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Become personally involved in helping to generate social change by protecting and promoting human rights through this rewarding and engaging internship, as you expand your cultural and professional horizons.

  • As you embark on this internship, you will gain direct access South Africa’s progressive human rights culture through your daily work.
  • You will be placed with one of various NGOs and government organisations in an internship role that best suits your professional interests and experience. Possible South African human rights internship opportunities include human rights law, refugee rights, environmental rights, HIV/AIDS advocacy, housing rights, gender advocacy and education rights.
  • You will contribute to the advancement of human rights causes, researching bills for parliament and possibly assist with the writing of official policy papers and submissions.
  • Participate in community-based activism, urge the government through the use of local media outlets and take an active role as you investigate and deal with complaints of human rights violations from people living in Cape Town.

 

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Minimum Stay 6 Weeks
Impacts Law
Destination Destination
South Africa
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US$ 2350|
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Priced From
US$ 2350|

Detailed Project Pricing
6 Weeks - 12 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 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks and 12 weeks. 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

Below is a list of possible placement sites, however each internship program is individually tailored, based on your background, experience and what you are looking to gain from the placement. There is no guarantee that you will be placed at any of the below sites.

Placement  cape town refugee centre

Placement - Cape Town Refugee Centre

The Cape Town Refugee Centre is an NGO that strives to improve the quality of life of refugees by meeting their basic needs on a short-term basis and enabling them to become self-reliant through programs in education, counselling and job creation. The centre is not a refugee camp and does not operate one. In South Africa, refugees are given the support needed to operate within South African society.

During your placement here you can be involved in psycho-social intervention, educational services and business administration. Your tasks will include screening refugees to determine whether they have legitimate needs directing them for further support and you may also assist support groups, counselling sessions, and administer food vouchers. During your South African internship you will also enrol refugee children in local schools, arrange after-school activities, enrol students in English courses and ensure school fees have been paid. You may also be needed to assist with daily administrative tasks, budgeting and be involved in preparing and submitting grant applications and other appeals for funding.

Placement – Ikamva Labantu

Ikamva Labantu is a non-profit organization aimed at providing health interventions, education, skills development, food security, enterprise development and community infrastructure within South Africa’s most disadvantaged communities.  As an intern you will be involved in a range of office and field-based projects including research and advocacy; development of multi-purpose relief centres, assisting with the provision of primary health care, psycho-social support, food security, early childhood development training, counselling and career guidance.

Placement – The South African Media and Gender Institute

The South African Media and Gender Institute (SAMGI) promotes human rights by increasing the range of voices heard in Southern Africa through participatory education, advocacy, lobbying and media production to improve the status of women.

This is a research-intensive internship where you will be engaged in the daily political/gender discourse taking place within South African society. You will be expected to have strong writing and research skills as you monitor and research the media to provide empirical data on gender in the media and aim to distribute media that acts as a forum for South African citizens and portrays positive images of women and men.

Placement – Treatment Action Campaign

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) is an internationally acclaimed HIV/AIDS advocacy organization advocating for increased access to treatment, care and support services for people living with HIV. Your responsibilities may include research, writing articles, writing policy papers, fundraising, assisting with legal-related work, logistical planning and administrative work. In this human rights internship you will be expected to have relevant coursework and excellent researching and writing skills.

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Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Fun in the Neighbourhood

The intern accommodation is ideally situated for you to enjoy the local pubs, restaurants or coffee shops after a day’s work.  Alternatively you can just relax and unwind with a good book or movie at the house.

Cape town sightseeing

Cape Town Sightseeing

You will never be bored in Cape Town!  You can ride on the Hop-on, Hop-off Cape Town City Sightseeing Bus to explore this unique city, shop at Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, enjoy the many delicious eateries, go on a Cape Point Peninsula Tour including a swim with the penguins at Boulders Beach and taste some of the world’s finest wines on a delectable winelands tour.

Cape town adventures

Cape Town Adventures

The magnificent Table Mountain can be hiked, or for the quicker way up you can take the cable car to the top.  Once you’ve soaked in the breath-taking view you have the option to abseil your way down.  Surfing lessons, shark cage diving and sky-diving are also on the ‘adventure menu’.

Beaches  picnic

Beaches & Picnic

Cape Town has many fantastic beaches to visit, each with its own unique atmosphere.  The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens are also great for walks and the perfect place to enjoy a picnic.

