NGO Internship in Zambia

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Discover beautiful Africa as you gain practical experience in NGO and Charity operations and community development on this exciting internship with our charity, The African Impact Foundation. 

African Impact is proud to partner with The African Impact Foundation. As a registered charity, the Foundation is behind many of the projects that we support throughout Africa. They are looking for enthusiastic interns who want to immerse themselves within vibrant African cultures whilst making a difference at a grassroots level. The practical experience gained within this award-winning NGO is a fantastic opportunity to bolster your resume while making a tangible impact in Africa. Customised to every individual, the tailor-made nature of the internship ensures that your skills and interests are utilised to optimise your impact. 

Read here to find out about 5 ways you can get involved with the African Impact Foundation.

Project Highlights

  • Gain practical experience and a theoretical understanding of social development.
  • Be exposed to the day-to-day operations of a small NGO based in Africa
  • Work with our small, dedicated Foundation team
  • Realise your personal and professional development goals
  • Explore the culture and natural beauty of your chosen African country
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Quick Facts

Livingstone, Zambia

Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport

Specific Start Dates

1 - 6 months

Impact: NGO & Charity

From $1150 per week


Volunteers sharing stories with people from the community during village tour.

This internship is currently offered in Livingstone, Zambia.

As an intern, not only will you be able to immerse yourself in African cultures and experiences while building your resume, but you will also be placed at locations thriving with travel and adventure opportunities! Each destination brings its unique attributes – both cultural, linguistic and natural beauty.

Livingstone, Zambia is a beautiful, rural town that many call “the real Africa.” Just a stone’s throw away from one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World – Victoria Falls – Livingstone is the ultimate playground for those who love adventure sports, wildlife, and the great outdoors. There are many national parks where you can observe lions, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, elephants, and giraffes, and often, we spot some of these animals along the road on our way to project!


You’ll be staying in the heart of Livingstone at a private volunteer house within the popular and vibrant Victoria Falls Backpackers Zambia. This comfortable backpackers’ is 15 minutes from Victoria Falls and is a 5 minute walk from Livingstone’s town centre which has many stores and a great selection of cafes and restaurants for you to explore at weekends.

You will receive three fresh and delicious meals a day cooked by local chefs during the week. For breakfast you can expect cereal and toast, along with a cooked option such as eggs, pancakes or French toast. Lunch could be a wrap, pizza or sandwich paired with a fresh crispy salad. For dinner you might have a pasta dish, curry with rice or an authentic stew. Vegetarian options are available and we can cater to most dietary requirements. At weekends you will have access to the kitchen to make your own food, though most volunteers choose to visit local cafes and restaurants. Café Zambezi makes great traditional Zambian food and is a favourite amongst locals, while Maramba River Lodge is a popular spot for sundowners and Fez Bar is a popular place to hang out with locals and do a little dancing in the evenings!

To keep in touch with family and friends back home, Victoria Falls Backpackers has complimentary WiFi for you to use during your stay. You can also purchase a SIM card with data bundles if you wish.

Weather in Livingstone tends to be stable and sunny from August until late October when the “monsoon” rains start to hit. Either side of this time, the weather is very pleasant. The climate is tropical or sub-tropical depending on altitude, with a hot, humid, and rainy season from mid-November to March and a dry season from April to mid-November. October is typically the hottest month of the year.

Project Impact Areas

NGO Management & Personal Development

Understand the day to day running of a working NGO and develop a combination of skills including community relationships, operational management, governance, admin and reporting. You will be supported by an Intern Supervisor who will meet with you regularly to encourage weekly learnings and monitor your progression. You’ll also receive additional support through a Personal Development Coach to expand your knowledge about NGO management. Meet with your coach one-on-one where sessions revolve around your personal goals and opportunities to explore what comes after your internship.


Facilitation Of Projects

Many of the communities we work in suffer from a lack of government funding towards education, healthcare and social services. Many people battle with poverty and the effects of the HIV epidemic, as well as huge unemployment rates. There is a dire need of medical assistance, education, and empowerment for vulnerable populations like youths and pregnant mothers, as well as a need for job creation. It is important for interns to see first-hand the communities we assist; you will spend time on our projects, getting to know our fantastic community partners and enhancing relations. You can expect to run workshops in the communities we partner with to leave your impact and receive a better, in-depth understanding of our projects. Your working week will be split between office time and community engagement.

