As a healthcare intern with African Impact, you will serve on the frontlines of South Africa’s public health effort to combat the HIV/AIDS pandemic. This is an incredible opportunity for a candidate with an interest in public health or medicine offering a variety of specialization fields in which to participate.
As a medical intern with African Impact, you will be working alongside healthcare professionals at one of Cape Town’s public health projects or community medical clinics. South Africa faces many serious healthcare issues, including high rates of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, so the overall experience will give you first-hand access to South Africa’s healthcare system.
Candidates for this internship in Africa should have previous experience in healthcare or intend to study in a related field.
About the Destination
As you work and travel in Africa you will be located in the popular area of Cape Town called Observatory. This vibrant town is conveniently only 7km from the centre of the city. This suburb town has a unique bohemian atmosphere and a fascinating local culture, which offers an interesting collection of cafes, boutique stores, book shops and art galleries by day, while evenings awaken trendy restaurants, lively bars and live music performances. The house is centrally located to the shops, restaurants and public transport.
You can stay in a private, lockable and furnished room in a comfortable house exclusive for the use of internship participants. The general atmosphere of our program housing is friendly and social. When living in program housing, you will have your own fully furnished, private room (i.e., no roommate) and will share the common areas of your house with other participants. You will be sharing shower and toilet facilities and the use of a lounge area with DSTV [cable television] for relaxation. Meals can be provided at an extra cost, should you prefer not to cater for your own meals.
The people of South Africa are very friendly and vibrant people who will win a special place in your heart. You will build meaningful relationships and gain valuable insights into the complexities of both poverty and social development. You will discover new perspectives and an appreciation for your own luxuries, learning about yourself, as you give to others.
Fun & Travel
You can experience an African Safari at Aquila Safari – a “Big 5” private game reserve with animals such as the springbok, lion, cape porcupine, olive baboon, leopard, and African elephant. Another great excursion for nature enthusiasts is to visit Cape Point, a nature reserve within the Table Mountain National Park which is a Natural World Heritage Site.
Beach & Sea Adventures
You cannot visit one of the most beautiful cities in the world without heading up Table Mountain, and Cape Town offers plenty of remarkable beaches for you to choose from. You can swim, surf, kite-surf or even dive with the sharks. There are also plenty of boat ride opportunities available to Robben Island, Seal Island or a harbor tour at the V&A Waterfront.
Other beautiful places to spend your weekends are at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Point Peninsula where you will have a chance to swim with the penguins at Boulders Beach or visiting the V&A Waterfront for some shopping and entertainment.
Dates & Rates
“Living in Cape Town in the last 2 months has been nothing short of exciting. The program managers were friendly, down-to-earth and incredibly proficient at planning and executing a fun-filled yet focused internship for me. My placement site (Treatment Action Campaign) was carefully selected to ensure I learnt as much as I could about the role of Social/Community movements in local healthcare delivery while weekly activities ensured I got to see and participate in most of the local attractions such as a tour of the vineyards at Constantia Glen and surfing at Muizenberg beach – the perfect mix of work and play. Needless to say, I had a fabulous time and look forward to future trips to the Western Cape – home of beautiful beaches and memorable braais (local word for barbecue). I recommend this program to anyone looking for a hands-on internship in a friendly environment.”
“I interned at the South African Christian Leadership Assembly (SACLA) in Khayelitsha and had an incredible experience. SACLA is a home based healthcare organization and for patients that are bed-ridden or otherwise cannot make it to the clinics. The carers there are extremely welcoming and so willing to answer my incessant questions. Being able to walk around the community and see where people live was a huge part of my experience. Other than working in Khayelitsha I was able to experience so many parts of South Africa like bungee jumping off of the world’s highest commercial bridge jump, snorkeling with whales and sharks, hiking Lion’s Head at sunset and going to see one of the most fabulous showings of Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Fugard Theatre. This experience was life changing both personally and professionally and only intensified my passion for community health and Africa. I am sad to leave this gorgeous country, but know that I will be back.”