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ALERT Research in the Community Internship

Livingstone, Zambia, Antelope Park and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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In Africa, there’s a saying: “Make a plan”. As a Research in the Community intern, you’ll be helping ALERT ‘make a plan’ to have a positive impact on local people through our community projects. When resources are scare and conditions are challenging, being able to think on your feet is vital. In return, you’ll receive a real sense of pride and achievement knowing you’ve made a contribution to someone’s life and to conservation as a whole.

INTERNSHIP OVERVIEW

In Africa, there’s a saying: “Make a plan”. As a Research in the Community intern, you’ll be helping ALERT ‘make a plan’ to have a positive impact on local people through our community projects. When resources are scare and conditions are challenging, being able to think on your feet is vital. In return, you’ll receive a real sense of pride and achievement knowing you’ve made a contribution to someone’s life and to conservation as a whole.

Internship overview

A crucial element of ALERT’s approach is working alongside local communities directly and indirectly affected by our lion conservation efforts. We are involved in a wide range of activities that aim to benefit both communities and the lions they live alongside. As an organisation, we undertake research on these projects to ensure they are making a positive impact.

Being a Research in the Community intern can be challenging - resources are scarce and there can be language and cultural barriers to hurdle - but at the same time, you’ll receive a real sense of pride and achievement knowing you’ve made a positive contribution to someone’s life and to conservation as a whole.

ALERT works in schools, healthcare clinics, orphanages, drop-in centres, and in local villages. Our projects vary from site to site. You might be developing an assessment of English literacy in schoolchildren, helping to implement and monitor conservation education, teaching English and maths in local schools, helping us to change community attitudes towards deforestation, working on strategies to reduce human-wildlife conflict, or offering healthcare education and assistance.

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Minimum Stay 8 weeks
Impacts Conservation & Environmental
Destination Destination
Zimbabwe
Priced From Priced From
£ 3390| US$ 5940|
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Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 3390| US$ 5940|

Detailed Project Pricing
8 Weeks USD 5940 GBP 3390
8 Weeks USD 5940 GBP 3390
12 Weeks USD 8910 GBP 5085
16 Weeks USD 11880 GBP 6780

Project Start Dates

You can join this internship for 8 weeks or longer and the program starts all year round.

Our Prices Include:

  • All airport collection and returns. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
  • 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

Day-to-Day activities

Throughout their stay, Research in the Community interns will be supported by the projects’ community and research staff in their day-to-day activities, which could include:

  • Designing and implementing a conservation education syllabus for schoolchildren and adults to foster pro-conservation attitudes and behaviour
  • Delivering English reading age assessments to school-children and trialling culturally-appropriate literacy learning aids to see if reading age and comprehension improves
  • Designing and implementing a conservation education syllabus for schoolchildren and adults to foster pro-conservation attitudes and behaviour
  • Delivering English reading age assessments to school-children and trialling culturally-appropriate literacy learning aids to see if reading age and comprehension improves
  • Designing and implementing a survey of local attitudes towards deforestation
  • Planning practical interventions to stimulate sustainable use of natural resources and reduce poaching (e.g. illegal charcoal production, snaring, etc)
  • Testing deterrent systems intended to mitigate conflict between local people and wild lions/elephants
  • Designing and delivering programmes that improve numeracy skills
  • Assessment of the conditions under which human contact with wildlife may foster positive attitudes and behaviours towards wildlife conservation, and increase knowledge
  • Developing and expanding the outreach capacity and impact of our existing community programmes

If you are looking to use data collected during your stay at the program for a university course or thesis, please refer to ALERT’s Facilitated Research Program instead.

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Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Big5 views

At both Livingstone, Victoria Falls and Gweru placements interns can enjoy a fantastic variety of exciting activities including sundowner river boat cruises, game drives, elephant rides, horseback safaris, cultural tours, hiking and mountain biking, depending on your location. If you are an adventure lover you have come to the right place. If your placement is in Gweru you can take a weekend trip to the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. For those in Livingstone, you will experience the Zambian side of this stunning World Heritage Site. Here you can whitewater raft, bungee jump, zip-line, abseil and kayak. There is also amazing wildlife to see in the area as you float down the Zambezi River on a boat cruise

Adventure activities

Adventure Activities

You’ll be located on a UNESCO World Heritage Site, just a stone’s throw from the mighty Victoria Falls and Zambezi River, so you are ideally situated to enjoy some white water rafting, bungee jumping, gorge jumps, cruises and helicopter or micro-light flights over the falls.

