

Beach & Sea Adventures

Cape Town offers plenty of remarkable beaches for you to choose from.  You can swim, surf, kite-surf or even dive with the sharks.  There are also plenty of boat ride opportunities available to Robben Island, Seal Island or a harbor tour at the V&A Waterfront.

Back to Top

About Cape Town

About cape town

About the Destination

As you work and travel in Africa you will be located in the popular area of Cape Town called Observatory. This vibrant town is conveniently only 7km from the centre of the city. This suburb town has a unique bohemian atmosphere and a fascinating local culture, which offers an interesting collection of cafes, boutique stores, book shops and art galleries by day, while evenings awaken trendy restaurants, lively bars and live music performances. The house is centrally located to the shops, restaurants and public transport.

You can stay in a private, lockable and furnished room in a comfortable house exclusive for the use of internship participants. The general atmosphere of our program housing is friendly and social. When living in program housing, you will have your own fully furnished, private room (i.e., no roommate) and will share the common areas of your house with other participants. You will be sharing shower and toilet facilities and the use of a lounge area with DSTV [cable television] for relaxation. Meals can be provided at an extra cost, should you prefer not to cater for your own meals.
The people of South Africa are very friendly and vibrant people who will win a special place in your heart. You will build meaningful relationships and gain valuable insights into the complexities of both poverty and social development. You will discover new perspectives and an appreciation for your own luxuries, learning about yourself, as you give to others.

Back to Top

Feedback from our volunteers

Rachael Schmoker

I interned at the South African Christian Leadership Assembly (SACLA) in Khayelitsha and had an incredible experience. SACLA is a home based healthcare organization and for patients that are bed-ridden or otherwise cannot make it to the clinics. The carers there are extremely welcoming and so willing to answer my incessant questions. Being able to walk around the community and see where people live was a huge part of my experience. Other than working in Khayelitsha I was able to experience so many parts of South Africa like bungee jumping off of the world’s highest commercial bridge jump, snorkeling with whales and sharks, hiking Lion’s Head at sunset and going to see one of the most fabulous showings of Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Fugard Theatre. This experience was life changing both personally and professionally and only intensified my passion for community health and Africa. I am sad to leave this gorgeous country, but know that I will be back. 

Nick Schmidt

My experience in Cape Town is one that simply cannot be described in words. There is no way I could have expected how much of an impact this trip had on me. The internship I was placed with was the SACLA health project in Khayletisha. We were in charge of delivering medicine to all those unable to do so themselves and providing home based care to patients with chronic illness. We walked throughout the whole of the township and were able to have a direct impact, not only in people’s everyday lives, but also within the community. I can’t thank the staff enough for their friendliness and willingness to show me the sad truths of the health system. The experience solidified my chosen career path and I can’t wait to get back.
The friends I made will forever be in my heart and experiencing the city with them is something that will never be forgotten. Cape Town has something for everyone and if you think you can do it all in a few months, you’d be wrong. My recommendation to you would be to leave yourself some time at end of your trip because you’ll want to extend your stay.

Victor Adekunle

Living in Cape Town in the last 2 months has been nothing short of exciting. The program managers were friendly, down-to-earth and incredibly proficient at planning and executing a fun-filled yet focused internship for me. My placement site (Treatment Action Campaign) was carefully selected to ensure I learnt as much as I could about the role of Social/Community movements in local healthcare delivery while weekly activities ensured I got to see and participate in most of the local attractions such as a tour of the vineyards at Constantia Glen and surfing at Muizenberg beach – the perfect mix of work and play. Needless to say, I had a fabulous time and look forward to future trips to the Western Cape – home of beautiful beaches and memorable braais (local word for barbecue). I recommend this program to anyone looking for a hands-on internship in  a friendly environment.

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