Fundraising And Marketing

As a charity, a large portion of the Foundations time is dedicated towards fundraising and donor relations. Once-off, regular and corporate donors are vital to the Foundations survival and ultimately influence the impact that can be made on the ground, in Africa. You will be involved directly with the management of donations and the supervision of the implementation of all funds. This will include all financial aspects, including the monitoring, evaluation, and reporting on all donations.

You will also be responsible for raising awareness and organising fundraising initiatives for the African Impact Foundation at your chosen destination. This will include, deciding upon fundraising priorities, creating a fundraising plan, combining social media and marketing to get more people involved in your fundraising campaigns and planning fundraising events. This activity not only develops your communication skills, but also your ability to present information in a succinct manner that is attractive to donors. Depending on your skills, you may also assist with the writing of grant proposals.


Measuring Impact

Measuring the impact our projects have on the communities and conservation is essential to ensure we are making a difference. We take our work seriously and are constantly looking for innovative ways in which we can deliver programs that will educate, empower and enrich our community partners and conservation programs. You will work alongside the Foundations Impact Manager.

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After completing the below application form, one of our Destination Specialists will get in touch to discuss your volunteer experience and any questions you may have. When you are ready to book, we will send you a booking form after which a deposit will be required to secure your position.


Personal Information


When do you want to Volunteer or Intern?


Give us an idea of your travel plans, you can also say ‘I’m not sure yet.’ 
We’ll take it from there.


How long do you want to Volunteer or Intern for?


Select your preferred duration(s). The African Impact team recommend at least 4 weeks for a truly memorable experience!


From $1150 per week. Your weekly cost will reduce if you stay for longer than 2 weeks, book with a friend or are a return volunteer.


  • Backpacker style accommodation with swimming pool
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner (Mon – Fri)
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • All project transport, equipment and resources
  • Support from experienced local and international
  • African Impact staff
  • Full orientation for responsible project contribution


  • Price excludes flights, visas, insurance, weekend tours and personal expenses

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Frequently Asked Questions

Joining an NGO internship is the perfect kick-starter to a career in the NGO sector! Embarking on the African Impact Foundation’s NGO Internship in Africa, you’ll gain beneficial experience in the management and inner workings of an award-winning NGO – the African Impact Foundation! This practical experience is invaluable if you’re curious about beginning a career in the non-profit sector.

There are a variety of unique NGO groups working in local African communities to tackle long-standing community issues. Within the NGO sector, you’ll find different organizations focusing on distinct community goals, including environmental sustainability, clean sanitation, gender equality, access to healthcare, and more.

The African Impact Foundation takes a holistic approach to sustainable community development, working with locals to enrich, educate, and empower low-income African communities. Specifically, their key impact focuses are Education and Enrichment, Health and Nutrition, Community Empowerment, and Gender Equality.

Whilst our NGO internships and volunteer programs are unpaid, we truly believe they are an unbeatable professional development adventure! Click here to learn about the benefits of interning with African Impact.

– Boost your CV: Joining an NGO internship in Africa is an incredible way to boost your CV. Supporting the initiatives of local non-profit work, you’ll leave your experience with newly developed professional skills, an excellent placement to attach to your CV, a variety of projects/accomplishments to show off, and professional references to guide your future career search.

– Explore Africa: Travelling to Africa for an NGO Internship with African Impact isn’t all work and no play. Immersed in the heart of some of Africa’s most incredible landscapes and communities, bucket-list adventures lie around every corner. Embark on an awe-inspiring hike around the world-famous Victoria Falls, or go white river rafting down the Zambezi!

– Make an impact: Working with the African Impact Foundation, your internship will be as impactful as it is exciting, supporting the Foundation’s mission in powerful ways. As a critical member of the Foundation’s team, every day, your internship work will further the Foundation’s goals of enriching, empowering, and educating local communities across Africa.

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