Wildlife

You’ll be surrounded by spectacular wildlife unlike any other place on earth, and can enjoy numerous safari game drives, walks and even go on a horseback or elephant safari.

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Your project base

Designing your project proposal

About the Destination

Early starts are made much easier when you've got such natural beauty on your doorstep. There is something very special about waking up to the distant sound of lions roaring; your alarm clock at home will never be the same again. Regardless of which location you are placed for your African internship in animal management, you will stay in shared accommodation with fellow interns or with the project's volunteers. Your accommodation will be comfortable with shower and toilet facilities shared. You will be provided with 3 nutritious meals a day, which you will eat in the dining room or outside beneath the trees with fellow interns and volunteers. Whilst your work day will be full and rewarding, there will be plenty of amazing experiences and activities to enjoy during your time off. A lion walk through the bush is the perfect beginning or end to your day and will quickly become your favourite way to unwind. For full-on thrills, lion feeds are hard to beat. Night Encounters at Antelope Park offer another unique experience as you will come across wildlife night habits. With beautiful surrounds and magnificent wildlife, the enhancement of your resume seems to be just the cherry on top of this fantastic adventure.

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Feedback from our volunteers

Olivia Halloran

"Collecting data with ALERT has really reignited my passion for zoology.  I love being in the field and this experience has made me want to do a PhD focused on lion behaviour and conservation.  One of the highlights of the experience was being able to see the lions hunting and learning how best to hunt.  I knew that was the idea before I came, but it’s hard to imagine hand-raised cubs being able to hunt and then you see it and it’s so stunning.  I feel like I could watch lions every day for the rest of my life and never get tired of it.  As well as lion behaviour, I also joined in on an elephant survey, which was really interesting.  It was nice to get an idea of the other work ALERT is doing and to get a chance to experience some different research than what I’ve been exposed to at university.

What have I gained from carrying out my research with ALERT in Africa?  I’ve gained memories that will last me forever.  I’ve gained excitement for my final year of my degree.  I’ve gained the drive to continue to do a PhD.  I’ve gained fantastic friends.  I’ve probably gained a lot more…it was the experience of a lifetime."

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ALERT Research in the Community Internship

Livingstone, Zambia, Antelope Park and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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

In Africa, there’s a saying: “Make a plan”. As a Research in the Community intern, you’ll be helping ALERT ‘make a plan’ to have a positive impact on local people through our community projects. When resources are scare and conditions are challenging, being able to think on your feet is vital. In return, you’ll receive a real sense of pride and achievement knowing you’ve made a contribution to someone’s life and to conservation as a whole.

INTERNSHIP OVERVIEW

In Africa, there’s a saying: “Make a plan”. As a Research in the Community intern, you’ll be helping ALERT ‘make a plan’ to have a positive impact on local people through our community projects. When resources are scare and conditions are challenging, being able to think on your feet is vital. In return, you’ll receive a real sense of pride and achievement knowing you’ve made a contribution to someone’s life and to conservation as a whole.

Internship overview

A crucial element of ALERT’s approach is working alongside local communities directly and indirectly affected by our lion conservation efforts. We are involved in a wide range of activities that aim to benefit both communities and the lions they live alongside. As an organisation, we undertake research on these projects to ensure they are making a positive impact.

Being a Research in the Community intern can be challenging - resources are scarce and there can be language and cultural barriers to hurdle - but at the same time, you’ll receive a real sense of pride and achievement knowing you’ve made a positive contribution to someone’s life and to conservation as a whole.

ALERT works in schools, healthcare clinics, orphanages, drop-in centres, and in local villages. Our projects vary from site to site. You might be developing an assessment of English literacy in schoolchildren, helping to implement and monitor conservation education, teaching English and maths in local schools, helping us to change community attitudes towards deforestation, working on strategies to reduce human-wildlife conflict, or offering healthcare education and assistance.

Quick Facts Quick Facts
Minimum Stay 8 weeks
Impacts Conservation & Environmental
Destination Destination
Zimbabwe
Priced From Priced From
£ 3390| US$ 5940|
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Dates & rates

Priced From
£ 3390| US$ 5940|

Detailed Project Pricing
8 Weeks USD 5940 GBP 3390
8 Weeks USD 5940 GBP 3390
12 Weeks USD 8910 GBP 5085
16 Weeks USD 11880 GBP 6780

Project Start Dates

You can join this internship for 8 weeks or longer and the program starts all year round.