Wildlife

Wildlife

For an African wildlife experience you can go on a 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. You can also take a boat trip to Seal Island or visit the aquarium.

 

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ABOUT CAPE TOWN

About cape town

About the Destination

Cape Town’s colourful and vibrant atmosphere will get your journey off to an exciting start as you experience the tasty and diverse cuisine, rich culture and unbeatable scenery. As you work and travel in Africa you will be located in the popular area of Cape Town called Observatory, only 7km from the centre of the city. This suburb town has a unique bohemian atmosphere providing trendy restaurants, lively bars and live music performances. Your accommodation is centrally located to the shops, restaurants and public transport.

The general atmosphere of the program housing is friendly and social. You will be sharing shower and toilet facilities, however will have your own, private, lockable and furnished room. All interns will also have 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.


During your stay you will build meaningful relationships and gain valuable insights into the complexities of both poverty and social development. You will gain new perspectives and an appreciation for your own luxuries and come to realise how strong you really are, doing things you never imagined you would have the chance to do.

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Feedback from our volunteers

Lucy Hart

I cannot believe that my 2 months in Cape Town are up, I have definitely been in denial that I am ever leaving this wonderful city. My experience definitely exceeded my expectations; the staff were so friendly and welcoming, and I was trusted with responsibility when dealing with individual refugees’ cases. It was extremely eye opening to learn about the struggles that many of the refugees unfortunately faced back in their home countries and also upon their arrival in South Africa.
Cape Town is the most incredible city to explore, as it is so unique in the way in which there is both the busy cosmopolitan city centre, yet the beautiful mountains and beaches are so close by. All in all this has been one of the best 2 months of my life, and I know it is not goodbye as I will definitely be returning to Cape Town in the foreseeable future!

Sophie Clarke

I never realised just how homesick I could be for a city that I did not grow up in, where my family doesn’t live, and that is a gruelling 40+ hour journey away from my actual home city in Australia.
I arrived in Cape Town in February 2014 and had intentions of staying for 6 weeks to complete a human rights and law internship at a NGO primarily focused on refugee advocacy, education and training. Within two weeks, I realised just how insane I had been to think that 6 weeks in this city would be enough, so without so much as a second thought I confirmed a second law internship, changed my flight and informed my slightly shocked family and friends that I wouldn’t be home for another few months. It was unquestionably the best decision I’ve ever made. I worked in situations and obtained skills I wouldn’t otherwise have had the opportunity to do or acquire. That’s not it though – it’s so much more. You get to live in an incredible and diverse city where there is never a dull moment, there are endless opportunities to explore the wonders of Cape Town, South Africa and neighbouring African countries, and you will undoubtedly meet some of the best people you can ever imagine. It is something I never wanted to end, and was easily one of the hardest goodbyes I’ve ever had but was an experience of a lifetime and I’m already planning my return.

Katie Connan

I knew that Cape Town would be good for me. Invaluable human rights experience? Check. Hiking? Check. Surfing? Check. Wine tasting? CHECK. I could go on. I clung to my bedroom door as I left, wailing that I loved it too much to let go, just like I felt for every other part of my life in this beautiful city.

My internship at SWEAT allowed me to exercise the legal research skills I had developed at university while also teaching me how to work in the completely unpredictable world of NGOs. To gain the trust of the women at SWEAT has been one of the most rewarding things ever and I will miss them all a lot. I’ve learnt so much about South Africa and myself since I got here and it has only made me greedier to see more. However, out of all the personal goals that I’ve accomplished, I think my biggest achievement will be getting myself to my departure gate

Ashley Davidson

Cape Town has given me the most trans-formative experience of my young life. I have but one complaint about my time here, and that is my departure. This incredible city presented every sort of opportunity. It truly is the city of contrast. During my stay, I was able to split my time between incredible terrain and a flourishing city. I could spend a day diving under the sea, or climbing up a mountain. I witnessed extreme poverty, but also radical development. I could play, but I could work, and Cape Town is best summed up by that very mantra: Work hard, Play hard!
You helped me find my perfect internship which allowed me to participate in work that I felt passionate about and meet a community of people that I instantly connected with. Lastly, to all incoming explorers: prepare to fall in love with this program and this place! Cheers!”

