This is a 4-week global health program that takes place in the town of Livingstone, Zambia. The internship is designed to improve access to, and quality of, healthcare. You will do innovative work in a low-income area that includes determining the health of community populations, launching and running initiatives, and addressing context-specific barriers to effective healthcare.
AS A PUBLIC HEALTHCARE INTERN, YOU'LL GET TO:
- Obtain practical experience as part of a 360-degree internship; exploring key issues in Zambia’s public healthcare system and bringing research-driven change
- Gain an understanding for social research methods in an under-resourced area and learn how to report on understandings of problems surrounding health
- Explore a variety of community health issues and how they intersect with gender, environmental and behavioral studies
- Engage with healthcare workers, professionals and NGOs in varied settings to acquire an in-depth view of current health challenges – monitoring the status quo and assessing emerging trends
- Deliver practical workshops on topics that range from promoting disease prevention to living a healthy life
- Learn how to collect data, interpret survey methodology, and analyze health indicators, within a supportive and solution-focused program
- Live in the heart of Livingstone, Zambia; a dynamic town bordering the Natural Wonder of Victoria Falls
About the Destination
Livingstone is a beautiful, rural town that many call “the real Africa.” Just a stone’s throw away from one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – Victoria Falls – Livingstone is the ultimate playground for those who love adventure, wildlife, and the great outdoors. Whether you bungee jump, swim in the ‘Devil’s Pool’, white water raft down the mighty Zambezi, or just enjoy a sunset, every experience is unique in Livingstone.
As an intern in Livingstone, you will be fully immersed in the rural community every day, but will be based in a private volunteer house within the popular and welcoming Victoria Falls Backpackers Zambia. You will have access to a lovely swimming pool, lounge and bar area, and a full climbing wall. Your accommodation is a 5 minute walk from Livingstone’s town center, which has many stores, bars, and restaurants.
Aside from being the ‘Adventure Capital’ of Africa, Livingstone is also an amazing place to spot wildlife such as lions, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, elephant, and giraffes. Often, we spot some of these animals along the road on our way to project! Whether you’re interning abroad to gain work experience during your gap year, looking to take a career break, or just want a new challenge, Livingstone is the place to be!
The 4-Week Program
This internship provides invaluable on-the-ground experience where you will get the chance to do hands-on work while engaging with theories of African healthcare.
This provides the foundation so you feel confident to hit the ground running. You will be provided context, partake in knowledge-sharing, be introduced to the local clinic, and receive training in data-capture and analysis.
This will introduce you to several different population groups and you will learn how to effectively run workshops and gain a greater understanding of the community and its challenges. You will also spend time on real practical service work. Our team will be available to support you.
You will grow in knowledge and confidence so you become part of the bigger picture. You will have exposure to professionals that work in various clinics and NGOS who work in villages located on the outskirts of Livingstone.
With the correct support you can assess how much you have learnt and how you have become part of a larger process working towards a goal of understanding and pursuing health and equality. The structure will include workshop times, language skills development as well as personal development coaching sessions.
Fun & Travel
Livingstone is your ticket to adventure. Take advantage of your proximity to the great and mighty Victoria Falls, as well as the other adventures the Zambezi has to offer. Zambezi boat cruises, river safaris, white water rafting and canoe trips are all ways in which you can encounter these great waters. You can also ride quad bike trails or view the scenery from the air in a microlight or helicopter.
For the adrenaline junkies, why not try the famous bungee jump or gorge swing?
Go on Safari
Livingstone, Zambia is safari country. Here, you can spot a whole lot of wildlife, do rhino bushwalks or even take a boat safari to spot elephants off the Zambezi River. You can also go on weekend outings to the world-famous Chobe National Park, which is across the border in Botswana.
Cultural Tours and Markets
Although you will be spending time in the community you will also be able to embark on a cultural tour to a local African village, giving you further insight into another way of life. You can also shop at some of the many markets and stock up on locally hand-made goods for your loved ones back home.
Dates & Rates
Our internship fee includes:
- Accommodation throughout your entire stay at the lively Victoria Falls Backpackers Zambia, in a private section shared by our volunteers, interns 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
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.
“Working with African Impact was one of the best decisions that I could have made! It was so cool to experience Africa from the viewpoint of a medical participant. Going into the villages and meeting people in personal situations made the whole experience much more meaningful. African Impact is a great organization to work with and they are so willing to work with you to help you have the best experience possible.”
Kailee R, USA
“I came into this program looking for some hands-on experience in the medical field. What I got out of it was so much more than I could have ever dreamed. When you wake up in the morning, I always do so with a smile because I know that today I’ll be able to help someone that actually needs it. For a long time now I’ve been on the fence about whether or not I should commit down the medical path. After my time here on this program, I can say with confidence that I’m pretty sure I will become a doctor.”
Justin T, USA