Our Prices Include:

  • All airport collection and returns. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you
  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day
  • 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

Day-to-Day activities

Throughout their stay, Research in the Community interns will be supported by the projects’ community and research staff in their day-to-day activities, which could include:

  • Designing and implementing a conservation education syllabus for schoolchildren and adults to foster pro-conservation attitudes and behaviour
  • Delivering English reading age assessments to school-children and trialling culturally-appropriate literacy learning aids to see if reading age and comprehension improves
  • Designing and implementing a conservation education syllabus for schoolchildren and adults to foster pro-conservation attitudes and behaviour
  • Delivering English reading age assessments to school-children and trialling culturally-appropriate literacy learning aids to see if reading age and comprehension improves
  • Designing and implementing a survey of local attitudes towards deforestation
  • Planning practical interventions to stimulate sustainable use of natural resources and reduce poaching (e.g. illegal charcoal production, snaring, etc)
  • Testing deterrent systems intended to mitigate conflict between local people and wild lions/elephants
  • Designing and delivering programmes that improve numeracy skills
  • Assessment of the conditions under which human contact with wildlife may foster positive attitudes and behaviours towards wildlife conservation, and increase knowledge
  • Developing and expanding the outreach capacity and impact of our existing community programmes

If you are looking to use data collected during your stay at the program for a university course or thesis, please refer to ALERT’s Facilitated Research Program instead.

Back to Top

Fun & Travel

Things to do in your spare time

Big5 views

At both Livingstone, Victoria Falls and Gweru placements interns can enjoy a fantastic variety of exciting activities including sundowner river boat cruises, game drives, elephant rides, horseback safaris, cultural tours, hiking and mountain biking, depending on your location. If you are an adventure lover you have come to the right place. If your placement is in Gweru you can take a weekend trip to the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. For those in Livingstone, you will experience the Zambian side of this stunning World Heritage Site. Here you can whitewater raft, bungee jump, zip-line, abseil and kayak. There is also amazing wildlife to see in the area as you float down the Zambezi River on a boat cruise

Adventure activities

Adventure Activities

You’ll be located on a UNESCO World Heritage Site, just a stone’s throw from the mighty Victoria Falls and Zambezi River, so you are ideally situated to enjoy some white water rafting, bungee jumping, gorge jumps, cruises and helicopter or micro-light flights over the falls.

Wildlife

You’ll be surrounded by spectacular wildlife unlike any other place on earth, and can enjoy numerous safari game drives, walks and even go on a horseback or elephant safari.

Back to Top

Your project base

Designing your project proposal

About the Destination

Early starts are made much easier when you've got such natural beauty on your doorstep. There is something very special about waking up to the distant sound of lions roaring; your alarm clock at home will never be the same again. Regardless of which location you are placed for your African internship in animal management, you will stay in shared accommodation with fellow interns or with the project's volunteers. Your accommodation will be comfortable with shower and toilet facilities shared. You will be provided with 3 nutritious meals a day, which you will eat in the dining room or outside beneath the trees with fellow interns and volunteers. Whilst your work day will be full and rewarding, there will be plenty of amazing experiences and activities to enjoy during your time off. A lion walk through the bush is the perfect beginning or end to your day and will quickly become your favourite way to unwind. For full-on thrills, lion feeds are hard to beat. Night Encounters at Antelope Park offer another unique experience as you will come across wildlife night habits. With beautiful surrounds and magnificent wildlife, the enhancement of your resume seems to be just the cherry on top of this fantastic adventure.

Back to Top

Feedback from our volunteers

Olivia Halloran

"Collecting data with ALERT has really reignited my passion for zoology.  I love being in the field and this experience has made me want to do a PhD focused on lion behaviour and conservation.  One of the highlights of the experience was being able to see the lions hunting and learning how best to hunt.  I knew that was the idea before I came, but it’s hard to imagine hand-raised cubs being able to hunt and then you see it and it’s so stunning.  I feel like I could watch lions every day for the rest of my life and never get tired of it.  As well as lion behaviour, I also joined in on an elephant survey, which was really interesting.  It was nice to get an idea of the other work ALERT is doing and to get a chance to experience some different research than what I’ve been exposed to at university.

What have I gained from carrying out my research with ALERT in Africa?  I’ve gained memories that will last me forever.  I’ve gained excitement for my final year of my degree.  I’ve gained the drive to continue to do a PhD.  I’ve gained fantastic friends.  I’ve probably gained a lot more…it was the experience of a lifetime."

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