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Social Work Internship, South Africa

This social work internship will help you gain quality exposure and experience at grassroots level while you undertake practical fieldwork with some of the most vulnerable children in Cape Town. This internship offers invaluable insight into the emergency foster care system, unparalleled experience in a multi-cultural environment, and comprehensive professional support.

AS A SOCIAL WORK INTERN, YOU WILL GET TO:

  • Work alongside professional South African social workers and gain practical experience and insight that can support your future career
  • Exposed to challenges that will help you grow as a professional and understand social issues that affect child welfare, including HIV/AIDS, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, HIV and TB, and teen pregnancies
  • Learn about the process of reunification with families (or foster families) and the support that is required to ensure the child’s safety and development
  • Advance your leadership and inter-personal communication skills by working in a multi-cultural environment and applying your knowledge and experience to a variety of ages, backgrounds, and cultural challenges
  • Secure counseling hours with professional documentation of completion to compliment your practical work
  • Have regular meetings with your Personal Development Coach, Internship Coordinator, and a senior Social Worker to help contextualize your experience and set achievable goals that will show your growth and learning
  • Understand that you are part of a bigger picture that continuously monitors, evaluates and uses your contribution in a significant, worthwhile manner
  • Live and work with other passionate interns in one of the most beautiful cities in the world – Cape Town

About the Destination

Cape Town is an iconic city in South Africa that has received numerous awards over the years, including ‘Most Beautiful City in the World’ and ‘Best Destination in Africa’. It is an iconic South African city that hums with activity throughout the year and offers endless opportunities for exciting new experiences.

During this internship program, you will stay at our volunteer and intern house in Muizenberg, a beach side neighborhood known for its surfing subculture and easygoing atmosphere. Muizenberg is one of the most famous surf spots in Cape Town and home to a number of cafés, bars, and a Friday night market.

The house is safe, fully equipped, and located just 20 minutes from the city. During your free time, you can explore the rest of the city and surrounding areas. Go on a Cape Malay food tour in Bo-Kaap, paraglide off Lion’s Head, snorkel with seals, go on a safari, drink award-winning wine, or hike up Table Mountain.

Dates & Rates

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Our internship fee includes:
  • Accommodation throughout your stay at our intern and volunteer home in Cape Town
  • 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 – we can guide you on this
  • Travel insurance – we can guide you on this
  • Visa-related costs
  • Weekend trips or any other non-placement activity
  • Snacks, drinks, gifts, or souvenirs
  • Laundry

Volunteer Reviews

“Honestly one of the best experiences I have ever had. I expected a lot out of this trip and African Impact exceeded my expectations for sure. I felt welcomed from the start and felt at home pretty much right away. The staff is all so personable that I always considered them as friends who are on top of their tasks, helping and guiding me. The volunteers I have met throughout my stay are definitely some I will keep in touch with and visit. The weekend activities, which consist of skydiving, seal snorkeling, hiking Table Mountain, kayaking, were all so enjoyable thanks to the people I was with. The internship was amazing, and the experience is something I will never forget. I learned so much from the kids and working with the social worker; it even inspired me and confirmed what I wanted to do later in life. I can confidently say that I am a different person from when I entered the doors of the volunteer house and that I will never forget this experience and the people I worked with. I am forever thankful!”

Jeff, US

“I would recommend this experience to anyone interested! This internship presented me the opportunity of expanding on my studies as a public health major, making lots of great friends, and of course, getting countless hands-on hours in a vibrant community packed with some of the most incredible individuals I’ve had the privilege of meeting in my life. This experience pushed me to challenge myself in many new ways and I learned so much along the way. On top of that, Cape Town is one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been, and when I wasn’t on a project I was busy getting to see the awesome things it has to offer with the other volunteers!”

Elizabeth Woods, US

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