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Human Rights 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

Become personally involved in helping to generate social change by protecting and promoting human rights through this rewarding and engaging internship, as you expand your cultural and professional horizons.

  • As you embark on this internship, you will gain direct access South Africa’s progressive human rights culture through your daily work.
  • You will be placed with one of various NGOs and government organisations in an internship role that best suits your professional interests and experience. Possible South African human rights internship opportunities include human rights law, refugee rights, environmental rights, HIV/AIDS advocacy, housing rights, gender advocacy and education rights.
  • You will contribute to the advancement of human rights causes, researching bills for parliament and possibly assist with the writing of official policy papers and submissions.
  • Participate in community-based activism, urge the government through the use of local media outlets and take an active role as you investigate and deal with complaints of human rights violations from people living in Cape Town.

 

Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 6 Weeks
Impacts Law
Destination Destination
South Africa
Priced From Priced From
US$ 2350|
Back to Top

Dates & rates

Priced From
US$ 2350|

Detailed Project Pricing
6 Weeks - 12 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 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks and 12 weeks. 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

Below is a list of possible placement sites, however each internship program is individually tailored, based on your background, experience and what you are looking to gain from the placement. There is no guarantee that you will be placed at any of the below sites.

Placement  cape town refugee centre

Placement - Cape Town Refugee Centre

The Cape Town Refugee Centre is an NGO that strives to improve the quality of life of refugees by meeting their basic needs on a short-term basis and enabling them to become self-reliant through programs in education, counselling and job creation. The centre is not a refugee camp and does not operate one. In South Africa, refugees are given the support needed to operate within South African society.

During your placement here you can be involved in psycho-social intervention, educational services and business administration. Your tasks will include screening refugees to determine whether they have legitimate needs directing them for further support and you may also assist support groups, counselling sessions, and administer food vouchers. During your South African internship you will also enrol refugee children in local schools, arrange after-school activities, enrol students in English courses and ensure school fees have been paid. You may also be needed to assist with daily administrative tasks, budgeting and be involved in preparing and submitting grant applications and other appeals for funding.

Placement – Ikamva Labantu

Ikamva Labantu is a non-profit organization aimed at providing health interventions, education, skills development, food security, enterprise development and community infrastructure within South Africa’s most disadvantaged communities.  As an intern you will be involved in a range of office and field-based projects including research and advocacy; development of multi-purpose relief centres, assisting with the provision of primary health care, psycho-social support, food security, early childhood development training, counselling and career guidance.

Placement – The South African Media and Gender Institute

The South African Media and Gender Institute (SAMGI) promotes human rights by increasing the range of voices heard in Southern Africa through participatory education, advocacy, lobbying and media production to improve the status of women.

This is a research-intensive internship where you will be engaged in the daily political/gender discourse taking place within South African society. You will be expected to have strong writing and research skills as you monitor and research the media to provide empirical data on gender in the media and aim to distribute media that acts as a forum for South African citizens and portrays positive images of women and men.

Placement – Treatment Action Campaign

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) is an internationally acclaimed HIV/AIDS advocacy organization advocating for increased access to treatment, care and support services for people living with HIV. Your responsibilities may include research, writing articles, writing policy papers, fundraising, assisting with legal-related work, logistical planning and administrative work. In this human rights internship you will be expected to have relevant coursework and excellent researching and writing skills.

Back to Top

Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Fun in the Neighbourhood

The intern accommodation is ideally situated for you to enjoy the local pubs, restaurants or coffee shops after a day’s work.  Alternatively you can just relax and unwind with a good book or movie at the house.

Cape town sightseeing

Cape Town Sightseeing

You will never be bored in Cape Town!  You can ride on the Hop-on, Hop-off Cape Town City Sightseeing Bus to explore this unique city, shop at Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, enjoy the many delicious eateries, go on a Cape Point Peninsula Tour including a swim with the penguins at Boulders Beach and taste some of the world’s finest wines on a delectable winelands tour.

Cape town adventures

Cape Town Adventures

The magnificent Table Mountain can be hiked, or for the quicker way up you can take the cable car to the top.  Once you’ve soaked in the breath-taking view you have the option to abseil your way down.  Surfing lessons, shark cage diving and sky-diving are also on the ‘adventure menu’.

Beaches  picnic

Beaches & Picnic

Cape Town has many fantastic beaches to visit, each with its own unique atmosphere.  The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens are also great for walks and the perfect place to enjoy a picnic.

