Gender Equality Internship, South Africa

Join our experienced team in the heart of Zululand, South Africa and work closely with rural communities to improve gender equality and promote female empowerment in an area deeply affected by the HIV epidemic. Our long-standing relationships in this area have offered us a deeper understanding of gender issues and the challenges faced daily in these communities, which include many girls being left behind due to poverty, a lack of job opportunities, a lack of education and a high teenage pregnancy rate.

Interns on this program are key in devising a long-term strategy for our female empowerment initiative, The Girl Impact, and is suitable for those who wish to be key in the development of solutions, are passionate about gender issues and want to develop hard-skills in a non-profit role.


  • Gain professional experience within the frame work of international development and specializing gender empowerment programs
  • Work at grass-roots level and help to identify, plan, monitor and evaluate projects within the community that seek to support and engage both women, men, girls and boys
  • Work with an established women’s group and family empowerment program, designing and implementing new key objectives and tools that will bring about change and opportunities for income-generation
  • Use your strengths to mentor and provide support on education, health, prevention of early pregnancy, personal safety, sustainable living and growth in self-belief
  • Be supported by a Personal Development Coach and Academic Trainer to acquire and develop new skills
  • Live and work in the stunning, tropical town of St Lucia, surrounded by wildlife, beautiful beaches and amazing safari opportunities

Volunteer Reviews

“An absolutely amazing experience. The most important factor for me in choosing African Impact was because of their goals. They constantly strive towards having sustainable goals that are focused on the direct needs of the communities. By closely working with members of the community to help develop programs that will help be beneficial to the communities long term, the projects and work that we as volunteers are doing feels so much more important and as if we are truly making a difference for these wonderful people.”

Brittany Bishop, Canada

“I think that an internship at St Lucia is an interesting and unique experience. Since the village is so small, you get to know locals quite well and you start feeling at home within days. St Lucia and its surroundings are beautiful, working with the community was amazing, and you can really feel like you’ve made an impact in the couple of weeks that you’ve spent there.”

Lisa Zammit, Malta

Dates & Rates

Prices include:
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off. An African Impact team member will be waiting to meet you and will transport you to our program base
  • All accommodation during your internship
  • 3 meals a day (Mon – Fri only). At weekends you can explore the local restaurants
  • 24 hour support from our on-site staff who will be there to guide and support you
  • Wi-Fi (can be very slow at times)
Prices exclude:
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Visa-related fees
  • Weekend trips and other non-internship activities
  • Items of a personal nature, including gifts, snacks and alcohol
  • Weekend meals
  • Laundry

About the Destination

St Lucia, Zululand, is a coastal paradise in South Africa, warm all year round, home to the largest population of hippos and crocodiles in the country and wildlife around every corner. Imagine waking up with monkeys rummaging through your breakfast cereals, spotting hippos dipping in the river before lunch and spending your evening under the stars, on a night safari drive through some of the most beautiful game reserves in Africa and spotting everything from leopards to hyenas!

Surrounding the tourist town of St Lucia (in fact, one of the only towns in the world to be) is a stunning World Heritage Site made up of long stretches of untouched beaches, huge plains filled with Africa’s most magnificent wildlife and endless rivers and lakes, so whether you want to get out on the ocean to spot whales or turtle hatchlings or hit the safari vehicles to spot the elusive black rhino, you have it all at your doorstep.

Despite its beauty and appeal to tourists from around the world, Zululand is an area still ruled by the Zulu royal family and many local people still live in traditional village homesteads. Many of these homesteads are extremely impoverished, underdeveloped and in desperate need of resources. It is here, on the outskirts of St Lucia, where you will be working during your internship.

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