Join our experienced and hardworking team who are dedicated to improving gender equality and promoting female empowerment in rural Zambia. You’ll gain professional experience within the framework of international development and specialize in gender empowerment initiatives. This internship speaks to someone who is passionate about gender issues, developing hard skills in a non-profit role, and using their strengths to mentor and provide support on education, health, prevention of early pregnancy, personal safety, sustainable living, and growth in self-belief.
Livingstone is a beautiful, rural town in southern Zambia just a stone’s throw away from the mighty Zambezi river and the border of Zimbabwe. It is a hub for visitors looking to experience one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – Victoria Falls, locally known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, ‘the Smoke that Thunders’. Livingstone is the ultimate playground for adventure-seekers, wildlife enthusiasts, and lovers of the great outdoors. Whether you’d like to bungee jump, swim in the ‘Devil’s Pool’, white water raft down the Zambezi, join a river safari or enjoy an African sunset, every experience in Livingstone is unique. The town itself is relaxed and friendly with an intriguing culture and history. Here, you’ll find arts and craft producers, museums, colonial architecture, traditional village life, as well as delicious local food and laidback African lifestyle.
During your placement, you will be working on a number of existing initiatives that are based around our 6 pillars: education, health, safety, income generation, early pregnancy, and self-confidence. This will include our Adolescent Gender Empowerment Program (AGEP), which aids in the development of girls aged between 10 and 16, as well as working with a women’s group to teach skills and income-generation techniques.
Using the 6-pillar framework, you will use your time and passion to develop new programs to empower young women. We love for our interns to share their skills with the girls we work with, including backgrounds in confidence-building activities, self-defence, or even dance as a form of self-expression!
It is also essential to include boys in all our programming, so your role will include developing a framework for how to include more boys in our outreach.
This is an area we specialize in as we recognize its importance. You will have 3 professional experts to support you as an individual:
A senior member of the African Impact staff team on the ground who will add context to your specific interests within this field; this will provide a deeper insight into the history of Zambia, as well as the challenges for women.
A highly qualified Personal Development Coach to work with you through one to one and group discussion. They support you with tools to use throughout your experience and beyond, exploring personal goals and opportunities for your future.
Monitoring and Evaluation is the measure of the impact of your work. You will be guided by our Internship Supervisor on how to analyse data and translate it into valuable communications.
“My time with African Impact has been indescribable. Working with various groups of girls and women in the community has been an incredible experience and certainly one that I will miss. Working on project is so rewarding and the activities arranged between volunteers both inside and outside of the backpackers serve as a fun way of relaxing. Just like many volunteers before me, I am already planning my return!”
“I was stunned by the quality of the experience. The number of things that are quite literally at your fingertips to do in Livingstone and nearby is astounding. The coordinators of the projects here in Livingstone spend so much time getting to know your needs and helping you fit right into the project(s) you chose that you quite literally are contributing right away. I was helping teach and design lessons for a pretty powerful curriculum to empower young girls that hopefully inspired them, but truly empowered me.”
Once you have submitted your application, a Destination Specialist will be in-touch to discuss the project with you.
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