Together with an established team, interns on this program are part of remarkable, award-winning development initiatives that seek to empower and uplift women and girls in an iconic part of Tanzania, in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. Working in partnership with this rural community, the internship includes the developing, monitoring and evaluating of programs that help women gain income generation skills, challenge the subject of female genital mutilation and ultimately help both young girls and women become changemakers in their community.
AS AN INTERN, YOU WILL:
- Gain professional experience within the frame work of international development and specializing gender empowerment programs
- Help plan and facilitate education workshops for vulnerable girls, providing a platform for discussion about health, female genital mutilation and family planning
- Join our women’s income generation project that has transformed many lives already
- Use your strengths to develop new programs that 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
- Be totally immersed in the Tanzanian community, getting a very special insight into the Maasai culture and their daily life
About the Destination
Mt Kilimanjaro is one of the most iconic attractions in the whole of Africa, the Continent’s highest peak and nestling at its base is the busy tourist town of Moshi; a bustling network of food markets and restaurants, where one can’t escape the ‘catchy’ Swahili music of the locals… and don’t forget the goats who will regularly stop the traffic!
As well as being in awe of the different colors, smells and sounds in Moshi, you can’t help but notice the incredible variety of cultures and specifically that of the Masai people, colorfully dressed in their traditional ‘Warrior’ clothing and brandishing some of the most impressive jewelry.
The Masai are gentle people who live very traditional lives and you will get the life-changing opportunity to spend time with these tribes, dancing, drumming, tasting their food and begin to understand the vibrant culture of these unique people.
Living just a short drive away from Moshi, you will spend your time volunteering in the rural village of Mdawi, in an exclusive fully furnished volunteer house with plenty of outdoor space to enjoy nights spent under the stars (and trust us, you’ve never seen so many!) and opportunities for you to interact with and bond with the local villagers.
As well as hosting some of the friendliest and welcoming people in Africa, you can’t come to Tanzania and not experience its other locals… the wildlife. With monkeys in the trees and lizards sunning themselves on the rocks in your garden, living here is a perfect balance between integrating with the Tanzanians and enjoying the spectacular nature the unforgettable country offers. Why not catch the Great Wildebeest Migration at the world-famous Serengeti Park? Or see herd after herd of wild elephants from a hot air balloon drifting along the plains?
If it’s even greater adventures you’re after, how about trekking up Kilimanjaro? We can assure you after volunteering in its awesome shadow it will definitely be on your mind!
Fun & Travel
Hikes & Camping Trails
A popular reason for many international visitors to Tanzania is the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro which stands at a whopping 5895 meters. For the very fit and brave at heart you can embark on a journey to the peak of Africa. There are also Kili Day Hikes for those who may be short of time and just want to get a taste of the climb.
You won’t reach the peak but will climb to the first camp at 2720 meters. Hot Spring Camping Trips are also a big adventure at Lake Chala where you can go camping beside some natural hot springs or at the lake shores.
Interning overseas allows you to meet a wide variety of people from all over the world and form many new friendships. As a group you will enjoy a weekly events night with board games, twister and quizzes or go out to activities in Moshi Town such as dancing lessons, exercise classes, trivia and movie nights.
For a complete immersion into Tanzanian culture you can set out on a Marangu Cultural full-day Tour. Not only will you visit a Chagga Tribe museum, striking waterfalls and a coffee plantation but you will also enjoy a traditional Swahili meal and some locally brewed banana beer.
Off the coast of Tanzania lies the exquisite Zanzibar Island with picturesque turquoise seas and white sandy beaches. Here there are plenty of unique snorkeling spots, sunset cruise opportunities and a tropical climate and lifestyle you may never want to leave behind.
Dates & Rates
Our internship fee includes:
- Accommodation throughout your entire stay at our African Impact intern home in the village of Mdawi – 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
- 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
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.
“Being here has opened my mind to thinking in new ways and inspired my imagination. It’s such an empowering feeling to think that these projects could change the future of girls and women. The work is more rewarding than I thought possible. I feel like one of the biggest gifts is getting to see the girls and women grow throughout the time on project, and know that you were able to help shape some of their story.”/em>
Alison Vorsatz, USA
“Throughout my time here, I have learned more than I could’ve ever imagined, I have met some of the most incredible people, and I have done an immense amount of self-reflection. Coming to Moshi has opened my eyes wider than they’ve ever before, thus changing my life for the better. I cannot thank African Impact enough for everything they’ve done for me and there are no words to be able to stress enough how much I recommend an experience like this to every individual.”
Brittany Campbell, USA