Wildlife

Wildlife

For an African wildlife experience you can go on a 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. You can also take a boat trip to Seal Island or visit the aquarium.

 

Back to Top

ABOUT CAPE TOWN

About cape town

About the Destination

Cape Town’s colourful and vibrant atmosphere will get your journey off to an exciting start as you experience the tasty and diverse cuisine, rich culture and unbeatable scenery. As you work and travel in Africa you will be located in the popular area of Cape Town called Observatory, only 7km from the centre of the city. This suburb town has a unique bohemian atmosphere providing trendy restaurants, lively bars and live music performances. Your accommodation is centrally located to the shops, restaurants and public transport.

The general atmosphere of the program housing is friendly and social. You will be sharing shower and toilet facilities, however will have your own, private, lockable and furnished room. All interns will also have 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.


During your stay you will build meaningful relationships and gain valuable insights into the complexities of both poverty and social development. You will gain new perspectives and an appreciation for your own luxuries and come to realise how strong you really are, doing things you never imagined you would have the chance to do.

Back to Top

Feedback from our volunteers

Lucy Hart

I cannot believe that my 2 months in Cape Town are up, I have definitely been in denial that I am ever leaving this wonderful city. My experience definitely exceeded my expectations; the staff were so friendly and welcoming, and I was trusted with responsibility when dealing with individual refugees’ cases. It was extremely eye opening to learn about the struggles that many of the refugees unfortunately faced back in their home countries and also upon their arrival in South Africa.
Cape Town is the most incredible city to explore, as it is so unique in the way in which there is both the busy cosmopolitan city centre, yet the beautiful mountains and beaches are so close by. All in all this has been one of the best 2 months of my life, and I know it is not goodbye as I will definitely be returning to Cape Town in the foreseeable future!

Sophie Clarke

I never realised just how homesick I could be for a city that I did not grow up in, where my family doesn’t live, and that is a gruelling 40+ hour journey away from my actual home city in Australia.
I arrived in Cape Town in February 2014 and had intentions of staying for 6 weeks to complete a human rights and law internship at a NGO primarily focused on refugee advocacy, education and training. Within two weeks, I realised just how insane I had been to think that 6 weeks in this city would be enough, so without so much as a second thought I confirmed a second law internship, changed my flight and informed my slightly shocked family and friends that I wouldn’t be home for another few months. It was unquestionably the best decision I’ve ever made. I worked in situations and obtained skills I wouldn’t otherwise have had the opportunity to do or acquire. That’s not it though – it’s so much more. You get to live in an incredible and diverse city where there is never a dull moment, there are endless opportunities to explore the wonders of Cape Town, South Africa and neighbouring African countries, and you will undoubtedly meet some of the best people you can ever imagine. It is something I never wanted to end, and was easily one of the hardest goodbyes I’ve ever had but was an experience of a lifetime and I’m already planning my return.

Katie Connan

I knew that Cape Town would be good for me. Invaluable human rights experience? Check. Hiking? Check. Surfing? Check. Wine tasting? CHECK. I could go on. I clung to my bedroom door as I left, wailing that I loved it too much to let go, just like I felt for every other part of my life in this beautiful city.

My internship at SWEAT allowed me to exercise the legal research skills I had developed at university while also teaching me how to work in the completely unpredictable world of NGOs. To gain the trust of the women at SWEAT has been one of the most rewarding things ever and I will miss them all a lot. I’ve learnt so much about South Africa and myself since I got here and it has only made me greedier to see more. However, out of all the personal goals that I’ve accomplished, I think my biggest achievement will be getting myself to my departure gate

Ashley Davidson

Cape Town has given me the most trans-formative experience of my young life. I have but one complaint about my time here, and that is my departure. This incredible city presented every sort of opportunity. It truly is the city of contrast. During my stay, I was able to split my time between incredible terrain and a flourishing city. I could spend a day diving under the sea, or climbing up a mountain. I witnessed extreme poverty, but also radical development. I could play, but I could work, and Cape Town is best summed up by that very mantra: Work hard, Play hard!
You helped me find my perfect internship which allowed me to participate in work that I felt passionate about and meet a community of people that I instantly connected with. Lastly, to all incoming explorers: prepare to fall in love with this program and this place! Cheers!”

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