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.
AS AN INTERN, YOU WILL:
- 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
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.
Fun & Travel
The iSimangaliso Wetland Park (only a short drive away!) is ideal for great game viewing, as well as nearby world-famous game reserves where you can go on endless safari’s. Besides the regular game drives, you can enjoy a hippo and crocodile boat cruise up the estuary, go for a horse ride on the beach or go on a night game-drive in Cape Vidal.
Fun Evening Activities
Although your volunteer work will give you a fantastic opportunity to be immersed in Zulu culture, you can also watch Zulu Dancing, taste homemade Zulu beer, go on a Cultural Village Tour and for a traditional Zulu meal. There are also many curios and crafts on sale in the town, which is a five-minute walk from the base.
Extra Trips and Tours
St Lucia is home to the largest population of hippos and crocodiles in the whole of South Africa, so a hippo cruise alongside the estuary is a must-do. Weekend sightseeing options also include a one-night trip with an amazing elephant interaction experience at Thanda Private Game Reserve. You can also take a two-day trip to Mozambique, where you will indulge in delicious seafood, swim, snorkel and soak up the sun. There are also plenty of places to head to up the coast for day trips.
Dates & Rates
Our internship fee includes:
- Accommodation throughout your entire stay at our African Impact intern home in St. Lucia – a cozy, safe and lively house shared by our interns, volunteers and staff
- 3 delicious meals a day cooked by chefs from the local community (weekdays only)
- Airport pick-up and drop-off by the African Impact team
- Experienced international and local staff members who are there to support you 24/7
- Full training and mentoring within your chosen field
- Transport to and from your internship placement
Our internship fee excludes:
- Flights to your chosen destination, but we can guide you on this
- Medical or travel insurance
- Visa-related costs
- Weekend trips or tours, or any other non-placement activity
- Snacks, soft drinks, gifts or souvenirs
Why do an internship with African Impact?
You will work directly within your chosen field, side-by-side an African Impact project, most of which have been running for over a decade. This means that you get to give back something while learning new skills, and live with our team of staff, interns and volunteers. Win-win.
Provide our local community partners direct support they would otherwise not receive, while also providing valuable, practical work experience for you (if you’re asked to make a cup of coffee, a refund is heading your way). Intern support is essential for growing, developing and monitoring our projects’ impact.
Gain deeper insight into your chosen field within the context of community development or conservation in Africa. This provides a truly unique and extraordinary way to enhance your resume.
Be guided and supported 24/7 by highly professional and experienced teams on the ground, as well as from the wider African Impact team. Welcome to next-level interning, where you will receive 3 individual mentors for personal development coaching, professional development mentoring and academic training.
“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