Social Work and Youth Development Internship, South Africa

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.


  • 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

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 emergency foster care home, 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

” 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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