Occupational Therapy Internship in Cape Town - African Impact

Occupational Therapy Internship, South Africa

Gain work experience in the healthcare industry while undertaking practical fieldwork alongside an occupational therapist who works with community members suffering from the HIV and AIDS epidemic in South Africa. Through health education, workshops and the implementation of treatment plans at a support group center for vulnerable children and the elderly, you’ll gain quality exposure and insight in to the health issues plaguing the informal settlements surrounding Cape Town.


  • Work alongside South African healthcare workers in a township-based support group center founded to support communities affected by the HIV and AIDS epidemic
  • Gain daily exposure to health issues – including exposure to victims of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis – while researching and delivering health-based workshops and other outreach
  • Learn why the occupational therapist’s role is of key importance in the African context and use your new skills to ensure the health and wellbeing of grandmothers and the children they care for
  • Be supported by a senior healthcare worker, personal development coach and academic trainer to acquire and develop new skills
  • Live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Cape Town, and spend your weekends enjoying the incredible adventure and cultural activities on offer


About the Destination

Cape Town is officially one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Framed between oceans and mountains, it’s surrounded by incredible natural beauty, with Table Mountain, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, an absolute highlight. Cape Town is also a place of huge diversity, lively cultures, and a vibrant nightlife. Living here is dynamic and interesting, and weekends will give you a huge variety of exciting activities.

You can, for instance, venture to the top of Table Mountain, go paragliding, take to the ocean by kayak, hang out on some of the many beaches, sip wine at stunning vineyards, head out on safari, enjoy some Africa’s finest restaurants and even take to the skies on a helicopter flight over the city. For those more interested in exploring South Africa’s culture, how about visiting the historic Robben Island, or taking a free walking tour through the city to learn about Apartheid?

Interns live in a shared volunteer and intern house in Muizenberg, just 3 minutes away from one of the most popular beaches in Cape Town’s South Peninsula. Aside from being one of the best surfing beaches around (ready to get suited up?), it’s an area filled with vibey bars, cafes, and amazing restaurants. Our team of international and local staff members live and work with you, so expect to see and do more than most tourists could ever dream of.

You will spend 8 – 12 weeks living at African Impact’s program base in Muizenberg, Cape Town; a sociable shared home with other interns and volunteers. From here you will travel daily to the support group center, where you will work alongside highly qualified professionals who will eagerly share their wealth of knowledge with you.

Dates & Rates

Our internship fee includes:
  • Accommodation throughout your entire stay at our African Impact intern home in Cape Town – 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
  • Laundry

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.

Volunteer Reviews

“My experience with African Impact was like nothing I could of imagined, it was amazing. During my time in South Africa all the staff made me feel very welcome and comfortable. I worked with some amazing people in the community of Khayelitsha. The GAPA project that works with the grandmothers to provide a safe after school care environment for the children was such an inspiring program to be a part of and the knowledge and bond you grow with the grandmothers and the children were incredible.”

Emily Field, Australia

“Before I left home, I was extremely nervous and was doubting if I even should go or not. Luckily an internship abroad was mandatory for me to finish school, otherwise I would have never had this amazing opportunity. I have never been the outgoing type, but even to those people who are just like me I say ”Do it! Just throw yourself into this experience because you will never forget it”. I’ve honestly had the best experience of my life here!”

Maudy Metsemakers, Netherlands

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