NGO INTERNSHIP – THE AFRICAN IMPACT FOUNDATION
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. Customized to every individual, the tailor-made nature of the internship ensures that your skills and interests are utilized to optimize your impact.
This internship is currently offered in Cape Town and Greater Kruger of South Africa, Zanzibar in Tanzania, and Livingstone in 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.
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.
The Greater Kruger Area encompasses over 20 private wildlife reserves on the west side of the world-renowned Kruger National Park in South Africa. These private reserves come together to create one big reserve. A significant contribution to wildlife conservation efforts, helping to protect and preserve one of the world’s last remaining wildlife strongholds.
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!
Zanzibar is a unique island just off the coast of Tanzania in East Africa that is famous for its rugged island culture, fascinating history, and mesmerizing beaches. It is a place where the air is fragrant with the smell of spices and the tropical beaches will take your breath away.
You will stay in a fully furnished house situated in the location of your internship. Typically, you will be staying alongside African Impact volunteers and interns, which will afford you the opportunity to meet likeminded people from all over the world. The joint accommodation also serves as a great place for gatherings like barbecues, social events, games, and quiz nights.
Whichever location you choose, three delicious meals each weekday will be cooked by chefs from the local community. You can expect a mixture of local and international cuisine. Most locations offer vegetarian options, and some can cater to more specific dietary requirements.
Communications will differ depending on the location and its rurality. Where possible, complimentary WiFi is offered, though the strength and reliability is better in some locations than others. In most locations it is also possible to buy a local sim card and purchase data bundles.
The climate is destination dependent, but do remember that we are in the Southern Hemisphere and our seasons are opposite to the Northern Hemisphere. The mild winter is May-August, while the warm summer is November – February. Rainy seasons and average temperatures vary by country.
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 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.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
NGO Jobs in Africa
How can I intern at a NGO?
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.
What type of NGOs are there in Africa?
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.
Do NGO volunteers get paid?
While 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.
Benefits of an NGO internship in Africa
- 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 job 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. Relax along Zanzibar's pristine white-sand beaches. Or, explore the colourful streets of Cape Town. The time between internship work is yours to have an epic adventure! - 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.
Livingstone offers some of the most spectacular natural sites to see, from the breath-taking Victoria Falls to the Zambezi River and iconic African wildlife. You can go on various safaris in one of the many National Parks in the area or even take to the water and enjoy a safari by boat. The Victoria Falls site also offers a host of adventure activities including abseiling, white water rafting, zip-lining, and bungee jumping.
With the world-famous Kruger National Park right on your doorstep, going on safari will be at the top of your list of things to do during your stay in South Africa. It is the largest game reserve in South Africa, and by far, the best! Mountains, savannahs, rivers, and tropical forests make up the landscape of Kruger National Park. The Big 5 – lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo – are the most well-known residents. But hundreds of other animals call the Kruger National Park home, so keep your camera ready!
Zanzibar is the perfect location for incredible snorkeling experiences, swimming with the sea-life, boat rides, diving and traditional dhow, and ngalawa sailing. From multiple island tours and cruises to the Kuumbi Caves, Jozani Forests, and Stone Town you will not run out of exciting options during your internship in Africa.
Cape Town is the perfect destination for adventure enthusiasts. There are many beautiful hiking trails to explore, including a walk up the famous Table Mountain. You can also visit the many stunning beaches where you can kite-surf, take a boat trip, and shark cage dive. Whale and dolphin watching are unique seasonal activities that will leave you in awe. You can also take a trip to Boulders Beach where you can swim with the penguins, visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, or enjoy a wine tasting tour through the magnificent Cape Winelands.
Once you have submitted your application, a Destination Specialist will be in-touch to discuss the project with you.