Social Work and Youth Development Internship in Cape Town

Gain quality exposure and experience at grassroots level while you undertake practical fieldwork with some of the most vulnerable children in Cape Town. This is a very unique and hands-on opportunity which offers insight into the emergency foster care system, while at the same time providing professional support.


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 social workers in an emergency foster care home for children aged 0 – 14.
  • Learn why the social workers role is of key importance in the African context.
  • Gain daily exposure to social issues that affect child welfare, covering a myriad of issues from drug, alcohol abuse, health issue of HIV and TB, through to teenage pregnancies.
  • Be supported by a Personal Development Coach and Academic Trainer to acquire and develop new skills.
  • Understand key measuring tools for childhood development within a global context.
  • Understand the process of reunification with families (or foster families) and the support required to ensure the child’s safety and development.
  • Live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Cape Town.
  • Spend your weekends exploring the city and enjoying all the incredible adventure activities on offer!

Volunteer Reviews

Working with African Impact has been nothing short of an outstanding experience, but working with children who come from challenging backgrounds has been a particular highlight. They are warm, friendly and welcoming and are very much appreciative of the work you do with them. Working on the projects can be demanding and rewarding. Approaching them with an open mind and the ability to adopt to any circumstances will make this experience as amazing as mine has been.”

Shellie, Ireland

“This has has been an incredible experience for me. You are involved and given authority in every step of the impact as you plan the activities for the week and actually lead them with the kids. The people, staff and volunteers, make you feel welcome right when you walk through the door and by the next day you already feel like a part of the family. The overall mission of the organization ensures sustainability so you by the end of your stay you feel like you’ve really made a difference in the lives of others. “

Rhea, USA

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
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
  • Wi-Fi 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 centre.

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 program, or a well-seasoned traveller, this volunteer opportunity in Africa 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 emergency foster care home, where you will work alongside highly qualified professionals who will eagerly share their wealth of knowledge with you.

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