At a glance
- Work with a local NGO to support and empower people from disadvantaged communities.
- You’ll help local people to cope with the challenges they face every day, like poverty and high unemployment rates.
- Empower people through various services and programmes that the NGO offers.
16 or over
What will I do on this internship?
There will be a lot of work you can get involved with. However, your exact role will depend on your level of experience. Here are some of the tasks you can expect to do during your placement:
- Assist with marketing-related work, like writing articles, making brochures, and organising events
- Guide business development and do administration work
- Coordinate fundraising efforts to raise money for local businesses
- Plan and conduct market research for local community members
- Host business workshops
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Assist with marketing efforts
Part of your role will involve helping the NGO with marketing-related activities. This means you will help:
- Keep the website up to date for the benefit of future investors interested in their activities and achievements
- Write articles
- Make flyers and brochures
- Organise events
Guide local businesses and help their development
You can assist in developing business plans for existing or startup businesses. You will also help businesses establish plans to improve their efforts through better marketing and finance management.
Coordinate fundraising activities
You will help send fundraising proposals to different firms and individuals. You will also develop relationships with existing sponsors, write motivation letters, and develop contacts.
You will formulate and execute market research, collect statistics from questionnaires, and research the job market for community members.
Host business workshops
You will help conduct business workshops, entrepreneurial workshops, and lead an entrepreneurial mentorship role for potential business leaders.
Where in South Africa will I work?
You will live and work Cape Town. The city is considered to be one of the most developed cities in Africa. However, outside of the major industrial centres, many people still live below the poverty line.
The city is nestled on the southernmost point of the African continent, and is flanked by vast stretches of natural beauty. Table Mountain, arguably the greatest natural highlight, is popular with everyone visiting Cape Town.
You’ll work with a local NGO. The NGO is based in the township of Vrygrond, about a 25 minute drive from central Cape Town. They focus on several issues affecting the community, including:
- Domestic violence
- Alcohol abuse
- Teen pregnancy
- HIV/AIDS and health
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
Known as the Rainbow Nation, South Africa has a diverse mix of cultures. Our projects are based in Cape Town, a region filled with an exciting variety of activities to do during your free time.
You can catch a wave at Muizenberg beach or just relax in a seaside restaurant. There’s plenty of local cuisine to try, including delicately spiced Cape Malay curries and the creamy milk tart dessert.
South Africa has a difficult past, which you can learn more about at the District 6 Museum and Robben Island.
For an awe-inspiring experience, you can spend the day getting lost in the towering silos that make up the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Arts Africa. Finally, no trip to Cape Town would be complete without a cable car ride up iconic Table Mountain.
We run many different projects in South Africa, so there’s sure to be other volunteers in the country with you. So if you want to travel with a group, you’re sure to find like-minded people who’ll join you on your adventures.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
Meet the team in South Africa
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