Occupational Therapy Internship in Cape Town

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.


Cape Town will not run out of water in 2018, but is still in the midst of a drought. We are encouraging our volunteers to continue saving water and would like to assure you that African Impact has contingency plans in place should the situation change – all volunteers will have sufficient water. Life in Cape Town will continue and the community programs need dedicated volunteers more than ever.


  • 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


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

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
  • Meals (Mon – Fri only). At weekends we encourage you to go and try some local restaurants
  • 24 hour support by our experienced staff members who live and work alongside you
  • All required training, resources and guidance required to complete your internship, including a Personal Development Coach
Prices exclude:
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Flights to your chosen destination
  • Visa-related fees
  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities
  • Items of a personal nature, including gifts, snacks and alcohol
  • WiFi and laundry

About the Destination

During your stay at the tip of Africa, you will be located in Observatory – the city’s most bohemian suburb, a short 10 minute drive from the Cape Town city center.

The secure property is fully furnished and staffed with a cook and housekeeper, and very close to shops, bars and restaurants. Interns in Cape Town share a room with 2-6 other interns and volunteers and bathrooms are communal. WiFi is available for a small fee as well as access to a small lock-up safe for your valuable items.

Cape Town is hands-down one of the most beautiful cities in the world, so this unique internship destination offers visitors beautiful landscapes, cultural sightseeing opportunities, fantastic leisure and sporting activities and plenty of sunshine for most of the year.

Weekends are usually a good time for tourist activities where you can enjoy the beach during the summer time as well as some really unique adventures such as cage shark diving, paragliding, kite-surfing and taking a wine tasting tour through Cape Town’s beautiful winelands.

As you work and travel in Africa, the people of Cape Town will warm your heart, entertain you and you will discover great diversity in the different communities.

Whether you are an intern looking for work experience, coming for a gap year, or a well-seasoned traveler, this internship in Cape Town promises to leave you a deeper, stronger individual ready for the next adventure.

You will spend 8 – 12 weeks living at African Impact’s program base in Observatory, 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.

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